At the NHRA New England Nationals Sunday in Epping, New Hampshire, Brittany Force stormed to her fourth career victory, beating defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown in a thrilling final round. Force left with the defending series champ, and she inched ahead, outrunning Brown with a pass of 3.716 seconds at 328.62 mph to Brown’s 3.728 seconds at 327.98 mph.
Britany Force’s winning pass came moments after she witnessed younger sister Courtney Force fall in a close Funny Car final. Force’s 3.927-second pass at 332.34 mph was good, but not enough to best Matt Hagan’s run of 3.897 seconds at 332.59 mph. Hagan got the jump at the start, Force led at 60 feet, but Hagan edged ahead and won by about a few inches.
John Force had to deal with a tough first-round loss after an unusually difficult weekend. A week after Force made his quickest pass he’s ever run, the speed didn’t translate to Epping resulting in a loss to eventual winner, Matt Hagan. Force slipped to fifth in the Funny Car points standings.
Number one qualifier, Robert Hight had a tough first round loss. Hight’s car dropped a cylinder at the step of the throttle, ending his weekend against number sixteen qualifier Mike Smith.
Next weekend, the NHRA teams head to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey for the 10th race of the season.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Jimmie Johnson took the win in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. The win was Johnson’s 83rd career win, tying him with Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time win list.
As the cars approached Turn 3 on the first overtime lap, Ty Dillon got loose and collided with Ryan Newman, which ignited a 10-car wreck that ended the race with Johnson and Kyle Larson in the top two spots. Martin Truex Jr. finished in third followed by Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott in fourth and fifth – respectively. Closing out the top ten were PEAK’s Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.
Notable PEAK drivers include Matt Kenseth finishing in 13th and Clint Bowyer in 31st.
Click HERE to see highlights from the AAA 400 Drive for Autism in Dover.
Next up in the NASCAR Cup Series is the Pocono 400, taking place on Sunday, June 11 in Pocono, Pennsylvania.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
On Sunday, Rubén Rovelo won the fourth race of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, held at the International Triad of Cajititlán.
This victory was the second for Rovelo so far this season. Along with Rovelo, Homero Richards and Santiago Tovar rounded out the podium. Salvador de Alba Jr. finished in fourth place, while Luis Felipe Montaño was fifth. Completing the top-10 were Hugo Oliveras, Rogelio López, Manolín Gutiérrez, Jorge Goeters and PEAK’s Enrique Baca.
The next race on the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be held June 25 at the Autodromo de León.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
Pocono Raceway is next up on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule on Tuesday, June 13th.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
The Dirt racers have one more week until they resume on June 15th in Columbus, Mississippi with PEAK drivers Don O’Neal fourth in series points and Darrell Lanigan seventh.