Brittany Force picked up her fifth win of the season Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and with it took back the points lead in Top Fuel with just one race remaining in the 2022 season. Robert Hight grew his points lead with a runner-up finish in Funny Car while Austin Prock and John Force had semifinal and second-round exits respectively.
After qualifying number one in Top Fuel, Brittany Force advanced through the opening round to face Antron Brown. Force would take the quarterfinal win after Brown hazed the tires and shut off. In the semifinals, Force would defeat eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, setting up a battle for the points lead in the finals against Mike Salinas.
In her seventh final round of the season, Force would have a 0.034 reaction time and 3.705-second pass to pick up the win on a holeshot with over Salinas. It was Force’s 16th career victory, third at The Strip at LVMS, and she regains the points lead with one race remaining in the 2022 season.
Robert Hight came into the race day as the number one qualifier in Funny Car for the sixth time this season and would defeat Jeff Arend in the opening round. The second round would be a great race with Alexis DeJoria as Hight would get the starting line advantage and would slowly inch away for a 0.013 margin of victory. Hight would again take the win in the semifinals with a 3.878 over J.R. Todd’s 3.898. In the finals, Hight would have a rare stumble against Matt Hagan, smoking the tires to give Hagan the win which moved him to second in the series standings behind Hight.
Top Fuel number two qualifier, Austin Prock, started eliminations with a victory over Cameron Ferre. In the second round, Prock would find himself lined up with four-time and reigning world champion Steve Torrence where he would have a starting line advantage and would defeat the reigning champ. In the semifinals, Prock would have to take on championship hopeful Mike Salinas and would again have a starting line advantage but would lose the fight mid-track with an engine explosion, giving Salinas the win.
John Force and the PEAK Auto team started race day from the number five position in Funny Car and raced Blake Alexander in the opening round. Force would take the win with a clean 3.915-second pass while Alexander would smoke the tires. Force would head into the second round with lane choice over opponent J.R. Todd and despite leaving the starting line first, Todd would drive around Force with a 3.889-second pass that would send Force home in the quarterfinals.
The conclusion of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season will take place November 11-13th with the NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.