GAINESVILLE — Nearly a month after one of the most spectacular Funny Car explosions in NHRA history, Tony Pedregon raced to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday in the ACDelco Gatornationals.
Pedregon covered the quarter-mile at historic Gainesville Raceway in 4.780 seconds at 326.40 mph in his Chevy Impala for his 32nd No. 1 qualifying effort and first since July 2005.
Alan Bradshaw, Warren Johnson and Matt Guidera led their categories heading into today's eliminations.
Bradshaw (4.547 seconds, 306.95 mph) powered his dragster to his first No. 1 performance in Top Fuel. Johnson (6.665, 208.36) earned his 137th No. 1 qualifying position, ninth at this event, in Pro Stock. Guidera (6.922, 192.85) claimed his first No. 1 spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Bowyer weathers day for Nationwide victory
Clint Bowyer outraced Kasey Kahne and the rain to win the Nationwide series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway when it was stopped just past halfway.
"I'll take it any way you can get it," Bowyer said after a long stoppage as NASCAR tried to resume the race.
Rain delayed the Sharpie Mini 300 by two hours. Bowyer was one of a handful of cars not to pit when Mike Bliss spun to bring out a caution 100 laps into the event. Knowing the race was 51 laps from being official by reaching the halfway point, Bowyer gambled that the cars who pitted wouldn't be able to catch him before the rain came back.
Kahne came close but was second when the race was stopped on Lap 171 of a scheduled 300. David Reutimann of Zephyrhills was third.
FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton was on the pole for the opener in Melbourne, Australia, with a lap of 1:25.187 his McLaren.
MOTORCYCLES: Yamaha's Josh Hill earned his first AMA Supercross victory in Minneapolis.