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ANTRON SURGING -- After two consecutive finals appearances, Antron Brown heads to Houston having won five of his last seven elimination runs. He also has qualified in the top three in each of the last two events having been the fast qualifier at...

ANTRON SURGING -- After two consecutive finals appearances, Antron Brown heads to Houston having won five of his last seven elimination runs. He also has qualified in the top three in each of the last two events having been the fast qualifier at Gainesville and third at Charlotte.

DIXON MADE HISTORY AT HOUSTON -- Houston Raceway Park holds plenty of fond memories for Larry Dixon. In addition to his two victories there, Houston also was the site of a Dixon's record-breaking run in 1999 when he became the first NHRA driver in history to break into the 4.4s in the quarter-mile. The run proved to be the last major barrier breaker of the era. With the move from the quarter-mile to 1,000-foot races in 2009, it doesn't appear as if any driver will have the opportunity to break into the 4.3-second range.

HOUSTON'S BEEN GOOD TO TOYOTA DRIVERS -- Four of the six Toyota-sponsored drivers at this weekend's Spring Nationals have previously recorded victories in Houston. Both Al-Anabi Racing drivers, Larry Dixon (TF 1999, 2000) and Del Worsham (FC 2000, 2008), have registered a pair of victories, as has Cruz Pedregon (FC 1992, 1998). Antron Brown also has been to Winner's Circle in Houston with a Top Fuel win in 2008.

LAST YEAR AT HOUSTON -- Antron Brown was the top qualifier at Houston in 2009 and registered the fastest ET (3.840) during Sunday's eliminations, but fell victory to a whole shot in the second round, despite turning in the quick ET of the round. Morgan Lucas also was eliminated in the second round, while Shawn Langdon lost in the first round. Larry Dixon advanced the furthest among the Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel contingent, progressing to the semi-finals. In Funny Car action, Del Worsham gave Al-Anabi Racing a second semi-finalist, where he fell to eventual winner Ashley Force-Hood. Cruz Pedregon was the fastest qualifier in his Toyota Camry Solara before being eliminated in the quarter-finals.

TRACK RECORD HOLDERS -- Antron Brown and Cruz Pedregon each hold track records at Houston. Brown holds the Top Fuel records for both E.T. (3.819) and MPH (316.75), while Pedregon holds the mark for Funny Car E.T. with a 4.075-second run last Spring.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Del Worsham , Cruz Pedregon , Ashley Force , Morgan Lucas , Shawn Langdon