Court­ney Force top qual­i­fier in Carolina

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

Court­ney Force took the Funny Car No. 1 qual­i­fier Satur­day in Con­cord, N.C., with her Fri­day pass in the NHRA Carolina Na­tion­als, the open­ing event in the Count­down to the Cham­pi­onship.

Force had a 3.891-se­cond run at 330.07 mph dur­ing her se­cond pass Fri­day. She has a Funny Car-best seven No. 1 qual­i­fiers this year, but is win­less.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Tan­ner Gray (Pro Stock) and An­drew Hines (Pro Stock Mo­tor­cy­cle) also topped qual­i­fy­ing in the first of six play­off events.

Kalitta’s Fri­day run of 3.723 at 329.50 help up Satur­day. Gray also held onto the top spot after driv­ing to a 6.559 at 210.50 mph dur­ing his first pass Fri­day. Hines had a 6.825 at 196.50 mph, also Fri­day.

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