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BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2018) — Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy dragster to her second final round of the season and 19th of her career Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals Sunday at zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte, N.C.

Force and her team turned a corner at this weekend’s race. With eight clean, solid and impressive runs down what is considered the Bellagio of racetracks, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team has moved up to sixth in the Mello Yello points standings, just 10 points out of fifth, and added a new level energy to a team that has been struggling since their last victory in Houston at the Spring Nationals. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2018) — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team rocketed to the No. 1 spot Saturday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. After four consistent qualifying passes, Force picked up her second No. 1 qualifier of the season 10th of her career off the efforts of her Saturday evening run.   Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2018) — Brittany Force and her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team continued their late season improvement with two solid qualifying sessions Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals landing them in the No. 3 position. In Funny Car, John Force Racing currently owns the middle of the field with Robert Hight in seventh, John Force in eighth and Courtney Force in ninth.

After front-halving their TrueTimber pink camo schemed dragster during the off weekend, Force and her team had seen consistent improvements with performance. That improvement continued right off the trailer Friday when they ran 3.841-seconds at 317.19 mph on a clean run down the track. In the second session, the eight-time event winner had an impressive 3.724-second pass at 328.14 mph that earned her a bonus point and the current No. 3 position.

“Overall a great start to our weekend. Friday qualifying two good passes down the race track. That 3.72 on the second run put us No. 3 and we earned a bonus point. I feel good going into tomorrow. This was a really good first day of qualifying,” Force said. “We were good on-track and it was great to spend time with the fans in the pits. The fans love this Sassy B pink True Timber Advance Auto Parts dragster. It is a beautiful race car and I am proud to be running and representing Brakes for Breasts and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are looking to make two more good runs tomorrow and really put ourselves in position to win this race on Sunday. We are looking for a long weekend and we are ready to get this Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team back into that winner’s circle.”

Coming off back-to-back wins, Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro continued to be consistent through Friday’s two qualifying sessions. In the first session, Hight earned two bonus qualifying points with his 3.918-second pass at 327.66 mph that originally had him second. While he was bumped down to the No. 7 position in the second session, Hight improved to a 3.911 at a top speed of 330.31 mph.

“It is hard to be upset with a 3.91 and we ran 3.91 twice today. (Crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) said we just didn’t do enough in Q2. The track was better and we made some changes but we just kept up with the race track basically and we needed more. Still top speed at 330 mph and that shows it has a lot of potential and power. We just have to pick it up early,” Hight explained. “I am not at all bummed when it goes down the track like that. We could have gone up there and swung for the fences and smoked the tires. That would not have helped us any. We went down the race track twice and we have something to tune off of. Conditions are going to be great tomorrow. We have to run some 3.80s and nobody knows how to do that better than Jimmy Prock. Tomorrow we gain points, I promise you.”

John Force began the chase for his second NHRA Carolina Nationals title with two solid runs on Friday in his Republic Services PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro. In the opening session Force blasted down the all-concrete race track with at 3.978 seconds and 327.19 mph pass which stood as the second quickest run of the session before finally settling the 149-time Funny Car winner in the provisional No. 6 spot.

“I was happy we went out there and put up a good number,” said Force. “(Crew chiefs) Jon (Schaffer) and Ronnie (Thompson) were able to tune from that and we made another good run. We are running Republic Services on this Chevy for PEAK so we had some of their people out today. They are a lot of fun. I love racing here in Charlotte and I feel good we can run even quicker tomorrow.”

Also, during the first session, Force was receiving a healthy amount of support from a NASCAR superstar on the starting line.

“We had Clint Bowyer and his family out at the races today. We have done some sponsor appearances together in the past. It was great to show off for him and his family. This is NASCAR country for sure and we just want to entertain the fans,” added Force.

In the second session, Force stepped up to a 3.932 second run at 329.26 mph with improved conditions. The run sets up Force as the provisional No. 8 qualifier at the end of the day and gives the championship contender some added motivation going into Saturday.

