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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — Courtney Force is the provisional Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Force, the pilot of the Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro Funny Car, went 3.862 at 331.12 mph, which is a new track record.

She took the provisional top spot after her second run of the day. She will be looking to stay there — which would be her fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season.

Courtney Force (Photo by the NHRA)

Courtney Force (Photo by the NHRA)

She had four straight No. 1 qualifiers from Las Vegas through Atlanta.

“Going to the top spot is always great, especially since we’re running a spare car,” Force said. “It’s going to be tough to run the same qualifying numbers because of the hotter temperatures, but it will be important to make sure our car can make two solid runs so we make the most of those qualifying sessions.”

Her John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight had the second-quickest run of the day behind Force. Hight, who was piloting the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro, went 3.880 with a track speed record of 332.43 mph.

Ron Capps — the reigning Funny Car champion — went down the track at 3.883 at 329.67 mph in his Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger. Jack Beckman, his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, went 3.907 at 328.30 mph in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T.

Cruz Pedregon is the No. 5 qualifier — and he’s the only one in the Top 5 that is not employed by John Force Racing or Don Schumacher Racing. He went 3.915 at 326.32 mph.

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