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Sixth No. 1 of 2017 has Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force pumped for Denver eliminations

Sixth No. 1 of 2017 has Advance Auto Parts driver
Courtney Force pumped for Denver eliminations

DENVER (July 22) – Courtney Force continues to pile up impressive numbers in qualifying on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour.

And after grabbing her sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season, she’s more than ready to take the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS to the winner’s circle in the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Force qualified No. 1 in Denver for the second consecutive season, this time making a top pass of 3.889 seconds at 328.30 mph – setting both Bandimere track records in the process. Continue reading Sixth No. 1 of 2017 has Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force pumped for Denver eliminations

Brittany Force takes Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to No. 6 for Mile-High Nationals

Brittany Force takes Monster Energy Top Fuel
dragster to No. 6 for Mile-High Nationals

DENVER (July 22) – Brittany Force took the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to the No. 6 qualifying position for Sunday’s Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

And she’s hoping changes to her car and a new approach to the race weekend will put her in good position to win in the mountainous air in central Colorado. Continue reading Brittany Force takes Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to No. 6 for Mile-High Nationals

Defending Denver winner John Force brings fast PEAK Chevrolet to final eliminations

Defending Denver winner John Force brings
fast PEAK Chevrolet to final eliminations

DENVER (July 22) – Defending Mile-High Nationals winner John Force knows he has a fast PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Funny Car heading into Sunday’s final eliminations at Bandimere Speedway.
Force, who will start from the No. 2 spot, was in the midst of two good runs in qualifying Saturday, especially in the final session. And though his Chevrolet Camaro SS didn’t make full pulls, at least one was spectacular.
Force’s Camaro pulled a pretty substantial wheelstand at half-track during the fourth and final session, much to the delight of the Bandimere crowd – and to Force himself. Continue reading Defending Denver winner John Force brings fast PEAK Chevrolet to final eliminations

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns No. 3 qualifying spot for Sunday’s Mile-High Nationals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns No. 3 qualifying spot for Sunday’s Mile-High Nationals

DENVER (July 22) – Robert Hight is ready to “get the monkey off my back.”
And if his final qualifying performance for this weekend’s Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway carries over to race day, he stands a good chance to take the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to the winner’s circle for the first time this season.
Hight’s best qualifying effort came in Saturday’s final round, when he took the car to down the track at 3.905 seconds at 318.17 mph. That netted him three bonus points, and put him back at No. 3, which he had earned Friday and maintained for much of Saturday before the final session. His previous best effort was Friday, with an opening-round pass of 3.973 seconds at 313.56 mph. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns No. 3 qualifying spot for Sunday’s Mile-High Nationals

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force leads a 1-2-3 JFR sweep of Funny Car qualifying in Denver

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force leads a
1-2-3 JFR sweep of Funny Car qualifying in Denver

DENVER (July 21) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force led a John Force Racing 1-2-3 sweep of Funny Car qualifying on Friday at Bandimere Speedway, as her Chevrolet Camaro SS set both ends of the track record.
Force’s pass of 3.889 seconds at 328.30 mph was No. 1, with her dad, PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force, sitting No. 2 and Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight No. 3.
“Really cool to see JFR in the 1-2-3 spot,” Courtney Force said. “Really proud of our teams, and we’re hoping to make it a great weekend here.”
Force’s run came immediately after she watched her dad snare the track record in the first qualifying session with a run of 3.899 seconds at 301.87 mph. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force leads a 1-2-3 JFR sweep of Funny Car qualifying in Denver

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force seeks strong start to Western Swing, strong end to regular season

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force seeks strong start
to Western Swing, strong end to regular season

DENVER (July 18) – The last big stretch of races before the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend, with the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway kicking off the annual three-race Western Swing.
For Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, the Western Swing is vital as she looks ahead to the Countdown, the last six races that determine the NHRA Drag Racing Series championships. Force is currently No. 6 in the Top Fuel points standings, but she heads into Denver and the Western Swing with a significant amount of moment.
Force qualified No. 1 in the last race, the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, earlier this month in Joliet, Ill., and has won first-round matchups in six consecutive races, dating back to May. She won the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., to start the last big segment of races, four consecutive races unofficially referred to as the Eastern Swing, and hopes to start the Western Swing in the same fashion. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force seeks strong start to Western Swing, strong end to regular season

