Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sister Power: Brittany, Courtney Force off to Hot Starts in '16

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sister Power: Brittany, Courtney Force off to Hot Starts in '16

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Sisters Brittany and Courtney Force have grown up sharing almost everything in their lives and racing careers.

And what 29-year-old Brittany and 27-year-old Courtney, daughters of drag racing legend John Force, are sharing this spring are their outstanding starts to the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Courtney has posted one win and enters this weekend's Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka as the points leader in the Funny Car standings while Brittany has notched the first two victories of her Top Fuel career and is currently third in Top Fuel points.

"It's pretty cool," Courtney Force said. "Brittany and I obviously grew up really close to each other and honestly we've been best friends all through college and after that. To be able to go into a career like this together has been great and we really do everything together.

"We live like 10 doors down from each other so we're always close and supportive of what we do."

In fact, although the highlight of Courtney's season would have to be her win at Houston earlier this month that ended a lengthy winless streak, she was equally excited when she watched Brittany notch her first career Top Fuel win in her fourth season in the series in March in Gainesville, Fla.

"Watching her get her first win, I was in the background sobbing with my dad," Courtney Force said. "We were both crying because we were just so excited and proud of her and what she accomplished.

"They fought hard and she went to so many final rounds and came so close and is doing such a great job driving that I knew it was just a matter of time. And then for her to get her first win and then get her second just a few weeks later was pretty exciting to watch. I'm just proud of her and her team."

While John Force has posted an NHRA-record 143 wins in his unparalleled career, the three racing Force sisters have created an impressive legacy of their own, with all three posting multiple national-event wins.

Ashley Force Hood was the first woman to win a Funny Car race and won four national events before stepping away from the driver's seat following the 2010 season while Courtney now has eight career wins and Brittany has two wins.

"It's a lot of fun to have that connection with my sister, actually both of my sisters," Courtney Force said. "We've all won a national event and can share the experience. Now Brittany knows what if feels like and it's really cool to be able to talk to her about that. It's a cool thing."

Brittany Force, who drives the Monster Energy dragster, agreed with her sister.

"(Courtney) just sent over a picture of both of us on the cover of National Dragster in the winner's circle holding Wallys (the NHRA trophy)," Brittany said. "It's pretty cool to see that. …

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