John Force Wins #143
This was a big weekend for the PEAK teams with John Force leading the way and his 143rd career victory in New England! Check out all of the weekends highlight below.
Once again John Force rose to the occasion and came up big when it mattered the most. Facing Tommy Johnson Jr., the No. 1 qualifier and arguably the most consistent Funny Car on the property, Force raced his Peak Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS to victory at the 3rd annual New England Nationals. As the No. 3 qualifier Force defeated Dave Richards, Matt Hagan and Cruz Pedregon to reach his 240th final round and secure his 143rd win over Johnson Jr.
In the final Force racing in the left lane cruised to victory with a winning time of 4.160 seconds his second quickest elapsed time of the day to outrun Johnson Jr’s 4.195 second time. Force now has won at 25 different race tracks including all those presently in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The win in New Hampshire brings Force’s win total to 20 different states and Canada. This was the seventh time Force has defeated Johnson Jr. in a final round.
Check out the video of John’s win at:
The rest of the JFR team had a respectable day as well with Brittany Force and Courtney Force advancing to the semi final round and Robert Hight advancing to round two where he was defeated by Courtney Force.
The NHRA teams move to Bristol, Tennessee on June 19-21 for the next race.
Clint Bowyer finished tenth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Bowyer started 32nd but rocketed up to the front in the opening laps. The No. 15 moved to 17th by lap 50 in a race that saw rain stop action four times. A quick pit stop on lap 126 vaulted Bowyer to tenth where he ran when the final rainstorm of the day brought the race to an end on lap 138 of the scheduled 200. The finish marks Bowyer’s fourth top-10 finish of 2015.
David Ragan finished 35th after starting 18th and held his own through the rain-plagued first half of the race. Ragan fell off the lead lap at lap 95 then battled for the free pass for the next 40 laps. He moved into the free pass position late in the race by staying on the track during a caution. However, without a caution in the next few green flag laps he had to pit for fuel. The caution fell for rain a lap later dropping him two laps behind the leader. The race did not resume leaving Ragan with a 35th place finish.
The NASCAR teams enjoy an off weekend then return to action Sunday, June 28th at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
DIRT LATE MODEL RACING
Jonathan Davenport roared to his fifth win of the season at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi. Davenport took the lead on lap 17 of the 100-lap feature and then went on to earn $20,000 for the win. Jared Landers charged from 8th starting spot to finish second. He was followed by Jimmy Owens, PEAK’s Don O’Neal, and Brandon Sheppard.
Don O’Neal’s fourth place finish keeps him fourth in the series standings, 135 points behind series leader Jonathan Davenport. The series has a triple header next weekend with stops in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Gaffney, South Carolina, and Maryville, Tennessee, June 18th, 19th and 20th respectively.
PBR BLUEDEF VELOCITY TOUR
June is going to be a month of milestones for Lane Lasley, but before he turns 21 years old on Sunday or gets married to his fiancé, Kaleigh Dixon, next weekend, Lasley decided to check off another item on his bucket list. The North Little Rock, Arkansas, bull rider went 2-for-2 in Moline, Illinois Saturday night to earn his first career BlueDEF Velocity Tour event victory.
Lasley earned the victory by riding Closing Time for 87.5 points for the only ride of the championship round.
The next event on the BlueDEF Velocity Tour is June 19th & 20th in Bismark, North Dakota.