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Cruz Pedregon sets track record

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Cruz Pedregon took advantage of cool, cloudy weather Sunday to set a Lucas Oil Raceway record to bump Melanie Troxel from the top Funny Car qualifying spot in the U.S. Nationals.

Pedregon, quickest in four of the five qualifying sessions, powered his Toyota Camry to a 4.026-second run at 314.24 mph. It is his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 43rd of his career.

The engine in Troxel's car broke on the day's final run, relegating her to second with her Saturday run of 4.068 seconds. The final eliminations are Monday.

Mike Neff clinched the No. 1 spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship with his ninth-place qualifying position in his Ford Mustang. Neff will face John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight in the first round.

Antron Brown's car misfired on its final pass, but he remained fastest in Top Fuel with his Saturday night run of 3.818 seconds at 322.96 mph. Del Worsham took the No. 2 spot with a final-round run of 3.836, with Brandon Bernstein third at 3.846, Spencer Massey fourth at 3.848, defending champion Larry Dixon fifth at 3.850 and Tony Schumacher sixth at 3.856.

Worsham clinched the top spot in the Countdown to the Championship with his second-place qualifying position, while Morgan Lucas secured his spot with his ninth-place qualifying position.

In Pro Stock, Line came out on the last pass of qualifying and took the No. 1 qualifier away from teammate Greg Anderson. Line drove his Pontiac GXP to a 6.603 at 209.01 to get his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 21st of his career. Shane Gray clinched a spot in the Countdown, qualifying 14th.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines took the top spot, powering his Harley-Davidson to a 6.909 at 193.90 to get his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, 29th of his career, and second at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Hector Arana Jr. clinched his spot in the Countdown when he drove his Buell to the fifth qualifying spot, while Michael Phillips run to the ninth spot in qualifying also secured his spot in the Countdown.