NASCAR & Auto Racing

John Force still trying to make Monday’s field at U.S. Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind. – John Force is close to missing Monday’s finals at the U.S. Nationals.

He needs a run of at least 4.826 seconds in his Funny Car Sunday to qualify, after there was little movement at the top of the qualifying field on Saturday.

All four leaders from Friday stayed on top. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Jeff Arend (Funny Car), Max Naylor (Pro Stock), and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all remained provisional No. 1s when no one topped their Friday runs.

Among the other notables who have yet to qualify are J.R. Todd and Whit Bazemore in Top Fuel. They need at least a 4.595 to get in the field for Monday’s race.