Courtney Force takes 10th No. 1 qualifier of year
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Force took her 10th No. 1 qualifier of the season Saturday night in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
The Funny Car points leader had a 3.910-second run at 326.16 mph on Friday in her Chevrolet Camaro SS. She has four event victories this season.
“It’s been a lot of fun for me to drive,” Force said. “They’ve got that thing dialed in. We had a great number in Q2 yesterday that took us to that top spot. We were looking to improve today or at least have a little bit more consistency, but we struggled a little bit. But we were still able to take that top spot, which feels pretty good, especially to hear it’s our 10th this season. That’s pretty incredible and this is exactly how we would like to go into the second race of the (Western) Swing.”
Clay Millican led the Top Fuel field, Greg Anderson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle entries.
Matt Smith raced to his first career NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle win, earning $25,000 payday in the all-star bonus race. Smith beat Krawiec in the final.