Cruz Pedregon takes top spot

Updated: October 14, 2011, 11:09 PM ET
Associated Press

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Cruz Pedregon took the provisional top spot in Funny Car at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Friday night.

Larry Dixon, Mike Edwards and Eddie Krawiec topped their divisions at Firebird International Raceway, the fourth stop in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

Pedregon drove his Toyota Camry to a 4.215-second pass at 296.37 mph in his final run. Points leader Matt Hagan was fifth and second-place driver Mike Neff was third.

Dixon led the Top Fuel field with a 3.919 at 303.84. Points leader Spencer Massey was 16th and second-placed Antron Brown fourth.

In Pro Stock, Edwards powered his Pontiac GXP to a run of 6.642 at 209.10. Krawiec rode his Harley-Davidson to the front of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a run of 6.939 at 193.63.

Qualifying continues Saturday and eliminations begin Sunday.


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