Tony Schumacher races to Top Fuel qualifying lead in NHRA Gatornationals

Defending season champion Tony Schumacher raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

Schumacher led both sessions, finishing with a 3.796-second run at 323.43 mph in the second session.

"We've got a great car," Schumacher said. "We're not coming off a bad race, either. We won in Phoenix and performed decent in Pomona. I think the changes we made early on, for once, really worked. It's setting a good trend on a tuneup that we needed to find quicker than last year."

Cruz Pedregon led in Funny Car, Chris McGaha in Pro Stock, and Angelle Sampey in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Pedregon had a 4.022 at 312.13 in a Toyota Camry, McGaha finished in 6.507 at 212.73, and Sampey had a 6.891 at 192.44 on a Buell.