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John Force tops Kansas qualifying

Updated: May 18, 2013, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. -- John Force ended a 19-race No. 1 qualifying slump with a track-record Funny Car run Saturday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals.

The 64-year-old Force earned the 141st No. 1 qualifying position of his career and his 11th at Heartland Park Topeka with a pass of 4.043 seconds at 313.22 mph in a Ford Mustang. The 15-time NHRA season champion will meet former teammate Tony Pedregon on Sunday in the first round of eliminations.

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