NHRA update: Brittany Force released from hospital

NHRA update: Brittany Force released from hospital
Brittany Force has huge crash in Pomona
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“To watch my guys come together and work, everything is clicking so nice — you can tell the extra prep that they put in during the off-season,” Hagan said in a news release. “It’s not so much just the parts and pieces, it’s looking at those parts and pieces and putting your hands on them.

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Matt Hagan beat defending season champion Robert Hight in the funny car final Sunday in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.

“Keeping our team upbeat and confident and starting the year up on a positive note is good for our team to set goals, no matter how hard they may be to obtain,” Hagan said.

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“Everything was clicking this weekend, and even more than the parts and pieces it’s about having the right guys to use what we have, and so far we’ve done it well.”

Doug Kalitta won in top fuel, and Bo Butner topped the pro stock field. Kalitta had a 3.779 at 324.28 to edge Tony Schumacher in the final, and Butner ran a 6.549 at 209.62 against teammate Jason Line.

Brittany Force has huge crash in Pomona
Brittany Force has huge crash in Pomona

Earlier, defending top fuel season champion Brittany Force escaped serious injury in a wall-banging crash in the first round.

The 31-year-old driver, last year’s season champion, was racing against Terry Haddock in the first round of eliminations when her dragster went off to the right at the start and shot to the left in front of Haddock. Force’s dragster crashed into a wall, spun with the parachute getting tangled on the nose of the vehicle and flipped onto its side.

John Force Racing said the 31-year-old driver, the daughter of funny car great John Force, didn’t suffer any major internal injuries, but had some bruising of the lungs and will remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution.

"You look at how these cars evolved over 40-50 years," John Force said. "We made a lot of changes after the loss of Eric (Medlen, former JFR driver killed in a 2007 testing accident). A lot came out of that. Building better chassis, safer."

The team said a CT scan was negative and an MRI exam showed subtle findings probably from previous injuries.

NHRA: Brittany Force released from hospital, to recuperate at home for next week

Force was racing against Terry Haddock when her 11,000-horsepower dragster veered right just off the start, shot to the left — crossing in front of Haddock — and slammed into the left wall.

Video: NHRA Top Fuel Champ Brittany Force taken to hospital after first-round crash
Video: NHRA Top Fuel Champ Brittany Force taken to hospital after first-round crash

It spun with the tangled parachute catching the nose and hit backward into the right wall, flipping on its side. The dragster ended up back on what was left of the wheels when it finally skidded to a stop.

NHRA: Matt Hagan edges past Robert Hight
NHRA: Matt Hagan edges past Robert Hight

She was taken to a hospital about the same time her father went out with an engine explosion.

NHRA: Matt Hagan edges past Robert Hight
NHRA: Matt Hagan edges past Robert Hight


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