EPPING, N.H. --
Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and John Hall (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 11th of 24 in the 2013 season.
Courtney Force earned her second victory in 2013 and third in her career, improving her overall record against her father, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, to 4-2. It was their first meeting in the finals. Courtney Force, who lost to John in the first round at Bristol Dragway last weekend, outran Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson and defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman to reach the championship round.
In the final round, Courtney Force powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang to a winning performance of 4.301 seconds at 261.67 mph, edging past John Force's Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, which trailed with a 4.367 at 262.28.
With the win, Courtney Force moved to fourth in the points standings, while John Force, racing in his second straight final, jumped to fifth with the runner-up finish. Courtney Force also enjoyed the massive reaction from fans who packed New England Dragway all weekend for the NHRA's debut at the track.
"It's unbelievable. The fans out here are so amazing," said Force, who celebrated her 25th birthday during the event. "They were so excited to have us out here. Adding another track in this part of the country, it was great. It really does mean a lot for me to be the first Funny Car winner at this race."
"I've been jacked up all weekend, but I really wanted to win this inaugural event," Massey said. "This whole area is filled with die-hard fans and they were so ready for NHRA drag racing, so this victory really means a lot to me. We were having the time of our life this weekend."
Langdon jumped past Tony Schumacher in the points standings with the runner-up finish, while Massey stayed in third. Racing out of the No. 5 qualifying position, Massey beat Khalid alBalooshi, teammate Schumacher and No. 1 qualifier Doug Kalitta to reach the finals, running as quick as 3.814 at 323.81 on Sunday.
"Starting from the first round, it was tough," Massey said. "When you're in Top Fuel, it's going to be tough no matter what because you have to compete with the best of the best. Racing Tony in the second round, that felt like a final. Shawn's been cutting great lights all weekend long, but I was just trying to get the car to the finish line as quickly as possible."
"We had a great day and we just kept adapting to the track," Johnson said. "Our team really worked hard and that was a fantastic run we put together in the finals. We made a radical change after the semifinals to get ready for the finals, and it really worked. We found something that will help the rest of the season."
Johnson took sole possession of second in the points standings with the victory, as Gray moved to sixth. To reach the finals, Johnson knocked off John Gaydosh, Tom Martino and points leader Mike Edwards in the semifinals. That victory also came on a holeshot, as Johnson posted a stellar .027 reaction time against Edwards.
"We've been doing a lot of testing and the testing is over," Johnson said. "We're in race mode from here on out. I think we showed here that we're running well and hopefully we can keep that up going into the (Countdown To The Championship, NHRA's six-race playoffs)."
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hall claimed his first career win after rookie Adam Arana, who was making his first finals appearance, fouled with a red-light start on his ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAV-TV Buell in the final. Hall went 6.924 at 193.93 on his Viper Motorcycle Company Buell en route to the victory.
"I don't think it's sunk in yet," said Hall, a Hamden, Conn. resident who was also making his first final round appearance. "It's just a special time. We needed it and it came at the right time and close to home. We're just happy to be here. I can't thank everybody enough. Matt Smith Racing has opened up a door of opportunity for me, and it's worked out great."
"You just have to stay focused and not do anything you're going to regret," Hall said. "I made some mistakes last year and I'm just trying to not do that this year."
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues June 27-30 with the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
Sunday's final results from the Inaugural NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park. The race is the 11th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series-
Top Fuel -- Spencer Massey, 4.105 seconds, 271.57 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 9.694 seconds, 81.50 mph.
Funny Car -- Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.301, 261.67 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.367, 262.28.
Pro Stock -- Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.642, 210.08 def. Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.633, 210.34.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- John Hall, Buell, 6.924, 193.93 def. Adam Arana, Buell, foul.
Super Stock -- Anthony Bertozzi, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.037, 145.63 def. Mark Markow, Chevy S-10, 9.160, 146.93.
Stock Eliminator -- Anthony Bertozzi, Chevy Camaro, 10.680, 124.18 def. Bob Horgan, Camaro, foul.
Super Comp -- Kent Hanley, Dragster, 8.909, 161.98 def. Nick Willard, Dragster, 8.905, 160.54.
Super Gas -- Mike Sawyer, Chevy Cavalier, 9.914, 160.90 def. Charlie Kenopic, Ford, 9.932, 152.73.
Super Street -- Eddie Brooks, Chevy Camaro, 10.933, 136.11 def. Michael Sawyer, Camaro, 10.913, 138.66.
Top Dragster -- Ken LeBlanc, Dragster, 6.886, 196.62 def. Ken Moses, Dragster, 6.929, 189.02.
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