Brown tops qualifying at NHRA Midwest Nationals

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MADISON, Ill. (AP) -- Top Fuel racer Antron Brown led a record-setting day of qualifying Friday in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Brown and the rest of the NHRA teams took advantage of cool fall temperatures that led to a track records in all four Full Throttle Series classes.

Brown powered his dragster to a track-record performance of 3.737 seconds at 326.79 mph to qualify in front of teammate and championship rival Spencer Massey. Brown and Massey entered the event tied at the top of the Top Fuel standings, but Brown holds a two-point lead by virtue of his better qualifying effort.

Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field, Jason Line had the Pro Stock lead, and Hector Arana Jr. was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the third of six playoff races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.