John Force Racing
NORWALK, OH — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team leave the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals sitting third in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings. With six races until the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs, Force made the jump into the top three by powering her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned dragster to a semi-final finish at Summit Motorsports Park.
Starting race day from the No. 1 qualifier spot for the fourth time this season, Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team laid down a 3.735-second pass at 332.59 mph on a solo run in the first session after Lex Joon’s chutes deployed before the start. Force was paired against Billy Torrence in the quarterfinals where both drivers smoked the tires and had to pedal their way to the finish. Force was able to turn on the win light when she ran 4.431-seconds and 248.61 mph bettering Torrence’s 6.220 at 162.49.
Heading into the semi-finals for the fourth time this season, Force was on what looked like a clean run until her Advance Auto Parts dragster over powered the track near the finish line and went up in tire smoke. The 4.114-second pass at 272.89 mph from the Advance Auto Parts dragster wasn’t enough for reigning Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence’s 3.820 at 326.71.
NORWALK, OH — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel team held onto the No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Motorsports Park. John Force kept the No. 2 spot with his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF team, two-time Funny Car champion Robert Hight and the Auto Club Camaro will start from the No. 10 spot, and Austin Prock and Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist are No. 11.
Brittany Force landed her Advance Auto Parts dragster in the top spot for the fourth time of the 2019 NHRA season off the efforts of a stout 3.712-second pass at 328.88 mph on Friday night. It also marked her 14th career No. 1 and first at Summit Motorsports Park.
The 2017 Top Fuel world champion started day two of qualifying with a clean 3.791-second pass at 326.63 mph in the middle of the day giving the Advance Auto Parts team necessary data heading into Sunday race day. In the final session, Force smoked the tires and had to shut off her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned dragster to run 6.354-seconds at 103.45 mph but would end the day with a stronghold on the Top Fuel class. Force will face Lex Joon in the first round.
BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CURRENTLY NO.1 FRIDAY AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS
NORWALK, OH — Brittany Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster to the top of the field Friday night at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Motorsports Park. Her legendary father, John Force is No. 2 with the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF team, Robert Hight is No. 9 with Automobile Club of Southern California, and rookie Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster team are No. 11.
Coming into the weekend sitting fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, Brittany Force started Friday’s qualifying with a 5.965-second pass at 111.01 mph after losing traction and shutting off her Advance Auto Parts dragster to sit in the No. 12 spot. Force’s performance improved in the night session when she laid down a stout 3.712-second pass at 328.38 mph to take the No. 1 spot and pick up three bonus points.
“You know, I’m feeling confident going into this weekend. The Advance Auto Parts team stayed after in Bristol and tested all day Monday, and we were hoping to find some things and figure it out before coming to this last race of the four in-a-row, and I think we did that. That first run we didn’t get down there, but that second run was a beautiful run. Putting a .71 on the board, it was awesome and stealing that No. 1 spot,” said Force. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow. We‘re hoping for two more consistent runs, that’s what we really need going into race day and our plan is to go out and win this thing. We’ve definitely had our ups and downs, so it feels really good to celebrate this small victory and we’re hoping to fight all weekend long.”
NORWALK, OH — Points leader Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS team are going to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 12th event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season 24 race schedule, hungry to build on their success through the first half of the season.
With eyes set on a third Championship, Hight has powered his Auto Club Chevy Camaro to four wins, two runner-up finishes and six No. 1 qualifiers in the first 11 events of the 2019 season. He’s also tallied a handful of history making milestones including at the 50th anniversary Gatornationals where, on his way to the event win, he became the first driver to collect three consecutive No. 1 qualifiers in the first three races of the season since Kenny Bernstein in 1987. At the Southern Nationals, Hight became the first driver since 1987 to be No. 1 in five of the first seven events. Most recently, Hight grabbed his fourth Wally of the season and 49th of his career at the Heartland Nationals tying him with Don “Snake” Prudhomme for 13th on the all-time list.
“I’m really proud of this Auto Club team. We didn’t make it to the winner’s circle in Bristol but Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, they’re working hard to set us up for the rest of the season. We’ll keep going rounds and get the job done.” said Hight. “We’ve had a really great season. We’re sitting in the points lead, have been all season, and I’m not worried. These guys know this car and we’ll get where we want to be.”
WIN OR LOSE, JOHN FORCE AND PEAK / BLUEDEF THE FOCAL POINT AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS
NORWALK, OH — John Force will reach another milestone Sunday when he drives the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS in pursuit of the Funny Car Wally at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.
Force rolls into Ohio for the midway event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season having won 68.9 percent of all the races he’s run (1330-599). On race day, he will either win an unprecedented 150th Mello Yello tour title, an achievement once thought as ludicrous, or, barring that, lose for the 600th time in a pro career spanning 43 years. Given recent performance, a 150th tour title seems to be the more likely of the scenarios.
After coming agonizingly close to hoisting the winner’s trophy last week at Bristol, Tenn., the former Driver of the Year brings new resolve to a track that fronts a grandstand bearing his name but one on which he has won just one time in the Summit Nationals (2014).
NORWALK, OH — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel team are making their way to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the last race in the four in-a-row, determined to get back their momentum and secure their second win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
At the halfway point of the NHRA circuit, Force and the Advance Auto Parts team have tallied one win, two runner-up finishes and three No. 1 qualifiers to be fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings. The 2017 Top Fuel world champion has also added to the NHRA history books with two of her green hat starts. At the 50th anniversary Gatornationals, where she secured her first No. 1 of the season, she set the Gainesville Raceway track elapsed time record while becoming the first woman since Shirley Muldowney 40 years ago to qualify in the top spot at the event. At the SpringNationals, where she also took home her ninth career Wally, Force was the No. 1 qualifier alongside her legendary father, John Force to make them the first professional parent-child duo sit as No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA’s history.
AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST BUILDING ON CONSISTENCY ENTERING SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS
NORWALK, OH — Austin Prock, driver of the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster, is determined for success as he heads into the 12th event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Last weekend at the Thunder Valley Nationals, Prock and his Mike Green and Ronnie Thompson tuned Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster laid down four sub-four-second passes while some competitors struggled. Prock highlighted his consistent qualifying efforts by running 3.783-seconds at 325.92 mph that landed him the No. 6 qualifying spot. On race day, Prock had to put his driving skills to the test in a pedalfest against defending event winner Clay Millican. While Prock would recover, Millican had just enough to take the win over the first-year driver. Prock and Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist would leave Bristol Dragway sitting ninth in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings.
“Not the race day result we wanted in Bristol but overall it was still a good weekend. We made four consistent runs during qualifying where a lot of people struggled,” Prock said. “Those four consecutive runs were good for us, it gives us something to keep building off of. That’s a positive and something we can take with us into this weekend.”