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Courtney Force wins NHRA SpringNationals


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Courtney Force wins NHRA SpringNationals

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) -- Courtney Force won the Funny Car final Sunday in the NHRA SpringNationals, the fifth consecutive event with a female winner.

Force had a 3.913-second pass at 327.90 mph in her Chevrolet Camaro to beat No. 1 qualifier Tim Wilkerson at Royal Purple Raceway. Wilkerson powered his Ford Shelby Mustang to a 3.943 at 323.81.

Force, the daughter of Funny Car great John Force, won for the eighth time in her career and the first since 2014 in Madison, Illinois. She shares the season points lead with Wilkerson.

"It was a pretty amazing weekend for our Chevy Camaro team," Force said. "I was nervous going into the final against Wilkerson. I knew what kind of numbers he could put on the board and I knew I just had to be right there with him. We've been working really hard and I feel like this one felt even better than my first ever career win. We wanted it more than anything."

Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel, and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock.

Kalitta beat No. 1 qualifier Steve Torrence with a 3.813 at 280.60 for his first victory of the season and third at the SpringNationals. Kalitta has 39 career wins to tie Antron Brown and Kenny Bernstein for fourth on the Top Fuel list.

Anderson won for the third time this season, topping teammate Jason Line with a 6.630 at 209.43 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Anderson also has three victories in the SpringNationals.

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