LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2022) – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team picked up their fifth win of the season Sunday at the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and with it took back the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series points lead with just one race left in the 2022 season.
Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac dragster earned a first-round bye coming into race day as the No. 1 qualifiers. With the test run they would lay down a 3.671-second pass at 336.91 mph to earn lane choice over Antron Brown in the second round. Force would take the quarterfinal win with a 3.732 pass at 327.98 after Brown hazed the tires and shut off early for a 4.156 pass at 211.06.
The semifinals would match Force with eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher. Nearly identical on the tree, Force would take the lead early and never trail for a 3.712-second run at 331.85 mph to send Schumacher and his 4.075 at 216.55 packing.
In her seventh final round of the season and 35th of her career, Force would take on Mike Salinas. With a .034-second reaction time and 3.705-second pass at 332.34 mph, Force would pick up the win on a holeshot with Salinas going .066 on the tree with a 3.702 at 324.90. It was Force’s 16th career victory, third at The Strip at LVMS.
“This shows you; Pomona is going to be exciting, going to be a thrill for everyone. This Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team, we feel good. We dominated all weekend, picked up qualifying points, went rounds and got the job down. You know we struggled through the whole Countdown and we started to turn it around that last weekend in Dallas, but then I screwed it up. So, to come out here and win on a holeshot, it’s giving it back to my guys for all the times they carried me. It’s a thank you to them,” Force said. “We wanted to win today, we chased it down and we got it done. We’ll keep our focus and worry about what we can control as we head into Pomona. I wouldn’t want to go into this battle with anyone else but this Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team.”
The conclusion of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season take place Nov. 11-13 with the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.
See the recap by NHRA National Dragster staff:
Unofficial NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
TOP FUEL – 1. Brittany Force, Monster Energy/FLAV-R-PAC dragster, 2468; 2. Justin Ashley, 2461; 3. Mike Salinas, 2402; 4. Antron Brown, 2390; 5. Steve Torrence, 2381; 6. Austin Prock, Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster, 2342; 7. Josh Hart, 2307; 8. Shawn Langdon, 2290; 9. Doug Kalitta, 2284; 10. Clay Millican, 2269; 11. Tony Schumacher, 2224 2244/2264; 12. Leah Pruett, 2211.
See Sundays photo gallery from NHRA National Dragster staff:
Check out the points after Las Vegas:
Content: John Force Racing PR / RPM
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