The family that races hot rods together… stays together. For National Siblings Day, the story of Brittany, Ashley and Courtney Force, three sisters who have found an unusual way to spend time together: they’re professional funny car drivers. And if you’re not celebrating Abby Machuda Day yet, you will, once you hear what she did for her siblings.
Brittany Force still racing NHRA cars after sisters retire (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
It’s National Siblings Day, and I found a story about siblings who found a pretty unusual way to spend time together.
Three sisters who all took up the family sport: drag racing.
They’re Brittany, Ashley and Courtney Force. Their dad, John Force, has been a star in funny car racing for decades, having won hundreds of events over the years. The drag racing Force sisters have done pretty well for themselves, too. Ashley Force hood was the first woman to win a National Hot Rod Association Funny Car event title, and has won nine events overall. Courtney Force has won 13 events, and in 2017, Brittany Force became only the second woman to win the Top Fuel World Championship.
Ashley and Courtney have both retired, but they’ve joined another sister, Adria, in running the off-track parts of the hot rod business.
Brittany Force is still racing, and yes, from time to time, she still ends up competing against her dad on the track.
In that spirit of National Siblings Day, let’s give figurative high fives to Abby Machuda of Llano, Texas. This 14 year old was in charge of her siblings at home one day when an electrical fire started in her sister’s bedroom. Abby ran through the fire to get to her 9 year old sibling, and carried her out of the house, then she ran back in to save her two younger brothers and rescue one of the family pets!
The mayor declared Abby Machuda Day in honor of her quote “extraordinary acts to secure the safety of her family.”