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Allen Lessels' Motorsports: Courtney Force gets revenge on her father, John Force, in NHRA final in Epping
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force during the New England Nationals at New England Dragway. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
Force knocked off John Force, her father, in the Funny Car finals and collected the Wally Trophy — honoring NHRA founder Wally Parks — that goes with a win to cap off the successful and jam-packed inaugural Auto Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway on Sunday.
Last week, Courtney told her dad she wanted to give him a Father's Day present of the day off by beating him in the first round.
"I decided to keep my mouth shut this time," she said, though she admitted she might have mentioned revenge.
John Force topped Courtney last week and went on to his first win in more than a year.
"I celebrate the whole month," she said with a laugh.
The Forces marched through the elimination rounds on Sunday, knocking off opponents and putting down similar times en route to the final faceoff.
They both had a little trouble in the final round and Courtney held on and won with a run of 4.301 and hit a high speed of 261.67. John Force was at 4.367.
"This is probably four, five, 10 times bigger than what I've seen in 2008 and 2010," Massey said. "This track and this whole area have been so diehard ready for NHRA drag racing. Every time I came here for IHRA racing — it's a great, great organization — they'd always want to see John Force come race. They want to see Tony Schumacher. They want to see 20 Top Fuel cars, not just eight or 10."
"I won a Top Fuel championship in 2008 in IHRA, I'm not down on it, I'm not knocking it," he said. "It's something very, very special. But if you win something in NHRA ... For the fans they see NHRA drag racing, it's the best of the best. They can't get any louder, any faster, anything more exciting. They couldn't see it anywhere else. This is it."
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