ENNIS, TX (October 14, 2015) — For third year Top Fuel driver BRITTANY FORCE, the possibility of her first Top Fuel championship is achievable but she will have to have a monster effort over the last three races of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Luckily Force has the backing of Monster Energy to give her team the kick it might need to chase two of the hottest Top Fuel teams this season including the winningest Top Fuel driver ever.
“We have had a really good season since Monster Energy came on board and we have gone rounds in the Countdown. Unfortunately there are a couple of teams that had a little bit of a head start in the points and they haven’t lost many rounds,” explained Force.
Force entered the Countdown as the No. 5 Top Fuel driver and she has moved up to the No. 3 position. She has raced to back-to-back semi-final finishes on the strength of qualifying No. 4 and No. 1. Unfortunately for her and the rest of the Top Fuel field Tony Schumacher started as No. 1 and Antron Brown came into the Countdown as the No. 2 driver and Brown has won the first three races and Schumacher has raced to a semi-final and a runner-up finish in the first three races.
With three races left the Monster Energy Top Fuel team is 194 points out of first place but a strong finish at the Texas Motorplex could go a long way in closing the gap on the leaders. In her rookie season Force qualified No. 10 and raced to the second round after beating David Grubnic in the first round. Last year Force narrowly missed the field and had to watch as her sister Courtney Force raced to the win in Funny Car.
“Last year was tough not qualifying. We just missed getting into the field but I try and take something positive from every race. We got refocused and raced to the final round in Reading a few weeks later. I am focused on getting qualified in the top half and having a long race day this weekend at the Texas Motorplex,” said Force.
The race weekend will get started for Force and her 16-time Funny Car championship winning father John at a Goodyear factory in Lawton, Oklahoma on Thursday. The additional appearances and media request help keep Force, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, focused on the task at hand.
“My dad has always told all of the drivers we have to take care of the fans, the sponsors and the media. I have had to do a few more interviews lately because we are pretty high in the points and that is a good thing. I also have been spending more time with sponsors learning the business. The fans are the best and especially at the Texas Motorplex. They are super positive and will always wish you well and that makes you feel good,” said Force, a six-time Top Fuel finalist.
“We are still looking for that first win and it would be cool to win at the Texas Motorplex. AAA Texas sponsors this race and they are the primary sponsor for Robert Hight and they are on all our race cars. You want to do well for all the sponsors but definitely at their races,” added Force.