It was a great day for John Force Racing on Sunday. In both Top Fuel as well as Funny Car competition, their drivers reached victory lane in cutting their points deficits as well.
In Top Fuel, Brittany Force earned her third win of the 2017 season in her Monster Energy dragster as she topped seventh seeded Shawn Langdon in the final round in the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
Force, was the fifth qualifier this weekend but knocked out fourth qualifier Doug Kalitta in the second round and top qualifier Steve Torrence in the semifinals. It was her third semifinal trip in the last four events and fourth final round appearance.
Overall, she now has six career Top Fuel victories and cut a big chunk out of her deficit heading into this weekend.
Langdon, made it to the final round for the first time in over a year. His last was in St. Louis in 2016.
A scary moment happened when Torrence crashed in the second round. He just beat Richie Crampton then bounced into the outside wall and shot across the track. Luckily, he was unscathed and the team was able to put together a backup dragster.
For Kalitta, he lost in the second round for the seventh time over the last nine events on the season.
A big upset occurred in the first round when second seeded Tony Schumacher lost to No. 15 Terry Haddock. It continues Schumacher’s downward trend as he’s made it past the second round just twice over his last 15 starts.
In Funny Car competition, top qualifier Robert Hight topped points leader Ron Capps in the final round for his fourth win of the season and 41st of his Funny Car career. He was trailing Capps in the points standings heading into this weekend and now gained a valuable win over his main rival for this year’s championship.
It all started on Saturday when Hight earned his seventh top qualifier award over the last 10 races. He beat No. 16 Jim Campbell, No. 9 Alexis Dejoria and No. 5 Tim Wilkerson en route to his fourth final round appearance over the last nine events and sixth of 2017.
Capps, was the No. 2 qualifier as he bested no. 15 Del Worsham, No. 10 John Force and No. 3 Jack Beckman en route to his third final round in the last four races. He now has four runner-ups to go along with his eight wins in 2017.
Some notable first round losses on Sunday were Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr., Matt Hagan and J.R. Todd.
In Pro Stock, Jason Line cruised to his second win in 2017 over Drew Skillman in the final round. He beat No. 15 Alan Prusiensky, No. 7 Alex Laughlin and No. 6 Brian Self en route to just his third final of 2017.
Skillman, was the No. 8 qualifier as he advanced by No. 9 Jeg Coughlin, then past two heavyweights in No. 1 qualifier Bo Butner and No. 4 qualifier and points leader Greg Anderson in the semis.
It was Skillman’s first final since his Indy win and sixth of 2017.
But, Skillman didn’t have quite enough.
Butner, didn’t get to the semifinals for just the second time in the last 16 races of the season.
Anderson’s four straight wins come to an end too.
No. 3 qualifier Tanner Gray lost in the second round to Brian Self. It was his third straight first or second round defeat.