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Force is the provisional Funny Car leader at Bandimere

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force is the Friday night provisional No. 1 qualifier at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. She set both ends of the track record in her first qualifying session.

She went 3.889 at 328.30 mph in her Chevy Camaro. If she can hold onto the top qualifying spot, it’ll be her sixth of the season.

Courtney Force (Photo by the NHRA)

Courtney Force (Photo by the NHRA)

“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 [on Friday],” Force said. “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.”

Her father and living legend John Force is the provisional No. 2 qualifier in his Peak Performance Chevy Camaro. Force went 3.899 at 301.87 mph.

John Force Racing President Robert Hight is the provisional No. 3 qualifier, as the Top 3 are all JFR cars. Hight went 3.973 at 315.56 mph.

“I’m really proud of my guys,” the young Force added. “They’ve done an amazing job. Obviously, we were going for it on that last run. Our car tried to drop a hole, picked it back up, and then it shook really hard. We couldn’t get the numbers we wanted on the board for that run, but we had to go for it.

“It never gets old, for sure. It definitely makes our entire Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro team feel motivated and makes us feel good going into qualifying tomorrow. We’ll see if we can hang on to it, but I’m excited to so far be in that top spot.”

Snap-On Funny Car pilot Cruz Pedregon is presently the fourth qualified driver in his Toyota Camry. Pedregon went 3.981 at 300.06 mph.

Levi, Ray and & Shoup Ford Mustang pilot Tim Wilkerson is the No. 5 qualifier. Wilk went down the track at 3.989 at 319.82 mph.

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