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BRITTANY, JOHN ARE FORCES TO BE RECKONED WITH AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

For the first time in NHRA history, a father and daughter will start race day at the top of both nitro categories for the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway powered by Pennzoil. That duo is none other than 16-time Funny Car champion John Force and the 2017 Top Fuel champion, Brittany Force.

The J. Force and B. Force combo are the first father and child pair to ever qualify No. 1 together at an NHRA event. J. Force’s No. 1 earned him his 156th career top spot while B. Force picked up her 12th.

MOPAR PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS NETWORK WITH POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS AT RACETRACK

College student Cesar Gonzales said he thought he “had a pretty good understanding of what it was going to take to have a career,” thanks to the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP).
 
Then he attended Friday’s opening day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park – and now he has an even better idea.
 

BRITTANY FORCE TOPS HOUSTON QUALIFYING FRIDAY WITH TRACK-RECORD RUN

Brittany Force, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, arrived in Houston looking to continue her momentum.

She did exactly that in qualifying for the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.

JOHN FORCE RULES FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT HOUSTON

John Force is a legend in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks.

And, the legend isn’t ready to go away.

FATHER, DAUGHTER EARN PROVISIONAL TOP SPOTS AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

FOR RICKIE SMITH, NITROUS IS A DISTANT MEMORY

 

Rickie Smith is quick never to say never, but for drag racing's most decorated doorslammer pilot, he's as close to declaring he's done racing with a nitrous-injected Pro Modified.

Last month's NHRA Gatornationals debut of a new turbocharged combination was just a small sample size of what he's been fighting for almost a decade. He won't come out and say if you can't beat them, join them because he did beat the turbocharged combination many times with his nitrous car. He will adamantly say the turbocharged combination spearheaded by Steve Petty provides him with the best chance to win. 

SMITH RETURNS TO SEAT FOR HIRATA MOTORSPORTS, BRINGS ALONG NEW PARTNERS

Will Smith Motorsports and Hirata Motorsports are teaming up for their second consecutive season in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster. Smith will again be behind the wheel of the Dave Hirata-tuned dragster, competing in NHRA Division 3 and select national events.   

“We’re excited to build on what we started last year as a new team,” stated Smith. “We’re working on new combinations. Our goal is to win this year, as it was last year, but we definitely feel we’re in a better position to take home the Wally on Sunday.”

REED SET TO MAKE 2019 DEBUT IN DRAGSTER THAT WAS MAGIC FOR PRITCHETT

 

Shawn Reed was lying in bed, taking the liberty and luxury of sleeping in, last Dec. 22, when he received the coolest Christmas present.

His cell phone buzzed, indicating he had an incoming text message. To that, he nonchalantly said, “Oh yeah, big deal.”

He just had finished his stint with the Paton family’s NHRA Top Fuel team, who closed their operation, lopping a year off their deal. So Reed was in “Hey, I lived my dream” mode, expecting nothing more to come of his drag-racing career. When the text-message signal went off, he said, “I figured, ‘Don Schumacher, John Force, they’re not calling me.’”

FIRST LOOK - DEWAYNE RICE'S NEW MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKER

 

Longtime Mountain Motor Pro Stock racer DeWayne Rice has a new ride for this season. This new Jerry Bickel-built Camaro recently rolled out of Jerry Bickel's hot rod factory and is destined for some of the NHRA exhibitions in 2019. For now, it's headed to the Texas Motorplex for testing. 

REED MAKES BVR DEBUT AS PART OF 2-CAR TEAM

 

Shawn Reed will make his 2019 debut this weekend at the NHRA Springnationals in Houston in the Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel Dragster, sponsored by Hughes Oilfield Transportation. It will also be the first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season with two BVR cars entered in competition.

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