Brittany Force has been cleared to race this weekend in Arizona. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Just 12 days after a huge crash in the opening round of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force has been cleared to compete in the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season. It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”
Force’s Monster Energy dragster went out of control during the opening round of eliminations during the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Her car made contact with the guard wall and came to rest past the finish line.
She was transported to a local hospital for observation and released the following day. While admittedly sore shortly after the incident, she noted that she has continued to improve each day since.
“I got banged up pretty good but I’m getting better each day,” Force said. “I’m anxious to get back in my race car. I’ve been taking it easy and resting up at home. There’s not much else for me to do. It’s all just a matter of time.”
Force has piloted her Monster Energy dragster to three runner-up finishes out of her five starts at Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, including two consecutive finals in 2016 and 2017.