Brittany Force and the Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac Chevrolet dragster earned their second NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship on Sunday when they qualified No. 1 and won first round at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Force became just the fourth woman in NHRA professional drag racing history to win multiple championships after Erica Enders, Angelle Sampey and Shirley Muldowney and just the second in Top Fuel behind Muldowney.
“I want everyone to remember this day, here in Pomona with this Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac team, David Grubnic, Mac Savage, every single one of my guys. We have been working at this all season long. We never gave up and then we struggled in the Countdown, but we recovered, and we recovered when we needed to in Vegas and here in Pomona,” Force said. “This just seems unreal; I can’t believe we’re here. I have to thank every single one of my guys, our sponsors, Monster Energy, Flav-R-Pac, Auto Club, Chevy, PEAK, Cornwell Tools, Montana Brand, NK Seeds, Powers Solar, we wouldn’t be here without them today. I’m so proud of everybody. It just seems surreal; I can’t believe it ended up this way. I believed coming into today, I was motivated, pumped, we all were, and we got the job done. Just needed to get past the first round.”
After earning 13 bonus points throughout qualifying, Force picked up a first-round win at 3.701-seconds and 334.90 mph defeating Steve Chrisman and just had to see how championship contenders Mike Salinas and Justin Ashley faired through the first round. Salina would go out first, falling to Krista Baldwin. As the last pair in the first round, Ashley would come up short to Antron Brown who was knocked out of contention when Force won first round.
Force defeated Clay Millican in round two, but her season came to an end in the semifinals at the hands of her teammate, Austin Prock, in an exciting drag race, 3.64 to a losing 3.67.