Robert Hight takes qualifying lead

Updated: November 10, 2011, 10:04 PM ET
Associated Press

POMONA, Calif. -- Robert Hight raced to the Funny Car qualifying lead Thursday in the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway.

Tony Schumacher led the Top Fuel field, Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock competition and Andrew Hines took the lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.

Hight, fifth in the season standings, powered his Ford Mustang to the provisional top spot with a run of 4.084 seconds at 312.13 mph. He earned three bonus points in the standings.

Mike Neff, Hight's teammate and fourth in the standings, was second and picked up two bonus points, while Las Vegas winner Ron Capps raced to the third spot and earned a bonus point.

Matt Hagan entered the event with a one-point lead over Jack Beckman.

In Top Fuel, Schumacher powered his dragster to the front of the field with a run of 3.827 at 321.19. If it stands, it would be his seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season, 68th overall and fifth in a row in the event.

Del Worsham, second in the standings, took the provisional second spot and picked up two bonus points. Worsham entered the event two points behind leader Spencer Massey, third Thursday to earn a bonus point.

In Pro Stock, Edwards powered his Pontiac GXP to the top spot with a run of 6.520 at 210.93. If it stands, it would be his sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season, 40th of his career and third straight in the Countdown.

Jason Line has already wrapped up his second Pro Stock championship.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines rode his Harley-Davidson to a 6.820 at a track-record speed of 197.54 to take the provisional top spot. If it stands, it would be his second No. 1 qualifier of the season, 30th of his career and third at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Eddie Krawiec leads the Motorcycle standings.


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