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Antron Brown wins U.S. Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Antron Brown became the first NHRA racer to win the U.S. Nationals in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, beating Del Worsham on Monday in the Top Fuel final.

Mike Neff topped the Funny Car field, Greg Anderson won in Pro Stock and Hector Arana Jr. won the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in the final event before the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Brown beat Worsham with a run of 3.813 seconds at 321.73 mph. Brown has five victories this season.

"Words cannot describe how this feels," Brown said. "To come here and win at Indy, the biggest stage in drag racing, means so much. It just goes back to my childhood dream and sitting under those grandstands as a kid and saying 'I want to do that one day.' It's the greatest feeling I've ever had."

Worsham secured the No. 1 spot in the points during qualifying, while Kalitta Racing driver David Grubnic locked down the 10th and final spot after both Terry McMillen and Bob Vandergriff lost in the second round.

In the Funny Car final, Neff beat Bob Tasca for his fifth victory of the season. Neff had a 4.068-second run at 314.61 mph in his Ford Mustang, while Tasca's engine exploded shortly before the finish.

"It's The Big One. It's the one you dream about," Neff said. "I wasn't feeling confident. We struggled the last few races. Since we were racing a teammate (Robert Hight) in the first round, I said, 'Let's take a shot.' We tried some different things, and we won. Once we got by the first round, I felt better."

Neff took the top spot in the Countdown during qualifying, while Tasca clinched the 10th and final spot after Johnny Gray lost in the first round to Daniel Wilkerson.

Anderson outran top qualifier Jason Line 6.552-6.538 in the Pro Stock final for his sixth victory in the event. Anderson has five victories this year and 70 overall.

While Anderson locked up his No. 1 spot in the Countdown to the Championship, Ron Krisher secured the 10th and final spot when 11th-place driver Ronnie Humphrey lost to Allen Johnson in the second round.

Hector Arana eliminated defending champion LE Tonglet in the Pro Stock Motorcycle semifinals, then beat Gerald Savoie with run of 6.867 at 192.60.

Eddie Krawiec locked up the No. 1 spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle for the Countdown, while Jim Underdahl secured the final spot with his semifinal-round finish.

The NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship begins at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals on Sept. 15-18 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.