Brainerd: Toyota Motorsports Saturday report

DIXON LEADS TOYOTA IN BRAINERD NHRA QUALIFYING JTORRANCE, Calif. (August 14, 2010) -- Larry Dixon was the fastest qualifier in the final Top Fuel qualifying session on Saturday, which placed him fourth overall in preparation for Sunday's NHRA ...

DIXON LEADS TOYOTA IN BRAINERD NHRA QUALIFYING JTORRANCE, Calif. (August 14, 2010) -- Larry Dixon was the fastest qualifier in the final Top Fuel qualifying session on Saturday, which placed him fourth overall in preparation for Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series' Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn.

Right behind Dixon in the Top Fuel ranks was fellow Toyota-sponsored driver Shawn Langdon in fifth-place. He was followed by Antron Brown in eighth and Morgan Lucas in ninth. Those two will square off in Sunday's first-round of eliminations.J

Cruz Pedregon placed fifth overall in Funny Car qualifying after finishing third in Friday's activities. With his fifth, he's now qualified in the top six in five of the last six events. Del Worsham rounded out the Toyota contingent with a ninth in the Funny Car ranks.

- Larry Dixon has already clinched the number one seed for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs heading into tomorrow's Eliminations.

He currently sports a 241-point advantage over second-place Tony Schumacher.

- In addition to Larry Dixon, Toyota drivers Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon, Morgan Lucas and Del Worsham have all qualified for the Countdown playoffs that begin at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.

- Cruz Pedregon may be down, but he's not mathematically out. He can still qualify for the Countdown by winning tomorrow and having brother, Tony, go out in the first round and Jeff Arend not make it past the second round. Pedregon is coming off a season-best semi-final appearance at the last race in Denver.

-source: toyota motorsports

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