POMONA, Calif. — Brittany Force earned her second NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship on Sunday after qualifying No. 1 and winning in the 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.
“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.
Title competitors Justin Ashley and Mike Salinas would both fall in the first round, with Salinas falling to Krista Baldwin, and Ashley coming up short to Antron Brown.
Force would be knocked out in the semi-finals by teammate and eventual winner Austin Prock after clinching the championship.