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Force Earns Bonus Point In NHRA Finale

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POMONA (AP) – John Force picked up a critical bonus point in qualifying Friday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals to move back within two rounds of points leader Matt Hagan in Funny Car title chase.

The bonus point Force earned for the third-quickest pass in the second qualifying session drew him within 39 points of Hagan, who was shut out of the bonus points after earning three Thursday.

Three of the four categories had new provisional No. 1 qualifiers, with Ashley Force Hood topping the Funny Car order, V Gaines taking the lead in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec topping the Pro Stock Motorcycle field. Larry Dixon remained atop the Top Fuel order.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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