By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. — Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The California native went 3.983 at 323.35 mph.
Force, like the other three drivers, who are the Friday night No. 1 qualifier, will hope that their numbers can hold up on Saturday when racing resumes. If her number is able to hold up, it’ll be her sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“We didn’t really know what to expect at a new track, but once we made a solid run in the first round we knew we could make a phenomenal run in the second round to try and get our top spot back,” Force said. “It’s great to be back in Virginia, and I’m really proud of my team for having such a good start to the weekend.”
Robert Hight, John Force Racing’s President, is the No. 2 qualifier. The reigning Funny Car Champion, who is sponsored by Auto Club of Southern California, went 4.039 at 318.39 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps also had the same time as Hight at 4.039. However, the 2016 Funny Car Champion, was slower at 318.02 mph.
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd is in the fourth position. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 4.042 at 310.55 mph.
Head Inc.’s Jonnie Lindberg is the No. 5 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.057 at 310.98 mph.
Rest of the Funny Car Ladder:
6. John Force
7. Jim Campbell
8. Shawn Langdon
9. Matt Hagan
10. Jack Beckman
11. Bob Tasca III
12. Cruz Pedregon
13. Jeff Diehl
14. John Smith
15. Phil Burkhart Jr.
16. Tim Wilkerson
Make A Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is presently not qualified. He is in the 17th position after not recording a time.
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