(From left) John Force, Brittany Force and Dallas Glenn won Sunday’s NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series action at Heartland Motorsports Park. (NHRA photo)
TOPEKA, Kan. – For the first time in the history of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, a father and a child shared the circle of winners as Funny Car legend John Force and his daughter, Top Fuel star Brittany Force, during the NHRA Menard on Sunday Nationals wins presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
Rookie Dallas Glenn also won the 11th race of the season of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in the Pro Stock.
The two armed forces previously shared the No. 1 qualifying position but never won. That changed on Sunday.
B. Force took the Top Fuel victory by completing an outstanding weekend with a run of 3.783 seconds at 324.75 mph in their 11,000 horsepower Monster Energy dragster against Clay Millican in the final lap. She qualified as # 1 and then beat Scott Palmer and front runner Steve Torrence to reach the final lap. After qualifying as number 1 six times this year, including a series of currently four races in a row, B. Force took her first win since 2019 and was thrilled to share it with her father.
“It will be one I will never forget. It’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, “said B. Force, who moved up to second place on points. “I remember there being so many close calls that we thought, hey, this might be our day we’re going to double up. Winning a race is difficult enough and then almost impossible with your teammates. So it’s like you’re almost putting it on the back burner.
“Doubling up with your dad on the same day that you’ve been doing well all weekend and then doubling down just seems impossible. Today we did the impossible and it’s pretty cool that we will always share this. It’s going to be a special circuit for us and it’s pretty cool to have that with him. “
Millican reached his first final that year and 17th place of his career by defeating Doug Kalitta, Mike Salinas and Shawn Langdon. The veteran is now in ninth place.
In Funny Car, J. Force was consistent all weekend and crowned it by finishing 4.019 seconds at 321.04 mph in his 11,000 hp PEAK Blue DEF Chevrolet Camaro SS to beat No. 1 qualifier JR Todd on the final lap to beat. The win gave him the points lead in the Funny Car for the first time since 2014 and was the first driver in his class to achieve three victories this season. He defeated Paul Lee, his teammates Robert Hight, and Cruz Pedregon to make his 260th final round, and Force tracked Todd down for his 154th career win.
“I had a good day,” said J. Force. “Robert was probably my toughest race because it’s hard to beat Robert. I only had one car that was pretty fast, not the fastest, but I got the win. The special thing was to do it with Brittany. I never got the chance with (daughters) Courtney and Ashley because they were always Funny Car and usually beat me, but with Brittany I finally got this double. That means a lot. We are a racing family.
“It was a great day. JR Todd was out there and I was trying to steal everything I could on that tree. He was out there and I could only see his nose and then he got in trouble and I did got around him at the other end. “
Todd took wins over Ron Capps and Blake Alexander by making his second straight finals, fourth that season and 39th of his career. Todd also jumped to third place on points, just behind Capps and J. Force.
Pro Stock’s Glenn had a perfect .000 reaction time on the final lap, allowing his 6.681 second run at 205.01 mph in his RAD Torque Systems / KB Racing Chevrolet Camaro to hold out against Kyle Koretsky on the final lap. It was only the sixth perfect reaction time in a final round in Pro Stock when Glenn took his second win in what is now an outstanding rookie season. He reached the finals by defeating Deric Kramer, Matt Hartford, and No. 1 qualifier Troy Coughlin Jr., and stood on the starting line in the championship round.
“It’s hard to put this victory into words,” said Glenn. “But it’s like a dream come true. It taught me a lot this season. I’ve had a lot of highs and I’ve had a few lows where I’ve struggled and we got a little taste of everything this year.
“I felt like I did my job really well and the car is working really well right now. I’m really looking forward to the countdown (to the championship) here and Indy next because we have a really fast car for it. “
Koretsky won his second career finals thanks to victories against Rodger Brogdon, table leader Greg Anderson and reigning world champion Erica Enders. Both wins against Anderson and Enders came with holeshots.