John Force Racing’s Courtney Force and her Advanced Auto Parts Funny Car team were celebrating on Monday after she took her third win of the 2018 NHRA Funny Car Championship season at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Kansas.
Force outran her team mate Robert Hight and speaking following her win, Force said:
“It was a completely different day of racing when you compare the conditions from qualifying. We had to wait around eight hours and then had to pedal it in the first round. I actually had to pedal it a couple times but we were able to get that win light but we lost lane choice for the second round against (Matt) Hagan but man, my team laid down a solid number. “We gave it all we had and put it all out there with this Advance Auto Parts Camaro. It was a close race with Hagan and he is a great driver. I think we really gave the fans out there a really good show on that run. We really appreciate all the fans that stayed out here all day to support us.
On Monday, Force passed JR Todd at 3.895s at a speed of 330.39MPH and speaking about it Force said:
It’s been really insane. I’m proud to be part of this Advance Auto Parts team. Being in the points lead, coming off of a back to back win, it’s just insane. I got on my radio and told my guys that they are just unbelievable. It’s so much fun driving this race car and it’s been a handful out here this weekend. “Coming to a track where the conditions have changed drastically every single day, I have to give a lot of credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood and every single guy on my team. It was a Sunday morning race that turned into a Sunday 7 p.m. race with a cooler track. We were able to get it done even with a lucky first-round win having to pedal it down there. We lost lane choice in the second round but still were able to turn the win light on and make it a little bit longer weekend. Having to run on a Monday makes for a long weekend, but it feels good to be in the winner’s circle with my team and celebrate for everyone at Chevy, Advance Auto Parts, PEAK, Monster, Auto Club and all our partners.
Force has had three wins this season, two of which have been back to back and she concluded by saying:
To be completely honest, everyone’s talking about the fact that we had so many No. 1 qualifiers but didn’t seal the deal last year. I had such a great team and pretty much the same team as I do this year. “Ronnie Thompson and Dan Hood were tuning my car and getting us all those No. 1 qualifiers last year, and we came close to a couple wins. This year, Brian Corradi came on board joining with Danny and one or two guys who joined the Advance Auto Parts team and things kind of shifted and we were able to get these No. 1 qualifiers and seal them off with a win. It feels amazing.