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Through 2016 Las Vegas

Top Fuel
Pos Driver Points
1 Brittany Force 307
2 Antron Brown 269
3 Doug Kalitta 267
4 Steve Torrence 249
5 Clay Millican 242
6 J.R. Todd 229
7 Dave Connolly 217
8 Terry Mc Millen 209
9 Tony Schumacher 190
10 Leah Pritchett 188
11 Richie Crampton 187
12 Troy Buff 155
13 Shawn Langdon 130
14 Scott Palmer 93
15 Morgan Lucas 84

Funny Car
Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Hight 341
2 John Force 294
3 Ron Capps 289
4 Del Worsham 283
5 Jack Beckman 271
6 Courtney Force 265
7 Chad Head 236
8 Alexis De Joria 233
9 Tim Wilkerson 221
10 Matt Hagan 150
11 Tommy Johnson 149
12 Cruz Pedregon 146
13 John Hale 126
14 James Campbell 109
15 Terry Haddock 98

Pro Stock
Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Line 463
2 Greg Anderson 415
3 Bo Butner 331
4 Drew Skillman 264
5 Chris McGaha 214
6 Allen Johnson 212
7 Jeg Coughlin 191
8 Vincent Nobile 175
9 Erica Enders 171
10 Alex Laughlin 154
11 Deric Kramer 135
12 V Gaines 124
12 Matthew Hartford 124
14 Shane Gray 117
15 Joey Grose 94

Pro Stock Motorcycle
Pos Driver Points
1 Eddie Krawiec 129
2 Hector Arana 99
3 Andrew Hines 79
4 LE Tonglet IV 74
5 Chip Ellis 62
6 Michael Ray Jr 52
6 Gerald Savoie 52
6 James Underdahl 52
9 Angelle Sampey 35
10 Scott Pollacheck 33
10 Melissa Surber 33
12 Steve Johnson 32
13 Hector Arana Jr 31
13 Mike Berry 31
13 Michael Phillips 31
13 Angie Smith 31
Forces, Torrence, Gray, and Savoie win big in Vegas

Toyota Nationals
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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Antron Brown takes Top Fuel title
Antron Brown takes Top Fuel title

Antron Brown secured his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals. 

After defeating Wayne Newby in the quarterfinals, Antron outlasted his two closest chasers, Doug Kalitta, who lost in the quarterfinal round to Steve Torrence, and Shawn Langdon, who fell in the first round to J.R. Todd, to secure the season crown.
 
In other drag racing, John Force (Funny Car), Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were event winners in their respective categories at the 23rd race on the 24 event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. It is the fifth race of the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
 
It is Brown's second consecutive world championship, in 2015 he also clinched the title at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His first championship came in 2012. It is the first time in seven years that a Top Fuel champion has won back-to-back titles.
 
Brown won his first race of the season at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals and had a runner-up finish at the next event, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. A win in Epping, N.H. kept him second in points. Brown took the points lead at the Route 66 Nationals and never relinquished the top spot. During the famed West Coast Swing he made a final round appearance at Denver and raced to his fourth victory of the season in Seattle. His success continued during the Countdown to the Championship piloting his dragster to three victories in the first four races. "Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald) and our entire team has worked so hard and I'm just privileged to drive that racecar for Don Schumacher Racing because Don makes it all happen," Brown said. "When you come to a sport with all this access it makes dreams like mine, a kid from New Jersey, come true. My dad, uncle, everybody, they instilled it in me at a young age, work hard and you can make great things happen." 

John Force beat daughter Courtney in Funny Car finals
John Force beat daughter Courtney in Funny Car finals
"I'm really excited," said Force, a sixteen-time world champion and the winningest driver in NHRA history. "I mean I never like beating my daughter. We got two wins in the Countdown just a little bit late. It's pretty exciting when I see the stands packed. The way NHRA and the way our TV deal has really been hopping, sold out crowds, and so many things going on. To be a part of it still at my age is really awesome."John Force powered his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro to a 3.884 second pass at 327.19 mph to defeat daughter, Courtney Force who raced a 3.906 at 325.85 in her Traxxas Chevy Camaro. It is John's 147th career victory, fourth of the season and sixth at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speed, fourth at the fall event.
 
