Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel title
  • Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel title
  • In this photo provided by NHRA, Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown, right, is congratulated by NHRA President Tom Compton after Brown became the first black champion to win a major U.S. auto racing title at the Auto Club NHRA auto race finals on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Pomona, Calif. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz)

  • Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel title
  • In this photo provided by NHRA, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world champions, from left, Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec celerbate during a news conference at the Auto Club NHRA auto race finals on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Pomona, Calif. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz)

  • Antron Brown wins NHRA Top Fuel title
  • In this photo provided by NHRA, Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown performs a burnout during eliminations at the Auto Club NHRA auto race finals on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Pomona, Calif. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz)


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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, Califo