Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sisters Courtney, Brittany Force top qualifying

Sisters Courtney and Brittany Force top qualifying in NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 26, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Sisters Courtney and Brittany Force topped qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second time this season they have swept an event.

Courtney Force led the Funny Car field with her Friday pass of 4.045 seconds at 319.22 mph in a Ford Mustang, and Brittany Force’s Friday run of 3.762 at 325.53 held up in Top Fuel.

The daughters of Funny Car star John Force, they each qualified No. 1 in Topeka, Kansas, this year for a first for sisters. Courtney Force went on to win at Topeka for the 100th female victory in NHRA history, and won again last month in New Hampshire.

Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field, and Jerry Savoie was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Gray had a 6.539 at 212.13 in a Chevy Camaro, and Savoie ran a 6.810 at 197.86 on a Suzuki.

Also, Andrew Hines won the inaugural Pro Bike Battle to earn $25,000. The season points leader beat Scotty Pollacheck in the specialty bonus event final with a 6.835-second run at 196.02 on a Harley-Davidson.

Updated on Sept. 22, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Updated on Sept. 21, 2014 at 10:44 p.m.
 In this photo provided by NHRA, Tony Schumacher drives to victory in Top Fuel at the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Schumacher earned his 75th career victory when he defeated Khalid alBalooshi in the final round of the race that was originally started one week ago at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/NHRA, Randy Anderson)
Updated on Sept. 21, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.
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