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.”
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.”
Santa Ana CA – For the second race in a row, drivers of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series joined drivers of the NMCA to put down palpable amounts of power with LS, LT and LLT engines under the hoods of their hot rods.
This time, it was for the 17th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals featuring the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion presented by TascaParts.com, Aug. 23-26 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and the event was well-attended and widely-applauded.
In the heads-up category of Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, Haley Rounsavall rocketed to a 10.14 to set the pace in her Camaro, but hot on her heels was reigning class champion Jesse Wilson, with a 10.15 in his Camaro. Several rounds later, the two met in the final, and when it was all said and done, Wilson wheeled to the win with a 10.29 while Rounsavall ran to the runner-up with a 10.57. It was Jesse Wilson’s fifth straight appearance in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle as he has gone undefeated in CP Stock so far in 2018.
KENT, WA — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team raced to their career best sixth final round of the season Sunday at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals ending the day with their second runner-up finish. Robert Hight made a quarterfinal finish and John Force and Brittany Force ended their racing early in the first round at Pacific Raceways outside of Seattle.
Entering race day as the No. 3 qualifier, Courtney Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro past familiar foe Jim Campbell in the first round of eliminations. Both Force and Campbell left the starting line early but Force’s light of -.015 compared to Campbell’s -.296 allowed her to move on to the second round while he earned the red-light.
The second-round match-up of Force and Shawn Langdon was one of the closest of the day. Force came from behind to run 4.023-seconds at 322.11 mph, chasing down Langdon’s 4.036 at 318.02.
KENT, WA — Two-time and reigning world champion Robert Hight maintained his No. 2 qualifying position at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday at Pacific Raceways just outside of Seattle. Courtney Force held onto her No. 3 position and John Force muscled his way into the No. 10 spot. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force will start race day from the No. 8 position.
Robert Hight will begin his NHRA Northwest Nationals championship defense from the No. 2 position after racing to a 3.919-second pass at 327.82 mph on Friday evening. Saturday, Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car had a solid 4.010-second pass and smoked the tires to run 6.346-seconds but with good early numbers, a good sign as they head into similar weather conditions on race day.
“You know, we pushed it pretty hard tonight. We were trying to run 3.95 this evening and it probably just wasn’t going to happen under those conditions. The numbers looked good early on but we had one good run today and, after tonight, we also know where our limits are for tomorrow,” Hight explained. “I’m excited. We have a tough competitor with Gary Densham. He’s one of the guys that taught me how to do this back when he was at JFR. Always have to be ready for him, but I really like our chances of repeating at this race.”