BROWNSBURG, Ind. --
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their categories as No. 1 qualifiers at the world's most prestigious drag race, the 18th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Top Fuel Points leader Langdon won the rain-delayed Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Top Fuel, knocking off Steve Torrence in the final round. Langdon beat Brown to reach the championship round, furthering the momentum for his Al-Anabi Racing team, which has claimed four victories this season.
"This was eight of the best cars battling it out for $100,000 and to win it here at Indy, it's just a great feeling," Langdon said. "The only way you could top this is to win (Monday) and then win a world championship. The team is working hard, having a good team and the car is running excellent, so it's all good vibes right now."
"We're the only car with the chance of doubling up at Indy and you have to like that," Beckman said. "It's a fairly surreal experience and the fact that we haven't won anything this year makes it that much bigger. This just feels fantastic and truly is amazing. It's one of those events that years from now you will always remember."
The final qualifying fields were set for the Big Go, and defending NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brown went from the last qualifying spot to the No. 1 position with a thrilling run on his final attempt.
Brown, who was the No. 16 qualifier just moments before his final qualifying run, powered his Matco Tools dragster to a leading performance of 3.811 seconds at 320.58 mph. Brown, the 2011 winner here, earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 34th of his career. He will match up against Morgan Lucas in the first round of eliminations.
Nine-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals winner Tony Schumacher, who wasn't qualified before his final run, jumped all the way to No. 1 with a 3.814 at 319.82 in his U.S. Army dragster on his final pass before his teammate unseated him. Schumacher will start from the No. 2 position and Torrence will start third in his Capco Contractors dragster after posting a 3.815 at 325.61.
Hagan stayed atop the field in Funny Car in his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger with his track-record run of 4.007 at 319.22 mph from Friday. That gives Hagan, the Funny Car points leader, his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 14th of his career. Hagan also clinched the No. 1 position for the Countdown to the Championship.
"We missed out on winning that Traxxas Shootout so I guess you can't have it all, but it's up to us to go out and try to win (Monday)," said Hagan, who is also seeking his first Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win. "We've got a consistent car that's doing down the track and that's where you want to be this time of year. We want to make sure we do that again (Monday)."
Pro Stock points leader Edwards jumped to the No. 1 qualifying position on Saturday by taking his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second Chevy Camaro to the top of the order with a run of 6.621 at 208.20. It is Edwards' 13th No. 1 qualifier this season, putting him closer to the class record of 16 he shares with Greg Anderson, and 54th of his career. Edwards will face off with Chris McGaha in the opening round of eliminations.
"We made a really good run at the right time, and the conditions were the best we had all weekend," Edwards said. "The car was just phenomenal today and we were low both sessions. It was just a really good day and hopefully it carries over to (Monday). I don't care what class it is, winning here is the ultimate goal for everybody."
Arana maintained the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle, going 6.938 at 193.88 on his Lucas Oil Products Buell. It gives Arana his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 23rd of his career, and also his first No. 1 qualifier at Indy. He will meet his son, rookie Adam Arana, in the first round of eliminations, but remains focused on his second career Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory.
"It's definitely a little bittersweet racing your own son in the first round, but by the same I token I want to win just like he wants to win," Arana said. "We'll see what happens. I'm going out there to win and that's how I'll always play. I just need to stay consistent like I have been during qualifying. My only focus is doing my job and doing everything I can to win."
Sunday's final results from the Second annual NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
Top Fuel -- Shawn Langdon, 3.821 seconds, 320.05 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.828 seconds, 323.04 mph.
Funny Car -- Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.086, 310.77 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.066, 308.35.