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Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes
third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finished the 2017 season with a career-best third-place points finish, racing to the semifinals of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona – her fourth semifinal in six Countdown to the Championship races.

Force, of nearby Yorba Linda, Calif., took her Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the semis Sunday, falling just short of a second consecutive final-round appearance at Pomona (she was runner-up in the NHRA Winternationals in February). Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles
as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion John Force added two more titles to his team’s repertoire Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, with teammate Robert Hight winning the Funny Car championship and daughter Brittany Force the Top Fuel crown as JFR earned its first double championships in team history. Continue reading PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight ran the gamut of emotions during the Auto Club NHRA Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

In the end, it was pure elation, as Hight captured the 2017 Funny Car championship.

“It’s been an eventful weekend,” Hight said. “Twenty-four hours ago, I wasn’t even qualified for this event, and we were leading the points. We got it together, got in the 15th spot. If you’re in, you have a chance, especially when you have a team like we’ve got with (crew chief) Jimmy Prock, (co-crew chief) Chris Cunningham. You just believe that those guys are a couple adjustments away from turning this thing around.” Continue reading Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force made history Sunday at famed Auto Club Raceway, storming to the Top Fuel championship by winning the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

In doing so, she became the first daughter of the legendary John Force to win a championship, following her dad’s 16 Funny Car titles with one of her own.

She became just the second female to win a championship in the nitro categories and the first since Shirley Muldowney won the Top Fuel title in 1982. Continue reading A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional
No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Brittany Force (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force snared the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot for the Auto Club NHRA Finals and inched closer to the Top Fuel points lead with an Auto Club Raceway-track record on Friday.

Force ripped down Auto Club Raceway with a pass of 3.667 seconds at 330.31 mph, breaking the track record for elapsed time.
Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to
feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s
‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Photo credit: Getty Images
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 7) – John Force Racing announced today that Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force will drive the Big Machine Records Funny Car at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., this weekend in her final bid for the 2017 championship. Continue reading Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready
to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force has seen her father compete and win championships her entire life.

Now, in her fifth season as a Top Fuel driver, Brittany has a realistic chance at the 2017 Top Fuel world championship. With only the Auto Club Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway remaining, Force sits second in the points standings, less than a round out of first place. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

Sixteen-time Funny Car champ John Force looks to close season with another Pomona win

Sixteen-time Funny Car champ John Force looks
to close season with another Pomona win

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – John Force is teetering on the brink of becoming a 19-time, maybe even 20-time, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship-winning owner in this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Teammate Robert Hight leads the Funny Car points standings, while daughter Brittany Force is within 20 points – less than a round – of the Top Fuel points lead, sitting second in her category. Force himself is a 16-time winning driver, and has two other championships as an owner, including Hight’s 2009 crown.

As a driver, Force looks to move into the top five of the standings as the 2017 season comes to a close in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, his home track. The Yorba Linda, Calif., driver is sixth in the standings, up two positions from where he started the Countdown to the Championship, the final six races that determines champions in NHRA’s professional series. Force also looks to add to his one victory – which occurred in the NHRA Gatornationals – in March at Gainesville, Fla.

“I can’t run for the title – I’m not in the hunt, but my teams are running for the championship,” Force said. “Robert Hight, (daughter) Courtney (Force) is still close – she might need a miracle – and Brittany’s in the hunt. That’s what I’m really excited about.”

Undoubtedly, no one in NHRA history has been as good as Force at Pomona. He owns 16 victories – half of which have come in the Auto Club NHRA Finals – as well as 16 No. 1s at the track. His last victory in the Finals came in 2010, when he clinched his 15th Funny Car title.

Force started the 2017 season strong, taking his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS to the semifinals at Pomona in the annual NHRA Winternationals. During that race weekend, he established then career bests in time and speed – 3.849 seconds at 335.15 mph. Both of those marks remain in the top-five of the Hall of Famer’s career.

