COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) – Antron Brown became the winningest Top Fuel rider in Atlanta Dragway history, leading his dragster to victory in the Lucas Oil NHRA’s Southern Nationals on Sunday.
Brown earned his fifth career installation victory, beating defending champion Steve Torrence in the final round with his lap of 3.752 seconds at 325.22 mph. Torrence finished in 3.794 seconds at 323.81 mph.
“It’s Rocky Balboa right there,” Brown said of Torrence. “And I’m Apollo. To get that win it was really remarkable. We just built on it every round. Anytime you can do it and get one of these (Wally trophies) it’s so special. .
“Atlanta has been so special to all of us.”
Bob Tasca III in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Scotty Pollacheck in Pro Stock Motorcycle also won their categories in the third round of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Tasca earned his second straight win in Funny Car, beating 16-time champion John Force.
Anderson raced to his fifth victory at Atlanta Dragway, and 96th of his career edging Vincent Nobile in the Pro Stock final round.
Pollacheck beat Matt Smith in the Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.921 second run at 198.35 mph on his EBR.
The NHRA season resumes May 14-16 at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.
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