CHANDLER, Ariz. --
Rod Fuller and Kurt Johnson also scored victories at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol, the second of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Pedregon's opening-round run of 4.701 seconds certified his 4.659-second qualifying time within the required 1 percent, making it an official NHRA record worth 20 bonus points in the POWERade standings. He then defeated Robert Hight in the final round to add the race trophy to his collection.
Pedregon's memorable weekend in the Q-Racing Chevy Monte Carlo helped him move up to second place, just six points behind Hight, who took over the top spot from Pomona winner Gary Scelzi with his second straight runner-up finish.
Fuller raced to his second straight Top Fuel victory at this event, once again defeating Melanie Troxel in a rematch of last year's final round. He powered his Valvoline/David Powers Homes dragster to a 4.490-second run at 327.19 mph to claim his fourth career victory and take the series points lead for the first time in his career.
Johnson claimed his 36th Pro Stock victory by driving his ACDelco Chevrolet Cobalt to a performance of 6.694 seconds at 206.67 mph. Runner-up Jason Line's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO was quicker with a 6.676 at 207.85 mph, but he came up one hundredth of a second short at the finish line due to Johnson's quicker reaction time at the start.
"It's a relief," said Johnson, a three-time winner at this event. "If nothing happens for the rest of the year I can say I won Phoenix and remember I enjoyed a cold beer afterwards. Some times you work just as hard as always but you don't get the wins. It's a tough class."
Johnson's win catapulted him up to third in point standings. Line moved into the series lead, 1 point in front of teammate Greg Anderson.
The NHRA POWERade Series Countdown to the Championship continues with the 38th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, March 15-18 at historic Gainesville Raceway in Florida.
Sunday's final results from the 23rd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol at Firebird International Raceway. The race is the second of 23 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Rod Fuller, 4.490 seconds, 327.19 mph def. Melanie Troxel, 4.536 seconds, 325.61 mph.
Funny Car -- Tony Pedregon, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.803, 326.32 def. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 9.723, 84.75.
Pro Stock -- Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cobalt, 6.694, 206.67 def. Jason Line, Pontiac GTO, 6.676, 207.85.
Competition Eliminator -- Alan Ellis, '23-T Ford, 6.710, 199.40 def. Wayne Ramay, Dragster, 7.094, 187.31.
Super Stock -- Brad Plourd, Calais, 9.241, 140.04 def. Jody Lang, Malibu, 10.949, 119.84.
Super Comp -- Shawn Langdon, Dragster, 8.892, 165.15 def. Rock Haas, Dragster, 8.871, 161.56.
Super Gas -- Matthew Constant, S-10, 9.902, 157.54 def. Kevin Kleineweber, Corvette, 9.888, 152.28.
Super Street -- Jeff Jackson, Mustang, 10.892, 148.62 def. A.J. Percival, Dart, 10.862, 138.24.