BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Antron Brown won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout on Saturday to earn a $100,000 on Saturday at the U.S. Nationals.
Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel season champion, had a 4.147-second pass at 220.62 mph to beat Doug Kalitta in the final of the all-star bonus event. Brown topped J.R. Todd and Richie Crampton to reach the final.
"The main thing is we were able to sneak away with that win," said Brown, who also won the Pro Stock Motorcycle bonus race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2000. "When you race a Kalitta car in the final for $100,000, they'll throw a big run on you. We both didn't make it down cause we were pressing hard and we knew what was at stake."
In qualifying for the NHRA regular-season finale, Larry Dixon led in Top Fuel, Jack Beckman in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock, and Chip Ellis in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Dixon had a 3.744 at 326.00, and Beckman had a 3.936 at 323.74, both track records, in his Dodge Charger R/T. Anderson finished at 6.562 at 210.70 in a Chevy Camaro, and Ellis ran a 6.862 at 193.63 on a Buell.