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Weekend Recap: October 1 - 2, 2022

Oct 032022

Brittany Force Smashes Own Record as Fastest Drag Racer in NHRA Top Fuel History!\


Monster Energy drag racing ace Brittany Force pulled off the fastest run in NHRA Top Fuel history on Friday, instantaneously resetting the national speed record to 338.48 MPH in her 11,000-horsepower, nitromethane-burning dragster.


In the opening round of the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway, Force defeated teammate Austin Prock with a shock and awe pass of 3.665 seconds, smashing her own speed record, which had stood at 338.17 MPH since the fall of 2019. Force and crew chief David Grubnic now own the 10 fastest speeds in NHRA Top Fuel class history.


“To get the record is just fantastic, and now given where we are at in this Countdown, this Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team is only 30 points behind in the fight for the 2022 championship,” said a beaming Force after a solid, high-performance weekend of drag racing. “We have struggled, but the top is still not out of our reach. We go to Dallas next, had success there before, won the Stampede of Speed Friday Night Live qualifying event last year, and I’ve won the race in the past. We’re all anxious to get there, excited to get there.”

Ross Branch Wins Prologue Qualifying Stage at Rallye Du Maroc


Monster Energy’s Ross Branch, racing for Hero MotoSports Team Rally, won the prologue qualifying stage at Saturday’s third round of the FIA-FIM World Rally-Raid Championship, the Rallye Du Maroc 2022.
Branch was fastest through the Moroccan sand dunes, dubbed a ‘Mini Dakar’ after the great Dakar Rally event, running the quick 9 km of special and 49 km of liaisons around Agadir, comprised mainly of sands, in a time of 1:01.28. With the effort, Branch earned a pick within the top 15 starting positions for the opening stage of the Rallye Du Maroc.
“It was really fun to be back on the track today on my Hero Rally 450,” he said. “Nine kilometers in the prologue was really short, but I had a lot of fun. It was just like my motocross days. The stage had quite a few big bumps and jumps, and my Hero performed at its peak. I’m happy to have finished at the top; it’s a good start to the week and I look forward to the rest of the race.”
Also finishing well in the prologue for Monster Energy was Branch’s teammate, Joaquim Rodrigues, who placed 7th.

A.J. McKee and Juan Archuleta Victorious at Bellator 286


The hometown hero prevails! Monster Energy’s A.J. Mckee defeated Spike Carlyle at Bellator 286 in Long Beach, California, on Saturday night. In the wild co-main event fight contested in the lightweight division, the 27-year-old went the distance over three rounds for a unanimous decision victory (29-26, 30-26, 30-27).
Also on Saturday night, Monster Energy’s Juan Archuleta from Sultana, California, defeated Peru’s Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in their 141-pound catchweight bout on the main card.
“Mercenary” McKee (19-1) stepped into the Octagon ready to start a new chapter after suffering the first loss of his professional career against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 277 in April. That defeat cost McKee the Bellator Featherweight World Champion title and ended the promotion’s longest victory streak – 18 wins – on record. Now competing at lightweight, McKee is focused on continuing his legacy.
BELLATOR 286: Pitbull vs. Borics was showcased in front of an electrified audience at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center; the main card was broadcast live on Showtime, and the Monster Energy Prelims streamed live on YouTube.