Today at the final NHRA Arizona Nationals 2023 Pep Boys Top Fuel Allstar Callout winner Josh Hart was looking to add another historic win to his ledger. Racing the R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster in the desert for just the second time in his career Hart and his Ron Douglas tuned 12,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster rolled into race day as the No. 12 qualifier. Last year Hart raced to the semifinals from the No. 8 position outrunning Leah Pruett and Rob Passey before dropping a close race to veteran Clay Millican.
After two days of qualifying that saw Hart and his team battle tough track conditions that befuddled all the nitro teams Friday and Saturday he drew reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force in the first round. Hart held a 4-6 career head-to-head record with Force and was looking to close the gap with a win in the first round.
Both drivers staged and they each leapt off the starting line with Force moving smoothly off the line and Hart overpowering the track almost immediately. It was an issue the team had been battling for the previous two days. Force posted the quickest run of the weekend at over 336 mph. After his quick exit Hart reflected on how the team will correct the issue and move forward at the next race.
“We are creating so much power off the starting line we just overpowered the track,” said Josh Hart. “We are working on fixing that and I think (crew chief) Ron Douglas will get it figured out by next weekend. I am glad I am getting back in this R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster in a few days.”
Hart will put the Arizona Nationals behind himself and turn his attention to the historic Winternationals at In-N-Out Dragway at Pomona which will get underway on Friday. Last season in his two appearances at the track located in beautiful Southern California, Hart raced to the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
“I wish the Winternationals was starting tomorrow,” said Hart. “This is a long season and I have a great team. We will be ready for the Winternationals.”
Q1: 12.919 sec, 53.22 mph; Qual. 15
Q2: 10.946 sec, 59.31 mph; Qual. 16
Q3: 3.869 sec, 314.02 mph; Qual. 12
Bonus Points: 0
Brittany Force, Flav-R-Pac dragster, 3.682, 336.23 mph def. Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., R+L Carriers dragster, 10.780, 59.30 mph
Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Ten – Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence 168
2. Mike Salinas 157
3. Leah Pruett 155
4. Justin Ashley 145
5. Doug Kalitta 140
6 Shawn Langdon 128
7. Brittany Force 122
8. Austin Prock 109
9. Antron Brown 86
10. Tony Schumacher 84
11. Josh Hart 65
11. Clay Millican 65
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