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Top Fuel
Position Driver Points
01 Shawn Langdon 124
02 Antron Brown 92
03 Spencer Massey 78
04 Larry Dixon Jr 73
05 Richie Crampton 59
06 Doug Kalitta 56
07 Steve Torrence 54
08 Leah Pritchett 52
09 Tony Schumacher 36
10 Brittany Force 33
11 Troy Buff 32
11 Dave Connolly 32
13 Steven Chrisman 31
13 Terry Mc Millen 31
13 Clay Millican 31
13 J.R. Todd 31
17 Steve Faria 10

Funny Car
Position Driver Points

01 Matt Hagan 107
02 Ron Capps 94
03 Del Worsham 74
04 Robert Hight 73
05 Courtney Force 61
06 Tommy Johnson Jr 60
07 John Hale 51
08 Bob Bode Jr 46
09 John Force 40
10 Cruz Pedregon 38
11 Tony Pedregon 34
12 Alexis De Joria 33
13 Tim Wilkerson 32
14 Gary Densham 31
15 Chad Head 30
16 Jeff Arend 16
17 Terry Haddock 10
18 Jack Beckman 5

Pro Stock
Position Driver Points

01 Jason Line 123
02 Drew Skillman 97
03 Erica Enders-Stevens 81
04 Rodger Brogdon 80
05 Chris McGaha 55
06 Larry Morgan 54
07 Shane Gray 52
07 Allen Johnson 52
09 Greg Anderson 34
09 Vincent Nobile 34
11 Jimmy Alund 32
11 Jonathan Gray 32
13 V Gaines 31
13 Joey Grose 31
13 Matthew Hartford 31
13 Deric Kramer 31
17 Jeffrey Isbell 10
NHRA zMax Qualifying

by Pete McCole
Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Larry Dixon
Larry Dixon led the field in Top Fuel qualifying on Saturday while Cruz Pedregon tried his best to salvage his Funny Car season as the NHRA prepares to kick off the Countdown to 1 at the Carolina’s Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Under far more different rack conditions than on Friday, Dixon powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a top elapsed time of 3.844 second to top Antron Brown, who was the top qualifier from Friday’s sessions. Brown retained the number two spot, followed by Tony Schumacher, Brandon Bernstein and Doug Herbert.

Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon retained his top qualifying spot from Friday, as did Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards and Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Hector Arana.

Under the new NHRA qualifying rules, Dixon’s fifth number one of the season earned him three bonus points as he tries to stay in the hunt with Brown for the Top Fuel points lead.

“Every session you just try to run the best that the conditions will allow,” said Dixon. “Yesterday we ended up fourth quick [first session, fifth in the second] and then Alan [Johnson, team owner] and Jason [McCulloch, crew chief] have been working on different set-ups with the car just to make the engine run a little bit better. It ran better this morning; it was real good. We ended up on the pole by three-thou. That was on the right side of things for sure.

“As far as bonus points, I’m sure somebody got more than we did. We’re trying to run well every session, anyway. We get four test sessions during the year, it’s what we’re allowed, and we try to do all our testing then. But if you look throughout the year, we’re trying to run hard every session. Now the teams that do well are going to get rewarded for it.”

Saturday’s number one slot was bittersweet for Pedregon, who was bumped from Countdown to 1 field two weeks ago at Indianapolis and will not be able to defend his Funny Car title.

“It’s great to be No. 1, it’s an honor,” said Pedregon. “But now it’s time to go out there and go some rounds tomorrow. We want to win a race to salvage our year, so whoever’s in the other lane is going to have to beat us. We need the win, and we have a car capable of doing it. We just need to do it.”

John Force, who failed to qualify for this event last year, grabbed the number two slot in Funny Car, followed by teammate Robert Hight, Tony Pedregon and Tim Wilkerson.

Edwards by far benefited the most from the new bonus points, racking up 10 points for leading qualifying on both Friday and Saturday.

“These extra points can determine the championship," Edwards said. "I'm a big fan of this new deal. We got almost all of the points we could, except two, so my guys really deserve a lot of credit. Those points are huge. The pressure feels like first round every time up there because every other car is trying to do the same thing as you are.”

Ronnie Humphrey claimed the number two spot, followed by Kurt Johnson, Allen Johnson and Jason Line. Drivers Rickie Jones and Ron Krishner both failed the qualify – the only Countdown to 1 drivers to not make the show on Sunday.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines was the number two qualifier, followed by Shawn Gann, Angie McBride and Eddie Krawiec.

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