Antron Brown takes No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) Antron Brown raced to his third consecutive No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday in the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Brown, from nearby Chesterfield, pushed his dragster to the No. 1 spot with a 3.725-second run at 317.57 mph. The 2012 series champion has two victories this season.

''We're very excited, especially being back here at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals here in Englishtown,'' Brown said. ''It feels good to be back in front of all of our family and all of our friends and right now our car has been running exceptionally well.

''We're getting the bugs worked out of it and we're still growing with our combinations. We're looking forward to tomorrow and we're ready to get after it.''

Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, Greg Anderson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Chip Ellis led the Pro Stock Motorcycle field. Pedregon had a 3.967 at 306.53 in a Toyota Camry, Anderson finished in 6.479 at 214.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Ellis had a 6.801 at 197.16 on a Buell.

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