SONOMA -- A couple of women were Forces to be reckoned with Friday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

First, Courtney Force finished the second qualifying round in the Funny Car division with its fastest elapsed time of 4.045 seconds.

Then Brittany Force, Courtney's sister, posted the fastest time in the Top Fuel qualifying races Friday (3.762).

As Courtney stepped away from the microphone after talking to the media, she received a high five from Brittany.

"It's really exciting to go Number One, especially with Courtney next to me. We did that back in Topeka, and it was awesome," said Brittany, referring to the NHRA Kansas Nationals in May. "I was pumped, I was excited."

Courtney ended up winning in Topeka.

Top Fuel Dragster driver Brittany Force competes during the second round of qualifying for the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma raceway in
Top Fuel Dragster driver Brittany Force competes during the second round of qualifying for the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on Friday, July 25, 2014. Force placed first with a top speed of 325.53 mph with a time of 3.762 seconds. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) ( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )

"It's definitely exciting to see it," Courtney said about the No. 1 qualifying position. "I'm hoping we can hold onto it like we did in Topeka. It's exciting to see my sister top the Top Fuel field."

The sisters' hometown is Yorba Linda, so they enjoy racing in California.

"I love coming out here. I'm a California girl," Courtney said.

The top 12 quickest drivers in each division Friday are not locked into positions in the final elimination races Sunday. They still have to race in Saturday's qualifying races.

With the sun beating down on the Sonoma Raceway track Friday, it figured that the second qualifying runs in the early evening would be faster than the first-round qualifying runs in early afternoon.


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That was the case for a number of drivers, and the hope for cooler weather Saturday had Jason Line looking forward.

Line, who produced the No. 1 time in Friday's Pro Stock qualifying races (6.550), is sure that the times will be faster Saturday. Gates open at 7 a.m., Sportsman Eliminations start at 8:15 a.m., and the Pro Stock Bike Battle begins at 12:45 p.m. The third round of Pro Stock qualifying starts at 12:55, followed by Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying at 1:30.

"It won't hold," said Line, referring to his time. "Everybody will be faster tomorrow, that's for sure. ... We definitely will be faster tomorrow, but so will everybody else."

During the first qualifying round of Top Fuel in late afternoon, it was announced that the temperature on the concrete at Sonoma Raceway was 120 degrees.

Line was only 13th after his first qualifying run as an eyelid off his battery cable snapped. But his second run was .002 faster than the best time of Shane Gray.

John Hall held the top qualifying spot in Pro Stock Motorcycles with a second-round run of 6.951 seconds with a speed of 191.54 mph. Jerry Savoie (6.953) was second.

"I hope it holds. It was slick in the first round," he said. "I've been running so bad lately, anything, any kind of win in qualifying excites me."

Five drivers broke 3.800 seconds in Top Fuel qualifying. Besides Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta (3.791), Tony Schumacher (3.793), Antron Brown (3.796) and Richie Crampton (3.799) also topped that mark.

Eight drivers were bunched together in Funny Car qualifying. There was only .053 seconds between Force and Del Worsham, who had the eighth-fastest qualifying time in the division Friday (4.098).

Seven Pro Stock drivers were able to post times under 6.600 in Friday's races. Besides Line and Gray, Allen Johnson (6.558), Greg Anderson (6.562), Dave Connolly (6.564), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (6.574) and Jonathan Gray (6.593) all broke 6.600.