Eddie Hill had the quickest elapsed time in drag racing history Thursday during qualifying for the National Hot Rod Assn. Winston Finals at Pomona.
Hill, 56, of Wichita Falls, Tex., covered the quarter mile in 4.779 seconds at 288.55 m.p.h.
Qualifying continues through Saturday in the final event of the season, with eliminations Sunday.
Cory McClenathan of Anaheim was second at 4.842 at 299.60. McClenathan's speed is second-fastest behind Kenny Bernstein's 300 m.p.h.
Neely of Covington, Ga., led funny-car qualifying with a track-record time of 5.113 at 280.98.
Warren Johnson of Duluth, Ga., led pro-stock drivers in 7.183 at 192.63.