Del Worsham tops Top Fuel field

POMONA, Calif. -- Del Worsham raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday as rain shortened qualifying in the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

Matt Hagan topped the Funny Car field, Mike Edwards took the top spot in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines was the Pro Stock Motorcycle leader in the season-ending event.

Worsham powered his dragster to the No. 1 spot early Saturday with a 3.773-second run at 320.05 mph. In total, Worsham picked up eight bonus points in qualifying and took the season lead by eight points over Spencer Massey heading into the final eliminations Sunday.

Larry Dixon, Worsham's teammate and defending world champion, qualified second for the event and was 47 points behind Worsham in the standings, while third-place driver Antron Brown qualified seventh and was 25 points behind the leader.

In Funny Car, Hagan took the top spot in the class with his run early Saturday. Hagan drove his Dodge Charger to a 4.033 at 315.27 to take his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 10th of his career. Hagan also racked up seven bonus points throughout qualifying to give himself a 12-point lead over teammate Jack Beckman.

Cruz Pedregon, who entered the event third in the Funny Car standings, qualified fifth for the event and moved within 35 points of Hagan, while fourth-place driver Mike Neff qualified third for the race and sat 40 points behind the leader.

In Pro Stock, Edwards drove his Pontiac GXP to the No. 1 spot with a run of 6.520 at 210.93. It was Edwards' sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 40th of his career. It also was his third consecutive No. 1 in the Countdown to the Championship. Jason Line has already wrapped up the Pro Stock season title.

Hines stayed in the No. 1 spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle after four rounds of qualifying. His Thursday night run of 6.820 at 197.54 on his Harley-Davidson was strong enough to give Hines his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 30th of his career.

In the Pro Stock Motorcycle championship battle, series leader Krawiec had a 69-point advantage over rookie rider Hector Arana Jr. The two riders could meet in the semifinals, but if Krawiec wins the second round he will be the champion. Arana Jr. needs Krawiec to lose in the first round and then needs to win the race to take the title.