Brown earns 2nd top spot of season

Updated: March 28, 2009, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Antron Brown took the top spot in Top Fuel qualifying on Saturday in the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Cruz Pedregon, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also took the provisional No. 1 positions in their categories, with cooler temperatures leading to fast racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Brown drove his dragster to a 3.819-second run at 316.75 mph to take the No. 1 qualifying position. It is Brown's second of the season and 16th of his career.

In Funny Car, Pedregon drove his Toyota Solara to a 4.075-second pass at 301.00 mph to take the top spot. It's Pedregon's 36th career No. 1 qualifier and fifth at Houston.

Line topped Pro Stock, driving his Pontiac GXP to a 6.544 at 211.49. On his way to his 16th career No. 1 qualifier, Line set the track record for speed.

Hines had the fastest run on a motorcycle, riding his Harley-Davidson to a 6.889 at 192.55. It is Hines' 23rd career No. 1 qualifier, second at Houston and a track record for time at Houston Raceway Park.


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