This week Courtney Force will compete at the only race track on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series circuit that she hasn’t raced at, Maple Grove Raceway. She will compete in the 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Reading, Penn.
To kick-off the month of October, Force will be running a pink Traxxas Funny Car Ford Mustang to commemorate breast cancer awareness month and to raise support for breast cancer prevention and research.
“I’ve never raced at Maple Grove before, but it’s extra special because I’ll be running a hot pink breast cancer awareness car,” said Force. “We’re excited. We’re trying to bring attention to a good cause. We all hope that this will help with awareness in the importance of research and finding a cure for breast cancer. I’m very happy and very excited to be a part of that. Definitely looking forward to this weekend and hopefully showing that car off in the Winner’s Circle.”
Force suffered an unfortunate first round loss in the opening round of eliminations at the inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Despite Force’s better reaction time against Mike Neff, she smoked the tires at the
“First round going up there someone had smoked the tires in the lane ahead of us. We thought it would be a better lane. We didn’t think we would have a problem with it smoking the tires, but it did. I did my best to recover it. I just was going after that win light and I pedaled it before it had enough time to settle down and since it was still up on the tire it sent me over into the wall,” said Force.
She stacked up five total bonus points from being the second-quickest in the Funny Car field in the third qualifying session and quickest in the final qualifying session.
“We keep wanting to move up in the points. We moved up to the fifth spot just over qualifying this weekend, but then got bumped back down to sixth by Wilkerson. We just have to continue to pick up the points in qualifying and go rounds on Sunday.
“We’re excited about going into Reading. It’s the third-to-last race of the season. There’s definitely a lot of excitement going into this race,” said Force.
Force, sitting in 6th place in the Full Throttle point standings, is just 22 points behind Cruz Pedregon who is in 4th place. A top five finish would be quite an accomplishment for the rookie driver. Over the last four races Force has earned the most qualifying bonus points, 20 total, in the Funny Car class. Two weekends ago in Dallas she picked up a career best 8 bonus points out of 12 available. For the rookie driver the next three races will be all about turning the qualifying success of her Traxxas Ford Mustang into round wins and a move up in the Full Throttle point standings.