Antron Brown wins Top Fuel

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Antron Brown raced to his fourth win of the season in Top Fuel on Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners at the 15th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Brown powered his dragster past his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round to collect the win. His final round run of 3.844 seconds at a top speed of 319.22 mph proved strong enough to secure his 29th career victory.

It also moved him up to the second spot in the point standings with just one race remaining until the start of the six-race playoffs to determine the champions in each category.

While Brown moved up in the point standings, Top Fuel pilot Brandon Bernstein clinched his berth in the Countdown to the Championship with his second round finish on Sunday. Only the final three spots in the Top 10 point standings in Top Fuel remain open.

Former Pro Stock driver Gray raced to his first Funny Car win. Gray's run of 4.113 seconds at a top speed of 307.02 in his Dodge Charger was strong enough to get past Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps.

Gray moved to within 62 points of 10th-place driver Bob Tasca with just one race left before the cutoff for the Countdown to the Championship.

Anderson followed up his runner-up finish in Seattle with a win against Erica Enders. Anderson drove his Pontiac GXP to a 6.599 at 209.26 to get his fourth win of the season and 69th of his career. The win also moved Anderson to the top of the Pro Stock point standings.

Tonglet raced to his fourth win of the season. Tonglet powered his Suzuki past runner-up Hector Arana Jr. with a 6.954 at 191.27 for his ninth career win. The win also moved him up to the third spot in the point standings.

Fellow Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors Andrew Hines, Matt Smith and Hector Arana Sr. all clinched their berths in the Countdown to the Championship on Sunday.