Pedregon sets track record, leads US Nationals



CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) — Cruz Pedregon took advantage of cool, cloudy weather Sunday to set a Lucas Oil Raceway record of 4.026 seconds and bump Melanie Troxel from the top Funny Car qualifying spot in the U.S. Nationals.

The engine in Troxel’s car broke on the day’s final run, relegating her to second with her Saturday run of 4.068 seconds. The final eliminations are Monday.

Antron Brown’s car misfired on its final pass, but he remained fastest in Top Fuel with his Saturday night run of 3.818 seconds at 322.96 mph. Del Worsham took the No. 2 spot with a final-round run of 3.836, with Brandon Bernstein third at 3.846, Spencer Massey fourth at 3.848, defending champion Larry Dixon fifth at 3.850 and Tony Schumacher sixth at 3.856.

Jason Line took over first in Pro Stock with his Sunday run of 6.603 at 209.01. Andrew Hines bumped previous leader Matt Smith (6.936) to second in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a final-round pass of 6.909 at 193.90.