Antron Brown and Ron Capps gave Don Schumacher Racing a sweep of the rain-delayed final rounds of the NHRA Northwest Nationals on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR).
The Top Fuel and Funny Car finals were moved to BIR after they were washed out two weeks ago at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. They were run during the third round of qualifying in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Brown had a 3.747-second pass at 320.13 mph in his Top Fuel dragster to beat Steve Torrence. Brown has four victories this year and leads the season standings.
"All of our boys were pushing hard on that one," Brown said. "The track was tight and it just gobbled it up. It felt good and we got it done."
In Funny Car, Capps had a 4.014 pass at 322.42 in a Dodge Charger R/T to defeat Del Worsham for his milestone 50th career victory and fifth of the season. He also leads the standings.
"My family is here and this medal is going to my daughter, who was in Seattle," Capps said. "This trophy is going back to Seattle to all the fans back in Seattle and Oregon. It's going to make its rounds and I think they are going to be a little more rowdy out there."
The Pro Stock final between Vincent Nobile and Aaron Strong will be run in two weeks in Indiana because Strong skipped the regular Brainerd event.
• Brown was the Top Fuel qualifying leader in 3.679 — eight-thousands of a second off the national elapsed time record. Shawn Langdon was second in 3.690. His Matco Tools dragster reached a speed of 328.30 mph in taking the No. 1 spot. "My car went right down Broadway, and it was ripping," said Brown, the reigning world champion.
• Matt Hagan got the No. 1 spot in Funny Car qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The two-time world champion's time was 3.822 seconds, edging Worsham's 3.856. It was the third time this year that Hagan was the No. 1 qualifier and the 24th time in his career. His elapsed time was a Funny Car national record and his speed of 333.82 mph in the Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T was a track record. He said his crew chief told him, "Hey kid, it's going to go really fast or nowhere at all."
• Nobile was the top Pro Stock qualifier with a time of 6.597 seconds on his last run. "The team's been doing a great job tuning the car," said Nobile, also the No. 1 qualifier in Seattle, "and so [Sunday] is going to be on me, no pressure, but I think I can make it happen."
• The visiting St. Paul Saints lost 4-3 to Fargo-Moorhead. Trever Adams hit a solo homer in the sixth for the Saints and Tony Thomas had an RBI double in the ninth.
• The No. 3-ranked Gophers volleyball team will hold a free, open intrasquad scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.
• After six years of finishes under .500, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters routed the host Eau Claire Express 11-4 on to sweep the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series and clinch their first Northwoods League championship. The Rafters (53-23) scored six runs in the sixth inning to break the game open.