Force Hood speeds to qualifying lead
Updated: July 11, 2009, 3:18 AM ETESPN.com news services
Ashley Force Hood had the fastest time after the first run in the funny car division at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals on Friday night, speeding down the Bandimere track in 4.287 seconds.
Tony Pedregon had the fastest time after two runs in the funny car division Friday, speeding down the Bandimere track in 4.170 seconds following a three-hour delay due to weather.
Force Hood narrowly avoided a crash in her second pass, spinning wildly and going up on two wheels, before recovering.
Tim Wilkerson had the seventh-fastest time (4.728 seconds) in his first run. He's seventh in the standings, 215 points behind leader Force Hood.
Cory McClenathan had the best run in top fuel, while Allen Johnson turned in the top time in pro stock. Craig Treble leads pro stock motorcycle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.