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Racing World Sees Force Duo Stand Tall In Topeka
Brittany Force
Thundering to victory in the Top Fuel category was Brittany Force, winning the event in Topeka, Kansas over final round competitor Clay Millican. Photo By Mike Burghardt
John Force
It was a weekend of winning for the Force family, as patriarch John Force found his way to the winner’s circle in the Funny Car category in Topeka, Kansas. Photo By Mike Burghardt

took the honors in Funny Car at the NHRA Menards Nationals presented by Pet Armor event in Topeka, Kansas.

Brittany qualified at the top of the field in her Monster Energy dragster and marched past Scott Palmer (3.774 at 328.86 mph to 3.892 at 299.06 mph) and Steve Torrence (3.769 at 326.24 mph to 3.814 at 317. 87 mph), utilizing a second round bye run of 3.727 at 329.22 mph to advance to the final round. In the final, she would square off against Clay Millican and his Parts Plus team. In the final, Force got away first (0.076 to 0.108) and never looked back, as she sped to a 3.783 at 324.75 mph to 3.830 at 288.58 mph victory. Brittany is one of only two women, to win the NHRA Top Fuel season championship and now sits second, behind the class point leader (Steve Torrence). With her number one qualifying effort and event win, she has clinched a berth into the championship play offs.

John Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 154 wins and 16 NHRA Funny Car season championships, stood proudly with daughter Brittany in the winner’s circle to celebrate their unprecedented father-daughter “double-up win” in NHRA’s premier professional categories. The elder Force qualified sixth and marched past Paul Lee (3.975 at 326.08 mph to 4.163 at 267.16 mph), Robert Hight (3.959-324.36 mph to 4.007-312.86 mph) and Cruz Pedregon (4.005-321.35 mph to 4.063-303.91 mph) to a final round match up with Team Kalitta Funny Car ace J.R. Todd. Though Todd got away first (0.058 to 0.081), he lost traction, allowing Force to claim his 154th career event win by a 4.019 at 321.04 mph to 4.453 at 199.29 mph margin. With the win, Force takes over the Funny Car season championship point lead, with only two events remaining before the six-event championship battle.

In Pro Stock, Dallas Glenn collected his second career Pro Stock event win, taking out Kyle Koretsky using a perfect light reaction time of 0.000 seconds to 0.043 seconds to defeat the quicker (6.651 at 206.13 mph) with a 6.681 at 205.01 mph effort. Glenn had to get past Aaron Stanfield, Matt Hartford and #1 qualifier Troy Coughlin, Jr. to get to the final round. Koretsky marched past Rodger Brogdon and multiple class season champions Greg Anderson and Erica Enders to get to the final round.