BROWN SECOND IN TOP FUEL; PEDREGON FIFTH IN FUNNY CAR AT GAINESVILLE

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BROWN SECOND IN TOP FUEL; PEDREGON FIFTH IN FUNNY CAR AT GAINESVILLE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 12, 2011) – Antron Brown qualified second for the second consecutive race in Top Fuel, while Cruz Pedregon placed fifth in Funny Car qualifying to lead the way for Toyota at the NHRA Gatornationals at the Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.

Brown ran his quick time in Friday’s afternoon session, while Pedregon was second-quick in both Saturday sessions as temperatures continued to rise through the weekend.

Larry Dixon placed fourth overall, yet, was the most consistent Toyota qualifier. Dixon led the first and third sessions of the weekend and was second in Saturday’s final session. Dixon earned a series-high eight bonus points in qualifying for his efforts.

Coming off a finals appearance at Pomona, Shawn Langdon qualified sixth, followed by Del Worsham in 10th and Morgan Lucas in 12th to round out the Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel contingent.

ESPN2’s full qualifying show can be seen tonight from 12 midnight to 1:30 a.m. Coverage of Sunday’s eliminations will run from 6-9:00 p.m. on ESPN2 (all times Eastern).

QUALIFYING NOTES:

- Larry Dixon led two qualifying sessions this weekend and has now topped the charts in four of the seven Top Fuel qualifying sessions this year. The defending series champ led 33 of last year’s 87 sessions. He has already earned 14 bonus points in qualifying this season through the season’s first two races.

- With a fifth in qualifying this weekend, Cruz Pedregon extended his impressive streak of qualifying in the top-six to 12 consecutive races. The next longest active Funny Car streak is two.

- Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel drivers hold down the top-five positions in the championship race heading into Sunday’s eliminations.

- Four of the six Toyota-sponsored drivers earned bonus points for finishing in the top three in qualifying during one of the four qualifying sessions. Larry Dixon led the way with eight bonus points, Cruz Pedregon registered four, Antron Brown scored two and Morgan Lucas earned one bonus point.

Toyota Gainesville Gatornationals Qualifying position (Sunday’s first round match-ups)

Top Fuel:
Antron Brown, Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, 2nd (Lagana)
Larry Dixon, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, 4th (McMillen)
Shawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Speedco Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, 6th (Millican)
Del Worsham, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car, 10th (Bernstein)
Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, 12th (Torrence)

Funny Car:
Cruz Pedregon, Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara, 5th (Capps)

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