John Force Racing
ENNIS, TX — The quad of John Force Racing nitro breathing hot rods stampeded their way to semifinal appearances at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro extended their points lead to 70 while John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Camaro sit only four points back from second. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force put the Advance Auto Parts team within 46 points of the lead and Austin Prock did some damage to move into sixth.
After a blistering 3.651-second pass at 331.28 mph Friday night took Brittany Force to the No. 1 spot, she opened race day with a first-round victory over Cameron Ferre. The pilot of the Advance Auto Parts machine blasted past Ferre to light the scoreboard with a stellar 3.694-second pass at 330.31 mph defeating Ferre’s 3.984 at 269.19. In the quarterfinal, Force competed against longtime rival and three-time world champion Antron Brown where she made a 3.815-second pass at 319.60 mph upsetting Brown’s 4.113 at 230.72 after he smoked the tires. Facing eventual winner Billy Torrence in the semifinal, Force dropped a cylinder to run 3.793-seconds at 318.32 mph giving Torrence and his 3.747 at 328.38 a trip to the finals.
ENNIS, TX — For the second time in NHRA history a parent child duo qualified No. 1 together. John Force and Brittany Force secured the No. 1 qualifier spot in their respective nitro categories Saturday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The first time the feat was accomplished, the Force pair qualified in the top spot together at this year’s SpringNationals in Houston, Texas. Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team improved to start race day from the No. 7 spot, while Robert Hight and his AAA Texas Chevy Camaro SS team held onto the No. 2 qualifier position.
“Going No. 1 alongside Brittany makes it really special, anytime you get to do something with your kids and to be part of how proud she is of what her and her team have accomplished, it’s good,” said Force. “My wife loves it and it’ll make for a good evening.”
“It’s always really special to hold onto any No. 1 qualifier with a teammate but to hold it with my dad, that’s the best. He’s the one who taught me how to drive this car and everything about this sport, and the reason I’m out here is because of him so to be able to share the No. 1 qualifier with him is awesome,” Force said. “We did it earlier this season and now we’re doing it again. It’s just very special to me. I’ve doubled up with Robert a handful of times but to be able to double-up with my dad would be awesome. It’s on my bucket list.”
ENNIS, TX — Under the Friday night lights at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, John Force and Brittany Force both powered their 11,000-horsepower machines to the provisional No. 1 qualifier spots in their respective categories for the second time this season. Teammate Robert Hight and his AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS team are currently in the No. 2 spot, and rookie Austin Prock with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster are 11th.
Looking for her eighth No. 1 qualifier of the season and first at the Motorplex, Brittany Force propelled her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a jaw dropping 3.651-second pass at 331.28 mph in the night session to set the track elapsed time record and jump into the No. 1 position. The 2017 Top Fuel world champion had an already solid start to qualifying when she crossed the finish line with a clean 3.784-second pass at 299.00 mph as her first pass of the day.
ENNIS, TX — Points leader Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS team will be competing to keep the milestones coming as they enter this weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
After dominating Monday’s Carolina Nationals for a career best sixth win of the season that also marked his 500th round win, Hight now has a 44-points lead as he enters the fourth NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship event.
In addition to adding another Wally to his already impressive resume this season, the two-time Funny Car world champion also has two runner-up finishes and eight No. 1 qualifiers including two NHRA history-making green hat starts. At the 50th annual Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Hight became the first driver since 1987 to be the No. 1 qualifier at three back-to-back events, and at the Southern Nationals, was recognized as the first since 1987 to clinch the top spot in five of the first seven events.
ENNIS, TX — A win for John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS team at this year’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex would not only further improve their pursuit for the championship, but it would put a storybook ending on a particularly traumatic life experience.
Hoisting the Wally trophy at the Motorplex has been one of Force’s bucket list items ever since he crashed twelve years ago while racing against Kenny Bernstein in a second-round match-up on Sept. 23, 2007. He was flown out of the Texas Motorplex by air ambulance and although he suffered injuries to his hands, legs and feet that required six hours of reconstructive surgery, confined him to a Dallas hospital for 30 days and required months of physical therapy, the sport’s biggest winner, who was initially told he would never walk on his own again let alone race, was back in competition the following February and back in the winners’ circle on June 1, 2008 at Topeka, Kan.
Since the 2007 Dallas crash, Force has added his first two championships in the Countdown Era, the 15th and 16th of his storied career, won the world’s biggest drag race, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, for a fifth time, won his record 150th tour event (and 151st, as well) and been inducted into both the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He hasn’t, however, won in the great state of Texas at either the Houston SpringNationals, where this season he was No. 1 qualifier alongside daughter Brittany Force, or the AAA Texas FallNationals.
ENNIS, TX — Brittany Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster, makes her way to Texas Motorplex this weekend for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, eager for a breakthrough performance that will have her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned hot rod back in the winner’s circle.
From starting the season as a brand-new team, to breaking records and padding history books, Force and the Advance Auto Parts team are sitting third in the points standings as they head to the fourth of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship with eyes set on the Top Fuel title.
At last weekend’s event at zMAX Dragway, Force jumped six spots on the final day of qualifying to enter race day as the No. 3 qualifier. In the first round, the racing pro powered her Advance machine to a stout 3.698-second pass for low E.T. of the entire event and advance to the quarterfinal. There she had a holeshot victory over Billy Torrence that set her up for a fourth semifinal appearance of the season. Although a dropped cylinder would result in her coming up short of a final round appearance, Force would move to third in the points standings, only 92 points back from leader and reigning champion Steve Torrence.
AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST LOOKING TO IMPRESS AT AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, TX — Third-generation racer Austin Prock and his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team are gearing up for the fourth of six playoff events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship this weekend at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, eager to get into championship form.
Since making his NHRA drag racing debut at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Prock has tallied one win at the Northwest Nationals, four semifinal appearances and has recorded a career best elapsed time of 3.697-seconds and top speed of 334.15 mph. He’s also been in the top 10 of the points standings in 16 events throughout the season.
At the recent Carolina Nationals, Prock, who is the frontrunner for this year’s Rookie of the Year award, made two solid passes down zMAX Dragway on race day to leave the event seventh in the points standings, one spot up from where he entered the weekend.
“We had a good car Monday. Put up some great numbers on race day but I came up short on the starting line. It was the first time all season that I got beat on a holeshot but you know, I just need to do a better job next time,” said Prock. “This Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team has been working really hard to turn on those win lights, so if we can keep it up and I can do a little better of a job driving, then we can hopefully end up in the winner’s circle again.”