CONCORD, NC – Brittany Force with the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster and John Force with the PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car are the provisional No. 1 qualifiers Friday night at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Robert Hight with the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy rounded out a successful night of qualifying landing in the No. 2 spot.
Chasing her eighth straight No. 1 qualifying position, Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to a stellar 3.662-second pass at 331.85 mph to easily take over the Top Fuel No. 1 position. The impressive run wasn’t without its drama, the black and green hot rod suffered an engine explosion at the end of the run.
“It always feels good to come out first run of the weekend like that. Well, I guess it’s debatable, we blew up and that costs a lot but we’re currently No. 1 and right now it’s about getting as many bonus points as we can,” Force said. “David Grubnic, he said we want to do what we did last weekend in Reading. He told me the number he was shooting for and we actually stepped up. To be able to run a 3.66 like that, that’s what we did all last weekend, so pretty impressive for this Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team.”
B. FORCE, J. FORCE, STANFIELD AND JOHNSON CLAIM PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT DEWALT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, NC – Both Brittany and John Force enjoyed another impressive performance in qualifying on Friday, as each raced their way to provisional No. 1 positions in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 15th of 20 races during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second race in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
It marks the second time in three races the father-daughter duo have powered to the top, with B. Force tying her track record set earlier this year with a run of 3.662-seconds at 331.85 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Monster Energy dragster. She is aiming for eighth straight No. 1 qualifier and 10th this season to continue her incredible string of top qualifiers.
“It always feels good to come out and run No. 1 and right now it’s about gaining as many bonus points as we can,” B. Force said. “(Crew chief) David Grubnic set our number and we actually stepped up on it. It’s pretty impressive for our team. There’s a lot on the line and we want to win, but right now we’re focusing on one weekend at a time and run at a time.”
Concord, NC – Highlights
– DSR Qualifying Updates: Matt Hagan and Ron Capps are provisionally qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field with Hagan leading the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat tandem from fourth
– Antron Brown powered his machine into the quick half of the Top Fuel field and provisionally occupies the No. 6 spot on the ladder
Driver of the Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6
Q1: 3.779 E.T. at 323.66 MPH
CHARLOTTE, NC – Justin Ashley announced today a new co-primary sponsor for the remainder of the 2021 NHRA Countdown to the Championship and 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Beginning at this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals his Smart Sanitizer Top Fuel dragster will be powered by Vita C Shot, a company backed by longtime NHRA supporter Chip Lofton.
The past two seasons Lofton’s Strutmasters.com has adorned the side of Ashley’s 11,000 horsepower land rocket. Beginning in Charlotte, Vita C Shot will take its place as the newest addition to the Justin Ashley Racing stable.
“I’ve had the privilege of spending time with Chip Lofton in a personal and professional capacity throughout the last two plus seasons. He is a great businessman, but more importantly he is special person. Our team is fortunate to have him in our lives,“ said Ashley, from the zMax Dragway media center.
Charlotte, NC – Rick Ware Racing (RWR) will join Stringer Performance for the DeWalt Carolina Nationals this weekend at zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Rick Ware Racing, a team that not only has four charters in the NASCAR Cup Series, but also fields an entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NTT INDY CAR Series and NASCAR Pinty Series, is a familiar name in the motorsports industry. RWR’s partners, Nurtec ODT, boom! MOBILE and Jacob Companies will be among the partners whose colors will be represented on Clay Millican’s dragster this weekend.
“I am very excited about this opportunity with Rick Ware Racing. We are in the heart of NASCAR country and welcome the opportunity to extend our race team to Rick and introduce the excitement of NHRA racing to the RWR partners.” explains team owner, Doug Stringer.
Clay Millican drove his Parts Plus top fuel dragster to a round one win last weekend at the Reading event and is currently 9th in the Countdown to the Championship heading into this weekend’s race at Charlotte.
Keith Haney Looks to Keep Hot Streak Going Heading to Shakedown Nationals XIX at Virginia Motorsports Park
Dinwiddie, VA – Coming off back-to-back final round appearances in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Pro Mod veteran Keith Haney isn’t waiting long to get back behind the wheel of his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro.
Just days after his runner-up at the U.S. 131 Nationals, Haney is back at it, this time at the Shakedown Nationals XIX at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s a race that has carved out a special place in the Pro Mod world and Haney has also enjoyed competing in the legendary event. Now in its third year at its new home at VMP, it’s also a chance for Haney to take on the top Pro Mod drivers competing from the East Coast.
“We’re excited to take on those East Coast guys. We did well last year and I ran one of my career bests. It’s a great race and I can’t wait to get back in the car,” Haney said. “There’s great history at that race and I really enjoy the nostalgia of it. It’s my birthday weekend and I get to enjoy that, too, and racing is what do I love doing more than anything. Seeing my East Coast fans will be nice and we’re excited for a big weekend.”
Back-to-Back Pro Mod Finals in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series has Keith Haney Moving in the Right Direction
MARTIN, MI – The good news for Keith Haney is he has recorded back-to-back Pro Mod final round appearances in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service after his latest runner-up at last weekend’s U.S. 131 Nationals.
It’s shot Haney into the top five in the class and made him a championship contender with three races left in the season, but it’s also a race Haney felt as though he should have won. He had the quicker run in his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro, going 3.686-seconds at 206.23 mph, but was second off the starting line in the championship round against Joey Oksas, who won his second straight race. There were plenty of positives, but Haney was left lamenting what could have been at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
“Hands down, I had the fastest, best car on the race track last weekend and I beat myself,” Haney said. “Nobody was faster than me, plain and simple, and that’s from the time we qualified No. 1 all the way to the finals. But I was late on the tree and I let one get away from me. I’m not happy about that part of it.