“We are not out of this championship,” Force said. “We need to make some quick runs tomorrow in this hot rod. If we get some round wins on Sunday we could be right back in this championship. Robert and Courtney will be tough to catch but my race car is coming around. I like my chances to improves tomorrow.”

Still battling a mechanical issue in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro Funny Car, Courtney Force raced to 3.977 seconds at 288.15 mph after shutting off early during the first qualifying session, good enough for the No. 7 spot. Despite some issues, Force improved in the second session to 3.945-seconds at 308.50 mph but was moved down to ninth.

“We made two great passes down the track unfortunately right at the top end our race car keeps shutting off. We have to get this problem fixed before tomorrow. We are going to tear this thing apart tonight to figure out what the gremlin is,” Force explained. “Those two runs got us qualified No. 9 but we are definitely looking to improve tomorrow. We should have really good conditions and we will be looking to lay down two great runs. We are looking for improvement and some of those qualifying bonus points. I am looking forward to this weekend especially since it will be the last time we are running the True Timber Sassy B pink camo Advance Auto Parts Camaro in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Young Survival Coalition. I am hoping it is a long weekend and we can get this car in the winner’s circle for them.”

Qualifying at the NHRA Carolina Nationals continues Saturday with sessions at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Eliminations at zMAX Dragway will start Sunday at noon.

BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH ADDED CONFIDENCE

BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH
ADDED CONFIDENCE
CONCORD, N.C. (October 10, 2018) — Reigning world champion Brittany Force isn’t hanging her head after a less than perfect season so far. The performance of her dragster, her team and herself still matters to the eight-time event winner with just three races left in the 2018 season. After improved performance at the FallNationals, Force is focused on finishing the season strong starting with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH ADDED CONFIDENCE

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO
PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) — Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts team head to the NHRA Carolina Nationals ready to move forward. After a bout with a mechanical gremlin through the first three races of the Countdown, the Chevy Camaro, dressed in pink and TrueTimber camo for Breast Cancer Awareness month, showed its potential last Sunday at the FallNationals.

Force’s first round 3.985-second pass was one step closer to what the team had been looking for through three weekends. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) — Halfway through the Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship, on the eve of the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, John Force is currently ninth in the Mello Yello standings, 219 points behind pacesetting teammate and protégé Robert Hight. And while contending for the Funny Car title he has won a record 16 times in his 42-year career is, to some, a bit of a longshot, don’t try to tell him that he’s just out there going through the motions.

“I never give up,” said the Hall of Fame owner/driver following last week’s second round exit at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas. “You never know what’s going to happen in drag racing. I’ve had it go for me and I’ve had it go against me but, at the end of the day, I still believe in the magic.”

Consequently, he believes he still can rally in the final three races and write another chapter to motor racing’s most compelling biography. Continue reading JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT MAINTAINING HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE HEADED TO CAROLINA NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT MAINTAINING HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE HEADED TO
CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (October 10, 2018) — Two weeks ago Robert Hight could only hope that his championship aspirations had not been dashed by a finish line explosion on the way to victory in St Louis that left him with a broken left collarbone. Last Friday, hope turned to determination and grit when Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro blasted down the Texas Motorplex in the first round of qualifying without any issue. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT MAINTAINING HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE HEADED TO CAROLINA NATIONALS

SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN

SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 7, 2018) — Reigning Funny Car world champion Robert Hight raced to his 45th career victory, fourth of the season and fourth at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. The victory comes after a fiery win in St. Louis that sent Hight to the hospital with a broken collarbone, on which he had surgery nine days before qualifying at the Texas Motorplex.

