Indianapolis: Brown wins 'dominator' duel

CLERMONT, Ind. - Antron Brown earned $15,000 for winning the Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday at the 46th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Brown, Cory McClenathan and Tommy Johnson Jr....

CLERMONT, Ind. - Antron Brown earned $15,000 for winning the Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday at the 46th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Brown, Cory McClenathan and Tommy Johnson Jr. remained qualifying leaders, while Mark Osborne and Randy Daniels moved to the No. 1 position in their respective categories at the $2.6 million race, the 17th of 23 events in $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Brown, from Chesterfield, N.J., used a holeshot start to outrun fellow Suzuki rider Angelle Seeling in the final round of the $50,000 special event. Brown, who rides a motorcycle owned by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent, clocked a winning run of 7.343 at 180.91, overcoming Seeling's quicker run of 7.327 at 179.73. "All three rounds were tough, that's why it's called the Holley Dominator Duel," said Brown, who beat teammate Tony Mullen and three-time defending winner Matt Hines to advance to the final in the eight-bike field that features the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors from the last year. "There were no gimme rounds out there today. In the final with Angelle we were about even at half-track and then my front wheel started to pull ahead on the back half of the track. That was the best feeling. It's awesome just being here at Indy. To win this race is pretty special because there's a lot of riders who try for a whole career to win this and never do it." Should Brown win Monday's eliminations he will pocket an additional $10,000 bonus from the NHRA, bringing his total weekend earnings to more than $35,000 - the largest single race purse for the two-wheel category. "I'm not going to think about all that money," said Brown with a grin. "We're just going to focus on each round and see what happens at the end of the day. The main thing is to stay consistent. That's what you must do to win races out here." In Top Fuel, no one improved on McClenathan's 4.655 at 317.57 from Friday's session. Shirley Muldowney, making a return to NHRA competition at this event, is qualified 14th with a 4.779 at 306.53. Johnson remained at the top of the Funny Car lineup with a 4.963 at 301.27 in a Pontiac Firebird. Osborne, from Abingdon, Va., topped the Pro Stock order with a 6.976 at 196.39 in a Pontiac Firebird. Brown's Friday best of 7.324 at 182.70 continued to lead Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying, while Seeling moved into the second spot with a run of 7.327 at 179.73. Grantsboro, N.C.'s Daniels moved to the front of the Pro Stock Truck starting grid, driving his Chevy S-10 to a 7.625 at 176.67. Pro qualifying continues Sunday with sessions at 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. In other scheduled racing, Ron Capps will try for a third consecutive $100,000 Budweiser Shootout victory in the special bonus event for qualified Funny Car competitors. <pre> Saturday's results from the $50,000 Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Motorcycle at the 46th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

ROUND ONE -- Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.381, 179.44 def. Ron Ayers, Suzuki, 7.605, 174.77; Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.370, 180.79 def. Tony Mullen, Suzuki, 7.370, 180.52; Angelle Seeling, Suzuki, 7.344, 179.54 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.521, 170.56; Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.365, 181.94 def. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.423, 173.74; QUARTERFINALS -- Brown, 7.345, 178.00 def. Hines, 7.402, 181.20; Seeling, 7.342, 180.77 def. Treble, 7.435, 175.50; FINAL -- Brown, 7.343, 180.91 def. Seeling, 7.327, 179.73.

CLERMONT, Ind. - Saturday's qualifying results for the 46th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the 17th of 23 events in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Qualifying continues Sunday for Monday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Cory McClenathan, 4.655 seconds, 317.57 mph; 2. Bob Vandergriff, 4.658, 305.22; 3. Tony Schumacher, 4.662, 316.60; 4. Larry Dixon, 4.668, 309.20; 5. Joe Amato, 4.689, 312.57; 6. Kenny Bernstein, 4.697, 314.46; 7. Tim Gibson, 4.738, 303.64; 8. Don Lampus, 4.745, 312.93; 9. Gary Scelzi, 4.751, 308.28; 10. Doug Herbert, 4.755, 306.95; 11. Doug Kalitta, 4.755, 301.81; 12. Bruce Litton, 4.778, 308.43; 13. Gary Clapshaw, 4.779, 307.44; 14. Shirley Muldowney, 4.779, 306.53; 15. Andrew Cowin, 4.788, 303.71; 16. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 4.797, 306.19.

