GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Defending season champion Tony Schumacher raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Schumacher led both sessions, finishing with a 3.796-second run at 323.43 mph in the second session.
''We've got a great car,'' Schumacher said. ''We're not coming off a bad race, either. We won in Phoenix and performed decent in Pomona. I think the changes we made early on, for once, really worked. It's setting a good trend on a tuneup that we needed to find quicker than last year.''
Cruz Pedregon led in Funny Car, Chris McGaha in Pro Stock, and Angelle Sampey in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Pedregon had a 4.022 at 312.13 in a Toyota Camry, McGaha finished in 6.507 at 212.73, and Sampey had a 6.891 at 192.44 on a Buell.