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Tim Wilkerson tops Funny Car qualifying at SpringNationals

  • In this photo provided by NHRA, Tim Wilkerson powers his Levi, Ray and Shoup to the qualifying lead in Funny Car with a career best and track record time of 3.899 seconds at 327.59 mph performance on Friday at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Wilkerson is in position to secure his first No. 1 qualifier of the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing season when qualifying continues on Saturday. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)

    In this photo provided by NHRA, Tim Wilkerson powers his Levi, Ray and Shoup to the qualifying lead in Funny Car with a career best and track record time of 3.899 seconds at 327.59 mph performance on Friday at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Wilkerson is in position to secure his first No. 1 qualifier of the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing season when qualifying continues on Saturday. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by NHRA, Steve Torrence powers his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to the qualifying lead on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Torrence, set the track E.T. record with 3.724 second run at 329.42 mph during the second round of qualifying at the sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event of the season. Torrence will be racing for his third consecutive No. 1 qualifier during Saturday’s final two rounds of qualifying. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)

    In this photo provided by NHRA, Steve Torrence powers his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to the qualifying lead on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Torrence, set the track E.T. record with 3.724 second run at 329.42 mph during the second round of qualifying at the sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event of the season. Torrence will be racing for his third consecutive No. 1 qualifier during Saturday‚Äôs final two rounds of qualifying. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Tim Wilkerson topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA SpringNationals with his record run Friday at Royal Purple Raceway.

Wilkerson had career- and track-record time of 3.899 at 327.59 in his Ford Shelby Mustang. The 2004 SpringNationals winner, he won this year in Arizona anbd North Carolina.

"We're excited about how the season has started, of course," Wilkerson said. "Hopefully, we can continue our string from Charlotte and not get beaten in any of the eliminations rounds. It's been a great day and a great weekend so far. Going to try and cap it off tomorrow and bring home another Wally."

Steve Torrence and Greg Anderson also led their divisions with their Friday runs.

In Top Fuel, Torrence claimed his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and third in a row with his track-record time of 3.724 at 329.42 on Friday. He won the opener in Pomona, California.

In Pro Stock, Anderson powered to his third No. 1 of the season with a 6.589 at 210.41 in a Chevy Camaro. He also has two victories this season.