John Force sets NHRA qualifying record


SONOMA, Calif. -- John Force became NHRA's career leader in No. 1 qualifying positions when he raced to the top spot in Funny Car Saturday at the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Force claimed his fifth No. 1 of the season and 139th of his career, which broke a tie with Pro Stock great Warren Johnson for the most top qualifying positions. Force took the top spot with a performance of 4.060 seconds at a top speed of 311.99 mph in his Ford Mustang.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday's eliminations.

Schumacher earned his fourth No. 1 of the season in Top Fuel and 65th of his career with a 3.814 at 321.65 mph effort in his dragster.