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John Force tops qualifying

Updated: April 29, 2011, 10:21 PM ET
Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas -- John Force raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Friday in the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Force powered his Ford Mustang to a 4.097-second run at 310.27 mph. If his performance holds after the final two qualifying sessions Saturday, the 62-year-old Force will earn his third consecutive No. 1 effort of the season and inch closer to Pro Stock great Warren Johnson's NHRA qualifying record of 138.

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