EPPING, N.H. (June 02, 2023) – On a hot and tricky New England Dragway, Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster team had the cleanest pass for the John Force Racing quad of hot rods on day one of the NHRA New England Nationals. Prock would end up sitting sixth with dragster teammate Brittany Force in the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac dragster currently No. 10. In Funny Car, Robert Hight has the AAA New England / Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS in fourth while John Force and the BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy are No. 8.
Austin Prock managed a 4.075-second pass at 239.27 mph in the Montana Brand / RMT dragster despite dropping cylinders late in the run and having to shut off before the finish line. With cooler conditions set to come in for Saturday, Prock will look to improve from him No. 6 qualifying spot in the final two qualifying sessions.
“Pretty tricky track conditions, but this Montana Brand Rocky Mountain Twist dragster got through the toughest part of the race track. We spun at about 660 feet and dropped two cylinders. I tried legging it to the stripe to get up in the field as far as possible, but the safety device shut it off because of the two cylinders out,” Prock said. “Not exactly what we wanted, but valuable information for these next summer events. The rest of the weekend is polar opposite conditions which suits us well. Should be an exciting weekend.”
Robert Hight and the AAA Chevy were amongst the top of a Funny Car field that struggled in the heat at New England Dragway. Hight managed to hold on until the AAA Camaro hazed the tires late in their 4.624 second, 186.74 mph-run.
Brittany Force, back in the black and green of Monster Energy, had to shut her dragster off early after it started to lose traction. She would cross the finish line at 4.907 seconds and 149.88 mph.
John Force and the BlueDEF Chevy lost traction early in their first attempt down New England Dragway. Force would shut it off early to coast to a 6.816-second pass at 102.35 mph.
The NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway continues with qualifying Saturday qualifying at 2 p.m. which will include the first round of the Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. Final qualifying and the finals of the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday eliminations are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. Television coverage will be aired on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET, and eliminations will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.