Records Fall On Cool Day At The Four-Wides
Courtney Force shot to the top in Funny Car qualifying on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Even though track records were broken Saturday in three of the NHRA’s four professional classes, competitors thought their two qualifying runs in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway would have been faster due to the unseasonably cold temperatures.
Funny Car was the only class that didn’t have a track record fall, but it possibly had one of the most dramatic runs as Courtney Force jumped from the 16th spot to No. 1. With her 4.011 E.T., Force dropped her father, 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, to the No. 2 position for Sunday’s elimination round. It was her first No. 1 qualifying position at zMAX, her second of the season and the ninth of her career.
Only two qualifying rounds were held for this year’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals due to inclement weather cancelling Friday’s activities.
“Going from zero to hero, it’s really my crew chiefs and my team,” the 26-year-old Force said. “It’s easy to look like a hero when your car is flying down there … but we still have a lot to work on.”
Force was surprised there weren’t some times in the 3-second range.
“But, then again, I think a lot of people were trying to be a little bit safe because we only got two passes out of Read the full story »