By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster pilot Brittany Force is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.661 at 332.18 mph at Houston Raceway Park presented by Pennzoil in Baytown, Texas.
Force made history, as her living legend father John Force and herself became the first father and child to win No. 1 qualifiers at the same NHRA event. This is Force’s 12th No. 1 qualifier of her career.
“My dad and I haven’t done anything yet side-by-side but really, I’m looking for a win with him this season,” B. Force said. “It’s a father-daughter year so we’re looking to end up in that winner’s circle together.”
Force claimed the No. 1 spot from her Friday pass. She also set a new track record on the run.
“We’re coming in strong this weekend,” B. Force stated. “We had a good weekend in Vegas. We’re coming in strong to Houston. We won this thing last year and the plan is to come out and win this thing tomorrow on race day. Setting both ends of the track record last night was awesome. A 3.66 on the board was a pretty incredible run by (crew chiefs) David Grubnic, Mac Savage and the Advance Auto Parts team. We’re looking for a long day [Sunday] and [Sunday] is when it really begins.”
Force will face Cameron Ferré in the first-round of eliminations.
Reigning Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence is the No. 2 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.703 at 324.67 mph.
He will face Kebin Kinsley in the first-round of eliminations.
Mopar/Pennzoil sponsored Leah Pritchett is the No. 3 qualifier this weekend. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.709 at 326.79 mph.
She will face Shawn Reed in the first-round of eliminations.
Strutmasters.com/Parts Plus pilot Clay Millican is the No. 4 qualifier. The Drummonds, Tennessee native went 3.718 at 318.84 mph.
He will face Richie Crampton in the first-round pairing.
Capco Contractors sponsored Billy Torrence is the No. 5 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.720 at 325.22 mph.
He will face Scott Palmer in the first-round of eliminations.
The rest of the pairings will look like this:
6. Mike Salinas, 3.723, 320.89 vs. 11. Antron Brown, 3.753, 326.56
7. Austin Prock, 3.727, 325.92 vs. 10. Jordan Vandergriff, 3.733, 324.67
8. Doug Kalitta, 3.727, 316.45 vs. 9. Terry McMillen, 3.732, 323.04.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Maroney, 4.054, 288.21.
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