Living legend Force is provisional FC leader on Friday at 2019 SpringNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Living legend John Force is the provisional Funny Car qualifier on Friday. Force went 3.888 at 319.29 mph at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park presented by Pennzoil in Baytown, Texas.

“I thought the .88 was impressive in a Funny Car,” Force said. “But that .66 [Brittany Force went 3.661] was real impressive. That team, they know what they’re doing and my group, they’re having to put up with me. So, we’ll see what happens. My hot rod does the running for me.”

Funny Car pilot John Force racing on Friday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
John Force racing on Friday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

Levi, Ray, and Shoup, Inc. Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.895 at 321.12 mph.

Reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native — who won last weekend’s event at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada — went 3.903 at 326.08 mph.

Mopar/Pennzoil sponsored pilot Matt Hagan is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.916 at 319.47 mph.

Snap-On Tools pilot Cruz Pedregon is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 3.929 at 324.67 mph.

The rest of the provisional Funny Car field panned out like this:

6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.932, 311.34

7. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.940, 317.94

8. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.958, 317.34

9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.978, 303.30

10. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.979, 314.68

11. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.037, 311.92

12. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.090, 309.27

13. Jeff Diehl, Camry, 4.118, 293.98

14. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.182, 294.69

15. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.810, 168.43

16. Todd Simpson, Charger, 5.169, 149.56.

Not Qualified:

17. Robert Hight, 5.342, 158.26

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