In unseasonably cool conditions, Brown powered his Matco Tools dragster to a track record time of 3.727 seconds at 313.37 mph to lead the class.
NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta to be decided today.
The race is the seventh of 24 events during the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Atlanta Dragway the site of Saturday and Sunday racing.
Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Todd, Hagan and Line secure No. 1 qualifiers.
Charlotte winner Beckman qualifies second.
Courtney Force moved from the 16th spot to first with the quickest Funny Car run of the weekend at the controls of her 10,000-horsepower Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS.
Tony Schumacher: “It is great that we went down the track on all four runs and got every point except one,”
Reigning event winner Alexis DeJoria is second in Funny Car.
Shawn Langdon set the track record for time with a performance of 3.700-seconds at 328.30 mph in the Knuckle Sandwich/AJPE dragster.
Doug Kalitta raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel during Friday qualifying at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Funny Car, Pro Stock titles to be decided in today's finals.
Shane Gray and Hector Arana Jr. also top qualifying at Pomona finale.
John Force raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Pedregon, Enders-Stevens and Savoie also quickest in class.
Doug Kalitta, John Force, Erica Enders-Stevens and Eddie Krawiec will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations
Doug Kalitta squeezes out rookie Crampton for Top Fuel honors.
Qualifying will continue today for Sunday's final eliminations.
Todd, Krawiec the other half of the top seeds for Sunday.
First of six playoff races.
Teammate Beckman ready to move into Countdown.