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


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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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s