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Courtney Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Sanyo A/Fuel dragster, 5.440, 257.83 mph,

July 17, 2009
22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals 
Pacific Raceways 
Kent, WA 
July 17-19, 2009

Kent, WA – Add 21 year old Courtney Force to the growing list of Forces hoisting Wally’s, the trophy awarded for an NHRA national event victory. At the 22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals outside Seattle the youngest driving Force raced to her first final and won, defeating veteran Top Alcohol Dragster driver Chris Demke in a great final. Force grabbed a starting line advantage, battled with Demke over the ¼ mile track before moving ahead as Demke slowed at about 1,000 feet. The Cal State Fullerton junior was not convinced she won even after seeing her win light.

“It is unbelievable. When I saw my win light I didn’t believe it at first. I was hoping (I had won) and when I went around the corner and saw (JFR marketing manager) Kelly (Antonelli) and all our friends standing at the top end clapping. I thought maybe I did get the win but I still didn’t want to get my hopes up. I am just so excited I can’t even believe we won in Top Alcohol Dragster with our Sanyo car for BrandSource, Castrol, and Auto Club. I am just so excited we are bringing one of these cars to the winner’s circle in Seattle,” said Force.

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