Leah Pruett leads NHRA Top Fuel qualifying at Sonoma Raceway


SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Leah Pruett led Top Fuel qualifying Friday night during the Denso NHRA Sonoma National Championships at Sonoma Raceway.

Coming off a win last week in Colorado, Pruett ran 3.689 seconds at 327.59 mph in his Tony Stewart Racing dragster in the day’s only qualifying session.

“What was most important for this team was to start Q1 in a different way than we had in the last races,” said Pruett. “We considered it a bit conservative, but it gives us a really solid look at our adjustment window. The win in Denver was so important for us because it showed us where we needed to improve to start over and that’ is what we prepared for this week.

Robert Hight led in Funny Car, Troy Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock and Steve Johnson in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Hight, the points leader who won three straight races at Sonoma, posted a 3.825 at 332.75 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Coughlin had a 6.549 at 210.87 in a Camaro, and points leader Johnson went 6.743 at 198.73 on a Suzuki.