Courtney Force, Erica Enders win
KENT, Wash. -- Girl power was the story of the day at the Northwest Nationals when two women -- Courtney Force and Erica Enders -- won in the pro classes on the same day for the first time in NHRA history.
Courtney Force, a rookie and the 24-year-old daughter of 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, earned the first victory of her career, defeating Matt Hagan in the finals at Pacific Raceways.
Blount: Girl Power
Courtney Force and Erica Enders are as different as two young women can be but shared a moment in history Sunday, Terry Blount writes. Story
Enders, 28, won for the second time this season, defeating Jason Line in the Pro Stock final. One month ago in Chicago, Enders became the first woman ever to win in the Pro Stock class.
Another woman also joined Force and Enders in victory Sunday. Megan Ellingson of Seattle won in the Super Street Sportsman's class.
"To have both me and Erica in the winner's circle is awesome," Force said. "We're not just out here to race the boys, we're here to beat the boys and today just proves that."
Force's sister, Ashley Force Hood, was the first female Funny Car winner.
Force had a 4.238-second pass at 293.54 mph in the final round to knock off reigning Funny Car champion Matt Hagan.
Enders picked up her second win of the year by defeating defending Pro Stock series champion Jason Line with a run of 6.614 at 209.65.[+] EnlargeCourtesy of Ron Lewis PhotographyErica Enders, left, and Courtney Force made it a historic day for women in the NHRA on Sunday.
"All the girls tend to stick together out here," Enders said. "Courtney is an awesome driver and heck of an interview, so I hate following her. I'm boring compared to her. But to be women winning in a man's sport means a lot to all of us. This was a heck of a day."
Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel division for his third victory of the season, beating Shawn Langdon with pass of 4.168 at 261.98.
Torrence enjoyed his place in history.
"I'm watching from the burnout box in the final round," Torrence said. "Erica won and then Courtney won and I'm thinking, 'I definitely want to be the guy that gets to stand between them (on the winners' podium). There is no way I'm losing this one.' "
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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