St. Louis: Toyota Motorsports Saturday report

AL-ANABI TEAMMATES LEAD TOYOTA CONTINGENT IN GATEWAY QUALIFYING TORRANCE, Calif. (May 1, 2010) -- Al-Anabi Racing teammates Larry Dixon and Del Worsham led the Toyota contingent in qualifying for Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series'...

AL-ANABI TEAMMATES LEAD TOYOTA CONTINGENT IN GATEWAY QUALIFYING

TORRANCE, Calif. (May 1, 2010) -- Al-Anabi Racing teammates Larry Dixon and Del Worsham led the Toyota contingent in qualifying for Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series' AAA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

Dixon, who won each of the last two events in his Al-Anabii Racing/Toyota Top Fuel dragster, continued his strong run in qualifying with a third - his seventh consecutive top-three qualifying effort. With three victories in the season's first six races, Dixon entered the weekend leading the Top Fuel points race.

Worsham also continued a strong recent run with a fifth today. The Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara driver was the fastest qualifier at the most recent event at Las Vegas and has reached the semi-finals in each of the last two events. For the season, Worsham has qualified in the top-eight and subsequently earned lane choice in the first round of eliminations six times in seven races.

Morgan Lucas also will have lane choice in tomorrow's first round of eliminations with a solid sixth-place effort today. His Morgan Lucas Racing teammate, Shawn Langdon, placed 12th, while Antron Brown placed 16th after being unable to complete a clean run in the weekend's three qualifying sessions. The difficulties were surprising after Brown has been the fast qualifier in his Matco Tools/Toyota dragster twice in the last five races, while placing in the top-four in five consecutive events.

In addition to Worsham's fifth, Cruz Pedregon will start 10th in tomorrow's Funny Car competition. The two-time NHRA champion has been showing consistent improvement in recent outings after the team underwent extensive changes in the off-season. Today's result was the best qualifying showing of the season for Pedregon.

After rain washed out one of Friday's two qualifying sessions, sunny skies ruled the day on Saturday. Yet, changing conditions could play a role again tomorrow as morning rain is expected before skies clear in the afternoon as temperatures drop.

-source: toyota motorsports

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