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Fireworks galore in NHRA opener

Updated: February 18, 2013, 6:16 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

A day before Danica Patrick made history by winning pole position for the Daytona 500, Courtney Force earned fastest qualifier honors at the 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Force then set the bar higher on Sunday by going on to win the Funny Car class in the NHRA's traditional season opener, the first of 24 events on this year's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series slate.

From the third No. 1 qualifying slot of her career, ...

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