COMMERCE, Ga. -- J.R. Todd led Funny Car qualifying Friday in the Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
The defending season champion had a 3.944-second run at 323.50 mph in a Toyota Camry.
"This gives me a lot of confidence, but I know going into a race that I have a great team behind me and they can adapt to any condition," Todd said. "It was tricky out there and I had my hands full down [the] track. We were lucky to hang on and I think we just hit it right."
Brittany Force led in Top Fuel, and Andrew Hines was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Force had a 3.723 at 330.72, and Hines ran a 6.856 at 195.82 on a Harley-Davidson.