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Reading race ends in flurry of records, surprises

Rain fell. Records fell. Some drivers' positions int he standings fell. But excitement was on the rise at the National Hot Rod Association's Auto-Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. In Monday's rain-delayed conclusion, the Top Fuel class continued its throwdown of national elapsed-time records and crowned a first-time winner whose numbers weren't part of that flurry. The Pro Stock class produced a surprise winner, as well.

Brown, Beckman dazzle on quick Reading track

Antron Brown in Top Fuel and Jack Beckman in Funny Car -- both Don Schumacher Racing drivers -- raise the performance bars in the nitro-fueled classes during Sunday's rain-interrupted Auto-Plus Nationals at Reading, Pa.'s Maple Grove Raceway. Rains pushed the conclusion of the Countdown event to Monday.

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