By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car pilot Courtney Force picked up her tenth No. 1 qualifier of the season on Saturday. The NHRA has had only 15 races this season.
Force went 3.910 at 326.16 mph during Friday’s qualifying to earn the top spot at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. This is her 26th career No. 1 qualifier and the second-time she has received the No. 1 qualifier at the facility.
“It’s been a lot of fun for me to drive,” Force said. “They’ve got that thing dialed in. We had a great number in Q2 yesterday that took us to that top spot. We were looking to improve today or at least have a little bit more consistency, but we struggled a little bit. But we were still able to take that top spot, which feels pretty good, especially to hear it’s our 10th this season. That’s pretty incredible and this is exactly how we would like to go into the second race of the (Western) Swing.”
She will face Del Worsham in the first-round of eliminations. Worsham went 4.164 at 254.18 mph in his Toyota Camry.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 2 qualifier. He went 3.929 at 324.51 mph in his Dodge Charger.
He’ll face DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd in the first round of eliminations. Todd went 4.102 at 312.13 mph in his Toyota Camry.
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the No. 3 qualifier. He went 3.950 at 318.47 mph in his Ford Mustang.
Tasca III will face Head Racing Inc.’s Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. Lindberg went 4.086 at 313.07 mph.
Southwind Builders Inc./Mopar Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 4 qualifier. He went 3.956 at 319.98 mph in his Dodge Charger.
He’ll face Jim Dunn Racing’s Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. Campbell went 4.082 at 309.91 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 5 qualifier. He went 3.972 at 321.42 mph in his Dodge Charger.
Capps will face Richard Townsend in the first-round of eliminations. Townsend went 4.055 at 307.72 mph.