POMONA, Calif. (March 31, 2023) – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy Chevrolet Top Fuel dragster team currently sit in the No. 1 spot Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip.
Funny Car points leader Robert Hight has the Automobile Club of Southern California / Cornwell Tools / Flav-R-Pac Chevrolet Camaro SS No. 3 with John Force and the BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy sitting No. 9. Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster tentatively sit No. 10.
Brittany Force handled the Flav-R-Pac dragster to a 3.712-second pass at 328.86 mph despite having a cylinder out and heavy tire shake.
“Honestly, it didn’t feel like a great run to me, so when we got down to the top and they told me it was a 3.71 and we were currently low, it was exciting, but it surprised me a little,” Force said. “It kind of rattled half-track to the thousand-foot mark. I just thought at any second this thing is going to pop behind me and it’s going to get me in trouble. Right before the thousand-foot mark, it shut off.”
Force will be looking to earn her second No. 1 qualifying position of the season, 44th of her career with two more qualifying tries on Sunday. Her provisional No. 1 also earns her three bonus points.
Coming off a win in Phoenix, Robert Hight took the Auto Club Chevy to a 3.892-second pass at 329.99 mph to be the third quickest of the first qualifying session and earn a bonus point.
John Force and the BlueDEF Chevy made it to mid-track in their first pass down Pomona Dragstrip before smoking the tires and clicking it off. They went 4.162 seconds at 230.61 mph to end up in the No. 9 spot.
Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / RMT dragster ran into tire smoke on their first qualifying attempt landing them with a 4.273-second pass at 189.76 mph in the No. 10 spot.
The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals continues with qualifying Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. with eliminations slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Television coverage of the event begins with qualifying shows Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Eliminations will begin on FS1 Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.