SONOMA, Calif. – John Force became NHRA's career leader in No. 1 qualifying positions when he raced to the top spot in Funny Car Saturday at the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Force claimed his fifth No. 1 of the season and 139th of his career, which broke a tie with Pro Stock great Warren Johnson for the most top qualifying positions. Force took the top spot with a performance of 4.060 seconds at a top speed of 311.99 mph in his Ford Mustang.
“When you can be put in the books with people like Warren Johnson and Bob Glidden from years ago it makes you feel good,” Force said. “But I am still chasing them in my mind.
"It’s what gets me up each day and keeps me going. I am a race car driver and it’s what I really love.”
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Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday's eliminations.
Schumacher earned his fourth No. 1 of the season in Top Fuel and 65th of his career with a 3.814 at 321.65 mph effort in his dragster.