UPDATED — NHRA: Courtney Force escapes serious injury after Seattle crash

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For the second consecutive race, one of NHRA’s biggest female stars has been involved in a crash.

Last week, it was Alexis DeJoria, who suffered a fractured left pelvis when her car turned into the retaining wall at Sonoma, California. DeJoria was forced to miss this weekend’s race as a result.

Sunday, it was Courtney Force who hit the wall with her Funny Car during the first round of eliminations of the Protect The Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle.

Force climbed out of the car under her own power, was examined at the track medical center and then sent by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and treatment of possible head, neck, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.

After several hours of evaluation, Force was released from the hospital Sunday evening.

“I am beat up pretty good,” Force said in a statement. “My arm, my shoulder and my right knee are banged up.

“I am really thankful that the second I got out of the race car there was already a Safety Safari person right there to help me get down. I couldn’t put any weight on my right knee. I want to say thanks to everyone that was at the track who helped me. I got right to the ER and the doctor checked me out. I am extremely relieved nothing is broken.”

Force had X-rays of her right elbow, left elbow and left shoulder, as well as a CT scan of her head and cervical spine. All results were negative.

However, Force does have a contusion to a tendon in her left knee due to contact with the steering wheel upon her Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car impacting the wall. Force is expected to be sore for the next few days and will follow up with a sports orthopedist “for continued evaluation and to make sure there is not a partial tendon tear in the knee,” according to the media release.

The impact was one of the hardest Force has had in her career.

“I have to thank everyone at Simpson Racing and their Stilo helmet for protecting me,” Force said. “To hit a concrete guard wall and move it two feet and not break any bones is a testament to their equipment and NHRA safety requirements.

“I am going to see a physical therapist in (Lake) Tahoe. Thankfully we have a weekend off. My goal is to get healed up as soon as possible. … Luckily we have some time and can get the car fixed up and my own body fixed up. I am looking forward to getting back as fast as I can. I want to thank all the fans for all their support.”

Force was racing Jeff Diehl in a first-round matchup when the incident occurred.

“I am disappointed because I really wanted that win,” Force said. “I pedaled the car repeatedly hoping to just run him down but I got a little too aggressive. I think I hit the wall right where Ashley (her sister) crashed a few years ago.”

Upon her release from the hospital, Force tried to inject a little humor to the situation by adding, “I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this track since I have won here twice and have (also) had two incidents but I’m happy to be safe.”

Force hopes to return to action at the next NHRA national event two weeks from now in Brainerd, Minnesota. She is currently ranked second in the Funny Car standings and has qualified for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff.

After winning the first two races of the Western Swing, Courtney’s father, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, failed to complete a three-race sweep, losing to Tommy Johnson Jr., also in the first round of eliminations. The elder Force was with his daughter at the hospital.

Courtney Force is married to IndyCar driver Graham Rahal.

Rahal posted the following tweets about his wife’s condition:

DeJoria, who is recovering from her injury, tweeted her support to Courtney Force.

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Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).