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2014 NHRA: Courtney Force Wants To Grab Second Win Of Season In Bristol
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:56 AM
2014 NHRA: Courtney Force Wants To Grab Second Win Of Season In Bristol

Courtney Force has competed at Bristol Dragway twice in her short professional Funny Car career. During her rookie year in 2012, the Traxxas Ford Mustang driver qualified No. 13 and came back in 2013 to qualify No. 11. The 2012 Rookie of the Year suffered unfortunate first round losses in the first round both years, first to Ron Capps and then to her father, Funny Car legend John Force.


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“I feel like we've turned our luck and confidence around a lot lately and being that we haven't done well here in the past, I'm excited to get back to Bristol and improve from the past couple years. We've had tough first round losses here since our Traxxas team was put together, but I think if we can get our car figured out early in qualifying we can turn our luck around,” said Force.
Last year, Force was ousted in the first round by her father, John Force, en route to his first event win of 2013. The margin of victory for John was just .003 seconds. Courtney’s time was the second quickest Funny Car ET of the first round.

“We've got a competitive race car and I'm ready for another Father’s Day match-up on the track, against my dad. I think it's time to give the Bristol fans a great show this Father’s Day weekend,” said Force.

The Traxxas Ford is the fastest Funny Car ever to negotiate the eighth mile course at 325.34 mph and has posted top speed at four of nine races this year. She has also gone to the final round in back-to-back races for the first time in her professional driving career. She was runner-up at Atlanta and took home the 100th professional win for women in the NHRA at Topeka when she dismissed Cruz Pedregon in the final.

“It feels great knowing that we have got one of the fastest hot rods on the circuit. We may not be winning every race, but we are pushing in the right direction by making this car more consistent on the track with these top speeds. Being that we've been in back to back finals lately gives my Traxxas team a boost of confidence going into Bristol,” said Force.

With the Topeka win Force also locked up an all-important spot in the third annual Traxxas Nitro Shootout. This is the second year in a row that Force will not have to rely on fans and the lucky bounce of a lottery ball to race for the $100,000 grand prize during the U.S. Nationals. Having a spot secured took a fair amount of pressure off the third year driver.

“You definitely want to represent your sponsor in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout but I have some added pressure since my sponsor is Traxxas. They have been with me since I started racing professionally and I want to get that trophy for my team and also as a show of thanks to Traxxas president Mike Jenkins for his faith in me. We have a race car that is running really well and I like our chances going forward,” said Force.

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