NASCAR & Auto Racing

Ashley Force leads Funny Car field at Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Ashley Force raced to the provisional No. 1 Funny Car qualifying spot Friday in the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals, while Brandon Bernstein, Allen Johnson and Chris Rivas also topped their divisions.

The event at Memphis Motorsports Park is the third of six events in the NHRA Countdown to 1 playoffs.

Force drove her Ford Mustang to a 4.079-second pass at 298.87 mph to put herself in position for her third No. 1 qualifier of the season and her career.

In Top Fuel, Bernstein drove his dragster to a 3.825-second pass at 313.88 mph to take the provisional top spot. It would be Bernstein's second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 13th of his career.

Johnson ran the quickest time in the Pro Stock category, driving his Dodge Stratus to a 6.591 at 208.52. It would be Johnson's third No. 1 qualifier of the season and sixth of his career.

Rivas had the fastest run on a motorcycle, riding his Buell to a 6.979 at 187.31. It would be Rivas' third No. 1 qualifier of the season and of his career.

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