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11/03 2015

Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel championship; Doug Kalitta wins at Las Vegas ALANIS KING – NOVEMBER 1, 2015

Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel championship Doug Kalitta wins at Las Vegas

Antron Brown didn’t win the Las Vegas event, but he did what he needed to do to claim his second Top Fuel championship.PHOTO BY NHRA/NATIONAL DRAGSTER

TOP FUEL TITLE IS SECOND FOR BROWN

After sweeping the first three events of the Countdown to the Championship, Antron Brown took home the NHRA Top Fuel title during the penultimate event of the season.

Brown didn’t make it to the final at the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas — Doug Kalitta defeated Larry Dixon to take the event win — but a second-round victory allowed Brown to clinch the title early. The closest contender for the title was Brown’s teammate Tony Schumacher, who saw defeat in the second round of eliminations at the event.

The championship is Brown’s second, with his first title coming in 2012. He made history three years back when he became the first African-American world champion in NHRA history.

“We were greedy. We really wanted to have the Toyota Wally (trophy) next to that big Wally, but, hey, we’ll take the big one any day,” said Brown, whose Matco Tools team pocketed $500,000 for the championship title. “I just lost a race to Doug Kalitta by five-ten-thousandths of a second. It’s probably the closest race of all year. That’s how competitive this class has gotten, and that’s what makes this so big and makes it worth it when you can go out there and win a championship like our team has.”

Along with two titles, Brown has 54-career victories — 38 of those coming in Top Fuel competition.

The series runs its last elimination round of the season, the Auto Club Finals, at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, on Nov. 15.