TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Matt Hagan and Brittany Force took advantage of cool conditions and a fast track to set records Friday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
Hagan broke the Funny Car records for time and speed with his 3.862-second run at 335.57 mph in a Dodge Charger. Force closed out the record-setting qualifying session with a record time of 3.676 seconds in her Top Fuel dragster.
''The fans got their money's worth tonight,'' said Hagan, coming off a victory last week in Georgia. ''That was just a phenomenal session. Run after run, each car that ran kept lowering the bar. Our car is starting to really run strong. To come here and qualify No. 1 with the national record after winning last week in Atlanta, there's a lot to be positive about.''
Force, a two-time winner this season, was the only Top Fuel driver to break into the 3.6-second zone during qualifying. She held off points leader Doug Kalitta, the winner of the last two events, for the top spot. Kalitta had a 3.701 at a track-record speed of 330.88 mph.
''I knew with the way the Funny Cars were running that we were going to go up there and throw down,'' Force said. ''To be able to put a 3.67 on the board is just incredible.''
Series leader Jason Line led Pro Stock with a 6.578 at 210.37 in a Chevy Camaro.