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Courtney Force beats Dad for Funny Car win at Sonoma

By NHRA Media
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Courtney Force defeated her father John Force to score the NHRA Funny Car victory Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. / Photo: Courtesy NHRA Media
SONOMA, CA – Courtney Force beat father John Force in the final to become the winningest female in Funny Car history at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday.

Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

Force, who won the 100th race by a female driver in the NHRA professional classes at Topeka, outran her father with a 4.253-second pass at 296.24 mph in her Traxxas Ford Mustang to claim her fifth career victory. With the win, Force broke a tie with sister Ashley Force Hood for the most all-time wins by a female in Funny Car.

“It’s cool to reach number five,” said Force, who now has two wins on the season. “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, who started his record 650th national event this weekend, was seeking his 141st career win in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Force, the 16-time Funny Car world champ, defeated Paul Lee, Bristol winner Tommy Johnson Jr. and two-time winner this season Alexis DeJoria on his way to the final which clinched him a spot in the Countdown to the Championship. With the final round loss, Force fell to 5-6 against Courtney.

In Top Fuel, alBalooshi piloted his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.912 at 309.42, defeating teammate Shawn Langdon. It was the second win of the season for alBalooshi, who celebrated his 35th birthday during race day, and fourth of his career.

“The trophy is exactly what I wanted,” said alBalooshi, who beat Billy Torrence, Clay Millican and Englishtown winner Richie Crampton to reach the final. “This is a very special birthday for me. This trophy is the best gift of my life, and (crew chief) Jason McCulloch gave it to me with all my crew guys.”

Langdon, driver of the Al-Anabi Racing dragster, was appearing in his fifth final of the season with his lone win coming at Bristol. Langdon, the reigning Top Fuel world champ, had a solid race day, eliminating Denver winner J.R. Todd, points leader Doug Kalitta and seven-time world champ Tony Schumacher before falling to alBalooshi. With the result, Langdon became the third Top Fuel driver to clinch a spot in the Countdown to the Championship playoff.

In Pro Stock, Line drove his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to his second win of the season with a 6.548 at 211.73, defeating V Gaines in the final. It was the second win of the season for Line and 33rd of his career. By taking out Joey Grose, Jonathan Gray, Dave Connolly and Gaines, Line stamped his ticket to the Countdown to the Championship.

“Overall, I felt like my car was as good or better than any other one out here but I struggled this week,” said Line, who gave Chevrolet its 200th win in the Pro Stock category. “I did things that I’d normally never do. I botched a burnout, couldn’t stage, couldn’t cut a light, and couldn’t find the finish line. Other than that, everything was perfect.”

Gaines, driver of the Kendall Oil Dodge Dart, was appearing in his third final of the season. He is still searching for his first win since Reading in 2012. Gaines took out Chris McGaha, No. 1 qualifier Shane Gray and reigning Pro Stock world champ Jeg Coughlin to reach the final.

Pro Stock drivers Allen Johnson, Coughlin and Connolly all sealed a spot in the Countdown as well with their respective Sonoma results.

Krawiec grabbed his second Pro Stock Motorcycle victory of 2014 with a 6.854 at 193.99 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, beating No. 1 qualifier Jerry Savoie in the final. The win was the 24th career victory for Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ.

“I almost forgot how to get back here (to the winner’s circle),” said Krawiec, who got past Freddie Camarena, Epping winner Angie Smith and teammate Andrew Hines before taking out Savoie. “Going into the final I was 100-percent concerned about Jerry. We build his horsepower and he’s doing an awesome job but that’s why we drag race.”

Savoie was appearing in his first final of the season and third of his career. His Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki was fast all weekend beating Chaz Kennedy, Hector Arana and John Hall before red lighting against Krawiec. Savoie was seeking his first career win.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concludes its Western Swing with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Aug. 1-3.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, CA
NHRA Sonoma Nationals – July 27, 2014

Final Finish Order (1-16)

TOP FUEL
1. Khalid alBalooshi; 2. Shawn Langdon; 3. Richie Crampton; 4. Tony Schumacher; 5. Doug Kalitta; 6. Steve Torrence; 7. Spencer Massey; 8. Clay Millican; 9. Billy Torrence; 10. Brittany Force; 11. Mike Salinas; 12. Bob Vandergriff; 13. Antron Brown; 14. Steven Chrisman; 15. Terry McMillen; 16. J.R. Todd.

