John Force Racing
POMONA, CA – Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster team rallied to their second win of the season Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway. With a standout Countdown to the Championship performance that included two wins in three final rounds, Prock will finish the season third in points after entering from the No. 11 spot.
Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team won the 2022 Camping World Top Fuel world championship en route to a semifinal finish. Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS will finish the season No. 2 and John Force and his PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevy Camaro SS will wrap up the season in the No. 5 after they both had a second-round exit.
Austin Prock started his day with a victory over veteran race Shawn Langdon. Prock would have a clean pass of 3.711-seconds and 329.34 mph while Langdon would smoke the tires for a 7.377 at 87.80. In the second round, Prock would stay consistent with a. 3.704-second pass at 329.18 to end Leah Pruett’s day after she went 3.721 at 324.20. With the win, Prock would line the Montana Brand dragster up with teammate Brittany Force in the semifinals.
POMONA, CA – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Chevrolet dragster earned their second NHRA Camping World NHRA world championship on Sunday, Nov. 13 when they qualified No. 1 and won first round at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team became just the fourth woman in NHRA professional drag racing history to win multiple championships after Erica Enders, Angelle Sampey and Shirley Muldowney and just the second in Top Fuel behind Muldowney.
“I want everyone to remember this day, here in Pomona with this Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team; David Grubnic, Mac Savage, every single one of my guys. We have been working at this all season long. We never gave up and then we struggled in the Countdown, but we recovered, and we recovered when we needed to in Vegas and here in Pomona,” Force said. “This just seems unreal; I can’t believe we’re here. I have to thank every single one of my guys, our sponsors, Monster Energy, Flav-R-Pac, Auto Club, Chevy, PEAK, Cornwell Tools, Montana Brand, NK Seeds, Powers Solar, we wouldn’t be here without them today. I’m so proud of everybody. It just seems surreal; I can’t believe it ended up this way. I believed coming into today, I was motivated, pumped, we all were, and we got the job done. Just needed to get past the first round.”
BRITTANY FORCE AND MONSTER ENERGY TRY TO CLOSE THE DEAL ON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH NO. 1 START AT AUTO CLUB FINALS
POMONA, CA – With a second NHRA Camping World tour championship clearly in her sights, Brittany Force starts Sunday’s 57th Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona as the No. 1 qualifier on the strength of a 3.641 second performance in a Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac dragster she drove to a track record-setting and all-time best Top Fuel speed of 338.94 mph.
Robert Hight, who is trying to join Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, Kenny Bernstein and teammate John Force as one of the sport’s only four-time Funny Car champions, will start his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS from the No. 4 position after a best of 3.849 seconds. John Force, meanwhile, qualified his Dan Hood and Tim Fabrisi prepared PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Camaro No. 7 in Funny Car at 3.864 at 333.49 mph. Third generation drag racer Austin Prock, whose Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster has surged during the Countdown, will start from the No. 5 spot at 3.689 seconds, 333.08 mph.
Brittany grabbed 13 of the maximum 16 qualifying bonus points over the two days and, as a result, will carry a 26-point advantage over second place Justin Ashley into Sunday eliminations where she will oppose No. 16 qualifier Steve Chrisman in the first round. The No. 1 start is the 2017 Champion’s 10th of this season and 22nd over the last two campaigns. That gives her 42 career No. 1s, third most in team history behind her dad (165) and Hight (77).
POMONA, CA – For the second time during the Countdown, Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force set the NHRA national speed record Friday and, in the process, claimed the provisional No. 1 qualifying position for herself and her Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team at the season-ending 57th Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. John Force and Robert Hight were fourth and fifth quickest on the first day in their Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars and Austin Prock was sixth in Top Fuel in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster.
Brittany grabbed six of a maximum eight qualifying bonus points on the first day, thereby extending her lead ever so slightly over Justin Ashley. After a solid 3.742-second run in the first session, Brittany drove the David Grubnic and Mac Savage-tuned dragster through the 1,000 foot timers in 3.641 seconds and a finish line speed of 338.44 mph, bumping up the record of 338.43 she set last month at St. Louis ever so slightly.
“Setting another new speed record is pretty incredible,” she said. “I’m just very proud of this Monster Energy team and what we’ve accomplished. We’re chasing a championship that’s going to lock up on Sunday and I’m excited about it. My mindset is where it’s been all season long. The confidence that I have with this team. We know how to get this car down (the track). We know how to turn win lights on. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I’m confident with these guys that we can get the job done. It’s going to be fun.”
POMONA, CA – John Force and the PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS team enter the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona looking to cap off the legend’s 47th season with a victory and hopefully a couple of team championships.
Force has held steady to the No. 4 spot in points through the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs. They’ve secured three final round appearance that included a victory at the Charlotte Four-Wide event marking the 34th season in which Force has won at least one tour event. Their streak of four consecutive semifinal appearances to start the Countdown has helped solidify their position and with points and a half on the table in Pomona, the PEAK Chevy could make a healthy jump to end the season.
“It’s been a good season so far, all around. I haven’t gotten into the winner’s circle as much as we’d like but this PEAK team stayed in the conversation all year long. Robert has a real shot at the championship, it’s been a fight, the competition has been intense, but that Auto Club team has led the way,” Force said. “The competition is just as tough over there in Top Fuel, Brittany with Monster and Flav-R-Pac, they’re making a run at it, it’s going to be exciting. Racing in Pomona is always exciting, always an extra rush for the Auto Club Finals.”
