Antron Brown raced to the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying position Saturday in the season-opening Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals.
After waiting out two days of rain delays, race teams were able
to complete a round of qualifying at Auto Club Raceway. Rain
showers late in the day kept the final qualifying order to a single
Robert Hight and Greg Anderson also will lead their categories
into Sunday's eliminations at the first of 24 events in the NHRA
Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Brown powered his dragster to a 3.708-second pass to claim the
top spot in Top Fuel. Defending champ Tony Schumacher was fifth in
his dragster with a 3.897 at 311.99. Last season's No. 2 points
finisher, Larry Dixon, failed to qualify for the first time since
the 2006 season.
Hight was quickest in Funny Car, covering the distance in 4.037
seconds in his Ford Mustang. Del Worsham was second in a Toyota
Solara with a 4.038. Tim Wilkerson, who led the points standings
for most of last season, had his first DNQ since 2007.
Anderson claimed his fourth straight No. 1 qualifying position
at the event and the 70th of his career by clocking a track-record
time of 6.588 at 209.59 in a Pontiac GXP.