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In this photo provided by NHRA, Top Fuel driver Brittany Force drives to the provisional qualifying lead Friday, July 25, 2014, at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals drag races in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz) (Marc Gewertz)

In this photo provided by NHRA, Funny Car driver Courtney Force secures the No. 1 qualifying position at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals drag races at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz) (Marc Gewertz)
Sisters Courtney, Brittany Force top qualifying
Sisters Courtney and Brittany Force top qualifying in NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 26, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Sisters Courtney and Brittany Force topped qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second time this season they have swept an event.

Courtney Force led the Funny Car field with her Friday pass of 4.045 seconds at 319.22 mph in a Ford Mustang, and Brittany Force’s Friday run of 3.762 at 325.53 held up in Top Fuel.

The daughters of Funny Car star John Force, they each qualified No. 1 in Topeka, Kansas, this year for a first for sisters. Courtney Force went on to win at Topeka for the 100th female victory in NHRA history, and won again last month in New Hampshire.

Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field, and Jerry Savoie was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Gray had a 6.539 at 212.13 in a Chevy Camaro, and Savoie ran a 6.810 at 197.86 on a Suzuki.

Also, Andrew Hines won the inaugural Pro Bike Battle to earn $25,000. The season points leader beat Scotty Pollacheck in the specialty bonus event final with a 6.835-second run at 196.02 on a Harley-Davidson.