On this episode of the NHRA Insider, Blake Alexander, Lauren Freer, and Brittany Force join host Brian Lohnes to talk about awesome success in Norwalk, making history as an NHRA drag racer, and the potential to win the first-ever Driver of the Year ESPY for an NHRA competitor.
Two-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Alexander had a manic weekend in Ohio. Abject disappointment on Friday night gave way to perhaps the most satisfying and emotionally charged victory of his career on Sunday afternoon. It was his first win since 2018 and Jim Head's first since 1997 when he was a driver himself. The road to this win was very long and hard, and Alexander tells the story.
Freer became the 30th person in NHRA history and the first woman to ever win two classes at the same national event. Her career arc has taken her from Jr. Dragster into the deepest end of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series talent pool. Her victory was spread over two days, one a very long Saturday and the second a very short Sunday. The behind-the-scenes stories from this one are fantastic.
Force, the 2017 and 2022 Top Fuel champion, has been nominated for the second time in her career for the Driver of the Year ESPY. No drag racer has ever won this award, and she hopes to be the first. The conversation with Force is wide-ranging and takes us deep into her team history, her approach, and how she and her team continue to function as a unit today.
This show is packed! Enjoy!