CONCORD, N.C. – Antron Brown won the first Top Fuel final between black racers in NHRA history Sunday, beating J.R. Todd in the playoff-opening Carolina Nationals.
Brown raced to his fifth victory of the season, 36th overall in Top Fuel, and took over the points lead in his bid for a second season championship.
Brown left the starting line first at zMAX Dragway and sped to 3.832-second run at 311.56 mph. Todd trailed with a 4.063 at 286.32.
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders raced to her third consecutive victory, seventh of the season and 19th overall to pass Shirley Muldowney on NHRA's career victory list. Enders also tied Angelle Sampey's record for victories by a female racer in a season.
Enders beat Vicent Noble with a 6.581 at 210.97 in a Chevy Camaro.
Del Worsham won in Funny Car, and Andrew Hines topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field in the first of six playoff races in the Countdown to the Championship.
Worsham raced to his first victory of the season and 27th overall, topping Tommy Johnson Jr. with a 4.086 at 307.16 in a Toyota Camry. Hines beat Matt Smith with a 6.880 at 195.11 on a Harley-Davidson for his 40th career victory.