Looks like Charlotte and Four Wide racing belongs to “Brute Force”. After a disappointing rain delay during Sunday’s Funny Car eliminations, John Force takes the win in the final round of Funny Car racing at the inaugural Four Wide Nationals in Charlotte N.C., taking the win over Ashley Force-Hood, Ron Capps, and Matt Hagan, pitting Team Force against Team Schumacher. Ashley Force-Hood took second, leaving no doubt in the minds of NHRA Drag Racing fans that this weekend belonged to Force Racing.
Ashley Force-Hood posted her personal best time in this final round, also claiming the record for the fastest “person” at the 1000 ft mark.
It was a little disappointing to have Robert Hight trailered early on yesterday, but it seems as though this year is going to belong to John Force as he tries to reclaim his earlier glory.
John Medlen has got to be second-guessing his decision to leave Force Racing as they take yet another victory here at Charlotte, but Matt Hagan has been more than impressive in his appearances this season. Matt might just be the man to beat this year. Making it to the final round this weekend after the devastating blower explosion during this weekend’s qualifying rounds speaks volumes to the dedication of this entire team and Matt’s resilience. We will be seeing big things from this guy.
Ron Capps has also had an impressive start to this racing season, as he’d been a little down and out over the past couple of seasons. His points standing this season speaks for itself. Even after a disappointing loss here in Charlotte, he is a mere 89 points back from the man in the lead, John Force. Look out Force, Capps has got your number!
While Schumacher Racing is showing some promise in his Funny Car guys, looks like at least for this weekend, he’s going to have to look to his Top Fuel guys to pay the bills. Cory Mac takes an impressive win in Top Fuel Dragsters this weekend, edging out Doug Kalitta, Doug Herbert, and a very consistent and competitive teammate, Antron Brown. All of this after a disappointing blow in round one where a blown rear slick and damage to the body threatened to cut his racing weekend a bit short. Way to go Cory!