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Force leads the SpringNationals FC field

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Courtney Force is the No. 1 Funny Car qualifier at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Force is looking to win the race for the second straight year.

She set both ends of the track record after going 3.851 seconds at 330.23 mph with her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro. Her Friday qualifying pass was good enough to give her 12th No. 1 qualifier of her career, including back-to-back.

Courtney Force (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Courtney Force (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

“It definitely feels good to come back to a track that we were able to win at last year,” she said. “I feel like we’ve got a more consistent race car, which was a goal coming off of Las Vegas testing. I feel like we’re heading in the right direction.”

Force is looking for her first win of the 2017 season. She will face surfer Jeff Diehl in the first-round eliminations on Sunday.

Reigning champion Ron Capps was the second qualifier with his 3.884 at 326.56 mph pass in the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charge R/T. He’ll face Todd Simpson in the first-round.

Living legend John Force qualified third with his PEAK Chevy Camaro following his 3.890 at 325.53 mph. He’s facing 2015 Funny Car champion Del Worsham, who is racing with his family’s Worsham Racing team.

The third John Force Racing Funny Car, Robert Hight, qualified fourth in his AAA of Texas Chevy Camaro with a 3.894 at 329.67 mph. Hight is facing 7-Eleven driver Jim Campbell, as the Jim Dunne Racing pilot went 4.126 at 299.73 mph.

Cruz Pedregon, the Snap-On pilot, qualified fifth with a 3.897 at 324.98 mph. He’ll be racing J.R. Todd, as the DHL pilot had a 4.016 and 322.65 mph pass.

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