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Tim Wilkerson tops Funny Car qualifying at SpringNationals

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BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) Tim Wilkerson topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA SpringNationals with his record run Friday at Royal Purple Raceway.

Wilkerson had career- and track-record time of 3.899 at 327.59 in his Ford Shelby Mustang. The 2004 SpringNationals winner, he won this year in Arizona anbd North Carolina.

''We're excited about how the season has started, of course,'' Wilkerson said. ''Hopefully, we can continue our string from Charlotte and not get beaten in any of the eliminations rounds. It's been a great day and a great weekend so far. Going to try and cap it off tomorrow and bring home another Wally.''

Steve Torrence and Greg Anderson also led their divisions with their Friday runs.

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In Top Fuel, Torrence claimed his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and third in a row with his track-record time of 3.724 at 329.42 on Friday. He won the opener in Pomona, California.

In Pro Stock, Anderson powered to his third No. 1 of the season with a 6.589 at 210.41 in a Chevy Camaro. He also has two victories this season.