Courtney Force races to qualifying lead in NHRA Funny Car

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Courtney Force raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday with a track record performance at CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Force, who is looking to redeem last season's finish with a strong early season start, led the Funny Car field with a track record time of 3.930 seconds at 323.97 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro.

Bo Butner, Pro Stock, and Antron Brown, Top Fuel also were top qualifiers at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, near Phoenix.

Defending world champion Brown led Top Fuel qualifying with a 3.765 at 319.45 to knock off Doug Kalitta's 3.771 at 323.12.

Butner was quickest in Pro Stock, clocking a 6.618 at 208.88 that held up through two rounds, holding off Greg Anderson by only 0.06 seconds.

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