No-quit outlook fuels champion

Antron Brown picks up 64th win during Mile High Nationals

Posted 7/24/17

Top Fuel driver Antron Brown paid attention during a chapel service before the final day of the 38 annual Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

“The chaplin said quitters never win and winners never quit,” said Brown, a …

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No-quit outlook fuels champion

Antron Brown picks up 64th win during Mile High Nationals

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Top Fuel driver Antron Brown paid attention during a chapel service before the final day of the 38 annual Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

“The chaplin said quitters never win and winners never quit,” said Brown, a Pittsboro, Indiana, resident. “I thought about it, and you know, that’s why we are where we are because we never quit.”

On July 23, Brown defeated top qualifier Leah Pritchett, a Don Schumacher Racing teammate, with an elapsed time of 3.792 at 319.82 mph to win for the 64 time in National Hot Rod Association races.

It was his third win in Denver, tying him for the Bandimere Top Fuel lead for wins with Scott Kalitta and Tony Schumacher.

“When you come to this mountain, it eats you up so bad,” Brown said of the Morrison track, which sits 5,860-feet above sea level. “It beat us up the first day (July 21), we got back on key the next day and we started picking away at it. The car was flawless by the finals.

“We were patching up everywhere. Something was always going wrong. We kept stepping up and that was a testament to our team. This race definitely put us through a marathon, but seeing those win lights makes it all worthwhile,”

Other professional winners during the final session of the three-day event were Robert Hight (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawlec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Hight, who drives for John Force Racing, was sick and admittedly lucky as he broke a winless streak of 34 NHRA races and collected his first win of the season and fourth at the Mile High Nationals. He had a 3.995 elapsed time at 317.54 mph in the finals against Tommy Johnson Jr., who had an elapsed time of 4.099 and a speed of 297.16 mph.

“I don’t know if I ate something bad this morning or last night but I was sick today,” said Hight, a resident of Yorba Linda, California. “I couldn’t keep anything down. We definitely struggled through the first few rounds and we were lucky to get those round wins, but I have a great team who figured things out and helped me get to the winner’s circle.

“It was big to get a win in the finals. It starts to wear on you. It’s been a long time coming and we hadn’t had much luck, but today we had some.”

Meanwhile,Courtney Force, daughter of the division’s 16-time champion John Force, set Funny Car track records in the first qualifying session on July 21 with a low elapsed time of 3.889 and 328.30 mph. She was the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifier at the Mile High Nationals for the second consecutive year.

However, she was sent packing in the first round of eliminations by 16 seed Jim Campbell. John Force, the No. 2 qualifier, also lost early to Matt Hagen.

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