By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Funny Cars return to Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia this weekend. This is race No. 8 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series that will take place from Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th.
Former Funny Car pilot Courtney Force won last year’s event in the reboot of the Virginia NHRA Nationals after Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey elected to shut down drag racing. She went 4.039 at 321.96 mph.
Force retired following the conclusion of the 2018 season. She defeated her living legend father John Force in the final round, as he went 4.076 at 307.65.
This was the younger Force’s final win of her career. She stepped away from the sport in January.
Don Schumacher Racing will have their stacked roster of drivers competing in Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and Matt Hagan. Kalitta Motorsports will have their two pilots in reigning champion J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon.
Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc.’s Tim Wilkerson will also be competing. Fellow full-time pilot Cruz Pedregon will be there in his Snap-On Funny Car.
Bob Tasca III will be competing in his first race with his new Assistant Crew Chief. Earlier this week, Tasca Racing and John Force Racing made a trade, as Jon Schaffer went from JFR to Tasca Racing.
In exchange in this rare trade, Mike Green went to JFR.
There will be 16 Funny Cars on the property. All of them will make the show on Sunday for eliminations.
The list of the other drivers, who complete the field, include Terry Haddock, Blake Alexander, Jim Campbell, Jeff Diehl, and Jonnie Lindberg.
The living legend Force, who turned 70-years-old this month, has four career wins at this facilty. He is one of two drivers, who has more than two wins at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Force had wins in 2000, 1999, 1996, and 1995.