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Rain washes out NHRA qualifying

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BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - Rain forced NHRA officials to cancel the majority qualifying Saturday for the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

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One round of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying was completed, and 12 Pro Stock cars made attempts before the rain became steady in the afternoon.

Doug Kalitta took the No. 1 position in Top Fuel, Cruz Pedregon led the Funny Car field, Jeg Coughlin topped the Pro Stock cars, and Hector Arana Jr. was No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Kalitta took his third No. 1 qualifying position of the year with his Friday run of 3.791 seconds at 321.65 mph. In Funny Car, Pedregon raced to his third No. 1 qualifying position on the strength of his 4.086-second pass at 310.41 mph Friday. Coughlin had a pass of 6.569 at 211.20, and Arana had a run of 6.876 at 195.39.

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