COURTNEY FORCE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE FUNNY CAR, TAKES PROVISIONAL TOP SPOT AT MAPLE GROVE
All season, nitro Funny Car driver Courtney Force has been dominating.
The daughter of legendary racer John Force has qualified No. 1 10 times out of 18 races and won four national events.
Those numbers helped her go into NHRA’s six-race Countdown to the Championship as the points leader.
Force is looking to add to her lead at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
She took a solid step in that direction as she is the provisional No. 1 qualifier with her 3.907 secondS at 323.27 mph pass in Friday’s second qualifying session.
“The first (qualifying) run we shook pretty hard and had to get off the throttle, obviously changed some things around and thought we were going to be ready for that second run and we went for it,” said Force, who pilots the Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro. “The conditions were great (Friday) with the cloud cover and everything. I was excited. Pulling up there, I could see the look on the faces of my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hoods faces and I knew we were going to for it. It felt awesome. We were burning through that Sunoco fuel up there on the starting line and we were ready to hit the throttle and go.”
Force acknowledged that when she found out her elapsed time and speed she was even more thrilled.
“It’s amazing to be able to pick up some of those bonus points,” Force said. “That’s what we were coming in here hoping to do and we were able to do it on that second pass. It would be huge if we could go into race day in the No. 1 spot.”
The fact that 3-second runs are commonplace hasn’t been lost on Force.
“It’s crazy,” she said. “It’s really cool to think how far the sport has come just from last season. To see the incremental times and the ETs and the speeds we are hitting. It really is incredible what these cars are doing just to 1,000 feet. It’s also amazing to see how hard these crew chiefs and teams are pushing these cars to the limit and getting away with it. It’s awesome to see the progression throughout the season, seeing these cars go quicker and quicker every time we come back to a race track and that’s what the fans want to see. It’s great for them to see from the start of the season until now, these cars are being pushed further and further and we are going quicker and faster.”