The win is something special for several reasons. For one, Hight didn’t get to celebrate the win in St. Louis with his team, who had a busy off weekend building a brand-new car for the champ. Second, both the races in St. Louis and this weekend are AAA sponsored events and Tom McKernan with Auto Club, was instrumental in getting Hight into USC Medical Center to get a second opinion on his injury and in each of his championship seasons (2009, 2017) Hight has had a victory at Texas Motorplex. Continue reading SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT
AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 5, 2018) — Reigning event champion Brittany Force piloted her Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster to the No. 3 qualifying position Friday night at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. In Funny Car, Robert Hight powered to the No. 7 spot just two weeks after a massive explosion and win in St Louis. John Force is sitting in the No. 8 spot and Courtney Force is currently No. 11.
During the heat of the day, Brittany Force, sporting a TrueTimber pink camo paint scheme in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, smoked the tires to land the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team in the No. 13 spot. The reigning champ was in good company at the bottom of the pack, three-time world champion Antron Brown was 14th while current point leader Steve Torrence was 12th. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT MEDICAL UPDATE

ROBERT HIGHT MEDICAL UPDATE

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 5, 2018) — Funny Car points leader Robert Hight underwent surgery on Wednesday, September 26th for a left clavicle open reduction and internal fixation. He was seen again by George Hatch of Keck Medical Center of USC’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on Thursday, October 4th for an examination of his left shoulder and clavicle and was released to unrestricted activities. He was cleared to compete in all racing activities effective October 4th.

Hight returned to the seat of his AAA Texas Chevy Camaro on Friday, October 5th during the first qualifying session and will continue to race the remainder of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

POINTS LEADER ROBERT HIGHT EAGER FOR MORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

POINTS LEADER ROBERT HIGHT EAGER FOR MORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AT
AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 4, 2018) — Two weeks ago Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro took over the Funny Car points lead with a semifinal win over Tommy Johnson Jr. at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St Louis. He extended his lead in spectacular fashion outrunning veteran racer Tim Wilkerson in the final for his third win of the season. Continue reading POINTS LEADER ROBERT HIGHT EAGER FOR MORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

JOHN FORCE NOT LACKING MOTIVATION IN RETURN TO AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

JOHN FORCE NOT LACKING MOTIVATION IN RETURN TO
AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 4, 2018) — In a career in which he’s hoisted a record 16 NHRA championship trophies, won a record 149 Mello Yello tour events, been recognized as the Driver of the Year for all American motor racing (1996) and been inducted into two Motorsports Halls of Fame (neither exclusive to drag racing), John Force has been able to cross an awful lot of items off his competitive bucket list.

Nevertheless, the driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car never is short on incentive when the tour returns to Billy Meyer’s Texas Motorplex as it does this week for the 33rd renewal of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Continue reading JOHN FORCE NOT LACKING MOTIVATION IN RETURN TO AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE HOPES CHANGES BRING REPEAT SUCCES AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE HOPES CHANGES BRING REPEAT SUCCES AT
AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 3, 2018) — Defending Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force hasn’t lost her confidence after a less than perfect season. Still in the hunt for a second championship, her confidence extends to her hard-working team who had a busy off week leading into the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex this weekend.

“We head into Dallas with a lot of changes. We are determined to turn this car around. We’ve really been struggling and we need to step up in points and go after some wins,” said Force, who is the defending event winner. “During this off week my team made a lot of changes to the car, they actually front halved it. We think that will fix some of the problems we’ve been having, smoking the tires early and not being able to get down the track.” Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE HOPES CHANGES BRING REPEAT SUCCES AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING FOR A WIN IN PINK CAMO AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING FOR A WIN IN PINK CAMO AT
AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 3, 2018) — Courtney Force heads into the halfway point of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship third in the Funny Car points standings, just 70 out of first place. After leading the points for 12 races Force and her Advance Auto Parts team are more than confident heading to the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex just outside of Dallas.
Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING FOR A WIN IN PINK CAMO AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT WINS EVENTFUL AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT WINS EVENTFUL AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23, 2018) — Robert Hight and the AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car team LED the championship chase after winning the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park. Hight is now 30 points ahead of the rest of the Funny Car pack with his third win of the season and 44th of his career. It is Hight’s 10th Countdown race win and 90th Countdown round win, both are tops in the Funny Car category.

