Robert Hight tops Funny Car qualifying

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Funny Car points leader Robert Hight took the qualifying lead Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

After opening qualifying with a tire-smoking pass that dropped him to 17th, Hight rebounded on his second attempt with a 4.085-second run at 313.29 mph in his 10,000-horsepower Ford Mustang.

Cruz Pedregon was second with a 4.093 at 308.21 in a Toyota Camry, and 11-time Brainerd winner John Force followed at 4.099 at 311.77 in a Mustang.

Doug Kalitta led the Top Fuel field, and Allen Johnson was the fastest in Pro Stock. Points leader Kalitta had a 3.812 at 322.96, and Johnson finished at 6.614 at 208.04 in a Dodge Dart.

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