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Antron Brown wins at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

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POSTED July 30, 2012 7:56 p.m.

SONOMA (AP) — Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division Sunday in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals to move into position to become the first NHRA driver to twice sweep the three-race Western Swing.

Brown beat Spencer Massey in the final for his third victory at Sonoma, fourth victory of the season and 35th of his career. Brown finished in 3.814 seconds at 318.02 mph, while Massey trailed in 3.826 at 323.50.

"The boys made great decisions each and every round," Brown said. "The car is just running phenomenal. It's easy to drive. It's one of those weekends that worked out. It was brutal for us given the ladder we had. We had to take it one round at a time. We kept our head down and kept digging."

Brown opened the Western Swing last week with a victory in the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Colorado. The NHRA Northwest Nationals are next week in Kent, Wash. He swept the three events in 2009.

We aren't going to talk about (sweeping)," Brown said. "We can talk about sweeping if we get to the final round at Seattle next weekend. First we have to qualify. Then we have to get past first round. The competition is just that good."

Johnny Gray topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson won in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Gray raced to his second victory of the season, beating defending series champion Matt Hagan. Gray had a run of 4.142 at 305.15 in a Dodge Charger, while Hagan finished in 5.461 at 146.67 in a Charger.

Johnson raced to his fourth Pro Stock win of the season, beating four-time world champ Greg Anderson. Johnson, also trying to complete a sweep in the Western Swing, won from the top qualifying position with a final-round effort of 6.542 at 211.76 in a Dodge Avenger. He overcame a near perfect reaction time from Anderson, who trailed with a 6.573 at 210.93 in a Chevy Camaro.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, top qualifier Krawiec raced to his fifth victory of the season and second in a row, once again beating teammate Andrew Hines in the final. In a race between Harley-Davidsons, Krawiec raced to a 6.809 at 197.74 to drive around the quicker reacting Hines, who trailed with a 6.839 at 196.27.

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