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B. Force, Wilkerson win fan votes for 2014 Traxxas Nitro Shootouts

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Brittany Force (Top Fuel) are headed to the Traxxas Nitro Shootouts
Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Brittany Force (Top Fuel) are headed to the Traxxas Nitro ShootoutsJohn Force Racing

Brittany Force and Tim Wilkerson secured the No. 8 positions in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout following special lottery drawings held Wednesday during a press conference in downtown Indianapolis to preview the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, taking place now through Monday, September 1st.

Force took 65-percent of the fan votes in Top Fuel, and will face the top seed in Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta, in the first-round of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel. Force has reached three final rounds this season.

“I’m definitely excited to have this opportunity again,” said Force. “Thanks to all the fans and especially thanks to my team. They’re an awesome group. I’m hoping to go out and take it home this weekend.”

Wilkerson, who took 38-percent of the fan votes in Funny Car, will meet top seed John Force in the first round of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car.

“If the [warm] weather stays like this I really like our chances to win this thing,” said Wilkerson. “I sure could use the $100,000 that’s for sure. I just want to thank the fans again for helping make this happen.”

The fan voting determined how many lottery balls would be assigned to each driver for the drawing. In Funny Car, Wilkerson was followed in the fan vote by Jack Beckman (29%), Del Worsham (13%), Matt Hagan (10%), Tony Pedregon (5%) and Bob Tasca III (5%). In Top Fuel, Force was followed in the fan vote by Clay Millican (13%), J.R. Todd (9%), Bob Vandergriff (5%), Terry McMillen (4%) and Steve Torrence (4%).

The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be held Saturday, August 30th, with rounds at 4, 5:25 and 7:45 p.m. ET. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car takes place Sunday, August 31st, with rounds at 12:30, 1:55 and 4:15 p.m. ET. The winner of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout in each category will win $100,000.

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