Start Of Western Swing Has Brittany Force Ready For Challenge
DENVER, CO -- This weekend’s Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals will start Brittany Force’s fourth Western Swing experience. The driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster has never started the historic three race stretch with more confidence. So far this season Force has two wins, two No. 1 qualifiers and she is closing in on a career best round win mark. Heading into the 37th annual Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals at picturesque Bandimere Speedway Force is looking to get back into the winner’s circle.
“I love the Western Swing. We’ll have three races in a row at great tracks all on the west coast. I feel really good about this Monster Energy team. We tested after Chicago and I think we will be ready for Denver,” said Force.
The Mile High Nationals have been one of Brittany Force’s most successful events in her young career. Last season she qualified No. 3 and raced to a semi-final finish. The previous year Force was runner-up to J.R. Todd after starting the day as the No. 9 qualifier. Force upset Khalid alBalooshi, Jenna Haddock and Bob Vandergriff Jr. before narrowing missing out on her first victory.
This season has seen Force stand in the winner’s circle in Gainesville and then two weeks later in Charlotte. In addition to those two strong finishes she captured a runner-up finish in Phoenix. The fourth year pro led the Top Fuel point standings for four races and has been holding the No. 4 point position firmly in her grasp. She is less than a round out of third place in the Top Fuel standings.
“I am so proud of this whole Monster Energy team. Having Brian Husen as my crew chief and Alan Johnson as a consultant gives me a lot of confidence. We have been consistent in qualifying but we need to carry that consistency over into race day. This is a team effort I am pumped to be driving this Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster. I know we can have some fun on the Western Swing,” added Force.
The addition of Husen and Johnson to the Monster Energy team along with Force’s continued maturity as a driver has seen performance numbers jumps and round wins stack up over the first half of the season. Force has already won 20 rounds of racing and is only five round wins away from a new career high. Force also set the national elapsed time record at the Kansas Nationals with a blistering 3.676 second run that had he join a Force family tradition as national record holder.
“I think it is neat to be able to join my family with their list of accomplishments. The fact that we all now have set a national record at one time or another is cool,” said Force after the record became official. “It is still pretty unbelievable to think about that record. It is exciting to set a record like that with this Monster Energy team. I have to thank Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and all my crew guys. That record is something we are all really proud of and we’ll always be able to hang onto that memory.”
Last year Force set the track speed record of 326.95 mph at the Mile High Nationals and this season she would like to add event winner to her list of accomplishments.