CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Brittany Force has been cleared to return less than two weeks after a <a target=”—blank” href=”https://twitter.com/NHRA/status/962786789411897345″>jarring crash</a> in the NHRA season opener and plans to race this weekend at the Arizona Nationals.
Force arrived at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix on Thursday and got back in the dragster for the first time since a harrowing wreck at the Winternationals in Pomona, California, on Feb. 11. She plans to make her first pass during qualifying runs Friday.
Force says “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 and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”
The reigning Top Fuel champion has three runner-up finishes in five starts in Arizona, including consecutive finals in 2016 and 2017.
Force said Wednesday <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.nhra.com/news/2018/brittany-force-answers-questions-about-winternationals-crash”>she remembers nothing about the crash</a> that hospitalized her overnight. She <a target=”—blank” href=”https://twitter.com/BrittanyForce/status/962947921934102528″>escaped internal injuries</a> and sustained only “upper-body soreness.”
The 31-year-old Force is one of <a target=”—blank” href=”https://twitter.com/NHRA/status/962832432973078530″>Funny Car great John Force’s four daughters</a> .
More AP auto racing: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.racing.ap.org”>www.racing.ap.org</a>