NASCAR & Auto Racing

Dixon leads Top Fuel charge with another fast Friday

ENNIS, Texas - Larry Dixon led Top Fuel qualifying Friday in the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, running 1,000 feet at Texas Motorplex in 3.820 seconds at 310.70 mph.

At the past two events, Dixon's qualified No. 1 on the strength of his provisional nights of qualifying, but failed to make it out of the second round Sunday in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco dragster.

"Too bad we don't run the races on Friday night. We've obviously got that part down," Dixon said. "That was a great run for us, and obviously (crew chief) Donnie (Bender) and Todd (Smith) are making the right calls on the tuneup. The next step would be to not smoke the tires on raceday."

In Funny Car, two identical side-by-side passes dazzled the fans in a session that ultimately starred John Force Racing's Robert Hight. Hight hopes this weekend brings a replay of 2006, the year he qualified No. 1 and won the event before failing to qualify at the track in an emotional 2007.

Hight piloted his Auto Club of Texas Ford Mustang to a best-of-the-day 4.063 at 301.81 in his first two attempts at his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the year and the 27th of his career.

In Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin was in the hunt for his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 14th of his career after posting a track record time and speed (6.631, 207.56) in his Chevy Cobalt.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec posted the best performance in the first and second rounds of qualifying, with both runs in the 6-second range. He leas the category into Saturday's final two rounds with a 6.970 at 191.65 - also track records - on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

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