By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. — Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force won the inaugural NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Sunday. She defeated her living legend father, John Force, the PEAK Funny Car pilot.
Force is now 4-0 on the season in final round appearances. She is led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Danny Hood. Following the win, she had a fan, Cassady, who went on stage with her to celebrate her win.
The younger Force went 4.039 at 321.96 mph. The living legend Force went 4.076 at 307.65 mph.
“It was really exciting for us to be part of an all John Force Racing final, but to have my team tuning this car so well all weekend helped get us a win here,” Force said. “We just have to maintain our focus throughout the season and keep performing well as a driver as we prepare for the Countdown to the Championship.”
Force, who is the wife of IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, picked up her 12th career win. Her last win before Richmond was in Topeka.
She gave her father his first loss in the final round at this track. Previously, he was 4-0 in final rounds, as he won in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2000.
Force, who will be turning 30-years-old on June 20th, won for the fourth-time as the No. 1 qualifier. This has not bee done since 2002 when her father did it.
John Force had the starting line advantage by 0.001 seconds over his daughter, the Funny Car points leader. By the 60-foot mark, Courtney was leading.
She also was the leader through the 330-foot mark. Yet, by the 660-foot mark, John had nearly erased her lead. Shortly afterward, Courtney pulled ahead once again for the win.
Force, who crashed into the wall last week in Joliet, Illinois, is now 0-for-2 in final rounds this season. He has not won since the Gatornationals in 2017.
This was his 250th final round for the living legend. He is 148-102 in final rounds.
In addition, this was the 50th time there was an all-John-Force Racing final round.