It was the fifth time father and daughter had faced each other in a race finals, the most recent was in Denver, where John also won. John defeated John Bojec, Chad Head, and Matt Hagan in the earlier round for the win. With the semifinal finish, Hagan moves to second in the points standings, 86 behind Ron Capps who fell to Courtney in the semifinals.

"It's been a good weekend all together," Torrence said. "We kind of struggled the first few races of the countdown and dropped the ball. I mean heck we had to turn it on and come up here and try to do some good. The Capco guys have really stayed focus and stayed driven and done what it took to overcome just some bad luck and a couple screw ups on my part. We have a really good team, we have a championship caliber team, I believe."Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to a 3.734 pass at 323.81 to defeat J.R. Todd's 3.762 at 321.96 in his SealMaster dragster in the Top Fuel final. It is Torrence's third win of the season, eighth of his career and first at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
Torrence defeated Richie Crampton, Doug Kalitta and Leah Pritchett to get to the finals while Todd faced Shawn Langdon, No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican and 2016 champion Brown in the earlier rounds.
 
"It was a great weekend," Gray said. "It was a really good weekend for me. We were talking out there I think I've been in nine semis this year and I haven't won since U.S. Nationals in 2014. It was a great day. I've got one more race to run and then my son is getting in the car so I can't think of a better time to win. Awesome day."In Pro Stock, Shane Gray raced his Gray Motorsports Chevy Camaro to a 6.719 pass at 204.76 to defeat teammate Drew Skillman for his first win of the season, fifth of his career and first at The Strip.
 
Gray had victories against Deric Kramer, Bo Butner and Greg Anderson before reaching his first final round of the season. His win moves him into third in points. Jason Line and Anderson remain in the first and second spots, respectively, after they both fell in the semifinals.
 

Shane Gray
"To do what we did here, we been working hard," Savoie said. "Tim (Kulungian) went back to the shop and looked at a bunch of notes, and got on a dyno and an engine we had back home and did some work. It's like football and anything else, the harder you work, the better you get. It all came together this weekend. No. 1 qualifier every round, and we got a fast motorcycle. It's going to be very, very interesting when we get to Pomona."Jerry Savoie rode his Savoie's Alligator Farm Suzuki to a 6.915 at 194.13 to defeat Andrew Hines in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round for his second win of the season sixth of his career and first in Vegas.
 
Savoie defeated Scott Pollacheck, LE Tonglet, and Matt Smith in the early rounds and is now three points behind Harley-Davidson teammates Hines and Eddie Krawiec who are tied for the points lead.
The final race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 2016 season, The Auto Club NHRA Finals, will be Nov. 10-13 in Pomona, Calif.

Troy Coughlin raced to victory Sunday in the final NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race of the 2016 season. The Pro Mod event was presented by Aeromotive, Inc. and was a portion of the NHRA Toyota Nationals.
 
Coughlin, a two-time world champion, powered his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to a 5.814-second pass at 250.78 mph to defeat Todd Tutterow's 6.018 at 233.92. This was the third win of the season for Coughlin who narrowly lost the season championship to Rickie Smith.
 

Jerry Savoie
"We're gonna take [the trophy] every time we get a chance to," said Coughlin. "Steve Petty (crew chief) and all the guys on the team and back at Jegs.com and Proline Racing Engines gave us a fast race car pretty much all year. Especially in the last half of the season it's been fast, consistent, and will win races."
 
Coughlin, who won in Englishtown, N.J., and St. Louis, outlasted Pete Farber, Kevin Rivenbark and Rickie Smith in the earlier rounds. 
 
The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series concluded with a season ending celebration in Las Vegas and honored three-time champion Rickie Smith.

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