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COURTNEY FORCE WINS FUNNY CAR AT SONOMA

Written by Tracy Renck
; Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

fc 3 FotorThis wasn’t a dominating performance by Courtney Force Sunday at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals, but it was good enough to win.

Force defeated her legendary father John in the finals to claim her fifth career nitro Funny Car victory.

Courtney made a 4.253-second pass at 296.24 mph to beat her dad, who came across the line in 4.405 seconds.


 

 

BALOOSHI EXPERIENCES THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER

Written by Mike Perry; Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

tf 2Khalid alBalooshi gave himself quite a birthday present on Sunday in Sonoma.

alBalooshi knocked off Al-Anabi Racing teammate Shawn Langdon in the Top Fuel final round to claim his fourth career Wally and his second of the 2014 season at the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

 

 

TIMING MALFUNCTION NAILS LOW BUDGET TEAMS IN SONOMA

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Gary Nastase, Robert Pelligrini.

GNP gnp gn3 4988Low budget racers John Hale and Jeff Diehl learned the NHRA rulebook can be as black and white as the paper and ink with which it is printed.

During Saturday’s Q-4 session at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, they were the victims of an apparent malfunction to the Compulink timing system which cost them a final shot at qualifying.

As both drivers were staging, the tree flashed red, sat idle and then illuminated with both sides flashing yellow and green lights simultaneously. The drivers launched only to have a surprise when they received their ET slips.

 

 

LINE GETS HISTORIC PS WIN

Written by Tracy Renck; Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

 

ps 2Former world champion Pro Stock driver Jason Line felt he had a good car Sunday morning at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals.

His feeling was right.

Line drove his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to victory by defeating V. Gaines in the final round.

 

KRAWIEC BEATS FIRST-TIME FINALIST, CUSTOMER

Written by Mike Perry; Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

psm 1 FotorJerry Savoie seemed to have everything going for him prior to the Pro Stock Motorcycle final against engine builder Eddie Krawiec…the same Eddie Krawiec that, along with the team of Vance and Hines, supplies the power for his fuel-injected Suzuki.

Savoie qualified at the top of the list and had the most consistent motorcycle throughout the elimination rounds at Sonoma. He looked like the odds-on favorite to claim his first career Wally…but he left too early.

 

 

WINNERS CROWNED AT NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

Courtney Force beat father John Force in the final to become the winningest female in Funny Car history at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday.
 
Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Sonoma Raceway.
 
Force, who won the 100th race by a female driver in the NHRA professional classes at Topeka, outran her father with a 4.253-second pass at 296.24 mph in her Traxxas Ford Mustang to claim her fifth career victory. With the win, Force broke a tie with sister Ashley Force Hood for the most all-time wins by a female in Funny Car.

FINAL ROUND PHOTOS FROM NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini.

Sunday's final results from the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The race is the 15th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications.

Final round-by-round results from the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications.

Point standings (top 10) following the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

SHANE GRAY IS SONOMA OVERNIGHT PRO STOCK SENSATION

Written by Mike Perry; Photos by Gary Nastase.

GNP gnp gn1 7454Shane Gray sits on top of the Sonoma NHRA Nationals Pro Stock qualifying list…and he should thank his delivery man.

In the third qualifying session Saturday, Gray carded a 6.539 at 212.13 mph…a number that stood up against all comers in the evening qualifying session and earned him a first-round bye in Sunday’s eliminations.

 

 

JERRY SAVOIE RIGHT ON TIME IN SONOMA

Written by Mike Perry; Photos by Gary Nastase.

 

GNP 1430-04027-2It wasn’t like catching lightning in a bottle…it was more like things coming together at the right time.

Timing is the most critical thing for the driver of a fuel injected motorcycle, and Jerry Savoie’s timing couldn’t have been better Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

 

 

MUSI HEADLINES PDRA RICHMOND WINNERS

Written by Administrator.

pnLizzy Musi, the 23-year-old daughter of doorslammer drag racing legend Pat Musi, earned her career-first win Saturday night in the inaugural Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) U.S. Drags at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), near Richmond. Musi beat points leader Jason Harris in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final, ending Harris' undefeated streak from all four PDRA races previously held this year.

 

 

SATURDAY QUALIFYING COMPLETE AT NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Gary Nastase, Bob Pelligrini Roger Richards.

Andrew Hines drove to victory in the inaugural MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle, closing out an action packed Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
 
In other racing on Saturday, Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned No. 1 qualifying positions and will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Northern California.
 
Hines, the current points leader in Pro Stock Motorcycle, defeated Scotty Pollacheck in the specialty bonus event final with a 6.835-second run at 196.02 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. He beat John Hall and Hector Arana en route to the final. With the win, Hines takes home $25,000.

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS THE WAY IN TOP FUEL FRIDAY

Written by Mike Perry; Photo by Gary Nastase.

tfFather’s Day has come and gone, but it was quite a day for proud papa John Force as both his daughters had big days at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

After watching one of his daughters, Courtney, claim the provisional top qualifying spot in the Funny Car class, Force waited at the end of the track while another daughter, Brittany, raced to the top spot in Top Fuel.


 

COURTNEY FORCE BLISTERS SONOMA TRACK TO LEAD FC QUALIFYING

Written by Mike Perry; Photos by Gary Nastase.

fcThree shots. Three opportunities. Three chances.

After leaving Sonoma after the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the remaining races leading up to the NHRA Countdown to the Championship are quite limited.

 

 

CPTV VIDEO DIARY - CRUZ PEDREGON'S SONOMA DIARY: SATURDAY

Written by Cruz Pedregon, CPTV.

CRUZThis weekend the team at CompetitionPlus.tv is hanging with Funny Car racer Cruz Pedregon at the NHRA Sponoma Nationals in Sonoma, Ca. Stay tuned as Pedregon provides a run-by-run analysis of his event, and provides his insight from the cockpit.

 

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