Indianapolis: Friday summary

McClenathan, Pedregon, Johnson and Savoie lead friday qualifying at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. CLERMONT, Ind. -- Cory McClenathan raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Tony ...

McClenathan, Pedregon, Johnson and Savoie lead friday qualifying at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Cory McClenathan raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Tony Pedregon, Warren Johnson and Angelle Savoie also were qualifying leaders at the $2.5 million race, the 17th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

McClenathan, a two-time winner of the most prestigious drag race in the world, powered his dragster to a top qualifying effort of 4.553 seconds at 322.34 mph.

"We're really happy to get off to a good start and get that run in for Mac Tools," said McClenathan, who is one of four drivers featuring a special edition Mac Tools U.S. Nationals paint scheme on his race car for this event. "That was a big shot in the arm for us. We've worked really hard to get the car ready for this race."

Doug Kalitta was second in the 16-car order with a 4.572 at 311.92 in the Mac Tools dragster and John Smith was third in the Prestone dragster, posting a career-best performance of 4.609 at 312.78.

Pedregon was quickest in Funny Car, powering his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang to a 4.826 at 318.17.

Now that we've got this run under our belt I think we'll be more aggressive tomorrow," said Pedregon, who is looking for his first victory at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. "We were a little reluctant today to get aggressive and we are pretty content with that run for now. It will be quicker tomorrow. Last year the track was relatively new. Now it is one of the better surfaces that we race on since it is broken in. This is Indianapolis, the racing capital of the world and we are going to let it all hang out tomorrow. I am sure that track record will fall. We just hope we are the quickest after qualifying is over."

Scotty Cannon was second in his Oakley Pontiac Firebird, posting a 4.836 at 315.12. Cruz Pedregon, a three-time Indy winner, was third in the lineup with a 4.853 at 304.67 in his Advance Auto Parts Firebird.

Six-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winner Johnson paced the Pro Stock order, posting a track record performance of 6.843 at 201.04 in GM Performance Parts Pontiac Grand Am. Pro Stock rookie Gene Wilson drove his Dodge Neon R/T to the second spot, recording a 6.846 at 200.71.

Defending Pro Stock Bike winner and current points leader Savoie led the two-wheel category by clocking a 7.228 at 184.04 on her Star Racing Suzuki. Matt Hines, a two-time Indy winner, was second on his Eagle One Suzuki with a 7.265 at 185.13. Tomorrow, Savoie will lead the season's eight quickest bike qualifiers into the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash, a special bonus race offering $15,000 to the winner.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Doug Kalitta , Scotty Cannon , Gene Wilson , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan