Brittany Force top qualifying in NHRA Route 66 Nationals

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Brittany Force held onto the Top Fuel lead Saturday at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals for her first No. 1 qualifier of the season.

Force had a run of 3.711 seconds at 323.04 mph during her second pass Friday to take her seventh career No. 1 qualifier. She won this year at the New England Nationals.

''It's been a pretty good weekend for us, especially since we earned our first No. 1 of the season,'' Force said. ''It was rough having the car take some damage on our last run, but if we can end up in the winner's circle tomorrow it will all be worth it.''

Robert Hight topped the Funny Car lineup, Greg Anderson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and LE Tonglet led the Pro Stock Motorcycle order.

Hight set both ends of the track record with a 3.851 at 334.73 in a Chevrolet Camaro SS during the second qualifying session Friday. Anderson had a 6.564 at 210.18 in a Camaro during the second session of the day. Tonglet broke the track time record with a 6.806 at 196.13 on a Suzuki in his second pass of the day.

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