ST. LOUIS (September 28 , 2014) – It was a historic day for Traxxas backed Funny Car driver Courtney Force as she won for the second consecutive week jumping up to the No. 2 position in the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings. Force defeated Bob Tasca III, Del Worsham, John Force and finally Matt Hagan to win for the fourth time in 2014. The win is the seventh of her career which is a record for women in Funny Car and she is the first female to win back-to-back Funny Car races. For her effort Scott Bessee of New Windsor, Illinois won a 55” flat screen TV courtesy of BrandSource and the “Win with Force” promotion.
“I think the good news is at least our team is making the right moves at the right time, right here in the Countdown to the Championship. It was tough going up against dad; I didn’t want to race him, but all I thought about was how he took me out in Charlotte and he didn’t feel bad, so I thought, ‘Alright, we’re going for it!’ Our Traxxas team got the win,” said Force.
While Courtney had a successful Sunday the two days of qualifying belonged to her 16-time Funny Car champion father, John Force. The driver of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car recorded the quickest ET on Friday night, a stellar 4.022 second run at 319.52 mph. He also recorded the quickest ET of the third qualifying session and second quickest ET of the final session on Saturday. Force’s Friday time held up and Lisa Rosner from Catawissa, Missouri won a front loading washer & dryer set.
“Qualifying No. 1 152 times in my career means we can still do it. Jimmy Prock (crew chief, Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang) is doing a great job for us, but with the understanding all the crew chiefs work together and help each other and that’s the key to it, it’s very important that we continue to help each other,” said John Force.
At each NHRA national event when a JFR team qualifies No. 1 a lucky fan that has signed up at the JFR “Win with Force” display located in Nitro Alley will be eligible to win the BrandSource No. 1 Qualifier Award, a front loading washer and dryer set. If a JFR driver wins the event a different fan will win the 55” flat screen TV Winner’s Circle Award from BrandSource. At the end of the season a grand prize winner of the “Win with Force” Sweepstakes will be awarded a 2014 Ford Escape S-Series.
Thanks to a winning season by John Force Racing in 2013, BrandSource gave away eight flat-screen televisions and nine washers & dryers to lucky fans. More than 24,000 race fans registered to win prizes at the “Win with Force” display in NHRA’s Nitro Alley. Another 91,000 fans signed up online at BrandSource.com.
Fans can sign up to win at the John Force Racing interactive midway display. This 53-foot trailer will be in the Nitro Alley area of every NHRA Mello Yello Series national event in 2014. The “Win with Force” promotion now includes JFR team partners Castrol, BrandSource, Ford, Traxxas and Mac Tools, all joining together to create an incredible promotion for the fans.
Fans can sign up to win exciting prizes at NHRA events http://www.brandsource.com/jfr-contest/ as well as at thousands of BrandSource stores across the country.