For the second time in little more than two months – and the second time in NHRA history, sisters will start from the No. 1 qualifying positions Sunday when 28-year-old Brittany Force and her 26-year-old sister, Courtney, take their Ford-powered race cars to the starting line for the 27th annual Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
Brittany starts from the front in Top Fuel at the wheel of her Castrol EDGE dragster. Courtney starts No. 1 in Funny Car at the controls of the Traxxas Ford Mustang. It’s the third No. 1 start of the season for each of the youngest daughters of motorsports icon John Force.
Both native Californians and graduates of Cal State-Fullerton, Brittany and Courtney first made history on May 24 when they were quickest in their respective classes at the Kansas Nationals at Topeka. Now, they are focused on becoming the first sisters to win on the same day in two different pro categories.
Meanwhile, John Force and Robert Hight also will start their Fords Sunday with the lane choice option, Force as the No. 3 qualifier in the Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang and Hight as the No. 6 qualifier in the Auto Club Ford.
It was a different story for Bob Tasca III and Tim Wilkerson who will start Sunday in the least preferred lane. Tasca qualified his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang ninth at 4.125 and Wilkerson his Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford 13th at only 4.214 seconds.
Final qualifying order – 1. Brittany Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol EDGE dragster, 3.762, 325.53 mph; 2. Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., Mac Tools dragster, 3.792, 324.20 mph; 3. Tony Schumacher, Long Grove, Ill., U.S. Army dragster, 3.793, 323.43 mph; 4. Antron Brown, Brownsburg, Ind., Matco Tools dragster, 3.796, 319.60 mph; 5. Richie Crampton, Brownsburg, Ind., GEICO dragster, 3.799, 324.05 mph; 6. Bob Vandergriff Jr., Alpharetta, Ga., C&J Energy dragster, 3.806, 319.60 mph; 7. J.R. Todd, Indianapolis, Ind., Optima Batteries dragster, 3.818, 316.82 mph; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, Los Angeles, Calif., al-Anabi dragster, 3.828, 316.52 mph; 9. Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Contractors dragster, 3.886, 314.31 mph; 10. Shawn Langdon, Mira Loma, Calif., Al-Anabi dragster, 3.890, 313.37 mph; 11. Steve Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Contractors dragster, 3.898, 314.24 mph; 12. Mike Salinas, San Jose, Calif., Scrappers Racing dragster, 3.905, 290.44 mph; 13. Spencer Massey, Ft. Worth, Texas, Schumacher Electric Battery Extender dragster, 3.913, 302.48 mph; 14. Terry McMillen, Elkhart, Ind., Amalie Instigator dragster, 4.061, 301.60 mph; 15. Steven Chrisman, Anaheim, Calif., Nitro Fish dragster, 4.164, 260.81 mph; 16. Clay Millican, Drummonds, Tenn., Parts Plus dragster, 4.293, 200.00 mph.
Final qualifying order – 1. Courtney Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Traxxas Ford Mustang, 4.045, 319.22 mph; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg, Ind., Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry, 4.051, 311.92 mph; 3. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, 4.070, 313.73 mph; 4. Jack Beckman, Norco, Calif., Valvoline Dodge Charger, 4.075, 314.83 mph; 5. Matt Hagan, Christiansburg, Va., Mopar Express Dodge Charger, 4.075, 307.30 mph; 6. Robert Hight, Yorba Linda, Calif., Auto Club Ford Mustang, 4.088, 310.48 mph; 7. Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., NAPA Dodge Charger, 4.093, 314.61 mph; 8. Del Worsham, Villa Park, Calif., DHL Toyota Camry, 4.098, 312.57 mph; 9. Bob Tasca III, Cranston, R.I., Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang, 4.125, 309.98 mph; 10. Alexis DeJoria, Austin, Texas, Patron Toyota Camry, 4.129, 307.37 mph; 11. Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon, Ind., Make A Wish Dodge Charger, 4.158, 300.93 mph; 12. Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg, Ind., American Racing Wheels Toyota Camry, 4.185, 298.01 mph; 13. Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang, 4.214, 292.33 mph; 14. Paul Lee, Orange, Calif., McLeod Clutches Dodge Charger, 4.246, 283.01 mph; 15. Gary Densham, Menifee, Calif., Densham Motorsports Dodge Charger, 4.321, 285.20 mph; 16. Peter Russo, Colton, Calif., PRR Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 6.248, 99.36 mph.