Top Fuel leader Massey fails to qualify



CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Top Fuel points leader Spencer Massey failed to qualify Saturday for the final eliminations in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Larry Dixon, Cruz Pedregon, Mike Edwards and Hector Arana Jr. raced to the No. 1 qualifying positions in the 20th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fourth of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoffs to determine the world championships.

Massey entered the event with a 65-point lead over Antron Brown.

Dixon was able to keep his dragster at the top of the Top Fuel field with his Friday night run of 3.919-seconds at 303.84 mph. It is the third No. 1 qualifier of the season for Dixon and 51st of his career.