Brittany Force returns to her Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster paint scheme for this weekend’s Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, the halfway marker of the six race NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
Force is the track record-holder for both time (3.637 seconds) and speed (335.32 mph) at the Texas Motorplex, marks she set at the 2021 event. She qualified her Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac dragster No. 1 in each of her last two appearances in the Texas FallNationals (2019 and 2021) and took it to the semifinals on both occasions, losing both times to the eventual race winner – Billy Torrence in 2019 and Justin Ashley last year. Her 2017 double-up win with teammate Robert Hight was a key element in her run to the Top Fuel championship in which she became the first woman in 35 years (since Shirley Muldowney) to win the title in the premier category. Force will look to recreate some of that magic sitting third in points only 30 back from the lead.
“Dallas is the half-way point in this Countdown and our team is aiming to step up our game at the Texas Motorplex this weekend. We head back to Texas in Monster Energy colors and to a track where we’ve been successful landing in the winnings circle in 2017, Force said. “It’s easy to see we’ve gotten lost over the last few races, but we believe we have narrowed in on the issue and are looking to move beyond it Friday in that first qualifying session. This team is only 30 points out from the No. 1 position and can make up some serious ground this weekend. Our focus is a championship to end this season.”
Force’s four wins this year equal her career best in a single season, just 30 points off the lead, she still is well positioned to become the fourth woman in NHRA pro drag racing history to win multiple championships (after Shirley Muldowney, Enders and Angelle Sampey). With David Grubnic and Mac Savage handling the tune-up duties, Force is the NHRA national record holder at 3.623 seconds (Aug.31, 2019 at Reading, Pa.) and 338.43 mph that she set at the Midwest Nationals just last weekend just outside of St. Louis.
Competition at the Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex begins with four qualifying session Friday at 3:30 and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Eliminations for the event will start on Sunday at noon. Television coverage will be on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) Sunday starting with a qualifying show at 10:00 a.m. ET and eliminations at 10:30 p.m. ET.