While racing Tim Wilkerson in the final round, Hight crossed the finish line first but soon after his Chevy Camaro suffered an engine explosion blasting the body off the car and made contact with the retaining wall. Hight got the win at 4.036-seconds at 276.29 mph to Wilkerson’s 4.413 at 201.91 and walked away from the wreckage to be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT WINS EVENTFUL AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT TAKES AAA MISSOURI CAMARO TO NO. 1 AT AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT TAKES AAA MISSOURI CAMARO TO NO. 1 AT
AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 22, 2018) — While running low ET three out of the four qualifying sessions, Robert Hight and the AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car team secured their third No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Courtney Force landed in the No. 3 position, John Force is ninth and Brittany Force is eighth in Top Fuel.

Not only did Hight earn nine valuable bonus points for being quickest three sessions, the two-time champion was also charged with some extra confidence. Two of those runs came in the first and third sessions, the ones most similar to what the Funny Car field will see on race day. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT TAKES AAA MISSOURI CAMARO TO NO. 1 AT AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HOLD NO. 1 POSITION AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HOLD NO. 1 POSITION AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 21, 2018) — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team continued their qualifying dominance Friday night at the AAA Missouri NHRA Midwest Nationals racing to the top of the Funny Car class for the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at Gateway Motorsports Park. Robert Hight is currently sixth, John Force is ninth in Funny Car while Brittany Force is 14th in Top Fuel.

In the first qualifying session, Courtney Force, currently third in the Funny Car points standings, and her Advance Auto Parts machine ran a 4.120-second pass at 309.20 mph with cylinders out. Under the lights, Force powered her Chevy Camaro to a stellar 3.881-second run at 331.04 mph to pick up three bonus points and head into Saturday qualifying at the top of the Funny Car class. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HOLD NO. 1 POSITION AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

BRITTANY FORCE CONFIDENT IN HER ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER ENERGY TEAM

BRITTANY FORCE CONFIDENT IN HER ADVANCE AUTO PARTS
MONSTER ENERGY TEAM
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2018) — Racing the red, black and yellow of Advance Auto Parts again this weekend, Brittany Force knows she has her work cut out for her as she continues the defense of her Top Fuel world championship at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. Though the task looks daunting to most, Force and her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team know what it takes to rise to the top.

In the midst of their 2017 championship campaign, Force and her team battled their way from the No. 6 spot to take home the title at the final race of the season. The 2018 season has been hard for the defending champions with only one win and one No. 1 qualifier, however the hard work and dedication of the team has not ceased, giving Force confidence as they move forward. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE CONFIDENT IN HER ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER ENERGY TEAM

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO TAKE BACK POINTS LEAD AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO TAKE BACK POINTS LEAD AT
GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2018) — Funny Car championship frontrunner Courtney Force isn’t fazed by her early exit at last weekend’s opening NHRA Countdown to the Championship Race at Maple Grove Raceway. The Sunday story didn’t speak to the weekend as a whole for the Advance Auto Parts team who earned their 11th No. 1 qualifier of the season.
The 11 top spots for the red, black and yellow Chevy Camaro is the third most in the Funny Car category behind Cruz Pedregon’s 12 in 1998 and John Force’s 13 in 1996 and is the most No. 1s by anyone since Mike Edwards’ 16 in Pro Stock in 2009 and the most by a Funny Car driver since 2000 when John Force had 11. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO TAKE BACK POINTS LEAD AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

JOHN FORCE OPTIMISTIC FOR AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE OPTIMISTIC FOR AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2018) — While John Force had a second-round exit at last week’s opening event in the NHRA playoffs, there were indications in the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil team’s performance that the sport’s winningest driver may yet have a say in who hoists this year’s Mello Yello Champion’s trophy.

In a season that surely will rank as one of the most frustrating of his career, the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion has been battered, bruised and berated. While a young crew anchored by Jon Schaffer and Ronnie Thompson has battled through myriad mechanical issues, Force himself has had to change his driving style to address early season car control issues. Continue reading JOHN FORCE OPTIMISTIC FOR AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS