Courtney Force came out on top in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout lottery for the Funny Car Shootout at the special event held in Indianapolis. Courtney was not the only John Force Racing driver eligible for the lottery, but her sister Brittany was not so lucky.
Younger sister Courtney was second in the fan vote with only 42% of the votes, but was just 1% behind the driver in first place. This was the first time in Traxxas Nitro Shootout lottery history that the driver with the most votes did not win the lottery.
Brittany Force led the fan votes for the Top Fuel Shootout lottery with 57%, but saw he number drawn second to veteran Clay Millican, who had 24% of the fan votes.
“It’s really nerve wracking to stand up here,” said [Courtney] Force, who has appeared in every Traxxas Nitro Shootout and is one of only three Funny Car drivers to do so. “It’s great to be in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for my team and my sponsor. We’re excited to get this spot and make the fans who voted for us proud and go get this win.”
In the Top Fuel Shootout lottery, Clay Millican came out on top and will face Tony Schumacher. In the Funny Car Shootout lottery, Courtney Force came out on top and will face Jack Beckman.
Below are the racers who will compete against each other at the Traxxas Nitro Shootout:
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (TOP FUEL)
1. Tony Schumacher vs. 8. Clay Millican
2. Antron Brown vs. 7. Spencer Massey
3. Richie Crampton vs. 6. Steve Torrence
4. Doug Kalitta vs. 5. Shawn Langdon
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (FUNNY CAR)
1. Jack Beckman vs. 8. Courtney Force
2. Matt Hagan vs. 7. Robert Hight
3. Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. 6. Tim Wilkerson
4. John Force vs. 5. Ron Capps
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will take place during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Sept. 2-7, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be held Saturday Sept. 5, with rounds at 4:00, 5:25 and 7:45 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be contested Sunday, Sept. 6, with rounds at 12:30, 1:55 and 4:15 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be covered by ESPN2.