Don Schumacher Racing nearly won both of the top titles in Texas

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ENNIS, Texas - Don Schumacher Racing nearly won both of the top titles Sunday in the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas.

DSR was assured of at least its 193rd NHRA title when Antron Brown's Matco Tools dragster met FRAM/Prestone's Spencer Massey in the championship round of Top Fuel to mark the 24th time and seventh in 19 events this year that a championship round in Top Fuel featured a pair of DSR dragsters.

Antron Brown
Antron Brown

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Brown won the close race that pulled him into a tie with Massey for the points lead in the Countdown to the Championship after the second of six events in the playoffs for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

In Funny Car, Hagan nearly made it a "double" for DSR but lost in the final round for the Texas title and the chance for the Aaron's Dream Machine/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T tuned by crew chief Tommy DeLago to win its first title of the season.

Hagan beat DSR teammate Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge in the semifinals, but Capps still was able to extend his championship lead to 96 points over Mike Neff.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competes this weekend near St. Louis.

The following are DSR's results and notes from the NHRA Fall Nationals near Dallas:

TOP FUEL
Event winner: Antron Brown (DSR)
No. 1 qualifier: Shawn Langdon (Al-Anabi Racing) 3.827 sec., 322.34 mph

Antron Brown, Matco Tools dragster
Qualified: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: BROWN (4.151 sec., 238.93 mph) def. David Grubnic (5.342, 129.39)
Round 2: BROWN (4.126, 245.05) def. Shawn Langdon (4.229, 256.06)
Semifinals: BROWN (3.984, 303.50) def. Morgan Lucas (3.997, 280.25)
Finals: BROWN (3.898, 311.49) def. Spencer Massey (3.945, 300.60)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 3.915 sec., 309.77 mph
Session 2: 3.862, 309.70
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.606, 167.51
Session 4: 3.948, 306.88

Spencer Massey, FRAM/Prestone dragster
Qualified: No. 10
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: MASSEY (3.814 sec., 322.11 mph) def. Steve Torrence (3.852, 318.17)
Round 2: MASSEY (3.870, 317.79) def. Tony Schumacher (3.982, 295.85)
Semifinals: MASSEY (4.275, 270.54) def. Brandon Bernstein (4.824, 170.73)
Finals: Antron Brown (3.898, 311.49) def. MASSEY (3.945, 300.60)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: (3.911, 311.77 mph)
Session 2: 6.433, 91.74
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 3.886, 317.57
Session 4: 3.960, 300.73

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster
Qualified: No. 2
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: SCHUMACHER (3.824 sec., 321.81 mph) def. Chris Karamesines (6.873, 94.64)
Round 2: Spencer Massey (3.870 317.79) def. SCHUMACHER (3.982, 295.85)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.556 sec., 170.26 mph
Session 2: 3.829, 320.13
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.076, 223.43
Session 4: 3.887, 315.27

FUNNY CAR
Event winner: Bob Tasca III (Tasca Racing)
No. 1 Qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing), 4.081 sec., 308.21 mph

Matt Hagan, Aaron's Dream Machine/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: HAGAN (4.134 sec., 302.48 mph) def. John Force (4.225, 298.01)
Round 2: HAGAN (4.172, 297.48) def. Tim Wilkerson (4.509, 204.66)
Semifinals: HAGAN (4.203, 293.03) def. Ron Capps (4.220, 288.09)
Finals: Bob Tasca III (4.826, 197.59) def. HAGAN (5.025, 188.15)
FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.353, 229.24 mph
Session 2: 4.172, 299.60
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.151, 296.63
Session 4: 4.208, 294.69

Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: CAPPS (4.119 sec., 303.64 mph) def. Blake Alexander (4.189, 298.34)
Round 2: CAPPS (4.194, 299.06) def. Jack Beckman (4.235, 296.76)
Semifinals: Matt Hagan (4.203, 293.03) def. CAPPS (4.220, 288.09)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 5.016 sec., 151.44 mph
Session 2: 4.172, 299.60
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.134, 295.01
Session 4: 4.201, 29126
Saturday's Traxxas Nitro Shootout final: John Force def. Ron Capps

Jack Beckman, Schumacher Electric Battery Extender Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 3
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: BECKMAN (4.143 sec., 298.54 mph) def. Jeff Arend (4.999, 203.74)
Round 2: Ron Capps (4.194, 299.06) def. BECKMAN (4.235, 296.76)
FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 5.571 sec., 125.01 mph
Session 2: 4.109, 303.98
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.483, 274.94
Session 4: 4.177, 298.21

Johnny Gray, NTB/Service Central Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 13
Round 1 opponent: Cruz Pedregon
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
Round 1: Cruz Pedregon (4.105, 303.03) def. GRAY (4.665, 180.07)
FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.193 sec., 298.21 mph
Session 2: 4.193, 298.21
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.254, 290.82
Session 4: 4.925, 169.44

NHRA FULL THROTTLE STANDINGS
After second event of six-race Countdown to the Championship
(Unofficial through Sept. 23, 2012; DSR drivers in CAPS)

TOP FUEL
1. ANTRON BROWN, 2,256
1. SPENCER MASSEY, 2,256
3. TONY SCHUMACHER, 2,232
4. Shawn Langdon, 2,215
5. Morgan Lucas, 2,173
6. Brandon Bernstein, 2,166
7. Doug Kalitta, 2,133
8. Steve Torrence, 2,126
9. Bob Vandergriff, 2,085
10. David Grubnic, 2,075

FUNNY CAR
1. RON CAPPS, 2,307
2. Mike Neff, 2,211
3. JACK BECKMAN, 2,210
4. Cruz Pedregon, 2,167
5. Robert Hight, 2,144
6. Courtney Force, 2,140
7. Tim Wilkerson, 2,123
8. JOHNNY GRAY, 2,113
9. John Force, 2,104
10. Jeff Arend, 2,095
11. MATT HAGAN, 978

Source: Don Schumacher Racing

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