WOMEN MAKE HISTORY IN SEATTLEAugust 9, 2012 · 0 Comments
For the first time in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series history, two female drivers claimed Wally trophies at the same event. Courtney Force powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car to the winner’s circle for the first time, and Erica Enders earned her second Pro Stock victory in her GK Racing Chevy Cobalt at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways. Force, the youngest daughter of 15-time Funny Car world champion John Force and sister of the first woman to win in Funny Car, Ashley Force Hood, earned her first Funny Car victory at the same track where she earned her first victory in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in 2009.
Enders drove straight to the Pro Stock winner’s circle for the second time in the tough conditions at Pacific Raceways. She took out three of the heavy hitters en route to the win: four-time world champ Greg Anderson in the quarterfinals, points leader and winner of the past two events Allen Johnson in the semifinals, and reigning world champ Jason Line in the final round.
Seattle native Megan Ellingson won Super Street in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA’s Sportsman series, making this the first NHRA event where three women have claimed victories across all categories of NHRA competition.