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Antron Brown remains perfect in Countdown, winning NHRA Keystone Nationals


MOHTON, Pennsylvania — Antron Brown remained perfect in the first three Countdown to the Championship events, winning the NHRA Keystone Nationals on Sunday.

Brown had a 3.717-second pass at 328.46 mph in his Top Fuel dragster to beat teammate Tony Schumacher.

With a 12-0 round record, Brown broke the Chase-opening mark of 12-0 set by Funny Car driver Robert Hight in 2009. Brown, the 2012 season champion, has six victories this season and 54th overall — 38th in Top Fuel and 16 in Pro Stock Motorcycle. He leads Schumacher by 94 points with three events left.

Jack Beckman won in Funny Car, Chris McGaha in Pro Stock, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Beckman beat Chad Head in the quickest Funny Car final in history, driving to a 3.910 at 326.79 in his Dodge Charger R/T. Beckman, the 2012 season champion, had career-best seven victories this year and 22 overall. Beckman also broke the national record for elapsed time for the third time this year with a 3.897 in the semifinals, giving him a 20-point bonus. He trails points leader Del Worsham by 16 points.

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