GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Top Fuel season champion Shawn Langdon raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Gatornationals with a run of 3.786 seconds at 320.58 mph.
''As long as the track allows it, you can really throw down some good runs,'' Langdon said. ''We're trying to make the best run we can on each session, and we thought a .78 was about all we could get away with. We're trying to get as much information as we can in each lane to get ready for Sunday.''
Bob Tasca III topped the Funny Car, Dave Connolly took the Pro Stock lead, and Matt Smith led Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying. Tasca had a 4.103 at 304.39 in a Ford Mustang, Connolly finished at 6.476 at 213.98 in a Chevy Camaro, and Smith had a 6.800 at 196.96 on a Buell.