CONCORD, NC — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team are coming off a victory at Houston Raceway Park eager to keep up the momentum at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the sixth event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule.
Since the start of the season, Force and the Advance Auto Parts team have been hard at work to find their stride as a new crew with a new car. After two first round exits at the beginning of the season, Force and the Advance team secured their first No. 1 qualifier of the season at the 50th anniversary Gatornationals and went on to qualify third and finish as runner-up at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event.
After a stellar weekend at the recent SpringNationals in Houston, the Advance Auto Parts team have found their pace. Force, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, set both ends of the track record with a 3.661-second pass at 332.18 mph for the No. 1 qualifying position. Force and her legendary father, John Force, made history as the first parent-child duo to both be No. 1 at an NHRA national event. Brittany would go onto win the race for the second consecutive year and double-up with teammate Robert Hight.
BAYTOWN, TX — For the third time in John Force Racing history the team has swept the nitro categories at an NHRA national event. Brittany Force with Advance Auto Parts and Robert Hight with AAA Texas picked up victories at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park on Sunday.
“This is the third time Brittany and I have had double ups. Really fourth if you count the championship in 2017. Getting the championship, we seem to do really well together in these circumstances so it was really cool to be down there when she made the corner and throw a bunch of Mello Yello on her car as she came around. It was pretty cool,” said Hight. “That team is new. We just put that team together and to see what they’ve accomplished in the short amount of time was cool. Usually it takes a team, a driver and everybody awhile to gel and especially with our John Force Racing parts that we make. David Grubnic and all of his guys, they’ve adapted well and have had two finals in a row and got a win. They’re on their way.”
After a history making Saturday where Brittany Force secured the No. 1 qualifying position with her father, Force battled her way through Cameron Ferre, Doug Kalitta, and Clay Millican before taking down three-time world champion Antron Brown for her ninth career victory, first of the season and second consecutive at Houston Raceway Park.
BRITTANY FORCE MAINTAINS NO. 3 SPOT HEADING INTO ELIMINATIONS AT THE DENSO SPARK PLUGS FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
LAS VEGAS — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team held onto the No. 3 qualifying position Saturday at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Her teammates, Robert Hight who is No. 9, John Force who is No. 6 and Austin Prock now No. 12 all made steady performance improvements through two days at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team are qualified No. 3 off the efforts of their first qualifying pass of 3.733-seconds at 322.88 mph from Friday afternoon. Starting off Saturday qualifying, the Advance Auto Parts team ran into trouble on the burnout and weren’t able to reverse back to the starting line and had to coast to the finish. The run would have only been half-track after the team found and fixed a problem from Friday. For her final qualifying try, Force shut off early but crossed the line for a 3.742-second pass 297.29 mph.
“We’re the No. 3 qualifier but we had a few ups and downs. Its better that things happen during qualifying and not on race day. We lost that third round because of a reverser cable. That was unfortunate but we all learned from it and we’re all moving on going into race day,” said Force. “I’m excited to be out here at the DENSO Four-Wide. This Advance Auto Parts team, we’re looking for our first win together so hoping to get the job done tomorrow.”
LAS VEGAS — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team lead John Force Racing in the No. 3 spot after two rounds of qualifying Friday at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rookie teammate Austin Prock is 11th in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster and, in Funny Car, John Force is No. 7 and Robert Hight is No. 10.
Racing four-wide for the first time in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season, Brittany Force powered her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a 3.733-second pass at 322.88 mph to tentatively be quickest of the pack and pick up three valuable bonus points. In the second session, crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage planned for Force to make only a half track run.
“I got off to a good start with this Advance Auto Parts team. Its four-wide. It’s tricky for not just the driver but for the crew chiefs as well. You get one shot in each lane going into race day. We came out in Q1 and went right to the top. We ran a 3.73 and that moved us into the No. 3 spot,” said Force. “We had only planned to go half-track in the second run. We’re trying to fix and learn some things so we can speed it up a little and see how far we can push it until we hurt it, so that was planned and we’re not worried about it. We have two more runs tomorrow before going into race day.”
LAS VEGAS — The 2017 Top Fuel World Champion Brittany Force and her Advance Auto Parts team are heading to the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals ready for their first Wally of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.
After starting the season with two first round exits at the Winternationals and Arizona Nationals, Force and the Advance Auto Parts team put their struggles behind them at the recent 50th anniversary Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. They put together four stellar passes over two days of qualifying including a 3.680-second pass which earned her the No. 1 qualifier and held up as the quickest of the weekend in the Top Fuel category. Force and the Advance Auto team’s efforts also earned them a spot in the history books, when she became the first woman in 40 years to snag the No. 1 qualifier position in Top Fuel at the Gatornationals.
“We qualified No. 1, made six solid passes getting down the race track all weekend and got to the second round. We definitely picked up our pace in Gainesville and we’re starting to figure this race car out,” said Force. “My entire Advance Auto Parts team and I, we’re all really excited to get to the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and go some rounds on race day.”
CHANDLER, AZ — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California team maintain the points lead with a semifinal finish Sunday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix. Hight defeated John Force in the second round and in Top Fuel, Austin Prock had a second-round finish and Brittany Force had an early Sunday with a first round exit.
In round one, Hight ran a 3.863-second pass at 329.67 mph uncontested after his would-be opponent, Jeff Diehl, had to push back from the starting line. The win set Hight up to race against team owner John Force in the second round.
The Auto Club Camaro crossed the finish line first with a 3.879-second pass at 327.82 mph to defeat Force’s 3.988 at 325.92. Hight and Force also met each other in the semifinals of the NHRA Winternationals where Hight went on to win the event. Hight has now beaten Force four straight times, equaling the longest winning streak by either driver during their rivalry.
In the semifinals, Hight lined up with reigning Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd whom he battled with for the championship until the last day of the 2018 season. Hight ran a 3.922-second pass at 326.24 mph but was outrun by Todd’s 3.919 at 327.19.
CHANDLER, AZ — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro team claimed the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals. Hight’s Funny Car teammate John Force is No. 8 and in Top Fuel Austin Prock is sitting sixth with Brittany Force in 13th.
For the second consecutive race weekend, the second time at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and the 62nd time in his career, Robert Hight is sitting at the top of the Funny Car class with his Auto Club team.
Following a short first day of qualifying due to inclement weather, Hight and his crew, headed by Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, came out swinging for the fences Saturday afternoon. They took the top spot in the third qualifying session with an impressive 3.882-second pass at 327.27 mph that gave them the opportunity to be in the last pair of the night. After 12 Funny Cars took their last go at improving their ETs on Saturday evening, Hight had slipped to the No. 2 spot. As the final pair, the two-time championship team ran a stellar 3.867-second pass at 329.91 mph to retake the No. 1 spot.
“We were No. 1 going into this session and it got taken away. (Matt) Hagan got it so we were going back up there to get it back. There’s no reason to even make that run unless you’re trying to improve and go fast. These are tricky conditions and I knew if it could get past the tree it was going be fast because that’s the tricky spot here,” Hight said. “When its conditions like this, cold, you’ve got to hit it hard at the start and knock a bunch of timing out. In the middle of the track this thing was really pulling because it was going 286 mph at half-track and it’s been awhile since a Funny Car has done that. It was a fun run. I had my hands full at the other end. I was a little late on the chutes because I had to keep it off the wall and it got hopping down there so it was exciting from the step of the gas clear to the finish line.”