Courtney Force tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying in Colorado

BY AP • July 22, 2017

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) Courtney Force had a track-record run to top Funny Car qualifying Friday night in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Force set both ends of the track record with a 3.889-second pass at 328.30 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro SS during the first qualifying session. She has five No. 1 qualifiers in a winless season.

''It's important to make a solid pass early at a track like this, but the coolest part is my team taking full advantage of the great conditions that we had today,'' said Force, the daughter of Funny Car great John Force. ''I'm really proud of my guys and I know we are going to put in the effort to try and have another great run tomorrow.''

Doug Kalitta led in Top Fuel, Drew Skillman was fastest in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field.

Kalitta had a track time record of 3.767 at 323.97 during his second pass of the day. Skillman had a 6.925 at 197.94 in a Chevrolet Camaro during the only Pro Stock session of the day because of rain, and Krawiec ran a 7.178 at 185.66 on a Harley-Davidson in his only pass of the day.

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