TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 11, 2021) – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team sit third in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series points standings thanks to their consistent high performance. As they head into the Menards NHRA Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park, they’ll be counting on that high performance to result in their first win of the 2021 season.
The Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team of Brittany Force have collected five of the ten No. 1 qualifying positions this season, setting track records and wowing fans and competitors alike along the way. The 2017 world champion swept the top spots at the recent three-race Western Swing. While the David Grubnic and Mac Savage led crew have yet to record a race win, they’ve consistently earned bonus qualifying points and won rounds on race day, giving them a solid points position with only three races left in the regular season.
“After a weekend of match racing with my Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac guys in Norwalk for Night Under Fire, we’re ready to get back to competition mode and go after a Topeka, KS win,” Force said. “We’re going into this race third in points and with the Countdown around the corner, it’s time to step it up.”
Heartland Motorsports Park is one of the seven tracks one which Force has never raced in a final. However, the Menards Nationals is one of seven events in which she has multiple No. 1 starts (2014, 2016). Thus far, she never has qualified No. 1 three times in any event. When she qualified No. 1 in 2014, she shared the spotlight with sister Courtney, who was No. 1 in Funny Car. Although Heartland Motorsports Park is one of only a handful of tracks on which she doesn’t hold the record for either time or speed, crew chief David Grubnic was crew chief on the dragster that set the track speed record of 334.90 mph in 2018.
“I’ve had some success over the years at Heartland Park Topeka with two No. 1 qualifiers,” Force said. “This Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team always plans to dominate. We want to pick up points wherever we can and are ready to get back in that winners circle.”
Qualifying at the Menards NHRA Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park begins Friday with a night session at 8 p.m. and continues Saturday with sessions at 3 and 6 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to begin Sunday at 11 a.m. Television coverage of qualifying will be on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) Sunday at noon ET. Eliminations will be on FOX Broadcasting Network (FOX) Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.