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A SIMPLE CHOICE STEERED BRITTANY INTO TOP FUEL

 

There are times in each of our lives when we are faced with challenges which appear insurmountable.

When faced with her seemingly insurmountable decision, Brittany Force's mother reminded her how simple her choice should be.

“Try,” followed by “then walk away” was the simple advice Laurie Force gave to her middle daughter, who at the time was focused on teaching fifth graders and the relaxation of racing part-time in a A/Fueler.  

Using her mother's advice, Brittany finally gave in to the insistence of her father to test drive a top fuel dragster. At the time, Brittany's thought was simple – take one run and walk away.

CAPPS, BODE, DIEHL AND LINDBERG ADVANCE IN THROWBACK SHOWDOWN

 

Four racers will advance to the second round of the Strange Engineering Throwback Showdown 2. Three of the four virtual drag races were won by the favorites while one racer used a familiar combination to mow down a higher-seeded opponent.

Ron Capps scored a monumental victory as his #9-seeded Ed McCulloch R-r-revellution Dodge Charger knocked off the #8-seeded John Force "Brute Force" entry. In a campaign which went back and forth in the first day, Capps pulled into a slight lead on Day 2 and held on by a slim margin, winning the closest race of the four contested on the first day, 53-percent to 47.

PRITCHETT BEGINS JOURNEY TO IMPROVE ON INCREDIBLE 2017

PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH

 

An emotional and proud John Force, legendary NHRA Funny Car driver, accepted an honorary doctorate today at the University of Northwestern Ohio in a special ceremony presided over by university president Dr. Jeffery Jarvis. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his historic motorsports career and his dedication to racing safety. 

“I never had this kind of opportunity. I learned on the race tracks and in the board rooms. I got an education at truck stops across the country,” Force told students and faculty during the special ceremony. “I am honored to receive this doctorate mainly because I saw the passion these UNOH students have for motorsports as well as their other programs. They are really turning their passions into careers here. I could not be more impressed with what I saw around campus and I am excited to be Dr. Force.”

UNFLAPPABLE SCHUMACHER READY TO AIM FOR TITLE NO. 9 WITH NEW TUNER

RICKIE SMITH PREPARES FOR 2018 WITHOUT MAJOR SPONSOR

 

Rickie Smith has been resilient if anything when it has come to putting together major sponsors over his decades of doorslammer drag racing. This year might provide his biggest challenge. 

Smith confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com; his major sponsor Vallen notified him they weren't picking up his 2018 option. 

Smith's program began with IDG, which was bought out three years ago by Vallen.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. IS READY FOR 2018 SEASON

 

There have been a slew of crew chief and crew member changes with the Don Schumacher Racing teams this offseason – but not with the Make-A-Wish Nitro Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

John Collins remains the crew chief of the car and his crew remains intact, which is something that isn’t lost on Johnson Jr. as he focuses on the upcoming season.

“The least amount of change you can have it should help you, and mostly it will help at the beginning of the season and you should start off a lot better than guys who are all trying to get to know each other and work together,” Johnson Jr. said. “It should be a beneficial thing at the start of the season for sure.”

ARP RACE TO QUALIFYING FINAL ROUND - CREASY DEF. FORCE, WILL BE IN THROWBACK SHOWDOWN 2

Dale Creasy Jr. will be headed into the Strange Throwback Showdown II, by defeating Courtney Force in the final round of the ARP Race To Qualifying.

AUSSIE TF RACER XIBERRAS DENIES AMERICAN SANFORD FIRST TF WIN

Sydney team-owner driver Peter Xiberras scored his maiden win in Top Fuel after defeating American speedster Ashley Sanford in round two of the 400 Thunder Series at Willowbank Raceway.

Rapisarda Autosport International duo Damien Harris and Wayne Newby finished third and fourth ahead of Queensland rookie Kelly Bettes.

The one-day event attracted only five entries. Missing in action were the highly fancied Darren Morgan and Rachelle Splatt. As a result, race organizers were forced to introduce a variation of the Chicago Style format. All cars made two runs with the top two in the points facing off in the ‘A’ final and next two in the points racing for third and fourth places.
 

SONNY LEONARD SCORES ANOTHER ACCOLADE

 

Sonny Leonard established a solid drag racing career in making mega-inch displacement race engines perform successfully. This pathway in his career has yielded numerous accolades along the way through his Sonny's Racing Engines brand.

Today word comes to us via veteran freelance writer Rod Short that Leonard has been presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from HPL Oil and the Virginia Transportation Museum.

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