By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Reigning Top Fuel Champion, Brittany Force, is the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. She went 3.701 at 313.80 mph in her Monster Energy-backed dragster.
She picked up the provisional No. 1 on her second qualifying pass. She is looking to pick up her first No. 1 qualifier of the season, which would come in her new car, if she is able to accomplish it on Saturday.
“It has been a whirlwind season. We pulled out a brand-new car in Pomona and that was my team’s dream car. We loved it and, unfortunately, we wrecked it. We have been running our 2017 race car the last few races while we built this dragster. We got it together and I spent the last week in Indy getting fitted for it,” explained Force. “Qualifying was testing for us. Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and this Monster Energy team are pretty incredible to be able to come out and on the second run with this car go to No. 1. That is amazing.”
Alan Johnson, who has been working as a consultant for Force for the past several seasons, said there was good air at the track.
“That is a brand-new car, our third one of the year,” he said. “We are still in test mode. That was a good solid run. We are going to keep chipping away at this thing.”
“The Sarge” Tony Schumacher is the provisional No. 2 qualifier in his U.S. Army Racing-backed dragster. He went 3.711 at 322.73 mph.
Capco Contractors pilot Billy Torrence, who returned to drag racing earlier this season after several years away from the Top Fuel ranks, is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Texas native went 3.737 at 317.87 mph.
Matco Tools-backed Antron Brown is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. He went 3.740 at 324.98 mph.
Tommy Thompson Racing’s Scott Palmer is the No. 5 provisional qualifier. He went 3.761 at 316.08 mph.
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