Brittany Force, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, arrived in Houston looking to continue her momentum.
She did exactly that in qualifying for the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.
Force clocked a 3.661-second elapsed time at 332.18 mph, setting both ends of the track record in her Advance Auto Parts dragster during Q2.
“That’s just an amazing pass for this Advance Auto Parts team,” said Force, who came to Houston eighth in the points. “It took us a while to find our stride and really we have been turning the corner these last few races. In Vegas, we almost had it, we were runner-up, and to come out this weekend and go No. 1 on Friday night is awesome, but really, ultimately we are looking for a win.”
Brittany Force is adjusting to a new crew this year led by wrench boss David Grubnic and Mac Savage.
“I have an incredible team behind me,” Force said. “We’re really working together, and I love these guys. They are the hardest workers I know, and they are dedicated, and we all communicate really well. I’m ready for a win with them. I’m excited to see what this team can pull off this season and I’m looking forward to our first win together.”
Force has captured the No. 1 qualifying spot 11 times in her career, including at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in March.
A year ago, Force took home the title in Houston, defeating Terry McMillen in the final round.
“We won this thing last year and it was a big win for our team,” Force said. “The plan is to come out here and do it again on Sunday.”
Force clocked a 3.738-second run at 319.29 mph in Q1, and the team held nothing back in Q2.
“After we got that first one (run) done, we knew we were safe depending on weather conditions (Saturday) whether or not if we were going to run or not, we knew that number would hold us,” Force said. “So, we were able to push like we wanted, and David Grubnic told me before I jumped in the thing, he told me he was going to surprise me and that he was going to put a H*ll of a number on the board and he certainly did. I couldn’t hear him at the end of the track because it was so loud in the car. They were yelling in the radio about what we ran. I knew it was good, but no clue it was a 66 until I got out of the car.”
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