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Hight takes lead at U.S. Nationals

Updated: September 4, 2009, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Robert Hight took the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the NHRA's most prestigious event of the year.

Hight, in a tight battle with Cruz Pedregon and Matt Hagan for the 10th spot in the NHRA Playoffs, powered his Ford Mustang to the top of the qualifying order with a run of 4.107 seconds at 305.36 mph. Hight won the event last year.

Pedregon qualified third in his Toyota Solara with a 4.124 at 302.35, while Hagan was sixth in his Dodge ...

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