Forces complete NHRA father-daughter qualifying sweep


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In this NHRA-provided photo, Funny Car frontman John Force heads to provisional No.1 on his first qualifying lap in his PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, Friday, September 17, 2021 (Richard H. Shute / NHRA via AP)

In this NHRA-provided photo, Funny Car frontman John Force heads to provisional No.1 on his first qualifying lap in his PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, Friday, September 17, 2021 (Richard H. Shute / NHRA via AP)

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John Force dominated Funny Car qualifying for the 163rd time in his career Saturday at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

72-year-old Force’s 3,860-second run at 332.18 mph in his Chevrolet Camaro on Friday held up, for his third No.1 qualifier of the season. His daughter, Brittany, joined him at the top of Top Fuel, marking the fifth time they have swept the No.1 spots.

“It’s going to be tough, but it’s really good for my guys and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow,” said John Force, the season’s point guard. “I like to see Brittany do well. She has a lot of my personality. She is a good runner and I am proud of her. It’s exciting for me to see her excel. It’s countdown time and now it’s time to show off your stuff. There are five-six cars (in Funny Car) that can take the lead and we’ll see how that goes.

Brittany Force clocked a run of 3.662-331.85 to take first place for the eighth straight race, the longest streak of a season in Top Fuel history, and the 10th time this year.

Aaron Stanfield was the fastest in the Pro Stock and Steve Johnson topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup in the second race of the Championship Playoff Countdown.

Stanfield had a 6.575 to 208.59 Friday in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first career No.1 qualifying. Points leader Johnson qualified for the second time this season, scoring 6.788 to 197.74 in a Suzuki.

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