Courtney Force leads Funny Car qualifying in Virginia

In this photo provided by the NHRA, Tony Schumacher drives in Top Fuel qualifying Friday, June 8, 2018, at the NHRA Virginia Nationals drag races at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va. Schumacher took the provisional top spot with a run of 3.777 seconds at 327.51 mph. (Randy Anderson/NHRA via AP)

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) Courtney Force led Funny Car qualifying Friday in the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Force had a 3.983-second pass at 323.35 mph during her second qualifying run of the day in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ first visit to the track since 2009. The points leader is chasing her sixth No. 1 qualifier of the year and fourth in the past five events.

”We didn’t really know what to expect at a new track, but once we made a solid run in the first round we knew we could make a phenomenal run in the second round to try and get our top spot back,” Force said. ”It’s great to be back in Virginia, and I’m really proud of my team for having such a good start to the weekend.”

Tony Schumacher led in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Schumacher had a 3.777 at 327.51, Anderson ran a 6.571 at 210.67, and Arana had a 6.795 at 198.15.

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