POMONA, CA – On Friday evening at the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals it was John Force Racing teammates John Force and Robert Hight setting the pace with two of the three quickest runs of the day. Force was the quickest of the second session until Jack Beckman made a run that set both ends of the track record. Hight was right behind his boss with the third quickest run of the last session on Friday in the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro.

John Force powered the PEAK Antifreeze Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the top of the field with a 3.880 second run at 330 mph in the second session. It was the quickest run in the history of Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for about five minutes. The run did earn the 16-time champion two qualifying bonus points when the session wrapped up and will send the eight-time Auto Club Finals winner into Saturday with some confidence.

“They said I had the track record and I was feeling pretty good until (Jack) Beckman came down through there. It kept cooling and cooling, and they saw what was out there. Congratulations to them on that record run. We are in the hunt, that is all we want to be. All four of my cars,” said John Force.

Before Force ran to the top of the field Robert Hight blasted his way from the bottom of the pack to the No. 4 spot. The Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro is looking for his second win at the Auto Club Finals and a solid finish for the 2016 season. Hight’s pass of 3.889 seconds at 329.75 mph picked up one qualifying bonus point for Hight.

The Traxxas Camaro Funny Car and Courtney Force hazed the tires but stood on her elapsed time from her first run an impressive 3.953 second pass. Force’s car launched hard in the second session and then went quiet and cruised across the finish line 8.80 seconds after passing the tree. The youngest Force racing daughter will go into Saturday as the provisional No. 10 Funny Car driver.

Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster made a strong bounce back run in the second session lighting up the right-hand scoreboard with a 3.770 second run at 322.19 mph. At the time it moved the 2013 rookie of the year into the No. 3 spot. By the end of the session Force, a three time winner in 2016, had been shuffled back to the provisional No. 8 spot.