LAS VEGAS (April 14, 2023) – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Chevrolet dragster earned the provisional Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying position Friday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Top Fuel teammate Austin Prock has the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster in the No. 11 spot. In Funny Car, Robert Hight currently has the Flav-R-Pac / Cornwell Tools / AAA Chevy Camaro SS in the No. 5 spot while John Force and the BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy are in the No. 6 spot.
Brittany Force, who is looking for her second No. 1 of the season, 44th of her career, had a solid day of qualifying at The Strip opening the weekend up with a 3.749-second pass at 330.55 mph, good enough for third quickest of the session. The David Grubnic-tuned Monster Energy dragster stepped things up in the second session laying down a stout 3.697 pass at 335.73 mph to jump into the top spot.
“It feels good to get back on track. To run like that with such a big improvement from Q1, a 3.74 to a 3.69 that’s huge for this Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team. When I crossed the finish line, it felt like a killer run and I got on the radio, and the guys, clear as day, said, ‘sixty-nine!’ and so we all congratulated each other on the run. That was really exciting, and the best part is we still have two more rounds tomorrow before we go into race day,” Force said. “Grubnic has really started to get a handle on this car. We did a lot of off-season testing, working on some new things that we’re putting in this mix. We knew it was going to take us a little while until we found our footing and got back on track. We knew that going into the season and it’s coming around much quicker than we thought which is good news. In the long run, it will set us up better, especially going into the end of the season and the Countdown.”
Robert Hight and the Flav-R-Pac Chevy were consistent through Friday qualifying running 3.953 seconds at 330.23 mph to be third quickest in the first session and then a 3.942 at 325.85 in the second session to end up No. 6.
John Force and the BlueDEF Chevy kicked off qualifying with tire smoke early on their first attempt for only an 8.742-second pass at 72.98 mph. The 16-time champion jumped from 19th to sixth when he handled his Camaro to a 3.945 at 323.12.
Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / RMT dragster had tire smoke early on their first qualifying run to go only 7.661 seconds at 133.99 mph. Prock would improve with a 3.945 at 253.47 in the second session after shutting off before the finish line. He would still improve from No. 12 to 11.
The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues with two qualifying sessions on Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at noon. Television coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) begins with qualifying shows Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air on FS1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.