Two weeks ago, it was John Force offering words of comfort to his daughter, Brittany, as she was placed in an ambulance following a seismic drag racing crash in Southern California.
Sunday, it was the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car champion who survived a fireball and two major impacts with the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park retaining walls. But his words spoken from another ambulance to another daughter, Courtney, were anything but comforting.
“Go out there and kick ass,” he ordered.
NHRA Arizona Nationals: Brittany Force returns to track after scary accident
In a heroic display of determination to win, in front of the first NHRA race day sellout crowd in the 34-year history of the Arizona Nationals, Courtney Force did what her legendary racing family does best:
Ending an 0-for-43 winless streak dating to May 2016, Force defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Funny Car final, her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro rocketing to 3.834 seconds, 337.16 mph, faster than her No. 1 qualifying run Saturday. In a nod of sportsmanship, Johnson’s Make-A-Wish Dodge team allowed Force’s crew a few extra minutes to prepare their car for the run.