Brittany Force is ready for the 2019 Four-Wide Nationals this weekend at ZMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team is hoping to carry the momentum from their recent victory at the Houston race for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the sixth event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule.
Beginning the season with a new crew and a new car to sort out, Force and her Advance Auto Parts team have been hard at work finding their rhythm. Two first round exits marked the beginning of their season, but Force and the Advance team secured their first No. 1 qualifier during the 50th Anniversary Gatornationals and went on to qualify third and finish as runner-up at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event.
After a stellar weekend at the recent Spring Nationals in Houston ended in the winner’s circle, the Advance Auto Parts team have definitely found their pace. Force, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, set both ends of the track record with a 3.661-second pass at 332.18 mph for the No. 1 qualifying position. Force and her father, John Force, made history as the first parent-child duo to qualify No. 1 at the same NHRA national event. Brittany would go onto win the race for the second consecutive year and double-up with teammate Robert Hight.
“Coming off a Las Vegas runner-up and a Houston win, I’m eager to get to a little four-wide action in Charlotte. This Advance Auto Parts team has worked incredibly hard this season with so many challenges thrown our way and the hard work is starting to pay off,” said Force. “In Houston David Grubnic took some risks and pushed our car to steal another No. 1 qualifier putting a 3.66 on the board. That run at 332 mph gave us a confidence boost and we pulled off another incredibly quick run at 3.67, took on some heavy hitters and fought our way to the winner’s circle. Pulling off a win this soon in the season with a new team has me so pumped going into the Charlotte Four-Wide and the rest of the season.”
History is on her side, as Brittany is the only woman to score a four-wide event win in the nitro categories in 2016. Force has always performed well at zMAX Dragway, qualifying No. 1 at the 2018 spring event with sister Courtney Force. She earned another No. 1 qualifying spot during the fall 2018 event and raced her way to a runner-up finish.
“My new crew chiefs and my entire new crew took on the Vegas Four-Wide a few weeks back where we were runner-up, so we got in our practice there and are hoping to do the same this time but come out with a win,” said Force. “I’ve won the Charlotte Four-Wide before and it would be great to do it again with my Advance team. We’re confident and ready to get after it on race day.”
Qualifying for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals begins on Friday with qualifying sessions at 4:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and Saturday at 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eliminations start at 12 noon on Sunday. Tickets are available from Charlotte Motor Speedway, and children 13 and under get in free. Television coverage can be viewed on FS1 Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. ET, Saturday from 10 to 11 p.m. ET and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. ET.
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