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Funny Car leader Jack Beckman tops qualifying

Updated: November 9, 2012, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

POMONA, Calif. -- Funny Car leader Jack Beckman topped qualifying Friday in the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals with a 4.025-second run at 319.75 mph.

Beckman earned three points to extend his lead over second-place Ron Capps to seven points. Capps has failed to qualify in the first two rounds, with two more rounds set for Saturday.

Beckman had the fast run a day after the engine blew on his Dodge Avenger, sending the car's fiberglass bodywork flying ...

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