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Courtney Force breaks dad's mark to set national speed record

6m - NHRA

Courtney Force set a national speed record in the third qualifying session of the NHRA Kansas Nationals with a run of 4.020 seconds at 325.06 mph Saturday, breaking a mark held by her father, John Force.

"My dad was picking on me a little bit because I didn't realize he held the old record. Our Traxxas team has been capable of running fast speeds since we ran 327 mph in Las Vegas but we weren't able to back that speed up for the record.

"It is exciting to be able to set the record here in Topeka. I feel like I have had some pretty good luck at this track. We made another great memory here with that run," she said.

John Force's record was 324.12 mph, which he set in 2014 at the Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Rain wiped out Saturday's second qualifying session of the day in Topeka, Kansas. Final eliminations were to be held Sunday.