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Top Fuel
Pos Driver Points
1 Brittany Force 307
2 Antron Brown 269
3 Doug Kalitta 267
4 Steve Torrence 249
5 Clay Millican 242
6 J.R. Todd 229
7 Dave Connolly 217
8 Terry Mc Millen 209
9 Tony Schumacher 190
10 Leah Pritchett 188
11 Richie Crampton 187
12 Troy Buff 155
13 Shawn Langdon 130
14 Scott Palmer 93
15 Morgan Lucas 84

Funny Car
Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Hight 341
2 John Force 294
3 Ron Capps 289
4 Del Worsham 283
5 Jack Beckman 271
6 Courtney Force 265
7 Chad Head 236
8 Alexis De Joria 233
9 Tim Wilkerson 221
10 Matt Hagan 150
11 Tommy Johnson 149
12 Cruz Pedregon 146
13 John Hale 126
14 James Campbell 109
15 Terry Haddock 98

Pro Stock
Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Line 463
2 Greg Anderson 415
3 Bo Butner 331
4 Drew Skillman 264
5 Chris McGaha 214
6 Allen Johnson 212
7 Jeg Coughlin 191
8 Vincent Nobile 175
9 Erica Enders 171
10 Alex Laughlin 154
11 Deric Kramer 135
12 V Gaines 124
12 Matthew Hartford 124
14 Shane Gray 117
15 Joey Grose 94

Pro Stock Motorcycle
Pos Driver Points
1 Eddie Krawiec 129
2 Hector Arana 99
3 Andrew Hines 79
4 LE Tonglet IV 74
5 Chip Ellis 62
6 Michael Ray Jr 52
6 Gerald Savoie 52
6 James Underdahl 52
9 Angelle Sampey 35
10 Scott Pollacheck 33
10 Melissa Surber 33
12 Steve Johnson 32
13 Hector Arana Jr 31
13 Mike Berry 31
13 Michael Phillips 31
13 Angie Smith 31
NHRA zMax Qualifying

by Pete McCole
Saturday, September 19, 2009


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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