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Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel final

COMMERCE, Ga. — Antron Brown raced to the Top Fuel victory Saturday at the weather-delayed NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway.

Brown earned his second victory of the season, powering past Brandon Bernstein in the final. Brown covered the distance in 3.801 seconds at 321.25 mph, while Bernstein lost traction at the start and finished in 7.105 at 90.64 mph.

"It's big to win down here at the Southern Nationals," said defending world champion Brown.

Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also won their classes. Gray earned his second win of the season by defeating No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan. Edwards scored his second win of the season and 36th career in Pro Stock and increased his points lead. Edwards defeated Gray's son Shane in the final.

IndyCar: Ed Carpenter had the fastest lap on the first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter, stepson of former Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George, ran a lap of 220.970 mph around the 2½-mile oval. Another American, Josef Newgarden, was second-fastest at 220.920; rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia was third at 220.720. Five drivers topped the 220 as unseasonably chilly, breezy and overcast conditions slowed speeds that could reach 230 for qualifying next weekend.

Formula One: Mercedes swept the front row in qualifying for today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona with Nico Rosberg earning the pole. The German ran a lap of 1 minute, 20.718 seconds to edge teammate Lewis Hamilton.

American Le Mans Series: Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr teamed to win in Monterey, Calif., covering 150 laps in a Honda.

Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel final 05/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:56pm]
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