Courtney Force made it a banner day for women in U.S. motor racing Sunday by winning the funny car division of the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.
Force's winning run was 4.025 seconds down the 1,000-foot drag strip at a top speed of 317.12 mph.
It was the second win for Force, the 24-year-old daughter of 15-time funny car champion John Force of Yorba Linda.
In the National Hot Rod Assn.'s other elite class, top fuel, Mira Loma native Shawn Langdon won by nipping seven-time champion Tony Schumacher in the final round. Landon's winning pass was 3.721 seconds at 322.27 mph.
Earlier in the elimination rounds, Schumacher teammate and reigning top-fuel champion Antron Brown escaped serious injury after his 8,000-horsepower dragster exploded in a fireball, flipped and then coasted upside down to the end of the drag strip.
In the NHRA's pro stock division, Vincent Nobile won after his rival in the finals, four-time pro stock champion Jeg Coughlin, left the starting line too soon.