Event Coverage: NHRA Winternationals Finals


Funny Car Finals

NHRA Winternationals Funny Car Finals
Before I get into the finals, I want to give an interesting and brief history on Ron Capps. Ron has only raced for three teams in his Professional career in the NHRA and started out in Top Fuel in 1995 with Roger Primm. From there, he joined up with the legendary Don “The Snake” Prudhomme in 1996 while still in Top Fuel. In 1997, he switched to Funny Car and was the first to exceed 315 MPH at Houston. In 2005, Ron joined with Don Shumacher racing, who he still drives for today. Last year at the second visit to Vegas he posted the fastest time in a Funny Car in the “Modern Era” of 1000 Feet at 320 MPH and fastest ET at Englishton with a 3.964.
NHRA Winternationals Funny Car Finals
Courtney Force made her debut in 2012 in Funny Car. Within 15 rounds, she captured her first win at the US Nationals at Indy. Her fastest speed in Funny car is 319.60 MPH and fastest ET is 4.028 seconds. She's knocking at Ron's record door in speed and ET.
John Force Winternationals
While Courtney would be the only Force in a final this Round, it was still a very sucessful day for Force as a Father. Brittney made her debut in Top Fuel and Courtney was in the finals. You can't really ask for much more than that.
Winternationals Funny Car Winner Courtney Force
Well, yeah, actually, you can. Courtney's first victory in 2013 would be at the first round! Ron Capps would shake his tires at half track while Courtney had a full run down to 1000 feet. Giving the win and current points lead to Force.
John and Courtney Force
“It's always awesome when your children excel, racing a great driver like Ron Capps,” John Force started on Courtney's win, “Life's Good!”
Ron Capps and Courtney Force
“It's been a roller coaster all day,” Ron Capps said with dejection, “We ran ok the first few rounds, we really felt like we could run last year when we set the record, which was a 4 flat, but for some reason, she just pulled the tires loose out there. I tried to pedal it, but that's the way it goes.
Courtney Force
While not her first, and much like her father, Courtney was estatic after her win, “It's unbelievable! I'm still shaking right now, I can't even believe it!” The Winternatinals still hold legend among drag racers, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise the excitement drivers feel after taking the “Wally” home from the event. “All I wanted to do is not screw up on the tree. My guys gave me a great race car all weekend long, running consistant, and was able to get it in the winners circle! I'm so excited, being that it is my home track, we finally got the job done since we couldn't at the finals, so I'm very proud of my team.” Her team is Ron Douglas, Dan Hood, and the Force Racing Family.


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