Chase Elliott quickest again in 2nd Dover Nationwide practice

Leave a comment

Chase Elliott continues to look good so far this weekend in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway, as he led the second practice session for Saturday’s Buckle Up 200.

Speeds were slower altogether in Practice 2, but Elliott still topped the time sheets with a lap of 154.692 miles per hour in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Earlier today, he led the first Nationwide practice with a lap at 157.618 mph.

Practice 2 came to a rough conclusion when Tanner Berryhill lost fluid while going down the backstretch in the final seconds of the session.

Berryhill was able to hang on to his car, but Jeffrey Earnhardt got caught in Berryhill’s fluid and hit the wall; he sustained enough right-side damage to force him to go to a back-up car.

On Twitter, Berryhill disclosed that it was a water line that came loose in the incident. He also mentioned an oil line issue earlier in the practice:

Brian Scott was second-quickest for Richard Childress Racing with a lap of 154.606 mph, followed by Trevor Bayne in third for Roush Fenway Racing (154.381). Joey Logano went P4 (154.248) and Kyle Busch was fifth (153.984).

Nationwide Series qualifying will take place tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2 p.m. ET.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

Photo: John Force Racing
Leave a comment

Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It 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 tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.