Force leads provisional qualifying

Updated: March 27, 2009, 10:34 PM ET
Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Ashley Force Hood took the provisional No. 1 qualifying position on Friday in a rain-shortened Funny Car session at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals.

Cory McClenathan, Kurt Johnson and Eddie Krawiec also took the provisional No. 1 positions in their categories. Rain shortened qualifying Friday to one round.

Force drove her Ford Mustang to a 4.139-second run at 304.46 mph. She's seeking her fourth No. 1 qualifier of the of her career and first of the season.

In Top Fuel, McClenathan had a 3.905-second pass at 313.00 mph to take the provisional top spot. It would be McClenathan's 33rd No. 1 qualifier.

Johnson ran the quickest time in Pro Stock, driving his Chevy Cobalt to a 6.678 at 206.64. It would be Johnson's 30th No. 1 qualifier of the his career, fourth in Houston and second in a row in the event.

Krawiec had the fastest run on a motorcycle, riding his Harley-Davidson to a 7.004 at 190.57.


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