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Catching up with Narciso “Nacho” Bravo and Chris Menapace at E-Town, Arizona’s Contribution to Team Force

Englishtown, NJ (June 15, 2017) – The pit-area of Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car at the Summer Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in NJ was hot and hustling, but you couldn’t tell by looking at crew-member Narciso “Nacho” Bravo.

He looked calm, cool, and collected last week when he took a break to talk about the team’s season so far.

“We have such a good feeling going into race ten,” he said. “We’re getting a glimpse of the greatness that ahead of us, I don’t think we’ve hit our full potential yet.”

If that’s the case, then the Force team has a lot to look forward to. So far, the team has qualified no less than fourth at any event, and has been no less that second in qualifying in six straight races. Including their 3.862 ET in Englishtown, they have qualified first in five events this year.

Nacho added “It’s incredible to stand on the starting line and watch the 10,000 horse power funny car launch down the track, we don’t know where she’ll land in the field, so every run gets more exciting than the next.”

We spoke about how the team worked together to get Courtney back on the track after the epic explosion at the New England Nationals.

“As if the explosion wasn’t exciting enough, we built the spare car, qualified second, and ran the low E.T. of the race.” he said.

“We’re always gunning for Ron (Capps) and those NAPA guys,” Bravo said, “and when we beat them in the third round of eliminations, it felt amazing.”

“This team just gels,” he said, “we’re in a great spot, but we have a lot of racing left. We’re fine-tuning every week, trying to close the gap between us and the leaders every week, and perfect the car as we head closer to the countdown”

The results of the Force teams efforts seem to speaking for themselves thus far. They sit fourth place in the standings as they head into the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN in a very tight race.

Christopher, who was moved from Robert Hight’s team to the team of John Force shortly after the 2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals picked up his first team win when John Force got his first win af the 2017 season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

Words and photos photos and story by Dan Neri for Arizona Auto Scene.

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