John Force Racing
DINWIDDIE, VA – For the third time in their careers, Brittany Force with her Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy dragster and Robert Hight in his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS have doubled-up for John Force Racing Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Austin Prock in the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster and John Force with the PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy each had semifinal exits.
Coming into the day having secured their 34th career No. 1 qualifier, Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac team enjoyed a bye for their first round. They would be thankful for the run as they smoked the tires almost immediately. In the second round, the David Grubnic and Mac Savage led team appeared to have figured things out laying down a stellar 3.788-second pass at 328.94 in the heat of the day to defeat Shawn Langdon who went only 4.512 at 203.22.
En route to the finals, Force would defeat Mike Salinas with a 3.770-second pass at 334.07 mph before taking on reigning four-time world champion Steve Torrence in the finals. Force would have the starting line advantage and never trail going 3.770 seconds at 334.07 mph bettering Torrecne’s 3.781 at 326.24 for her third win of the season, 14th of her career and first at Virginia Motorsports Park. Continue reading
JFR DRAGSTERS QUALIFY TOP TWO AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS; BRITTANY FORCE EARNS SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON
DINWIDDIE, VA – It was a battle between the John Force Racing Top Fuel dragsters on day two of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team would prevail setting the track record ET for their second No. 1 of the season. Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team would have to settle for No. 2. In Funny Car, Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS would improve to No. 10 while John Force and the PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy would end up No. 12.
Coming into the day already in the No. 1 spot, Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac team had been shifted down to No. 7 before they laid down a blistering 3.669-second pass at 334.98 mph to set the track ET record and take back the No. 1 position. In their final qualifying try, with nothing really to prove, Force and her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned Flav-R-Pac dragster set the track record ET for the third time when they blasted to a 3.654 at 333.33.
“That was outstanding for this Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac team, improving and improving with each run,” said Force who has a bye in the first round. “Now the hard part is doing that tomorrow (during eliminations). That’s going to be the tough one, but as long as we can make some consistent runs all day tomorrow, I think we should be good. I have confidence in this team and confidence in myself in getting down this track. This is one of the best tracks we’ve been one. It’s smooth and it felt fast, so we were really happy with it.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team now own track records at 15 of the 19 facilities on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule. Force set both ends of the Virginia Motorsports Park track record on their way to the provisional No. 1 spot Friday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team sit No. 7, John Force with his PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevrolet Camaro SS are No. 4 and Robert Hight has the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro No. 12.
After battling Mother Nature for much of the day, Brittany Force rocketed the Flav-R-Pac dragster to a 3.710-second pass at 335.82 mph. Force is now the elapsed time record holder at 11 tracks and the speed record holder at eight and owns nine of the top 10 quickest runs in Top Fuel history.
“This Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team, we were just excited to get a run in. The weather cleared up and David Grubnic had a goal set and we hit that mark,” Force said. “We’re happy about that. It was a good, solid run and we’re hoping for two more, or at least one more run tomorrow. It was great to make that run here at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s been since 2019 that we were here last, so to be able to come out here for the fans who waited out the rain and make that run and put a show on for them, that was great. We just want to keep improving and see what we can do on race day.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Sitting at the top of the NHRA points standings, Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team are looking to continue their early season success at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park with a third victory at just the seventh event on the Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule.
Force and the Flav-R-Pac team capitalized on their consistency at the first four-wide event of the season, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with a dominant victory. It was her first win at the spring Vegas race and set her up to enter the SpringNationals sitting a measly four points out of the lead. With a close to flawless performance at Houston Raceway Park, Force took the points lead and despite a second-quad exit at zMAX Dragway for it’s Four-Wide Nationals, Force maintains the lead by 17 points.
“Richmond is next on the list and after a couple of years away, our Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team is excited to return,” Force said. “We head into the Virginia Motorsports Park in the points lead after back-to-back wins and are looking to leave in the same position. Our goals are to qualify in the top three, make three consistent qualifying runs and have a long race day so we can grow that points lead.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Three-time world champion Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team have kept themselves top two in the points standings through six events on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule. A victory at this weekend’s Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park will put Hight and the Auto Club team back on top.
After winning the season opening Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif. and the Arizona Nationals at Phoenix, Hight went onto secure the No. 1 qualifying position at the Gatornationals in Gainesville and then went No. 2 in Houston before a second-round exit. The Auto Club Chevy kept up its consistency racing to a runner-up finish at zMAX Dragway for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, beaten by only teammate and boss John Force. The steady performance from Hight and his Auto Club team has kept them second in the points standings, now just 22 points away from leader Matt Hagan.
“It’s been a decent start to the season for this Auto Club team. We’ve had some consistency which is what we lacked last year,” Hight said. “We just need to keep it going. There’s room for improvement, there’s always room for improvement and I think this team has high expectations. Jimmy Prock and Christ Cunningham are two of the best so it’s hard not to be confident with them on your side. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in Richmond. Really glad to be heading back after a couple years. Hopefully we can pull out a win and get this Auto Club Chevy in the winners circle and back in the points lead.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Making just his second appearance in the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, Austin Prock is trying to regain the form that took him and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster team to the final round in the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.
With a new crew for 2022 anchored by crew chiefs Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler, the 2019 NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year is in search of consistency after glimpses of the performance they’ve been working so hard for. As of late, the Montana Brand team have been edging up the points standings. Prock comes into the Virginia NHRA Nationals seventh in the Camping World Drag Racing Series points although he is just 41 points (roughly two rounds) out of the No. 5 position.
“It was a good weekend off celebrating Mother’s Day, always nice to spend time with family and friends, but this Montana Brand team is excited to get back to business,” Prock said. “We’ve been getting this car back into winning form and can’t wait to see what our performance looks like this weekend. Hoping the weather holds off, and we can put on a showing for our awesome NHRA fans. We haven’t been back to Richmond since my rookie season, so it’ll be great to be back.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Having raced his PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car into fourth in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series points standings after his second consecutive win at zMAX Dragway’s Four-Wide Nationals, John Force heads to the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park with regained confidence.
Coming off a victory just two weeks ago in Charlotte that extended to 34 the number of seasons in which he has won at least one NHRA tour event, Force returns this week a year older (73) to Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s a track on which he has won a career best 78.8 percent of his two-car matches (26-7) on the way to Funny Car wins in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000. He is the track record holder at 3.899-seconds, a mark he set on May 17, 2019, the last time the race was contested.
“I’m excited to be heading back to Richmond. Love the area, love the fans, love that track. I know it’s been a couple of years so it’s going to be exciting,” Force said. “We’ll be really trying to put on a show, maybe set some more records. I’m feeling good coming off a win. The credit really goes to Danny Hood and Tim Fabrisi who run the PEAK BlueDEF Chevy. I know drivers always get all the credit, but it really is those guys and the whole team that help get the job done, couldn’t do it without them.”