This weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Brittany Force celebrates 1 year with Monster Energy backed Top Fuel Dragster. Since that announcement last year, Force has been on a meteoric rise through the Top Fuel ranks and comes into this weekend’s race as the Top Fuel points leader and the category’s only two-time winner in 2016.
I am so proud of this team. When we announced Monster Energy as the sponsor last year we just got such a big push of momentum and excitement. We finished in the Top Ten and we are as high as the top three in points last year. I have been lucky to have a great crew for my whole career,” said Force.
At the beginning of this season, Brittany’s Monster Energy team made another significant alliance – with the addition of Alan Johnson as Top Fuel consultant and the appointment of Brian Husen as crew chief. This change has proven to be a game-changer, as Force quickly moved to championship contender. A final round finish in Phoenix was followed by her first breakthrough win at the historic Gatornationals, the class points lead, and another victory in Charlotte. The momentum this season by the Monster Energy team has Force more motivated than ever.
The win in Gainesville was unbelievable. I have dreamed about getting that first win and when it happened I couldn’t believe it. My whole family was there which was great and we got the first John Force Racing double-up win since Robert (Hight) won in Funny Car right in front of me. It was just a perfect day,” added Force.
It may have taken the four year professional 75 Top Fuel starts to get her first win, but just two races later she was hoisting her second Wally as the winner of the tough NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. She was the first female nitro winner at zMAX Dragway and the first female to win the unique Four-Wide race in any category.
I think the Four-Wide win showed how strong this Monster Energy team is. I screwed up in the last qualifying session. Alan and Brian just told me to forget about that and concentrate on race day. That really helped and we had a great racecar. We had lane choice all day and I did my job. It was another great team win for this Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster. This is a long season so we are just focusing on each race as they come along,” said Force.
The 36th annual Southern Nationals kicks off a marathon tour for the NHRA Mello Yello Series competitors. After Atlanta, they embark on a 5 race stretch in six weeks, and Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team will be looking to continue to go rounds and fine tune their racecar for the Countdown and the Traxxas Shootout.
We are locked into the Traxxas Nitro Shootout which is great and I am just looking forward to getting into the summer and racing a lot. I feel the most comfortable when I am racing every weekend. I will always have butterflies in my stomach on every run but you just stay more focused when you are racing all the time,” summed up Force.