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Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight
joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car keep getting faster and faster.

Hight raised his career-best speed at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka. But he fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the race after smoking the tires in the semifinals.

“We are going rounds, we are running so good,” Hight said. “Anything less than a final round, you feel like you failed. We are going rounds, (I’m) driving all right. This was kind of a different set of circumstances with the conditions we had this weekend, it was pretty amazing. We just gotta put four together.”

Hight has now been to the semifinals in three of the last four races, also advancing to the final round in Houston. But he’s looking for his first victory of the season and 38th of his career, even as crew chief Jimmy Prock and the Auto Club team get their Camaro quicker and quicker. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight
joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car keep getting faster and faster.

Hight raised his career-best speed at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka. But he fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the race after smoking the tires in the semifinals.

“We are going rounds, we are running so good,” Hight said. “Anything less than a final round, you feel like you failed. We are going rounds, (I’m) driving all right. This was kind of a different set of circumstances with the conditions we had this weekend, it was pretty amazing. We just gotta put four together.”

Hight has now been to the semifinals in three of the last four races, also advancing to the final round in Houston. But he’s looking for his first victory of the season and 38th of his career, even as crew chief Jimmy Prock and the Auto Club team get their Camaro quicker and quicker. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Courtney Force, of course, wants to win more rounds and more races with her Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team.

But she also knows progress continues to be made, progress that will eventually lead to adding to her career win total.

Force raced to the second round of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka, posting her career-best speed – and second all time – in the process. Continue reading Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Brittany Force set career-bests for time and speed and advanced to the quarterfinals of Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka before falling to Steve Torrence.

Force – the No. 4 qualifier of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster – bested No. 13 Luigi Novelli in the opening-round matchup with a pass of 3.698 seconds at 333.66 mph, a national Top Fuel speed record. That speed was more than a mile an hour faster than her previous best, set during the event’s third qualifying session Saturday, when she ran 332.43 mph. That third-round qualifying pass was also Force’s career-best elapsed time, 3.674 seconds.

“We’d been struggling the last few races, so we went to Indy and tested, and this is the result,” Force said. “This is the run we knew we could achieve, so I’m happy.” Continue reading Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round
matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – John Force lost a close first-round matchup in Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the eighth round of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force – driving the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS – was the No. 6 qualifier and matched up against No. 11 Bob Tasca III. With lane choice, Force took the left lane and ripped off a .054-second reaction time. However, Tasca – who admitted he guessed on the Christmas Tree – pulled off a reaction time of .028 seconds to get the early advantage.

That made all the difference. With both cars making near-flawless passes, Tasca never trailed, and at the finish took a holeshot victory by about 0.0037 seconds, or less than two feet. Force set the better pass on time – 3.907 seconds at 332.34 mph, while Tasca’s pass was 3.930 seconds at 317.49 mph. Continue reading PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

Auto Club driver Robert Hight speeds to No. 3 qualifying spot in Topeka

Auto Club driver Robert Hight speeds
to No. 3 qualifying spot in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) – Robert Hight now owns two of the fastest three speeds in NHRA history, as his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car snared the No. 3 qualifying spot for the NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals.

Hight made two spectacular passes in the three qualifying sessions – one of the four scheduled was canceled because of inclement weather – turning heads with his Chevrolet Camaro SS. His first pass, in Friday’s lone session, was 3.826 seconds at 337.66 mph. That temporarily put him in the No. 1 spot, and the speed was a national record.

