- Thursday 27 June, 2013
Did you hear….another daughter has beaten their dad in the final?
Capacity crowds saw history made at New England Dragway for the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals as Courtney Force faced her legendary father John Force in the finals for the first time in her young career and avenged her loss to him in the first round in Bristol. Courtney ran a 4.301 second pass to her father's losing run of 4.367. "I definitely told him I was going to get some revenge [from last week]," Courtney following the win. "We were able to do it. It was a lot of fun."
Hall gets first NHRA Wally!
John Hall got his first win in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category when he defeated rookie Adam Arana in the finals. It was the first time both racers had made it to a final round appearance. Spencer Massey took the win in Top Fuel, his second of the season, and Allen Johnson recorded his third win of the year in Pro Stock.
Inside the numbers…
4: The number of final round appearances Shane Gray has raced to in 2013 without securing a victory. Gray is a former Comp Eliminator racer in the Lucas Oil Series and his most recent runner-up finish came in Epping, N.H., against Allen Johnson. "Going into that final round I thought we were going to win it," said Gray. "This Gray Motorsports team put together an awesome car all weekend long. I'm real proud to be part of this, and I'm looking forward to finally getting back to the winner's circle. We have to believe it's coming." The driver who advanced to the most final rounds before his or her first victory is Bob Vandergriff Jr. with 13 runner-up finishes before he broke through to score his first victory.
Did you know…
NHRA PSM CHAMP KRAWIEC NAMED TO IMA BOARD: 2012 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krwawiec was recently named to the board of directors for the Indiana Motorsports Association (IMA). The IMA is a specialized association which unifies all motorsports business-related interests within the State of Indiana. Krawiec is the only racer on the board and joins Mike Lewis of Don Schumacher Racing, Murph McKinney of McKinney Corporation, Wes Collier of Lucas Oil Raceway and others in the racing community. "I've always had a relationship with motorsports companies in the area from working here at Vance & Hines," Krawiec said. "They asked me to come on board to give the racer insight and from being involved managing the drag strip at Englishtown. I think everything came together and they felt I was a good fit and addition."
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