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“The canopy’s windshield is five-eighths-of-an-inch thick. Nothing got to me. When I hit the sand trap, I saw stones flying all over the place, but I didn’t get dusty, nothing got into me. It really, really did its job,” he said. “I remember turning the fresh air on because the (nitro) fumes were getting to me. Thank God that canopy is on our car because when we hit that sand trap it really kept everything away from me and the fire away from me.”

Brown stopped by the DSR shop while home to thank the fabricators who built his dragster. Now he’s headed back out to compete this weekend at Phoenix, where he’ll rejoin the rest of his team.

“Everything is ready to rock. I’m ready to get to Phoenix and get back on that horse,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

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