Matt Hagan and John Force Racing teammate Courtney Force went even quicker on Saturday, though Hight and his team took a big swing with a pass of 3.834 seconds at 337.16 mph in the final session. Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight speeds to No. 3 qualifying spot in Topeka

Courtney Force’s No. 1 qualifying streak ends, but Advance Auto Parts driver still No. 2 in Topeka

Courtney Force’s No. 1 qualifying streak ends,
but Advance Auto Parts driver still No. 2 in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) – It took a national record to halt the No. 1 qualifying streak of Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver Courtney Force.
Force had earned the No. 1 qualifying spot in each of the last four races and temporarily held the top spot during the final qualifying session for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Saturday at Heartland Park Topeka.
Force’s scintillating pass of 3.815 seconds at 335.23 mph lowered the national elapsed time record, but Matt Hagan went a tick quicker to steal the top spot and move Force back to No. 2. Continue reading Courtney Force’s No. 1 qualifying streak ends, but Advance Auto Parts driver still No. 2 in Topeka

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force sets career-best time, speed in qualifying No. 4 for Heartland Nationals

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force sets career-best time, speed in qualifying No. 4 for Heartland Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team look to not only have solved an ongoing issue with her machine – they’ve put her back in contention for victory in almost an instant.

Force made a career-best pass of 3.674 seconds at 332.43 mph in her third and final qualifying attempt Saturday, which was good enough for the No. 4 qualifying position for Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

The run was two thousandths of a second quicker than her previous best – also set at Topeka last year – and almost a mile per hour faster than her previous best of 331.53 mph – set in 2015 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force sets career-best time, speed in qualifying No. 4 for Heartland Nationals

PEAK driver John Force puts struggles behind, takes No. 6 qualifying spot for Heartland Nationals

PEAK driver John Force puts struggles behind,
takes No. 6 qualifying spot for Heartland Nationals

Photo credit: Gary Nastase / Auto Imagery
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) – When the adrenaline is pumping and a qualifying spot is on the line, you can count on John Force to put emotions aside and put his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS in the field.
It took three tries, but the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion drove straight down the drag strip at Heartland Park Topeka and into the No. 6 qualifying position for Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals.

His pass of 3.850 seconds at 332.59 mph in the final round of qualifying Saturday put him solidly in the field after being on the outside looking in at the start of the third round. Continue reading PEAK driver John Force puts struggles behind, takes No. 6 qualifying spot for Heartland Nationals

Auto Club driver Robert Hight smashes NHRA speed record with blistering pass at Heartland Park Topeka

Auto Club driver Robert Hight smashes NHRA speed record with blistering pass at Heartland Park Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 19) – No one in the long history of the NHRA had ever gone as fast as Robert Hight did Friday at Heartland Park Topeka.
Hight drove the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to a pass of 3.826 seconds at 337.66 mph during Friday’s lone qualifying session for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. That set the national record for speed, as well as the track record for elapsed time. Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight smashes NHRA speed record with blistering pass at Heartland Park Topeka

PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet driver John Force seeking 10th victory at Topeka

PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet driver
John Force seeking 10th victory at Topeka

Photo credit: Gary Nastase / Auto Imagery
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force heads into Sunday’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka seeking another victory at the track and a boost in the points standings. Continue reading PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet driver John Force seeking 10th victory at Topeka

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight heads back to where it started: Heartland Park

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight heads
back to where it started: Heartland Park

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16) – This weekend, Robert Hight returns to where it all started: Heartland Park Topeka.

Hight’s first race with John Force Racing as a crew member was here in 1995, and he earned his Funny Car license at the track in 2004.

Now, he comes back with a vengeance for the NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals, trying to put the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS in Heartland Park’s winner’s circle. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight heads back to where it started: Heartland Park

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force confident she can break out of slump in Topeka

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force confident
she can break out of slump in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16) – All professional athletes go through slumps like Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driver Brittany Force is facing.
The key to getting out of a slump is to keep working – and that’s just what Force and her team have done. The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka could be the breakthrough Force needs.

“I’m feeling good,” Force said after a successful test last week. “I’m positive that we have this bug out of our car. We’ve been struggling, and after Atlanta, my crew chiefs sat me down and said, ‘We figured out what the problem is. Now, it’s correcting it and getting better from here.’ Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force confident she can break out of slump in Topeka

Fueled by positive memories of Heartland Park, Advance Auto’s Courtney Force ready to win again

Fueled by positive memories of Heartland Park,
Advance Auto’s Courtney Force ready to win again

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16) – The memories of Heartland Park Topeka come flooding back like a tidal wave for Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver Courtney Force.

