John Force leads Funny Car qualifying

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READING, Pa. (AP) -- John Force powered to the first 3-second run of his unprecedented career to take the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

The 64-year-old Force, a 15-time series champion, drove his Ford Mustang to a run of 3.987 seconds at 323.50 mph, and earned six bonus points to move into a tie for the series lead with Matt Hagan. Force is coming off a victory Sunday in Madison, Ill.

Force's daughter, Courtney, was second at 4.025 and 329.42 -- the highest speed in Funny Car history.

Morgan Lucas led Top Fuel qualifying Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field, and Michael Ray led the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup in the fourth of six events in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.