“I’m going to enjoy Pomona,” Force said. “I’m going to go out there and race the race and see where it goes. I’ve got a good car. It’s starting the corner.”

The Auto Club NHRA Finals begins with a pair of qualifying sessions at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Pacific on Friday, and two sessions at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Elimination rounds begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Fox Sports 1 will provide live television coverage of Friday’s qualifying starting at 3:30 p.m. Pacific, with Saturday’s live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific. Elimination rounds will be shown starting at 1 p.m. Pacific on Sunday.

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John Force has competed in 73 races at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and qualified for all but four races. He has qualified for every race at Pomona since the 1988 NHRA Winternationals.
Force has 16 victories at Pomona, including eight in the Auto Club NHRA Finals. His last NHRA Finals victory came in 2010, when he defeated Gary Densham, Bob Bode, Melanie Troxel and Jeff Arend.
Overall, Force has made 25 finals at Pomona, appearing in approximately more than one of every three Pomona race finals (.342). His last finals appearance in the NHRA Finals came in 2014.
Force is 127-53 in 180 career elimination rounds at Pomona (.706), and 69-26 in 95 rounds in the NHRA Finals (.726).
Force has qualified No. 1 on 16 occasions at Pomona, including six times for the NHRA Finals. The most recent No. 1 at Pomona came in the 2014 Winternationals, and most recent NHRA Finals No. 1 was in 2013, the same weekend he won his 16th Funny Car title.
Of the 69 races for which Force has qualified at Pomona, he has qualified in the top half of the bracket 57 times. He qualified in the top eight in every race between the 1994 Finals and the 2011 Winternationals, a streak of 34 consecutive races.
Force is 50-19 in 69 first-round elimination matchups at Pomona. His longest streak was 13, between the 1994 and 2000 NHRA Finals.
Force entered the Countdown to the Championship eighth in Funny Car points standings, and is currently sixth, 81 points out of fifth and 30 points ahead of seventh. Following Sunday’s race, Force will finish in the top 10 in points for an unprecedented 33rd consecutive season.
In 2017, Force has one victory, a 22-22 record in 44 elimination rounds, and one No. 1.
Force has faced 18 different drivers this season in elimination rounds and has at least one win against 14 of them. He has a season-high four elimination-round wins over Del Worsham.
In his career, Force has 148 victories and 1,285 elimination-round wins, both records. He has 155 No. 1 qualifying spots, of which 60 have resulted in victories, also both records.
Force has qualified for 215 consecutive races, dating back to 2008 race in Concord, N.C. This marks the sixth longest streak in NHRA history and fourth active. Force’s streak of 395 straight races between the 1988 Winternationals and the 2007 NHRA Gatornationals remains the benchmark in all of NHRA’s professional categories.
Most recent NHRA victory – 2017 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Most recent No. 1 qualifying effort – 2017 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Best time/speed at Pomona – 3.849 seconds (2017 #1 Q3); 335.15 mph (2017 #1 Q3)
Best career time/speed – 3.832 seconds (2017 Gainesville Q2/2017 St. Louis Q2); 337.16 mph (2017 Sonoma Q4)

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants to finish off season with first victory of 2017

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants
to finish off season with first victory of 2017

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – With three finals appearances in five NHRA Countdown to the Championship races, Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team have been a model of consistency this postseason in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car class. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants to finish off season with first victory of 2017

Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle: ‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle:
‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – It’s all come down to this.

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight carries a 15-point lead in the Funny Car standings into the final race of the 2017 NHRA season, the Auto Club Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway. Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle: ‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet
in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) – Courtney Force surged to the No. 2 spot in the second qualifying round of the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to a pass of 3.878 seconds at 331.77 mph.

Force bounced back from a Q1 run where she struck the tires and coasted across the finish line.

“Great job by my Advance Auto Parts team,” Force said. “I’m really proud of my guys to pull together and pick up two bonus points in our second pass and go into the No. 2 spot. Running the .87 was a solid run, and we think we can do even better tomorrow.
Continue reading Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes
battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight is relishing the battle for the 2017 Funny Car championship with his John Force Racing team.