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads into Denver, Western Swing with confidence

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads
into Denver, Western Swing with confidence

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – Courtney Force remembers last year’s race at Bandimere Speedway all too well. She qualified No. 1 for the Mile-High Nationals, the start of the annual Western Swing, and raced to the finals before she was taken out by her boss – father John Force.
Of course, you never want to lose to your dad, even if he is a 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion, but it was a victory for John Force Racing nonetheless.
This time, however, Force is confident she and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro team will wind up on the winning end. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads into Denver, Western Swing with confidence

Western Swing, which starts this weekend in Denver, is Auto Club driver Robert Hight’s ‘favorite time of the year’

Western Swing, which starts this weekend in Denver, is
Auto Club driver Robert Hight’s ‘favorite time of the year’

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – This weekend’s Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway kicks off the three-race “Western Swing” that takes the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to Colorado, California and Washington.
And it’s a trip that puts a wide smile on the face of Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver Robert Hight.
Hight is a California native and currently lives and works in the southern part of the state.
“It’s the start of three in a row and my favorite time of the year,” Hight said. “The Western Swing is my favorite time of the year. I’m from the West Coast, so a lot of friends and family will be at all three races. We’re going to go into Denver and hit it hard, move to Sonoma and then Seattle.” Continue reading Western Swing, which starts this weekend in Denver, is Auto Club driver Robert Hight’s ‘favorite time of the year’

Defending Denver winner John Force gunning for fourth consecutive final at Bandimere

Defending Denver winner John Force gunning
for fourth consecutive final at Bandimere

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force hopes to keep an impressive streak going in the Mile-High Nationals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver has been to three consecutive final rounds in Denver, winning last year by beating daughter Courtney Force in the final. Continue reading Defending Denver winner John Force gunning for fourth consecutive final at Bandimere

JFR sweeps Chicago: Robert Hight, Brittany Force earn provisional No. 1 spots at Route 66 Raceway

JFR sweeps Chicago: Robert Hight, Brittany Force
earn provisional No. 1 spots at Route 66 Raceway

Robert Hight (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)
JOLIET, Ill. (July 7) – Robert Hight predicted it would take a 3.85-second run to earn the top spot in Funny Car qualifying for the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals. On Friday, his estimate was correct, as he did just that in the second qualifying session at Route 66 Raceway to take the provisional No. 1 spot.

Meanwhile, Brittany Force enters her birthday Saturday as the No. 1 driver in Top Fuel, as the track record holder in the category set quick time and fast speed in her Monster Energy dragster.

All in all, not a bad day for John Force Racing. Continue reading JFR sweeps Chicago: Robert Hight, Brittany Force earn provisional No. 1 spots at Route 66 Raceway

Chicago would be great place for Auto Club driver Robert Hight to score first win of 2017

Chicago would be great place for Auto Club
driver Robert Hight to score first win of 2017

JOLIET, Ill. (July 3) – After a runner-up finish in the most recent NHRA race, in Norwalk, Ohio, Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Robert Hight figures there is only one more step to make in the next race: Win.

That’s the goal for Hight and his John Force Racing team in the Fallen Patriots Route 66 NHRA Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway. Hight raced to the final in Norwalk but an issue with the clutch caused him to smoke the tires and come up short.

“We want to go and build on a runner-up finish that we had in Norwalk and put four good runs on Sunday together,” Hight said. “We know we can do it. We’ve just got to get it done. We came up one round short last week. The way I look at it, there’s only one way to go from there, and that’s get that fourth run in.” Continue reading Chicago would be great place for Auto Club driver Robert Hight to score first win of 2017

PEAK Funny Car driver John Force hopes busy week is capped by Chicago victory

PEAK Funny Car driver John Force hopes
busy week is capped by Chicago victory

JOLIET, Ill. (July 3) – A full week of activity leading up to the Fallen Patriots Route 66 NHRA Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway will keep PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS driver John Force busy.

But the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s going to be a busy week,” Force said. “I’m excited about it. I’m excited about my race car, too.”

