John Force Racing Sweeps Gatornationals At Gainesville Raceway

John Force Racing Sweeps Gatornationals At Gainesville Raceway

by March 22, 2016 0 comments

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Sunday during the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Brittany Force earned her first career victory in Top Fuel, and her John Force Racing teammate, Robert Hight captured his first win of the season in Funny Car.

Brittany Force had made it to seven final rounds before heading into Sunday’s event. Force defeated Morgan Lucas in Round One of eliminations, Tripp Tatum in the Quarterfinals, Dave Connolly in the Semifinals and Terry McMillen in the Finals. She defeated McMillen with a pass of 3.772 seconds at 318.77 mph. McMillen had engine issues and ran a pass of 3.981 seconds at 266.90 mph.

“It’s been quite a few years waiting because this is my fourth year in Top Fuel and it took a lot of work and a lot of waiting to get here,” Force said. “I have wanted it since day one and it’s taken a lot of time and work to get here and it’s definitely not as easy as you think it is. But I have so many great people around me here and I have a great sponsor in Monster Energy and a great team with Brian Houston and Alan Johnson and every single one of my crew guys.”

With Leah Pritchett winning in Phoenix and Force winning this past weekend, it’s the first time since 1993 the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel have had back-to-back female winners. Force became the 102nd Top Fuel winner on Sunday, and she joined her father, John and her sisters, Ashley and Brittany as event winners in the NHRA.

Brittany Force is also the championship point leader with 251 points. Clay Millican is second with 210 points, followed by Doug Kalitta with 205 points.

Robert Hight’s win in Funny Car marks the first time that John Force Racing has swept both nitro divisions in a race weekend. He beat Terry Haddock in Round One, Matt Hagan in Quarterfinals, Chad Head in the Semifinals and Ron Capps in the Finals. Hight ran a 4.429 second pass at 280.95 mph to defeat Capps, who had a centerline foul. The win is Hight’s third at the Gatornationals.

“We had a great race car the first two races so we actually felt we let a couple slip by that we actually could have won,” Hight said. “So to come in here to get it done, and to get it done with Brittany and both of us leaving here with the points lead it doesn’t get any better. It’s been a lot of hard work and it’s finally paying off.”

Robert Hight leads Ron Capps by one point in the championship battle. John Force is third, 59 points back from teammate, Hight.

Up next on the schedule for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday-Sunday, April 1-3.

Top Fuel Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Results:

1.) Brittany Force

2.) Terry McMillen

3.) Dave Connolly

4.) Clay Millican

5.) Tripp Tatum

6.) Chris Karamesines

7.) J.R. Todd

8.) Tony Schumacher

9.) Morgan Lucas

10.) Steve Torrence

11.) Ike Maier

12.) Leah Pritchett

13.) Doug Kalitta

14.) Shawn Langdon

15.) Richie Crampton

16.) Antron Brown


Funny Car Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals Results:

1.) Robert Hight

2.) Ron Capps

3.) Chad Head

4.) Jack Beckman

5.) Courtney Force

6.) Matt Hagan

7.) Cruz Pedregon

8.) John Force

9.) Alexis DeJoria

10.) Tommy Johnson Jr.

11.) John Hale

12.) Terry Haddock

13.) Del Worsham

14.) Dave Richards

15.) Tim Wilkerson

16.) Jeff Diehl


Photo Credit: NHRA

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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