John Force Racing
CONCORD, NC — Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy dragster to her second final round of the season and 19th of her career Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals Sunday at zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte, N.C.
Force and her team turned a corner at this weekend’s race. With eight clean, solid and impressive runs down what is considered the Bellagio of racetracks, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team has moved up to sixth in the Mello Yello points standings, just 10 points out of fifth, and added a new level energy to a team that has been struggling since their last victory in Houston at the Spring Nationals.
Force came into race day as the No. 1 qualifier after four consistent trips down the track including a stout 3.700-second pass during the final qualifying session. Her efforts earned her a match-up with Rookie of the Year candidate Audrey Worm in round one. Force had the advantage from the start and never trailed laying down a 3.717-second pass at 323.12 mph while Worm got into trouble early.
CONCORD, NC — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team rocketed to the No. 1 spot Saturday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. After four consistent qualifying passes, Force picked up her second No. 1 qualifier of the season 10th of her career off the efforts of her Saturday evening run.
Force started the day with a 3.746-second pass at 329.50 mph that was in line with her performance from Friday and earned her an additional bonus point for being third quickest in the session but not an improvement from her 3.724 that had her starting the day in the No. 3 spot.
It was during the fourth qualifying session that Force and her TrueTimber pink camo decked out Advance Auto Parts team had a stout 3.700 second at 330.72 mph that propelled them to the No. 1 spot ahead of Mello Yello points leaders Steve Torrence and Clay Millican who had previously been dominating qualifying throughout the Countdown to the Championship.
CONCORD, NC — Brittany Force and her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team continued their late season improvement with two solid qualifying sessions Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals landing them in the No. 3 position. In Funny Car, John Force Racing currently owns the middle of the field with Robert Hight in seventh, John Force in eighth and Courtney Force in ninth.
After front-halving their TrueTimber pink camo schemed dragster during the off weekend, Force and her team had seen consistent improvements with performance. That improvement continued right off the trailer Friday when they ran 3.841-seconds at 317.19 mph on a clean run down the track. In the second session, the eight-time event winner had an impressive 3.724-second pass at 328.14 mph that earned her a bonus point and the current No. 3 position.
“Overall a great start to our weekend. Friday qualifying two good passes down the race track. That 3.72 on the second run put us No. 3 and we earned a bonus point. I feel good going into tomorrow. This was a really good first day of qualifying,” Force said. “We were good on-track and it was great to spend time with the fans in the pits. The fans love this Sassy B pink True Timber Advance Auto Parts dragster. It is a beautiful race car and I am proud to be running and representing Brakes for Breasts and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are looking to make two more good runs tomorrow and really put ourselves in position to win this race on Sunday. We are looking for a long weekend and we are ready to get this Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team back into that winner’s circle.”
CONCORD, NC — Reigning world champion Brittany Force isn’t hanging her head after a less than perfect season so far. The performance of her dragster, her team and herself still matters to the eight-time event winner with just three races left in the 2018 season. After improved performance at the FallNationals, Force is focused on finishing the season strong starting with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
“Overall we had big improvements for our Advance Auto Parts team. Even after front halving the car and making a lot of changes over the last couple of weeks we are still trying to figure this car out,” said Force. “I think we will be looking good in Charlotte. We will have cooler conditions and I have a lot of confidence in us.”
After making major changes to her pink TrueTimber camo-ed Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy dragster that included front halving the car over the off weekend between St. Louis and Dallas, Force and her team had three solid qualifying passes and picked up a first-round win before overpowering the track in the quarterfinals of the FallNationals.
CONCORD, NC — Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts team head to the NHRA Carolina Nationals ready to move forward. After a bout with a mechanical gremlin through the first three races of the Countdown, the Chevy Camaro, dressed in pink and TrueTimber camo for Breast Cancer Awareness month, showed its potential last Sunday at the FallNationals.
Force’s first round 3.985-second pass was one step closer to what the team had been looking for through three weekends.
“We came into the Countdown number one. We just have to find our stride over the next three races. We have to track down these gremlins,” co-crew chief Brian Corradi explained. “We can’t keep scuffing pistons. We would have won that race if we wouldn’t have scuffed a piston. We know what the problem is and we are going to get it fixed. I am glad we will be racing this weekend.”
Force couldn’t be more on the same page as her tuner. The confidence is backed by performance, the Advance Auto Parts team led the points standings for 12 races off the efforts of four victories and 11 No. 1 qualifiers. With what they have learned from the race in Dallas, they are still a frontrunner for the championship crown.
CONCORD, NC — Halfway through the Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship, on the eve of the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, John Force is currently ninth in the Mello Yello standings, 219 points behind pacesetting teammate and protégé Robert Hight. And while contending for the Funny Car title he has won a record 16 times in his 42-year career is, to some, a bit of a longshot, don’t try to tell him that he’s just out there going through the motions.
“I never give up,” said the Hall of Fame owner/driver following last week’s second round exit at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas. “You never know what’s going to happen in drag racing. I’ve had it go for me and I’ve had it go against me but, at the end of the day, I still believe in the magic.”
Consequently, he believes he still can rally in the final three races and write another chapter to motor racing’s most compelling biography.
CONCORD, NC — Two weeks ago Robert Hight could only hope that his championship aspirations had not been dashed by a finish line explosion on the way to victory in St Louis that left him with a broken left collarbone. Last Friday, hope turned to determination and grit when Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro blasted down the Texas Motorplex in the first round of qualifying without any issue.
“On Friday, after I had made two qualifying runs, I felt as good as I did on Thursday,” Hight said. “There was no extra pain or soreness. There is no way I could have raced without the surgery, some rest and the redesigned safety equipment from Simpson. I had to go over and thank Greg Anderson, the Pro Stock racer from Mooresville (NC), since he actually had a similar chest protector designed after he had heart surgery few years ago.”
A surgery on Wednesday, September 26, inserted a titanium plate to repair a completely fractured left collarbone. Nine days later, with a modified carbon fiber chest protector, Hight was back in the seat and on the way to his second consecutive victory in the Countdown to the Championship and a Mello Yello points lead extension.