NHRA: Courtney Force wins, father John Force crashes hard

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Courtney Force won the NHRA Arizona Nationals and her father, sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force collided with Jonnie Lindberg on Sunday.

Courtney Force beat Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round with a 3.834-second run at 337.16 mph. She won for the 10th time in Funny Car and first since Houston in 2016.

"Having (crew chief) Brian Corradi on my team and working with Dan Hood has been a great connection for our entire team," said Courtney Force, the wife of IndyCar driver Graham Rahal. "I had the utmost confidence to get in the car today because of the job my team does on it, so to get a victory at this race and take home a Wally at the end of the weekend is pretty incredible."

Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel, and Chris McGaha in Pro Stock. Torrence beat Scott Palmer with a 3.729 at 330.72, and McGaha topped Jason Line with a 6.529 at 211.59.

Force's 68-year-old father escaped serious injury in a frightening engine explosion and crash.

The 68-year-old Force was speaking with safety personnel before being transported to a hospital for further evaluation. Lindberg exited his mangled dragster under his own power.

The crash happened two weeks after one of Force's daughters, reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, was hospitalized following a hard crash at the season opener in Pomona, California. Brittany Force was back in the car this weekend in Arizona.

Force's engine exploded at the finish line, sending him veering across the right lane in front of Lindberg and hard into a retaining wall. The hit lifted his rear tires off the ground, and they landed on Lindberg's canopy. The parachutes from both cars got tangled at that point, and Lindberg's car dragged Force's back across the track and into the left wall.

It was the second time in two events that Force blew an engine in elimination rounds.

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