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Saturday, April 30, 2011
John Force captures top spot

Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas -- John Force moved within one of NHRA Pro Stock great Warren Johnson's No. 1 qualifying record by racing to his third consecutive top-spot Saturday at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Force earned the 137th No. 1 of his Funny Car career with his Friday pass of 4.097 seconds at a top speed of 310.27 mph. Warmer weather conditions prevented the majority of racers in all categories from improving their performances during Saturday's two sessions.

Force will face Bob Bode in the first round of eliminations Sunday, seeking his 133rd career victory.

The other three top qualifiers from Friday also held on to their spots as Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ronnie Humphrey (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their categories into Sunday's eliminations.