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NHRA: Brittany Force ready to make a run for another championship

Brittany Force comes into BIR after a win in Kansas

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Birttany Force in action during the 2021 season. NHRA Photo.

Brittany Force wants to get back on top.

After winning the NHRA Top Fuel Series Championship in 2017, she’s watched Steve Torrence get the title the last three seasons.

With her win in Topeka, Kansas, Aug. 15, the 35-year-old Force will enter the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 20-22 at Brainerd International Raceway second in the Top Fuel Series standings. She has Torrence in her sights.

“I think we are in a great place,” she said. “We’ve been carrying the top three for most of the season and moved up to No. 2 this past weekend with a win at Topeka. We’re getting closer and closer to that No. 1 spot and our ultimate goal is winning that championship and I feel like we are in a good place.”

Chasing Torrence has been at the forefront of Force’s mind since the beginning of the season.

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“That team has been incredible this season,” Force said of Torrence. “They’re No. 1 for a reason and we are absolutely chasing them. We’ve got off to a slower start. We’ve always done well in qualifying, but we seem to struggle this year in racing. A lot of the struggles have been simple mistakes and we’d rather make them in the beginning of the year rather than the end. You won’t be seeing those mistakes in the countdown and on race day.”

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Force won at BIR in 2016, so she knows what it takes to win in Brainerd.

“I love Brainerd,” she said. “I’ve won here before and it’s just a different vibe. The fans are different here. There’s the zoo. And it’s just a fun place to come to with the team. Then you go to Indy and right into the Countdown. So, I love coming out here and doing a few laps around the zoo.”

The win last weekend was a memorable one as she was able to double-up with her dad John Force, who won his 154th NHRA victory in Kansas last weekend.

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“Sharing the winner's circle with him has always been on my bucket list and we were able to pull it off,” Brittany Force said. “Since my rookie season in 2013, coming in as a new driver, winning is always the No. 1 thing on your bucket list. Once you get there, you always want more and always want something else. And to me winning with my dad, him in Funny Car and me in Top Fuel, was the ultimate goal of mine. And year after year I began to realize how impossible that was going to be. It’s tough enough to win alone as a team and to try and time that with your teammate it just seemed impossible. We came close many times, and everything just lined up perfectly last weekend.”

Force mentioned that having her dad as a teammate has its ups and downs, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.

“It definitely has its moments,” she said. “We are either getting along great or we are just at each other’s throats. We travel together. We are in and out of airports together. We spend too much time together and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. But you are going to butt heads at some point. And really I have to give everything up to my dad. He gave me this opportunity to drive with John Force Racing and I appreciate everything he’s taught me.”

Getting another win at BIR would be Brittany Force’s second win at the track and put her nine wins behind her dad who has won 11 times at BIR.

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“As we inch closer to that Countdown we are trying to win not just this week, but every week,” Brittany Force said. “We are in a good position, but we want to win them all and we are feeling confident.”

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Brittany Force

Ride: Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster

Crew Chief: Dave Grubnic

2019 at BIR: Lost in Round 2

Current Standing: Second

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Brittany Force.

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Brittany Force.

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