DIXON TOP QUALIFIER IN VEGAS TOP FUEL; PEDREGON SECOND IN FUNNY CAR
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 2, 2011) – Larry Dixon captured his second pole position of the season and the 50th of his Top Fuel career, while Cruz Pedregon qualified second in Funny Car to lead Toyota in preparation for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both Dixon and Pedregon ran their quick times in the heat of the day on Friday where track temperatures hovered between 125 to 130 degrees. Dixon’s time held on throughout Saturday’s two sessions as winds in excess of 45 mph whistled around the drag strip. Pedregon also appeared to be headed to his second pole position of the season in his Snap-On Tools Camry, before being nipped by John Force on the second from last pass of the day.
Larry Dixon and Cruz Pedregon lead Toyoto qualifying
Two other Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel entries qualified in the top-five as Dixon’s Al-Anabi Racing teammate and series points leader Del Worsham placed third and Antron Brown was fifth. Shawn Langdon was 11th and Morgan Lucas Racing teammate Morgan Lucas placed 12th to round out the Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel contingent.
- After leading Friday’s afternoon session, Larry Dixon has led at least one qualifying run at each race this season and has now led five of 11 Top Fuel qualifying sessions this season. The defending series champ led 33 of last year’s 87 sessions. He has already earned 17 bonus points in qualifying this season through the season’s first two races.
- Today’s number one qualifier was the second of the season for Larry Dixon and his ninth in the last 19 races. It also marked a milestone 50th career Top Fuel pole position.
- With a second in qualifying this weekend, Cruz Pedregon extended his impressive streak of qualifying in the top-six to 13 consecutive races. The next longest active Funny Car streak is three. Pedregon has qualified first, second and fifth in three races this season.
- Three of the six Toyota-sponsored drivers led at least one qualifying session this weekend. In addition to the pole-winning effort by Larry Dixon, Cruz Pedregon and Del Worsham each topped the time charts on Friday.
-source: toyota motorsports