Rather than worrying about the pressure of contending for a title, Hight is enjoying being in the position to fight for a championship. Hight, winner of the most recent race on the NHRA tour, sits in second place in the standings, a mere 24 points out of the lead. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

Defending Vegas fall race winner John Force hopes to deliver second straight victory

Defending Vegas fall race winner John Force
hopes to deliver second straight victory

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force is confident he can compete for a second consecutive victory in the NHRA Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Force, who has four victories in the fall race at Las Vegas and six overall, won the fall race last year by defeating daughter Courtney Force in the finals. He showed strong in this year’s spring race as well, making it to the semifinals in the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS. Continue reading Defending Vegas fall race winner John Force hopes to deliver second straight victory

Winner of two Countdown races, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force takes title battle to Las Vegas

Winner of two Countdown races, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force takes title battle to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – Fresh of her third victory of the season and her second in the Countdown to the Championship, Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driver Brittany Force takes the battle for the 2017 title to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Continue reading Winner of two Countdown races, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force takes title battle to Las Vegas

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes
battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight is relishing the battle for the 2017 Funny Car championship with his John Force Racing team.

Rather than worrying about the pressure of contending for a title, Hight is enjoying being in the position to fight for a championship. Hight, winner of the most recent race on the NHRA tour, sits in second place in the standings, a mere 24 points out of the lead. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

Rough outing at Dallas has Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force looking toward next race

Rough outing at Dallas has Advance Auto Parts
driver Courtney Force looking toward next race

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 15) – Courtney Force was hoping a change in weather conditions would be helpful in taking her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS several rounds in Sunday’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.

Unfortunately, an unknown problem in the first round of eliminations put an early end to her day, as she fell to No. 11 Daniel Wilkerson after the car lost traction early in the run. She officially finished the pass at 5.842 seconds at 140.66 mph, while Wilkerson went 3.975 seconds at 317.05 mph. Continue reading Rough outing at Dallas has Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force looking toward next race

John Force takes PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Camaro to quarterfinals at AAA Texas FallNationals

John Force takes PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Camaro
to quarterfinals at AAA Texas FallNationals

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 15) – John Force took his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS to the quarterfinals of Sunday’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, a disappointing finish for the 16-time championship-winning driver. But victories by two of his drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car gave him solace as team owner.
Continue reading John Force takes PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Camaro to quarterfinals at AAA Texas FallNationals

AAA Texas driver Robert Hight inches closer to points lead with AAA Texas FallNationals victory

AAA Texas driver Robert Hight inches closer
to points lead with AAA Texas FallNationals victory

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 15) – As unlucky as they were Friday, Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS team were just as good Sunday at Texas Motorplex.

Hight – second in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points standings – took the AAA Texas FallNationals victory, besting Jim Campbell, Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson in the opening three rounds and defending Funny Car champion and current points leader Ron Capps in the finals. Continue reading AAA Texas driver Robert Hight inches closer to points lead with AAA Texas FallNationals victory

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force wins AAA Texas FallNationals, now second in points

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force wins
AAA Texas FallNationals, now second in points

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 15) – Brittany Force continues to show during this year’s NHRA Countdown to the Championship that she and her Monster Energy team can contend for the Top Fuel crown.

In Sunday’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, Force showed why she is a title contender, by beating some of the top drivers in her class – including the then top-two drivers in the standings – and winning her second race in three events to catapult into second in points. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force wins AAA Texas FallNationals, now second in points

Chevrolet “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Content Available from Talladega

Chevrolet “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Content Available from Talladega

Chevrolet has made available for media use high-definition video interviews of Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and breast cancer survivor Donna Greene of Birmingham, Alabama from this morning’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event – a partnership between Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society.

Media may download photography, interviews, event b-roll, and pace car and on-board footage from both Chevrolet SS pace cars: Continue reading Chevrolet “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Content Available from Talladega