Top Fuel reigning world champion Brittany Force is confident in her team coming of a No. 2 qualifying effort at the NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver. The eight-time event winner has qualified outside the top ten only twice, and while she has just one race win from the event in Houston, Texas, she’ll be the first to point out that her team’s championship chase really started with the Countdown to the Championship.
“Our team has been struggling. We can’t seem to go rounds. It’s definitely tough leaving Denver with a first-round loss. One thing I’ve learned from Alan Johnson is right now we’re getting ready for the Countdown. As long as we stay in that top 10, that’s the most important thing. And then we have to be ready and bring it when the Countdown begins, and then we have six races in the Countdown to move up as high as we can. That’s what we did last year. When we do go rounds and bring home another win, it will make all these rough days worth it.”
Heading to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Force wouldn’t mind that next win coming north of her home in Orange County California.
Force has a No. 1 qualifier at the event doubling up with her sister Courtney in 2014. Last season, Force locked up the No. 2 qualifier and raced her way to the semifinals, losing to Steve Torrence, who became her closest competitor in the hunt for the championship. Force is eager to head back to Sonoma and continue her championship defense.
“I am definitely excited and anxious to get to Sonoma and put Denver behind us. Wins don’t come easy and you have to work and fight for them. The team has to pull together and figure the race car out in qualifying to get ready for race day,” explained Force.
For the next two races Force will be racing in new digs as she and her Monster Energy team have teamed up with PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil for the event this weekend in Sonoma and the following race in Seattle.
“It will be neat to share the same look and sponsor as my dad, John Force. I am really proud to be representing PEAK and we are going after a win for them and this team. Our focus this weekend is to go rounds on Sunday and get the job done for this PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Monster Energy Top Fuel team,” added Force.
Qualifying at the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals begins with two session on Friday at 5 and 8 p.m. with two additional sessions on Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. Eliminations are set to begin Sunday at 11 a.m.