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

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).

WORSHAM PUTS TOYOTA IN TOP FUEL WINNER’S CIRCLE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT RACE AT GATORNATIONALS

WORSHAM PUTS TOYOTA IN TOP FUEL WINNER’S CIRCLE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT RACE AT GATORNATIONALS

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

WORSHAM PUTS TOYOTA IN TOP FUEL WINNER’S CIRCLE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT RACE AT GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2011) – Del Worsham edged Tony Schumacher by .004 seconds on Sunday to win the prestigious NHRA Gatornationals in just his second race since returning to the Top Fuel ranks after campaigning Funny Cars for the past 16 years. The win comes in Worsham’s first-ever Top Fuel final and catapults him into the Top Fuel points lead after registering a runner-up finish at the season opener at Pomona in February. He defeated Brandon Bernstein, Antron Brown and Spencer Massey before defeating Schumacher in the first-ever on-track meeting between the two veteran racers. Cruz Pedgregon’s Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara fell just short of making it a Toyota sweep for the weekend after he advanced to the finals in Funny Car for the third time in the last seven races. The finals appearance pushed Pedregon into fourth-place overall in the championship hunt, just 14 points out of second. It continues a resurgence that has seen him earn the top qualifier position at the season-opening Winternationals, as well as win two of the final five Countdown races to close out last season. In addition to Worsham’s victory, Al-Anabi Racing teammate Larry Dixon also had a strong weekend advancing to the semi-finals where he eventually fell to Schumacher. Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon each won their opening rounds before being eliminated in the second round, while Morgan Lucas – winner at Pomona – fell in the first round. Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel drivers will occupy five of the top-six positions in the point standings entering the third round of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, April 1-3.

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