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70-year-old John Force tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying

In this photo provided by the NHRA, Doug Kalitta drives in Top Fuel qualifying Friday, June 14, 2019, at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals drag races at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) John Force topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

The 70-year-old Force had a 3.911-second run at 326.95 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro SS in the second session Friday night. The 16-time season champion is chasing his 150th event victory.

Doug Kalitta raced to his 50th No. 1 qualifier in his 500th NHRA start. He had a 3.755 at 324.67 on Friday.

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Updated June 15, 2019

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