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2014 NHRA: Brittany Force Looking To Bounce Back At Brainerd
Posted by: newsla on Aug 14, 2014 - 06:22 AM
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2014 NHRA: Brittany Force Looking To Bounce Back At Brainerd


With three NHRA final round appearances this season, 27 year-old Brittany Force knows her performance at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway will be critical. The 2013 NHRA Auto Club Rookie of the Year knows the Countdown is coming up fast and would like to go rounds and add more points. Currently in 7th place with 856 NHRA Mello Yello Points, Brittany knows if she’s going to make a move in for a playoff berth, it needs to happen soon.

 

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The always optimistic Brittany Force is confident she won’t get shut out as she did during last year’s Countdown. Brittany also knows it’s a totally different scenario than last year, as the sophomore driver and her crew have made some major improvements to the 10,000 horsepower Castrol EDGE Dragster.

“I’m excited to be going back to Brainerd, it’s a cool racetrack and the die-hard racing fans are pretty energetic and crazy. We’ve had a good season so far by going to three finals and despite just coming short, Todd Smith, Dean Antonelli and the rest of the guys have been working hard and have done an awesome job,” said Brittany Force.

Brittany Force has matured as driver and has become a serious competitor to her opponent in the next lane. Last weekend Brittany competed in the wildly popular Night Under Fire Match race along with her legendary dad John Force. This event gave the second year driver a chance to go through her qualifying and race day routines in her head and on the track. Just as a race car needs to be consistent to win, so does it driver and for Brittany Force, she practices her driving skills every day.

“This is the second time I’ve raced at Brainerd so I know what the starting line shut down area look like. I can visualize in my mind how I’ll be doing the burnout, where the Christmas tree is, where the 60 foot and 330 foot cones are, and all the way down to the finish line. I’ll go check out the shut off area. It’s the same things I do every weekend, but I go over it in my head all the time,” said Brittany Force.

It also takes more than a good driver and a quick dragster to win. Any racer will tell you luck and even karma is a major factor in going to the winner’s circle. Last year, Brittany lost a close one to Spencer Massey, but a lot has happened in the last twelve months and the Castrol EDGE team is a win waiting to happen.

“Everyone tells me that Brainerd is a race where someone happens to randomly win it. It’s never who you expect and it’s never who you think is going to go and win the race. Maybe it’ll be us, as the Castrol EDGE team is pumped up and motivated,” said Brittany Force.

When the final pair of cars blast down Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday, fans can start voting for their favorite driver for the third annual Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Top Fuel and Funny Car categories, to be held at the NHRA U.S Nationals on Labor Day weekend. Brittany Force and her Castrol EDGE team are eligible for the fan vote and are looking to display their hard work in the bonus race.

“I’m definitely excited just to be a part of the fan vote for the Traxxas Shootout, one of my goals was to get in the Traxxas Shootout before the fan vote by winning our first race as. My guys have been doing an awesome job by getting us to three finals. That was a tough goal and we didn’t make it, but we still have a shot to get in with our fan vote and I’m really hoping to get that fan vote and be able to race in the Traxxas Shootout for Top Fuel,” said Force.

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