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Johnson tops Funny Car qualifying at NHRA Carolina Nationals

October 13, 2018
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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence remains the dominant car in the category on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, and races to the provisional qualifying lead in his category at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. (Marc Gewertz/NHRA via AP)

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Johnson raced to his second straight No. 1 qualifier and the 17th of his career. He had a 3.873-second pass at 329.10 mph in a Dodge Charger in the final session.

“We’ve got a really, really good racecar right now and the guys are doing such a great job,” Johnson said. “You can just see it in their confidence. We’ve had a good car for the last six or seven races and we just keep building on it.”

Brittany Force took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, Drew Skillman in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the fourth of six playoff events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Force had a 3.700 at 330.72 in the final qualifying session, Skillman ran a 6.509 at 211.30 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Krawiec had a 6.806 at 197.83 on Friday.

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