Antron Brown wasn't even on the track during the final run of the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel season, but, not only did he go into the record books as this year's champion, he will also be remembered in the history of motorsports for an entirely different reason. The 36-year-old drag racer has become the first African American to win a major auto racing title in the United States after watching his teammate, Tony Schumacher, lose in the final round of the weekend at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California.

Brown, just 67 points ahead of Schumacher before the final race, was watching from the sidelines due to a loss in the first round on Sunday that also left him with burns on his hands and feet. Schumacher could have stolen the title from Brown had he won the final race of the weekend, but he lost to Brandon Bernstein by 0.01 seconds. Brown, who started his racing career on motorcycles, switched over to Top Fuel in 2008 and earned the pole in his very first race, which took place at none other than Pomona.

If Antron Brown's name sounds familiar to non-NHRA fans, it may be because he was responsible for helping to bring everyone's favorite drag racing Toyota Sequoia, the DragQuoia, to this year's SEMA Show.

Scroll down to watch video coverage from Brown's historic win.


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      Mario Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      A brother we can be proud of. Go Antron!
      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrads to A. Brown!!!!!
      threefortyduster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even though he's teammates with Tony Schumacher and his car is owned by Don Schumacher, I was happy to see Brandon nip Tony at the finish line to give Antron the title. Tony has won 7 already and I like seeing other people win. Also good to see Brandon win his first race in 3 years. In other Schumacher racing news, Schumacher teams finished 1-2-3 in Top Fuel final points and also finished 1-2 in the final Funny Car points. Hell of a season for DSR.
      broman78
      • 2 Years Ago
      too bad you are 6 years too late. Micheal Nash won in 2006 and again in 2007. http://www.dragracecentral.com/drcstoryprint.asp?ID=150767
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations!!!! Very well earned title.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont follow NHRA but congrats to AB! Total stud
      BrianD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Former nhra motorcycle rider who has found his niche as a top fuel driver
      BrianD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don is creole. Look it up
      Oklahoma Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      we can all agree that this guy can GO, imagine winning a World Championship, after blowing engine in First Round It shows with good sponsorship and technical staffing, the playground is getting leveled and all the creme's are rising to the top, Regardless of Race, Sex, Color, body shape, Go Antron Go
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, any news of the first Native American winning?
      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      This brother CAN drive.
      PCTshooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may be a big deal for an "African-American" but, it has been accomplished by an African-Brit already so I just lumped us all together. Do I have to push the the African-Americans down below the African-Brits now too?
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