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BAYTOWN TX - SUMMIT FastNews - A large Friday crowd witnessed history being made at the 12th annual O'Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil when Larry Dixon recorded the first sub-4.500-second elapsed time ever during the evening Top Fuel ...

BAYTOWN TX - SUMMIT FastNews - A large Friday crowd witnessed history being made at the 12th annual O'Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil when Larry Dixon recorded the first sub-4.500-second elapsed time ever during the evening Top Fuel qualifying session. Dixon, clocked at 4.486 seconds and 318.54 MPH, also posted the best elapsed time in the first-round, earlier Friday, a 4.516-second, 318.47 MPH effort, good enough to back up the 4.486 as a national elapsed time record. Kenny Bernstein moved into second place in the order for Sunday's eliminations with career-best marks of 4.514 seconds and 322.73 MPH, the latter a track speed record. In Funny Car, John Force reset his own national Funny Car elapsed time record by running 4.798 seconds at 321.88 mph, his earlier 4.841 at 318.09 within the one percent required to serve as a backup. His speed also eclipsed the track record. Force's teammate, Tony Pedregon, is seeded second on the ladder, clocked at 4.809 and 306.19 in the earlier session. In Pro Stock, Warren Johnson continued his domination of the category, his 6.898-second, 200.26 MPH run in the second session easily putting him ahead of his son Kurt's 6.934 at 199.55. Brad Jeter continued to show a performance edge in the Pro Stock Truck category, the only driver in the fifties with a 7.595 at 177.74 MPH. Jeter will lead the sixteen-truck field into Saturday's first round of eliminations. The other three Professional categories will have two more rounds of qualifying Saturday to set the fields for Sunday's eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Brad Jeter , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , John Force