John Force Racing
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.
BAYTOWN, TX — On a Saturday threatened with bad weather, John Force and Brittany Force became the first professional father-daughter No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA history. The duo dominated their respective categories through four qualifying sessions to secure the No. 1 qualifiers Saturday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. Robert Hight and the AAA Texas team fought their way into the 16-car field as the No. 5 qualifer and rookie Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team found their stride to qualify No. 6.
At the facility where John Force secured his 100th win and Brittany Force had her first victory after a jarring accident, the pair have secured their first double-up No. 1 qualifiers.
“In my career I’ve done a lot of things, won a lot of specialty races but anytime this sport brings we together with my children, that’s what I really love about NHRA drag racing,” said John Force about qualifying No. 1 with his daughter. “We’re one big family. To have a moment with Brittany, that her and I can share together, we’ve really become a lot closer. There won’t be a party tonight, we have a race to win tomorrow but it’ll give us a moment of just looking at each other and me being mostly proud of her.”
BAYTOWN, TX — John Force and Brittany Force led the nitro categories Friday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. The father-daughter duo each ended the day in the No. 1 qualifying positions in their respective categories for the first time together.
Brittany Force set both ends of the track record when crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster to a 3.661-second pass at 332.18 mph under the lights in the second qualifying session. Force, who was No. 1 entering the session with a 3.738-second pass at 319.29 mph from earlier in the afternoon, had shifted down to the No. 5 spot by the time it was her turn as the last pair down track. With header flames lit side-by-side with Steve Torrence, Force retook the top spot with the fastest and quickest run Houston Raceway Park had ever seen.
“That was an amazing pass for this Advance Auto Parts team. It took us awhile to find our stride and we’ve been turning a corner these last few races. In Vegas we almost had it, we were runner-up and to come out here this weekend and go number one Friday night is awesome,” said Force, who picked up six bonus points for being quickest in both sessions. “After we got the first run done, we knew we were safe, depending on weather conditions tomorrow, we knew that number would hold us. We were able to push like we wanted in the second session and David Grubnic told me before I jumped in, ‘I’m going to surprise you and I’m going to put a hell of a number on the board,’ and he certainly did. I couldn’t hear him at the end of the track but I knew it was good. No clue it was a .66 until I got out of the car.”
BAYTOWN, TX — Heading to Houston Raceway Park for the fifth event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule sixth in the points standings, it’s safe to say John Force won’t be letting last year’s result at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals weigh too heavily on his mind.
After failing to qualify for the Houston race for the first time in his career last season, ending a category-leading streak of 221 consecutive races without a DNQ, Force, in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevy Camaro SS, is now trying to win for the first time for new crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood who, last year, tuned Courtney Force to four wins and the regular season championship as well as to the Houston track record time of 3.851-seconds.
“I love being in Texas. It’s a great race track. I didn’t do good there last year and didn’t qualify so I want to come in there with guns blazing,” said Force. “Brian Corradi and Dan Hood have given me a good race car. All I have to do is get my act together in the cockpit and we’ll be okay. I’m riding sixth in the points but I’m excited to get back and prove my stuff. It doesn’t matter how many championships you’ve got, its where you’re going to go next and it starts at Houston for me now.”
BAYTOWN, TX — NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points leader Robert Hight and the AAA Texas team are heading to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals with momentum on their side and a history of doing well at Houston Raceway Park.
To say Hight, who finished second in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points in 2018, started his 2019 campaign off on the right foot would be an understatement. Three-consecutive No. 1 qualifiers capped off by two victories at the Winternationals and 50th anniversary Gatornationals have the two-time world champion sitting comfortably in the points lead, even after Hight and his Chevy Camaro, tuned by Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, took a rare misstep, qualifying No. 9 and making a first-round exit at the most recent event in Las Vegas.
“We’re getting back to more normal conditions because in Vegas they have the elevation which makes it more challenging,” explained Hight. “We’re getting back to the way we were in Gainesville and I feel that we’re going to be strong. I’m really glad that after a weekend in Vegas, where we didn’t have a good showing, we don’t have to have a weekend off and can go right into Houston and redeem ourselves.”
AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST CONTINUING PROGRESS HEADING TO NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS
Prock, who kicked off his rookie season with back-to-back first round victories at the Winternationals and Arizona Nationals had a series of solid passes at the Gatornationals and most recent Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals but had early exits in the first round. After taking advantage of testing Monday in Las Vegas, the rookie of the year candidate is confident he and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team will only improve at Houston Raceway Park this coming weekend.
“We didn’t have the weekend we had hoped for in Vegas but we decided to stay and test and get this race car sorted out. We had some success at testing, made planned shut offs and put up some early competitive numbers so heading into Houston we’re hoping for a better weekend,” said Prock. “I have all the faith in these guys out here and my crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Ronnie Thompson. I’ll be on my game and I know they will be too. We’re going to put it all together this weekend.”
With a start to the season that had Force packing up early after two first round exits at the Winternationals and Arizona Nationals, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion and the all new Advance Auto Parts team, headed by David Grubnic and Mac Savage, have turned things around and shown their one to watch out for this season. At the 50th anniversary Gatornationals Force snagged the No. 1 qualifier and left the weekend having strung together six consistent runs. She and the Advance Auto Parts team continued to improve into the most recent Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas where they earned a runner-up finish from the No. 3 qualifying position and moved up to eighth in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings.
“We really turned things around and stepped things up in Vegas. I’m very happy with this team and my crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage. We hit it hard and it showed,” said Force. “We’re going to Houston next and I’m excited to get to the back-to-back races. For me as a driver it puts me at ease. You haven’t been out of the seat too long and you jump right back into it, back into your routine, so I’m looking forward to it.”