By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force picked up the No. 1 qualifier at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. She got the top spot following a 3.891 at 330.07 mph pass in the second qualifying session on Friday.
This is her seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season — and the most of any Funny Car drivers during the 2017 season. Despite being the No. 1 qualifier seven-times, Force has yet to pick up her first win of the season.
She’ll face Bob Gilbertson in the first-round of eliminations.
“I’m really proud of my team for giving me a great race car, it’s been a lot of fun to drive this car and get these No. 1 qualifiers,” Force said. “We know we have to bring that same success into Sunday, and I am just looking forward to [Sunday] as we try to end up in the winner’s circle.”
J.R. Todd, who is coming off of his biggest win in his career, as he won the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway on Labor Day, qualified second in his DHL Funny Car after going 3.989 at 329.18 mph. He’ll face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl, who went 4.247 at 299.46 mph in his Toyota Solara.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 3 qualifier after going 3.901 at 325.06 mph in his Dodge Charger. He’ll face Dave Richards, who is making his first appearance since May, after he went 4.067 at 298.67 mph in his Ford Mustang.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman qualified fourth after he went 3.906 at 330.47 mph in his Dodge Charger. He’ll face his best friend and 7-Eleven Funny Car pilot Jim Campbell, who went 4.066 at 309.42 mph.
Tequila Patron Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria qualified fifth in her Toyota Camry with a 3.910 at 324.51 mph. She’ll face Head Racing rookie Jonnie Lindberg, who went 3.981 at 320.05 mph in his Toyota Camry.
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