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2014 NHRA: Brittany Force Bound And Determined For Bristol Win
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:56 AM
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2014 NHRA: Brittany Force Bound And Determined For Bristol Win


Despite having a weekend off from doing battle on drag strips across America, all Brittany Force thought about these past few days was getting on the road and heading to Bristol Dragway. The 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year may have been in Southern California with her family and friends this past week, but her mind was behind the wheel of her 10,000 horsepower Castrol EDGE Dragster. This 27 year-old driver, who worked her way up through the Sportsman classes, is determined to bring home her first Top Fuel win at this weekend’s Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

 

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“I think I perform better when we’re constantly on the move and have back-to-back races. It keeps my focus in the right place. Luckily it’s only one weekend off, so it shouldn’t faze any of us and it won’t be that hard for me and the crew to get back into our routine when we arrive in Bristol,” said Brittany Force.

After coming off a strong finish two weeks ago at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals, in which Brittany drove her dragster to a top-ten qualifying position and quarterfinal finish, she wants to keep the momentum going. Her sophomore year in the Top Fuel class has seen a dramatic improvement from her rookie season.

So far this year, Brittany Force has made it to the finals and has even claimed a number one qualifying spot - both of which are huge milestones for Castrol EDGE and John Force Racing. The Castrol EDGE Dragster has been getting more consistent at each race, and the crew and Brittany are working even more as a cohesive unit.

“This Castrol EDGE team is so much stronger than it was last year. Todd Smith (crew chief) and Dean Antonelli (assistant crew chief) and the rest of my guys have been doing awesome this season. We’ve been qualifying great, going rounds and looking stong,” said Brittany Force.

During last year’s Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Brittany Force and her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster began to head in the right direction, despite having no race data, as it was the team’s first time at Bristol Dragway. On the fourth and final qualifying session, she was the second quickest and earned two qualifying bonus points. She also won her fourth competitive round for her 2013 NHRA Rookie of Year bid. It was one of the most successful races during her Top Fuel rookie season with Brittany qualifying in the top half of the field and then advancing to her second quarterfinals in a row.

It was in the second round in which Brittany Force faced fellow Top Fuel competitor Spencer Massey. As both dragsters left the starting line, it was a side-by-side battle all the way down Bristol Dragway, with Massey just nudging past Brittany with his 3.864-second time to her 3.871-second pass.

Currently eighth in the NHRA Mello Yello points chase, Brittany’s happy with the direction her team is heading. Even tough she was disappointed in her quarterfinal loss at the NHRA Toyota Nationals, she’s still very pleased with how her team has stepped up its game with strong and consistent qualifying performances at the last few races.

For now, the always-optimistic 27 year-old Brittany Force and her team are looking forward to getting their first win at Bristol Dragway. With what they’ve learned these past twelve months, it could happen. Right now, Brittany’s focused on her reaction times, qualifying in the top half of the field, getting lane choice and going rounds on race day.

“I’m very proud of my guys, and we ran great at Englishtown. I was hoping to make it to the finals but we have another chance at Bristol Dragway this weekend,” said Brittany Force.

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