SONOMA -- Temperatures in the mid-80s kept the nitro-burning classes from improving on Friday night's qualifying marks, leaving sisters Brittany and Courtney Force as No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, for Sunday's Sonoma Nationals.

Patriarch and drag racing's winningest driver John Force qualified third in Funny Car.

Brittany's run Friday at dusk with an elapsed time (E.T.) over 1,000 feet of 3.762 seconds at a trap speed of 325.53 mph was good for her third No. 1 qualifying spot of the year. She has yet to win an NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series event in Top Fuel but has reached the finals three times.

In both of Saturday's qualifying runs, Force shut off before the finish. Knowing the number she posted Friday wouldn't likely be eclipsed, the most important task on the day was to gather data at speed for the weather conditions she'd face in Sunday's final eliminations.

The prospect of getting her first Top Fuel win at Sonoma is tantalizing because the trip to Sonoma from the East Coast for NHRA's West Coast Swing each year, the three races at Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle on consecutive weekends, has special memories.

"I love this racetrack. I remember coming out here when I was a kid," said the elder of the sisters. "We're not far from Lake Tahoe, and our family would always go to Lake Tahoe together and just drive down here. Our mom would stop at the grocery store and get animal crackers because those were our favorites."


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Much of the time they'd watch from the stands, but every once in awhile they'd get to ride in the John Force Racing tow vehicle as it waited in the staging lanes to pull their dad's car towards the start line.

"Sometimes we'd get to come down and ride in his tow (car). That was real exciting. We weren't allowed to say a word because everyone was working and concentrating," Brittany said. "Courtney and I would always be in the back seat with our fingers crossed. That was our thing for our dad."

On the opposite side of the eliminations ladder is No. 2 qualifier Doug Kalitta who has six victories at Sonoma, but none since 2005. Although Kalitta has only one win on the year, six other final round appearances leave him in the points lead with 1162 over Antron Brown at 1137. Brown, winner of three of the last five races at Sonoma in Top Fuel, qualified fourth.

Courtney Force matched her sister with her third No. 1 qualifying effort of the season, running an E.T. of 4.045 seconds with a speed of 319.22 mph.

"I'm proud of all JFR. It's pretty exciting to be No. 1 qualifier with my sister," she said. It's the second time this year the sisters reigned as top qualifiers, and last time for Courtney it yielded a victory at Topeka, Kan. Teammate Robert Hight leads in Funny Car points over 16-time champion John Force.

Shane Gray took the No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Stock while 55-year-old Jerry Savoie claimed his first ever No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle. In the MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle Andrew Hines on a Harley-Davidson beat Scotty Pollacheck aboard a Suzuki by less than 3 feet.

Sunday's eliminations for all classes start at 11 a.m.