John Force Racing’s Courtney Force dominated Sunday’s NHRA Funny Car event at Virginia Motorsports Park to take her fourth victory of the season and in doing so extends her lead in the NHRA Mellow Yellow Funny Car Championship.
Courtesy beat he father John in the final with a pass at 321.96MPH at 4.039s. Following two days of qualifying, Courtney Force went fastest in the first, second and fourth sessions. Speaking about the performance of her Advanced Auto Parts team, Force commented by saying:
“This was a great job by my Advance Auto Parts team. It was exciting to be in an all Force final and to see that PEAK team do so well. They have a good thing going over there. They had me nervous when I rolled up for the final round. We had a great side by side race. Brian Corradi and Danny Hood have done a great job with this team and race car. We have been so consistent but we stumbled a little in the first round but we got away with it.
Speaking about her dad, Courtney said:
My dad has his routine and I have grown up watching that routine. “I prepared myself that it was going to be a long tree and I just tried to play his game and not let it screw with me. He still made me wait but that is OK because we had a car for him.
Force went on to say:
The last time I was here I was seven years old. All I wanted for my birthday was to come to a race with just my dad and it was this race track. We got to celebrate in the winner’s circle and I was wearing a Virginia is for Lovers t-shirt. I am excited to wear that shirt in the winner’s circle today for my win. Dad was talking about dancing in a bar and that is because he took me to a bar to celebrate his win. I was playing Ace of Base on repeat on the juke box and I was dancing beside the juke box. That is the real story,” clarified Courtney Force. “I think it was surreal to come to this very track with him again and race him in the final round. That was pretty cool. I don’t think I could have written a better story. I was going to be excited whether he got the win or I did. There were so many fans here it was amazing. That says a lot about the Franklins who run this track. It was sold out yesterday and I bet it was sold out today