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Courtney Force wins NHRA Midwest Nationals

Updated at: 09/29/2014 4:52 AM
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(AP) MADISON, Ill. - MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Courtney Force raced to her second consecutive Funny Car victory in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs Sunday, winning the NHRA Midwest Nationals.

Force outran championship rival Matt Hagan in the final round at Gateway Motorsports Park to move within 30 points of series-leading John Force, her 65-year-old father.

After beating her father in the semifinals, she had a 4.094-second run at 313.44 mph in her Ford Mustang to hold off Hagan. She has four victories this season and seven overall, both records for female Funny Car drivers.

Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Dave Connolly in Pro Stock, and Jerry Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the third of six NHRA Countdown playoff events.

Brown raced to his third straight victory at Gateway, beating defending series champion Shawn Langdon in the final round with a 3.844 at 315.42.

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