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Brittany Force leads qualifying

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CLERMONT, Ind. (AP)

NHRA rookie Brittany Force raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Force, the daughter of Funny Car star John Force, powered her 8,000-horsepower dragster to a 3.820-second run at 313.44 mph.

''I'm so excited and we're definitely feeling good right now,'' Force said. ''My guys have worked so hard and we've certainly struggled and a had a lot of ups and downs this year, but to get this first (provisional) No. 1 I'm really excited about it. We're fighting for our first win and hopefully we can do it at the biggest race of the year.''

Bob Tasca III topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson had the Pro Stock lead and Matt Smith led in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Tasca had a 4.085 at 312.28, Johnson finished in 6.661 at 207.02, and Smith ran a 7.010 at 192.

The event ends the 18-race regular season. The top 10 in each division will qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

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