Joliet: John Force Saturday summary

Force blazes to new NHRA national record at Joliet JOLIET, Ill. -- John Force, a non-entity through the season's first nine races, sped back into contention in spectacular fashion Saturday by driving his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to...

Force blazes to new NHRA national record at Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. -- John Force, a non-entity through the season's first nine races, sped back into contention in spectacular fashion Saturday by driving his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to an NHRA national record during qualifying for the sixth annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Force, the 12-time and reigning NHRA Funny Car Champion, was clocked in 4.721 seconds at 325.30 miles per hour on his final qualifying attempt.

That was .01 of a second quicker than the record he set two years ago at Reading, Pa.

In qualifying No. 1 for the 114th time in his 25-year career, Force was quickest in each of the three completed qualifying sessions. Friday's second session was canceled by severe weather.

Before his 4.721 effort, Force was clocked in 4.763 seconds and 4.750 seconds. He led the third 1-2-3 sweep for the Team Castrol Fords this season. POWERade points leader Tony Pedregon was second in the Castrol SYNTEC Ford at 4.756 seconds, 320.81 mph and Gary Densham third at 4.773 seconds, 322.88 mph.

Force will go after his 107th career victory, his first this season, in eliminations beginning at 12 noon (ET) on Sunday. The 11-time Auto Racing All-America selection will face No. 16 qualifier John Lawson of Joliet in the first round.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Gary Densham