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COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) - Antron Brown raced to the Top Fuel victory Saturday at the weather-delayed NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway.

Brown earned his second victory of the season and his fifth win at the Georgia dragstrip, powering past Brandon Bernstein in the final round.

Brown covered the distance in 3.801 seconds at 321.25 mph, while Bernstein lost traction at the start and finished in 7.105 at 90.64 mph.

``It's big to win down here at the Southern Nationals,'' said defending world champion Brown, who also defeated Pat Dakin, Spencer Massey and Doug Kalitta in earlier rounds for his 39th career victory.

``This track's been real special to me,'' Brown continued. ``It reminds me of going to a racetrack in my hometown. It's been around forever, and it has that special atmosphere with great fans that pump you up. You get that aura of the passion for the sport that they have. Everybody was running so strong this weekend that it was monumental for us to get the job done.''

Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were winners at the NHRA Drag Racing Series event.

In Funny Car, Gray earned his second win of the season by defeating event No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan in the final round. Gray's Dodge Charger led the entire way down the track with a performance of 4.077 at 314.17 and Hagan trailed in his Charger with a 4.160 at 309.49.

Edwards scored his second win of the season and 36th of his career in Pro Stock and increased his series points lead. Edwards defeated Gray's son Shane in the final round with a 6.595 at 209.14 in a Chevy Camaro.

The younger Gray posted a 6.643 at 208.17 in his Camaro in the runner-up effort in his third consecutive final-round appearance.

The Associated Press News Service

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