Jack Beckman leads Funny Car qualifying

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POMONA, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Beckman raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Thursday in the season-opening NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.

Morgan Lucas led the Top Fuel field and Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock competition.

Beckman had a run of 4.139 seconds at 308.14 mph in his Dodge Charger.

Courtney Force had a 4.210-second pass at 303.16 mph in her first run in NHRA Funny Car competition. She took the provisional sixth spot, and will line up next to father John Force in the second round of qualifying.

Defending Top Fuel event winner Morgan Lucas drove his dragster to the top of the pack with a pass of 3.832 seconds at 320.28 mph. In Pro Stock, Edwards had a run of 6.545 seconds at 211.86 mph.