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NHRA: Courtney Force becomes winningest female in Funny Car with Sonoma win

Jul 28, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

ForcesSonoma AP

An all-Force final in Funny Car during the NHRA’s Sonoma Nationals saw Courtney Force emerge victorious over father John, and in the process, become the winningest female driver in Funny Car history.

The younger Force, 26, secured the 100th win for a female in NHRA in Topeka earlier this year and on Sunday in Sonoma, claimed her fifth career win. That broke a tie with older sister Ashley Force Hood.

“It’s cool to reach number five,” said Force, via “I’m very proud of my team. Obviously, I wouldn’t be here without them and the hard work that they put in. I’m only as good as my team.”

John Force was seeking to win in his record 650th national start.

The weekend wasn’t just about winning for the Forces; both Courtney and Brittany (Top Fuel) had also topped their respective qualifying sessions.

Other class winners during the weekend included Khalid alBalooshi in Top Fuel, defeating Al-Anabi Racing teammate Shawn Langdon; Jason Line over V. Gaines in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec over Jason Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

The series continues its annual west coast swing with a trip to Seattle next week.

  1. horsedrag - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    NBC Sports, there is more excitement and human interest in NHRA then any other sport. The fans are up close and personal with the teams between rounds and then get to see, and feel the power. The skill, endurance and technology is unmatched and to see the girls endure in a sport founded by the toughest men do well is a real bonus, especially when one of them is their father. Glad to see you give it coverage. THANKS.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Congrats to all the winners in Sonoma.

    I’ll bet NHRA’s TV ratings suck when they televise the finals starting at 11:00 PM on a Sunday night.

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