ST. LOUIS (Sept. 25, 2019) — Fueled by her recent record-breaking performance that earned her another page in the NHRA history books, Brittany Force is headed to the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this weekend with eyes set on getting her Advance Auto Parts dragster in the winner’s circle.
At the recent NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., Force put on a showstopping performance for fans as she piloted her Advance Auto Parts dragster through a series of stellar passes in the .60s including a jaw dropping 3.623-second pass to set the national elapsed time record and secure her seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season and 17th of her career. The accomplishment also made Force the first female in 42 years to pick up three consecutive green hat starts. On race day in Reading, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion lit the scoreboard with a .69 then with a .78 to head to the semifinal where she had to give a solo run to eventual event winner Richie Crampton after her dragster experienced a fuel leak.
“The Advance Auto Parts team is coming off a great weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania. We qualified No. 1, made it to the semis where we had trouble, but we moved up in the points and we set the national E.T. record running a 3.623 which is just incredible. That’s David Grubnic for you right there, Mac Savage and all the Advance boys,” said Force who is in the No. 2 spot in the Countdown to the Championship points standings. “We’re very proud to carry that with us through the rest of this season and going into next season too. That’s a huge accomplishment for this team and I’m very proud of it.”
Force enters the second event in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at World Wide Technology Raceway sitting just 33 points outside of No. 1 thanks to a season that boasts a win at the SpringNationals, two runner-up finishes at the Las Vegas Four-Wide and Southern Nationals, three semifinal appearances and seven No. 1 qualifiers. If Force continues the recent momentum built up by the Advance Auto Parts team over the last several race, she’s well on her way to taking home her second Top Fuel title.
“I feel good going into St. Louis. We’re at the start of our Countdown and this Advance Auto Parts has been really impressive all year and these past couple of races, we just need to carry it a little bit further now,” said Force. “We need to bring home a win and move up on that ladder and I’m hoping we can make that happen this weekend.”
Qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals begins with nitro sessions at 4:00 and 6:45 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday at 2:30 and 5:15 p.m. with final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Television coverage begins with Friday Nitro at 6:00 p.m. ET Friday on FS1. Live finals coverage will start Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET and will continue at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1.