On the Run with Brittany Force driver of the BrandSource Top Alcohol Dragster T he NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle was a dramatic weekend for the Force family. After qualifying Saturday afternoon, my BrandSource A/Fuel Dragster ended up No. 4 and went rounds, which was AUGUST 13-16 an improvement after losing in the first round in Norwalk. For the first time in my A/Fuel Dragster, I met my little sister, Courtney, in the semifinals and 218.824.RACE planned to give fans a head-on race to the finish line, but the race was everything except that. All weekend during qualifying, I had a very consistent car, running in the low .40s and high .30s, so I felt good rolling up to the starting line. We both had great hot rods, and I was so excited to be paired up with Courtney. My crew chief, Jerry Darien, helped me suit up. Shortly after, the familiar butterflies began to surface in my stomach. Every time I climb into my race car, I get an edgy feeling that remains ’til I get to the other end of the track. I have asked many drivers if that is a normal reaction, and I always AUGUST 20-23 receive the same response, “It does not go away.” In Super Comp, I had a driver tell me that being nervous in your race car is a good thing because the second you lose that and become too overly confident as a driver, you lose respect for your race car and can hurt yourself. 610.856.7200 “I came very close in New Jersey and am determined to get my first win this year.” I’m usually more at ease when I know my silly, little sister is in the lane next to me. I know if I happen to roll in too quickly or roll in too slowly, she would still be all smiles at the other end of the track because we got to battle it out. SEPTEMBER 2-7 But I have to admit by the time we pulled up to run with all the commotion that was being made about two Force sisters competing against each other, I was more worked up than usual. My mom was microphoned up with ESPN cameras following her, and there was still a large crowd of people in the stands cheering us on. I pulled up next to Court, and we both pre-staged; I got off the clutch, shoved my levers to full fuel, lit my second bulb, and then red-lighted. I have never gone red in my A/Fuel career. I guess I was anxious to get to the other end to beat her, so I stepped on the throttle too soon. It was an exciting, yet self- educating day.
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