POMONA, CA – Austin Prock and the Montanan Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster team enter the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway looking to close out there second full-time season on a high note and hopefully do their part to help John Force Racing win a championship.
After struggling in mid-season, Prock, the 2019 NHRA Rookie of the Year, turned his season around in the Countdown, driving his Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist entry to a compelling victory at Reading, Pa., on Sept. 18, to a runner-up finish on Oct. 16 at Dallas, Texas and to the semifinals in the most recent event in the Countdown, the Nevada Nationals at Las Vegas.
“I’m looking forward to finishing out the season strong with my Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team. With another good weekend I think we can move up even more in the points standings, Prock said. “As a team, John Force Racing has two shots at championships and I’m going to do my best as a teammate to try and make that happen. I’m sad that the 2022 season is already coming to an end, but really excited to see how it all ends up.”
POMONA, CA – Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team head into the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona looking to put the perfect ending on a career best season with a fourth NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Championship crown.
Having won eight times this season at the wheel of the Auto Club Chevy, Hight is just the third Funny Car driver to win that many races in a season. Hight heads into the season finale leading defending series champ Ron Capps by 61 points and Matt Hagan by 63. This year, he is trying to join teammate John Force, Kenny Bernstein and Don “the Snake” Prudhomme as the only Funny Car drivers to have won as many as four series championships. A 61-time tour winner, Hight has been especially productive in the Countdown where his 14 wins are a Funny Car best.
“I can’t wait to get going at the Auto Club Finals. We’re focused and we’re going to try to get our ninth win, if we win the race, we win the championship. I’m battling with two great drivers, and we’ve battled all season long. I knew it was going to be this way and it’s been great racing all season long. We’ve got to stay focus and make eight great runs. It’s going to take eight perfect runs to get the job done, going to take getting our ninth win. If we do that, we’re the champed and we’ll get to celebrate. That’s how I want it to play out,” Hight said. “We know things can turn in a hurry which is why every qualifying point is important. We’re not overlooking anything. These are three of the best cars in the country and we’re all going to be running quick. We’re going to have to make perfect runs. It is crazy how close all of this is.”
POMONA, CA – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Chevrolet team enter this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona with a seven-point lead chasing her sixth win of the season which would guarantee her the second NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship of her career.
Coming off a wire-to-wire victory at the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team are poised to win her second Top Fuel championship in just seven years. Force’s victory Las Vegas marked a career best fifth win for the 2013 Rookie of the Year. She won four events when she claimed the championship in 2017 to become just the second woman to win in the premier division and the first to do so in 35 years.
“I’m really proud of our entire team, they’ve all worked really hard from David Grubnic and Mac Savage to every single crew guy and we’ve had a great season. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing. This Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac ream has been winning races and setting track records and now it comes down to the final race, as we knew it would,” Force said. “Our Countdown got off to a rocky start. The first four races, we didn’t perform like we had all season and we started to stumble, but we turned it around in Vegas and we all felt that energy. Anything can happen in Pomona with points-and-a-half, and we’ve all seen it before at this race. It’s still anyone’s game. That win in Vegas was huge for us and we’re going ride that through this weekend. That gives us confidence and it motivates us to want to do it again.”
LAS VEGAS – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team picked up their fifth win of the season Sunday at the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and with it took back the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series points lead with just one race left in the 2022 season. Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team grew their points lead with a runner-up finish while Austin Prock took the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team to the semifinals and John Force with PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant had a second-round exit.
Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac dragster earned a first-round bye coming into race day as the No. 1 qualifiers. With the test run they would lay down a 3.671-second pass at 336.91 mph to earn lane choice over Antron Brown in the second round. Force would take the quarterfinal win with a 3.732 pass at 327.98 after Brown hazed the tires and shut off early for a 4.156 pass at 211.06.
The semifinals would match Force with eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher. Nearly identical on the tree, Force would take the lead early and never trail for a 3.712-second run at 331.85 mph to send Schumacher and his 4.075 at 216.55 packing.
LAS VEGAS – Robert Hight with the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS and Brittany Force with the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy dragster secured the No. 1 qualifying positions in their respective categories Saturday at the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Austin Prock landed the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster in the No. 2 spot while John Force and the PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Camaro are in the No. 5 spot.
Robert Hight and the Auto Club team would stumble in the third session smoking the tires for only a 4.742-second pass at 168.83 mph. The Auto Club Chevy bounced back with a 3.865 at 332.67 in the fourth qualifying session to earn two bonus points for being second quickest of the group. With the No. 1 spot, Hight will take on Terry Haddock in the first round.
“I would say it was mission accomplished in qualifying this weekend. We came in with a 10-point lead and we’ve turned it into a 21-point lead just in qualifying. That’s a big deal,” Hight said. “We pushed it too hard earlier today and tonight we tried to run better than 3.85 but the clutch didn’t cooperate. But we’re splitting hairs really. If we can run in that range four times tomorrow, I think we’re going to be on top at the end of the day. We just need to keep focusing on the task at hand, I need to cut a good light and keep it in the groove and whatever happens, happens. We just have to do our best, that’s what’s got us here. Been doing it all year and we’ve mastered it so we just have to keep doing it.”