Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

Courtney Force tops father in NHRA Funny Car race

Sunday - 6/23/2013, 9:10pm  ET

In this photo provided by NHRA, Funny Car winner Courtney Force, left, celebrates with her father John Force after the pair raced in the final round at the Inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, Sunday, June 23, 2013, at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. It marked the first time that they have raced in a Funny Car final round, and Courtney improved to 4-2 overall in head-to-head matchups against her father, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, by going 4.301 seconds at 261.67 mph in her Ford Mustang to claim the victory. John Force, who was making his second finals appearance in as many weeks, finished with a 4.367 at 262.28 in his Mustang. (AP Photo/NHRA, Marc Gewertz)

EPPING, N.H. (AP) -- Courtney Force claimed a Funny Car victory against her father on Sunday at the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals.

In their first final round matchup, Courtney Force earned her second victory of the year and third in her career. She improved to 4-2 against her father, John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion.

It was their first meeting in the finals.

Courtney, who lost to John in the first round at Bristol Dragway last weekend, outran Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson and defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman to reach the final round.

She then powered her Ford Mustang to a winning performance of 4.301 seconds at 261.67 mph, edging her father's Mustang, which trailed with a 4.367 at 193.93.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and John Hall (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 11th of 24 this season.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.