Force qualified No. 1 at Heartland Park – site of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals this weekend – in 2014, sharing the honor with sister Brittany Force, who earned the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel.

But Courtney Force didn’t stop there. She beat Dale Creasy Jr., Jeff Arend, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Cruz Pedregon to win the race and score the 100th victory by a female driver in NHRA. Continue reading Fueled by positive memories of Heartland Park, Advance Auto’s Courtney Force ready to win again

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team go down swinging in first round of Southern Nationals

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team go down swinging
in first round of Southern Nationals

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7) – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team didn’t go down without a fight Sunday in the first round of the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Force faced an uphill battle all weekend, starting with driving a re-tooled race car. After the race in Charlotte, her team returned to the John Force Racing shop in Brownsburg, Ind., to put a new front-half on the car. Continue reading Brittany Force, Monster Energy team go down swinging in first round of Southern Nationals

PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force drops close quarterfinals race in Southern Nationals

PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force drops
close quarterfinals race in Southern Nationals

Photo credit: Gary Nastase / Auto Imagery
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7) – John Force ended up seven-thousandths of a second from creating an all-John Force Racing semifinals and a guaranteed trip to final of Sunday’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The quickest qualifier in the opening session Saturday and the No. 5 qualifier overall, Force fell just a few feet from defeating Ron Capps in the quarterfinals of the race, despite a slightly better reaction time. Force, as well as teammates Courtney Force and Robert Hight, all won their first-round matchups and were pressing for spots in the semifinals. Continue reading PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force drops close quarterfinals race in Southern Nationals

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team continue to make progress in Atlanta

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team
continue to make progress in Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7) – Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts team had a successful weekend with a backup Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, earning her fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifier and racing to the second round of the NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday at Atlanta Dragway. Continue reading Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team continue to make progress in Atlanta

Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevrolet to Southern Nationals semifinals

Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevrolet
to Southern Nationals semifinals

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7) – Robert Hight set the elapsed-time track record twice in Sunday’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, but he fell in the semifinals to Ron Capps for the second time in three races.

Hight – driving the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS – overpowered Chad Head and John Force Racing teammate Courtney Force in consecutive rounds, with record-setting performances in both. His pass of 3.882 seconds at 328.06 mph against Head reset the mark established earlier in the day by Matt Hagan, by five thousandths of a second. That put head in another matchup against Force, whom he bested two weeks ago at Houston.

In the second round, Hight bested the track record again. He posted a run of 3.880 seconds at 320.81 mph, straight down the track, while Force smoked the tires and clocked in at 5.508 seconds at 118.26 mph. Continue reading Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevrolet to Southern Nationals semifinals

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team look to claw their way from the No. 16 spot in Atlanta

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team look to claw
their way from the No. 16 spot in Atlanta

Photo Credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6) – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team are more determined than ever to claw their way back to the top, despite a series of misfortune that continued to the NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend at Atlanta Dragway.

After falling in the first round at Charlotte last weekend, Force’s team returned to the John Force Racing shop in Brownsburg, Ind., to work on her dragster. A new front half was constructed and built into the car in an effort to help Force find some consistency. Continue reading Brittany Force, Monster Energy team look to claw their way from the No. 16 spot in Atlanta

Can Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Courtney Force turn green into yellow?

Can Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Courtney Force turn green into yellow?

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6) – The colors red and green go well together. But Courtney Force wants red and yellow as her fashion statement for the NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday at Atlanta Dragway.

No. 1 qualifiers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series receive green hats as a prize – and race winners get yellow hats. Force drives a bright red Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car and has now donned a green hat for four consecutive races. Continue reading Can Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Courtney Force turn green into yellow?