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DRIVERS TO WATCH

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Antron Brown

Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown already has a track-record five

Wallys from zMAX Dragway, but that certainly won’t stop him from chasing more. The two-time

defending NHRA Carolina Nationals champion has ridden his zMAX Dragway success to back-to-back

NHRA Top Fuel championships, so he knows the importance of getting off to a fast start when the

10,000 horsepower dragsters fire up the engines at the Bellagio of drag strips for the fall showdown

of speed.

Tanner Gray

A local favorite, Gray has rocketed to Pro Stock stardom this season, becoming the

youngest driver in any of the NHRA’s four pro series to win a coveted Wally (Vegas), and later backing it

up with his second career win (Topeka). His consistency is what will make him a contender when the

Countdown kicks off at zMAX Dragway. At the season’s midpoint, Gray sits third in the points standings,

surrounded by KB Racing drivers Greg Anderson and Jason line who have made winning at zMAX Dragway

a regular event.

Ron Capps

Last year, Capps won five times en route to his first career NHRA Funny Car title.

This year, it took him less than half a season to reach that same total as Capps and his NAPA Funny Car

team picked up right where he left off last season. It may have taken nearly two decades for the Don

Schumacher Racing driver to get his first championship, but now that he knows what it takes to win,

count on him to be a contender when the Countdown kicks off at zMAX Dragway in September.