Force’s sponsor, Old World Industries, is based in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill., and Force will make a stop there Thursday morning.

But that’s only one of many appearances, highlighted by throwing out the first pitch before the World Champion Chicago Cubs play the Tampa Bay Rays at historic Wrigley Field on Wednesday. PEAK is a sponsor of the Cubs, as well. Continue reading PEAK Funny Car driver John Force hopes busy week is capped by Chicago victory

Courtney Force heads to Chicago seeking first win in special Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts livery

Courtney Force heads to Chicago seeking first win in
special Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts livery

JOLIET, Ill. (July 3) – Courtney Force still seeks her first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory of 2017 as the series heads to the 13th round of the season, the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Force, who drives the Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, has finished runner-up in each of her finals appearances this season – the season-opening Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in California, and the New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. Continue reading Courtney Force heads to Chicago seeking first win in special Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts livery

John Force’s Indianapolis test continues evolution of John Force Racing, PEAK Chevrolet team

John Force’s Indianapolis test continues evolution
of John Force Racing, PEAK Chevrolet team

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 30) – Biologists teach that evolution can a slow process, often taking hundreds or thousands of years.

Evolution happens in drag racing, too, and while the process doesn’t take nearly as long, it can be slow and sometimes painful.

Evolution continues at John Force Racing, and a test by John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car continued that development.

Force drove the car tuned by crew chief Mike Neff and co-crew chief Jon Schaffer at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Thursday, making four solid, straight passes with good performance.
Continue reading John Force’s Indianapolis test continues evolution of John Force Racing, PEAK Chevrolet team

Norwalk race ends too soon for 16-time Funny Car champ John Force

Norwalk race ends too soon for
16-time Funny Car champ John Force

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) – John Force took the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro to the quarterfinals of Sunday’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, the halfway point and 12th of 24 rounds on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force secured victory in his opening-round matchup with a solid pass of 3.930 seconds at 326.32 mph, besting Dale Creasy Jr., whose car failed to compete following problems after the burnout. That put him into a second-round race against Bob Tasca III. Continue reading Norwalk race ends too soon for 16-time Funny Car champ John Force

Monster Energy Top Fuel driver Brittany Force races to Norwalk semifinals

Monster Energy Top Fuel driver Brittany Force
races to Norwalk semifinals

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) – Brittany Force found several positives in her march to Sunday’s semifinals in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, the 12th of 24 races on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force took the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to elimination-round victories against Pat Dakin and Terry McMillen before falling to eventual race winner Steve Torrence in the third round. She also posted quick elapsed times in two qualifying sessions and boosted her points total as the season reached the halfway mark. Continue reading Monster Energy Top Fuel driver Brittany Force races to Norwalk semifinals

Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevy to Norwalk final round

Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevy to Norwalk final round

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight put together another strong performance with his Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, but fell short of his first victory of 2017 in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Summit Motorsports Park.

Hight had the quickest car in two of the first three rounds of eliminations, carrying over a steady performance from qualifying, where he ended up with the second-quickest elapsed time. Continue reading Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevy to Norwalk final round

Auto Club driver Robert Hight ready to win at Norwalk

Auto Club driver Robert Hight ready to win at Norwalk

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car driver Robert Hight is fired up for final eliminations for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Summit Racing Motorsports Park.

Hight secured the No. 2 qualifying spot and was the quickest Funny Car in the final qualifying session, giving him confidence in his pursuit of his first victory in Norwalk.

“I have a real good feeling about tomorrow,” Hight said. “I’m excited. I’ve never won Norwalk, but I’m going to tomorrow.” Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight ready to win at Norwalk

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team
ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force vowed to bounce back after failing to qualify for this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals for the first time in her professional career.

Force had qualified for the first 130 races of her Funny Car career before coming short of the top 16 for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park. Continue reading Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims
No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – Brittany Force put her fellow NHRA Top Fuel competitors on alert Saturday for tomorrow’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster led both qualifying sessions Saturday with two solid passes, and will stand on Friday’s qualifying effort of 3.714 seconds – a career-best elapsed time at the track – at 327.66 mph. That put her No. 2, which she held throughout Saturday’s two sessions. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk