Antron Brown finished with top speed in Friday's Top Fuel qualifying round

Antron Brown topped out with the fastest speed at Friday's Top Fuel qualifying for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at Firebird International Raceway.

Just five days after walking away from a spectacular crash at the season-opening event in Pomona, Calif., Brown  finished with a leading time of 3.765 seconds at 314.83 mph.

"I can't say enough for my team," Brown said. "They came out here with a brand new car, and it was planned that we made a half-lap on the first pass to make sure that everything was right. Then we came back (for the second run), and the car left good. But I had to remember, that when you go one-to-one at half-track [with the clutch lock-up], this track always makes your car sashay. And I just lifted a little bit early because I felt the car go from side to side."

"But it was a phenomenal run, and I couldn't be happier. To come out here and on the second run of the new car and be number one, you can't ask for much more than that."

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday's eliminations are set for 11 a.m.

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