John Force races to qualifying lead

Updated: July 5, 2013, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

NORWALK, Ohio -- John Force raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday at the seventh annual NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

After advancing to the final round of the past three events, Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, kept his hot streak going, powering his Ford Mustang to a leading performance of 4.021 seconds at 317.72 mph. The E.T. is a new track record.

If Force's performance holds through Saturday's two qualifying sessions, it ...

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