CLERMONT, Ind – John Force Racing is arguably one of the top teams, if not the top team, in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series. In both the Top Fuel and Funny Car ranks, JFR had a driver win each championship in 2017. Furthermore, in over 30+ years of NHRA action, JFR has 20 career championships, 19 of which occurring in Funny Car competition.
Unfortunately, they leave the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals without much success this weekend though.
None of the JFR cars made it past the second round of Monday’s final eliminations at the Lucas Oil Raceway.
John Force was eliminated in the first round when he lost to his teammate Robert Hight. Force, hasn’t won the “Big Go” since 2002 and once again failed to make it to the next round. This was his third straight loss in the opening round of NHRA competition this season.
Hight, lost in the second round to two-time defending U.S. Nationals champion and top qualifier J.R. Todd. It was his third straight loss in the second round on the season and sixth in the last eight races.
Courtney Force is the overall points leader but that didn’t get her to advance through the ladders on recognition alone. She lost in the second round to Matt Hagan.
Brittany Force like her father John, lost in the first round too. She was defeated by Antron Brown for her 12th straight defeat in either the first or second round.
The organization still has a chance at the overall championship in each division but names are made in the “Big Go” and they leave without much success in 2018.