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2014 NHRA: Hight On Cusp Of 300th Round Win As Tour Heads To Atlanta
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 06:42 AM
2014 NHRA: Hight On Cusp Of 300th Round Win As Tour Heads To Atlanta

2013 NHRA Rookie Year could be 100th Female Pro winner if she triumphs in Top Fuel this weekend

Brittany Force could very well be on her way to making history during this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals. The 2013 Rookie of Year has learned a great deal during her sophomore season driving the 10,000 horsepower Castrol EDGE Dragster. She knows perseverance, hard work and consistency will eventually get her to the winner’s circle and she’s shown these attributes throughout this season. However, this weekend not only could she get her first Top Fuel win, but also be the 100th female pro driver to win a NHRA National Event.


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“Just to a part of the 100th win would be such a big deal. There’s so many women my sisters and I looked up to and watch over the years in drag racing. To be a part of this and grouped in with them would be a really big moment in my career as a driver,” said Brittany Force.

Ironically, it was at this race in 2008 that Brittany’s older sister, Ashley, became the first female Funny Car driver to win a NHRA national event. For Brittany to achieve the 100th female NHRA winner landmark, she’ll have some stiff competition in the other classes, such Alexis DeJoria and sister Courtney Force in Funny Car, Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens and Katie Sullivan and Angie Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

For now, the always-optimistic 27 year-old Brittany Force and her team are looking forward to getting back on the track in Atlanta. She’s focused on qualifying in the top half of the field and going rounds on race day.

“I am anxious to get to Atlanta after having two weeks off. We’ll be rolling into the pits with a brand new car and I can’t wait to get in it, but it will take some adjustment on my part to get used to it. It’s the first Top Fuel Dragster to be built in-house at John Force Racing, and we’re still using the canopy design. It should be better and I’m hoping that once I get comfortable in and get back into my routine, it should be definitely be better in the long run for me as driver,” said Brittany Force.

Currently eighth in NHRA Mello Yello points, Brittany’s very pleased with how her team has stepped up its game with a strong and consistent performance during the last few races.

“I’m very proud of my guys and we’re really starting to gel as a team. We’re all pumped about this weekend and feeling good about getting back to the track,” said Brittany Force.

Brittany had her first final round Top Fuel appearance at the second race of the season and is hoping for another final round appearance at this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals. With any luck, her first Top Fuel win will also mark NHRA’s 100th female victory.

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