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Gray edges Capps for NHRA funny car title

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Gray won his fourth Funny Car title of the year on Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

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Gray and Ron Capps drove their Dodge Chargers to identical times of 4.103 seconds in the championship round. But Gray posted the quicker reaction time to get the victory. Gray's Charger went 314.02 mph in the final round, compared to 314.09 for Capps in his 400th career start.

Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

It was the seventh career victory for Gray, who has won each of his four finals this year. He beat Alexis DeJoria, Chad Head and defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman to reach the final round.

``Everybody said it was back-and-forth all the way down the track, and it was just a great drag race,'' Gray said. ``You just can't say enough for what my crew does for me and (Sunday) was my day. We came to Norwalk and the car never missed a step. When I get a race car like this, it's really hard to screw it up.''

AlBalooshi claimed his first victory of the season and second of his career, knocking off top qualifier Doug Kalitta in the final round. He covered the distance in 3.935 seconds at 271.30 mph while Kalitta's numbers were 4.215 seconds and 268.54 mph.

Edwards, the current points leader in Pro Stock, grabbed his fourth win of the year by knocking off defending world champion Allen Johnson.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Smith claimed his first win since 2011, a span of 34 races. Smith went 6.594 at 192.44 on his Buell en route to the victory against Scotty Pollacheck, who had a final round time of 7.008 at 191.16.

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