Cruz Pedregon tops FC qualifying

CONCORD, N.C. -- Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon raced to his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals on Saturday.

Morgan Lucas led the Top Fuel field, Jason Line was quickest in Pro Stock and Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.

Pedregon retained the No. 1 qualifying position in his Toyota Camry Funny Car with the run of 3.980 seconds at 319.22 mph he posted Friday.

In Top Fuel, no one bettered Lucas's performance of 3.749 at 324.51 in his dragster from Friday and Lucas earned his 10th No. 1 of his career and second of the season. Defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown failed to qualify for the event, the first time he hasn't made a starting field in 110 races.