FUNNY CAR
1. Courtney Force; 2. John Force; 3. Matt Hagan; 4. Alexis DeJoria; 5. Bob Tasca III; 6. Cruz Pedregon; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 8. Tim Wilkerson; 9. Del Worsham; 10. Paul Lee; 11. Tony Pedregon; 12. Jack Beckman; 13. Ron Capps; 14. Gary Densham; 15. Robert Hight; 16. Peter Russo.

PRO STOCK
1. Jason Line; 2. V. Gaines; 3. Jeg Coughlin; 4. Dave Connolly; 5. Greg Anderson; 6. Jonathan Gray; 7. Allen Johnson; 8. Shane Gray; 9. Vincent Nobile; 10. Matt Hartford; 11. Deric Kramer; 12. Larry Morgan; 13. Joey Grose; 14. Chris McGaha; 15. Tommy Lee.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1. Eddie Krawiec; 2. Jerry Savoie; 3. Andrew Hines; 4. John Hall; 5. Hector Arana; 6. Angie Smith; 7. Matt Smith; 8. Adam Arana; 9. Steve Johnson; 10. Chaz Kennedy; 11. Shawn Gann; 12. Michael Ray; 13. Katie Sullivan; 14. Freddie Camarena; 15. Scotty Pollacheck; 16. Hector Arana Jr.

Sunday's Final Results

Top Fuel -- Khalid alBalooshi, 3.912 seconds, 309.42 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 4.008 seconds, 271.35 mph.

Funny Car -- Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.253, 296.24 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.405, 237.05.

Pro Stock -- Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.548, 211.73 def. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.564, 211.30.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.854, 193.99 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, foul.

Final Round-By-Round Results

TOP FUEL

ROUND ONE -- Khalid alBalooshi, 3.775, 323.27 def. Billy Torrence, 3.868, 319.37; Richie Crampton, 3.808, 325.69 def. Mike Salinas, foul; Spencer Massey, 3.796, 322.73 def. Antron Brown, 4.522, 182.58; Clay Millican, 3.921, 305.63 def. Brittany Force, 3.909, 308.28; Doug Kalitta, 3.832, 320.97 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.762, 162.06; Tony Schumacher, 3.795, 324.20 def. Terry McMillen, 4.816, 155.78; Steve Torrence, 3.818, 323.89 def. Bob Vandergriff, 4.173, 256.65; Shawn Langdon, 3.839, 314.90 def. J.R. Todd, 5.931, 111.57;

QUARTERFINALS -- Langdon, 3.864, 300.13 def. Kalitta, 3.948, 308.50; Crampton, 4.269, 255.92 def. Massey, 5.417, 140.17; alBalooshi, 3.878, 309.77 def. Millican, 8.691, 64.15; Schumacher, 3.874, 318.99 def. S. Torrence, 5.266, 140.66;

SEMIFINALS -- alBalooshi, 4.066, 271.73 def. Crampton, 4.126, 267.37; Langdon, 4.274, 244.74 def. Schumacher, 6.123, 127.41;

FINAL -- alBalooshi, 3.912, 309.42 def. Langdon, 4.008, 271.35.

FUNNY CAR

ROUND ONE -- John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.100, 311.34 def. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 4.163, 306.12; Courtney Force, Mustang, 6.631, 96.06 def. Peter Russo, Chevy Monte Carlo, broke; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.076, 314.46 def. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 8.221, 92.76; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.094, 311.92 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.443, 207.85; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.140, 305.91 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.320, 234.25; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.105, 310.77 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, foul; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.119, 308.85 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.533, 220.51; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.130, 310.63 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.151, 307.86;

QUARTERFINALS -- J. Force, 4.137, 307.23 def. Johnson Jr., 5.034, 159.95; DeJoria, 4.160, 300.80 def. C. Pedregon, 4.743, 180.07; Hagan, 4.159, 296.89 def. Wilkerson, 5.944, 118.14; C. Force, 4.276, 293.15 def. Tasca III, 4.666, 197.65;

SEMIFINALS -- J. Force, 4.418, 262.90 def. DeJoria, 12.042, 79.86; C. Force, 4.235, 293.86 def. Hagan, 6.067, 118.00;

FINAL -- C. Force, 4.253, 296.24 def. J. Force, 4.405, 237.05.

