For most of racing’s history, its been a male dominated sport. Occasionally, a Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher or Shirley Muldowney have shown up and made a name for themselves in their respective series that they have competed in, but no one is having success now like Leah Pritchett and Brittany Force are in the 2017 Mello Yellow NHRA Drag Racing Series on the Top Fuel level.
These two names need to be honored for what they’re doing this season, and that is that they’re putting that “male sport” theory to the wood chopper.
In 13 Top Fuel events this season, Pritchett and Force have combined to win four of them. Pritchett, won three times, including the first two races of the season, with victories at Pomona, Phoenix and Houston. She’s currently second in the points standings as she’s been either been first or second in the points after all but one race this year.
What’s also impressive is that she had just one career win entering this season and after just 13 races in 2017, she’s already more than doubled that win total. She’s made the final round and lost another time with four final round appearances already this year alone. Only twice has she not made it to at least the semifinals in her Papa John’s dragster.
Force, has also won a race this year, her fourth Top Fuel victory of her career. She also has a runner-up this season too, that in a loss to Pritchett at Phoenix for an all female final round.
Her win came at Epping, defeating Antron Brown in the final round. She now sits sixth in the points standings and hoping for at least another victory or two before the Countdown begins in the Fall in her Monster Energy dragster.
At the week break, one thing is for sure, the two females are definitely championship contenders this season.