John and Brittany Force top NHRA qualifying at Baytown

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, April 13 2019 Apr 13, 2019 April 13, 2019 7:04 PM April 13, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - John and Brittany Force topped qualifying Saturday in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway, the first time a father-daughter duo has swept the nitro categories.

The 69-year-old John Force led the Funny Car field with a 3.888-second lap at 319.29 mph on Friday in a Chevy Camaro SS.

Brittany Force also had her best Top Fuel run Friday, a track-record 3.661 at 332.18.

"My dad and I haven't done anything yet side-by-side, but really I'm looking for a win with him this season," she said. "It's a father-daughter year so we're looking to end up in that winner's circle together."

John Force has a record 16 Funny Car season titles.

"This sport brings me together with my children," he said. "That's what I love about NHRA drag racing. We're one big family. But to have a moment with her, that her and I can share together, you really become a lot closer, believe it or not."

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