PRO STOCK

ROUND ONE -- V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.547, 212.23 def. Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 7.409, 140.93; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.561, 211.93 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.571, 211.16; Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.571, 211.56 def. Matt Hartford, Dodge Avenger, 6.593, 210.83; Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.527, 212.16 def. Deric Kramer, Avenger, 6.597, 210.31; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.537, 212.33 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.693, 206.64; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.520, 212.46 def. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.861, 199.35; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.522, 212.36 was unopposed; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.521, 211.79 def. Tommy Lee, Mustang, foul;

QUARTERFINALS -- Coughlin, 6.558, 212.23 def. Anderson, 6.563, 211.73; Gaines, 6.552, 212.29 def. S. Gray, 16.692, 48.82; Connolly, 6.545, 212.23 def. Johnson, 11.535, 92.77; Line, 6.545, 212.03 def. J. Gray, 6.611, 211.59;

SEMIFINALS -- Gaines, 6.556, 211.89 def. Coughlin, 6.790, 187.44; Line, 6.535, 212.26 def. Connolly, 16.915, 47.85;

FINAL -- Line, 6.548, 211.73 def. Gaines, 6.564, 211.30.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

ROUND ONE -- Angie Smith, Buell, 6.865, 191.38 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.964, 187.81; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.898, 193.60 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, foul; John Hall, Buell, 6.898, 193.13 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.963, 188.96; Adam Arana, Buell, 6.928, 192.44 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, foul; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.847, 194.69 def. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 7.010, 191.46; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.815, 196.50 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, foul; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.817, 194.18 def. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.012, 190.27; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.877, 193.52 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.899, 192.77;

QUARTERFINALS -- Hall, 6.867, 195.85 def. A. Arana, 6.906, 194.83; Hines, 6.814, 197.25 def. M. Smith, 6.861, 196.16; Savoie, 6.839, 195.65 def. H. Arana, 6.841, 196.87; Krawiec, 6.820, 197.28 def. A. Smith, 6.846, 193.96;

SEMIFINALS -- Savoie, 6.819, 198.29 def. Hall, 6.862, 195.70; Krawiec, 6.837, 194.46 def. Hines, 6.835, 195.93;

FINAL -- Krawiec, 6.854, 193.99 def. Savoie, foul.

Point Standings (Top 10)

Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta, 1,223*; 2. Antron Brown, 1,177*; 3. Shawn Langdon, 1,065*; 4. Tony Schumacher, 911; 5. Steve Torrence, 867; 6. Spencer Massey, 862; 7. Brittany Force, 824; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 801; 9. Richie Crampton, 752; 10. J.R. Todd, 741.

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight, 1,216*; 2. John Force, 1,097*; 3. Ron Capps, 957; 4. Courtney Force, 941; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., 938; 6. Alexis DeJoria, 883; 7. Matt Hagan, 868; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 840; 9. Del Worsham, 816; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 762.

Pro Stock
1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 1,229*; 2. Allen Johnson, 1,107*; 3. Jason Line, 1,074*; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 1,073*; 5. Dave Connolly, 1,023*; 6. Shane Gray, 931; 7. Vincent Nobile, 926; 8. V. Gaines, 688; 9. Chris McGaha, 686; 10. Jonathan Gray, 568.

Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Andrew Hines, 853*; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 762*; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 614*; 4. Hector Arana, 542; 5. John Hall, 516; 6. Matt Smith, 483; 7. Michael Ray, 462; 8. Scotty Pollacheck, 461; 9. Angie Smith, 435; 10. Steve Johnson, 430.

* Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
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