|Wins 31 (Top Fuel)|
Spouse Billie Jo Brown (m. 2001)
Role Race car driver
Car no. Matco Tools
Name Antron Brown
|Born March 1, 1976 (age 45), Chesterfield, New Jersey, U.S. (1976-03-01) |
Former teams David Powers MotorsportsTeam 23 Racing
Similar Tony Schumacher (drag racer), Brittany Force, Ron Capps (racing driver)
Current team Don Schumacher Racing
Nhra s antron brown escapes injury in spectacular crash
Antron Brown (born c, 1976) is an American drag racer, currently driving the Matco Tools Toyota for Don Schumacher Racing in NHRA's Top Fuel division. He is known for winning the 2012, 2015 and 2016 Top Fuel championships. Antron is the sport's first African American champion.
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- Early life
- Racing career
- Personal life
- In popular culture
Antron brown richard petty driving experience
Brown lived in Trenton, New Jersey until age six, when his family moved to his grandmother's 10-acre farm in rural Chesterfield Township, New Jersey following the death of his grandfather. His father Albert ran a septic tank service, and was a drag racer at the sportsman level along with Antron's uncle Andre. Antron maintained the cars as a child and began racing motorcycles at age six and motocross at age 12, practicing on a course he built on the farm. He ran his first competitive drag race as a high school senior.
Brown studied at Northern Burlington County Regional High School before becoming a track star at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey as a sprinter and long jumper, graduating in 1997 with an associate's degree in business administration. After being offered a full scholarship to run track for Long Island University, he was contacted by football player Troy Vincent (married to Brown's cousin) who was starting a racing team.
Brown raced in the NHRA's Pro Stock Motorcycle division from 1998 to 2007, running his first three years with Vincent's Team 23 Racing. Brown won 16 events in the motorcycle division, and had a best finish of 2nd in points in 2001 and 2006. In 2008 he switched to Top Fuel dragsters. Brown won the Top Fuel championship in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
In popular culture
Brown had an appearance as an appraiser in episode 8 ("The Fast and The Curious") of the third season of the A&E reality show Storage Wars. He also appeared in episode 3 of Idris Elba: No Limits as Elba's drag racing instructor. He now co-hosts Top Gear America with Tom Ford and William Fichtner.