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64-year-old John Force tops Funny Car qualifying in season-opening NHRA Winternationals


In this photo provided by NHRA, John Force takes part in Funny Car qualifying Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Pomona, Calif., for the NHRA Winternationals. Forced topped the field with a time of 3.966 seconds at 324.12 mph. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz) (The Associated Press)

John Force topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the season-opening NHRA Winternationals with his record-run Friday.

The 64-year-old Force, the defending Funny Car season champion, was the top qualifier for the record 147th time and 10th in the event. On Friday night, he had a series-record time of 3.966 seconds at 324.12.

Doug Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel with a track-record run of 3.713 at 327.98.

Vincent Nobile led the Pro Stock field with a 6.510 at 212.73.