Courtney Force wins NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) Courtney Force won the Funny Car portion of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout and Matt Hagan topped qualifying Sunday in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Force sprinted to a $100,000 payday in her Chevy Camaro SS, powering to a 4.018-second pass at 266.04 mph to beat teammate Robert Hight in the final round of the specialty event.
''I went out today with the mindset of calm and relaxed,'' said Force, the daughter of 16-time Funny Car season champion John Force. ''We got that run in last night that was huge. It qualified us for fourth so my guys got me into today not thinking about a qualifying run which is huge for a race like this. To win an event like this in front of all these fans in Indiana is huge for our team. To be able to outrun Robert and get that win is a big one for our Traxxas team.''
Hagan's topped qualifying with his Friday night performance of 3.858 at 330.80 in a Dodge Charger R/T.
Clay Millican led the Top Fuel lineup, Bo Butner topped the Pro Stock field, and Angelle Sampey paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle riders in the regular-season finale.
Millican had a track-record time of 3.692 at 316.82 on Saturday. Bo Butner pushed his Chevy Camaro to a 6.571 at 210.24, and Sampey rode her Buell to a 6.812 at 196.62. She set the elapsed time track record.