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Show of Force: Courtney trumps father John in inaugural New England NHRA race

Jun 23, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

Courtney Force, John Force

One week after Father’s Day, Courtney Force proved that father doesn’t always know best.

In the first final round matchup with her father and legendary 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, Courtney celebrated her 25th birthday by winning the inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.

Courtney’s Ford Mustang bested her father’s Mustang, 4.301 seconds at 261.67 mph to 4.367 seconds at 262.28 mph.

It was Courtney Force’s second win of 2013 and the third of her career. She defeated Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson and defending Funny Car champ Jack Beckman earlier Sunday en route to meeting her father for the deciding matchup.

In addition, she’s now 4-2 in all-time round wins against dear old dad, but Sunday was the first time they had ever met in the final round of an NHRA national event. It also allowed Courtney to avenge a first round loss to John last week at Bristol Dragway.

“I definitely told him I was going to get some revenge and we were able to do it. It was a lot of fun,” Courtney Force told NHRA.com. “We got down there, and our car got in a little bit of trouble, but I had my foot on the throttle hoping he wouldn’t catch up. After the win, he came over and hugged me and congratulated me. We were both really excited, and it was great for our team.”

Courtney Force moved up to fourth in the series standings, while John Force is right behind in fifth place.

As for the other three pro classes in the 11th of 24 races in this season’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, Allen Johnson in Pro Stock and John Hall in Pro Stock Motorcyle.

The NHRA now moves on to its third race in a grueling four-week period with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago, June 27-30.

  1. Anoesis - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I heard and read a lot about this “new” track in New Hampshire before this race, yet it still sounded familiar. Turns out it was built in 1966 and has hosted a variety of meets including the IHRA. Strip owners have spent in excess of $2M to bring the track up to NHRA standards. Kudos to them for bringing an officially sanctioned NHRA event to a town of about 6,500.

    • moezilla - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      As per the ESPN announcers, the track’s share holders promised to donate 100% of the weekend’s proceeds to upgrades before next year’s event….looked like the fans had a great experience with many of them, being first time spectators of the 10,000 HP nitro cars….I can tell you from first hand experience that your first time can dig its claws in and never let you go….best of luck to New England Dragway and its fans….looks as if they just started a long and memory filled “history” with the NHRA….

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