Funny Car -- 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Pontiac Firebird, 4.963, 301.27; 2. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.967, 306.53; 3. Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro, 4.968, 300.53; 4. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 5.001, 303.91; 5. Scotty Cannon, Camaro, 5.002, 297.61; 6. Cory Lee, Dodge Avenger, 5.013, 310.91; 7. Cristen Powell, Chevrolet Camaro, 5.032, 302.69; 8. Jim Epler, Camaro, 5.046, 298.47; 9. Cruz Pedregon, Firebird, 5.049, 302.01; 10. Del Worsham, Firebird, 5.077, 299.26; 11. Scott Weis, Chevy Corvette, 5.098, 297.55; 12. Gary Densham, Firebird, 5.113, 292.01; 13. Dean Skuza, Avenger, 5.129, 299.93; 14. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 5.152, 254.42; 15. Jerry Toliver, Firebird, 5.163, 289.82; 16. Bruce Sarver, Firebird, 5.169, 289.45.

Pro Stock -- 1. Mark Osborne, Pontiac Firebird, 6.976, 196.39; 2. Ron Krisher, Firebird, 6.982, 196.76; 3. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Camaro, 6.986, 197.39; 4. Mark Pawuk, Firebird, 6.986, 196.50; 5. Warren Johnson, Firebird, 6.992, 197.57; 6. Troy Coughlin, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.996, 196.64; 7. Richie Stevens, Firebird, 6.999, 195.19; 8. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 7.003, 194.72; 9. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 7.010, 195.79; 10. Bruce Allen, Firebird, 7.013, 195.48; 11. George Marnell, Firebird, 7.015, 195.25; 12. Darrell Alderman, Avenger, 7.016, 195.76; 13. Brad Jeter, Firebird, 7.020, 196.27; 14. Jeg Coughlin, Cutlass, 7.020, 195.59; 15. Tom Martino, Firebird, 7.024, 195.90; 16. V. Gaines, Camaro, 7.033, 194.86.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.324, 182.70; 2. Angelle Seeling, Suzuki, 7.327, 180.31; 3. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.331, 181.94; 4. Tony Mullen, Suzuki, 7.370, 180.86; 5. John Smith, Suzuki, 7.375, 181.96; 6. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.381, 179.97; 7. Blaine Hale, Kawasaki, 7.390, 179.06; 8. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.423, 178.45; 9. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.437, 178.24; 10. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.464, 174.62; 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.476, 173.01; 12. Clarence Markham, Suzuki, 7.482, 175.94; 13. Greg Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.490, 175.82; 14. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.505, 176.84; 15. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.522, 179.79; 16. Rob Short, Kawasaki, 7.525, 178.66.

Pro Stock Truck -- 1. Randy Daniels, Chevy S-10, 7.625, 176.67; 2. John Coughlin, S-10, 7.627, 176.07; 3. John Lingenfelter, GMC Sonoma, 7.627, 175.87; 4. Greg Stanfield, S-10, 7.629, 176.56; 5. Mike Coughlin, S-10, 7.646, 176.19; 6. Bob Panella Jr, S-10, 7.650, 176.03; 7. Don Smith, S-10, 7.652, 175.82; 8. Arnie Martel, S-10, 7.660, 175.09; 9. Bart Price, S-10, 7.662, 176.42; 10. Mark Whisnant, S-10, 7.662, 175.48; 11. Lou Ficco, S-10, 7.663, 174.64; 12. Scott Perin, S-10, 7.664, 174.71; 13. Todd Patterson, Dodge Dakota, 7.669, 174.75; 14. Rick Jones, Sonoma, 7.670, 175.09; 15. Steve Johns, S-10, 7.673, 175.96; 16. Jeff Gracia, S-10, 7.678, 175.73.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Shirley Muldowney , Bruce Litton , Antron Brown , Bruce Sarver , Frank Pedregon , Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Bob Panella , Darrell Alderman , Kenny Bernstein , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Scott Weis , Jim Epler , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Andrew Cowin , Ron Krisher , Ron Ayers , Shawn Gann , Todd Patterson , Jeff Gracia , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , Blaine Hale , John Lingenfelter , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Cruz Pedregon , Craig Treble , Cory McClenathan , Greg Stanfield , Bruce Allen , Geno Scali , Tom Martino , George Marnell , Allen Johnson , Don Lampus , Rickie Smith , Tim Gibson , Mark Whisnant , Cory Lee , Michael Phillips , Jerry Toliver , Steve Johnson , Joe DeSantis , Steve J , Tommy Johnson Jr.