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Antron Brown wins 2nd straight U.S. Nationals; defeats Steve Torrence

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster driver Antron Brown has won the U.S. Nationals. He won the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals on Monday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Brown has now won back-to-back races. He also won the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota two weeks ago.

AB Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning his second straight U.S. Nationals after defeating Steve Torrence in the final round at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park
Antron Brown celebrates after winning his second straight U.S. Nationals after defeating Steve Torrence in the final round at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park (Photo by the NHRA)

The Indiana native went 3.779 at 328.54 mph to get the win. He defeated his “brother” Steve Torrence, who went 3.870 at 327.43 mph in the losing effort.

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“It’s one of those weekends where we never quit and that’s what you have to do to win the U.S. Nationals,” Brown said. “We went through all the trials and tribulations and that’s what makes this win so special. We were coming off that win in Brainerd and we got thrown a curveball. But we got this one done and we’re going to remember this win for a long time.

“This is one that was a getting-dirty win. We went through all the pain, all the stuff all the way through qualifying and we found a way as a team. We never stopped believing. You’ve got to have faith. I love this team so much. They never quit, never stopped working and all the credit goes to this team. They worked so, so hard and to win this two years in a row, it’s amazing.”

Brown has now won 3 races this season. He now has 74 career Wallys between Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel.

The AB Motorsports owner had the starting line advantage. As he went down the track, Brown increased the lead. 

Torrence also had a clean pass. However, he was unable to gain ground on Brown, who won by 0.0934 seconds, or approximately 45 feet. 

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Brown has won two straight U.S. Nationals. He is the first back-to-back Top Fuel Dragster U.S. Nationals winner since 2008 and 2009 when Tony Schumacher won his third and fourth straight.

He also won the U.S. Nationals in 2011, as well.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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