John Force powered to the first three-second run of his standout career and raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car Friday at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the fourth of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (ET) and 2:15 p.m. before Sunday’s eliminations at 11 a.m. More >