ENGLISTHWON, N.J. – Antron Brown raced to his 50th NHRA victory Sunday, beating Brittany Force in the Top Fuel final in the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at his home track.
Brown, from nearby Chesterfield, had a 3.843-second run at 318.47 mph at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the milestone victory. He has 34 victories in Top Fuel after winning 16 times in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The victory was his third of the season, and first in Top Fuel at the track.
"We knew (my 50th win) was at stake when we came in here, but I put everything of what this race means to the side, and that's what our team did," Brown said. "We came in here and treated it like a race. Every race we come in, we put in all the hard work and put in our all. We had to remind ourselves that each and every round. To do it in the hometown and in front of family means the world to me."
The 2012 Top Fuel series champion and current points leader raced past Force, who lost traction early in the run and finished in 5.398 at 150.16.
Matt Hagan won in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock, and Jerry Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Hagan also raced to his third victory of the season, beating Alexis DeJoria with a 4.132 at 299.53 in a Dodge Charger R/T. Hagan, the defending series champion, took the points lead.
Anderson powered his Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.504 at 214.31 mph to earn his 76th career victory and take over the Pro Stock points lead. He sprinted past Allen Johnson in the final round for his second win of the season and record sixth at Raceway Park.
Louisiana alligator farmer Savoie earned his second career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory when Jim Underdahl turned on the red light in the final round.