Timing is everything for Austin Brooks

It’s still early in his career, but Austin Brock has already found the value of being in the right place at the right time. However, this works in the opposite direction as well. After a stellar first season in Top Fuel that culminated in the NHRA Rookie of the Year, driver John Force Racing Prock found himself out of action as long as he was on his feet. This year, it’s back in the saddle with a renewed appreciation for how important timing is.

“NHRA Drag Racing is all about it,” said Brock, grandson of former NHRA Funny Car driver Tom Brock and son of fellow world champion Robert Haight, Jimmy Brock. “You have to be hot at the right time, you have to peak at the right time, and I always thought you had to be in the right place at the right time. I kind of got lucky in that aspect.”

Brock, whose early career included successful stints in pavement dwarfs and dirt sprint cars, made his NHRA Top Fuel debut in 2019 with John Force Racing. The ambitious youngster came to JFR through the Driver Development Program in 2017 and was a crew member of both Courtney Force (Fun Car) and Brittany Force (Top Fuel) before landing on his private ride.

Throughout his career, Brock has seen massive highs—he won in Seattle in his first Top Fuel final during the junior season—and worrisome lows, like a complete hiatus for JFR when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, just like his sophomore season. It was coming off the ground.

Brock has maintained his loyalty to JFR despite being sidelined for nearly two full years, apart from making his only appearance in the summer of 2021 when Clay Millikan fell ill in Norwalk. Brock, who had been working with his father on a Hight that season, was ready when he got the call to fill up Millikan, reaching the semifinals in his first race since February of the previous year.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “Not only racing Norwalk, but working with my parents [last year]. It has been one of the most wonderful things in my career, working alongside my old man. This does not happen in the family and at work very often. ”

When it came time for Prock to return to racing full time with the support of Montana Brand and the Rocky Mountain Twist, he was just as ready as he was when he got the call to fill up Millican. The team was quickly put together as the final parts of the deal were pieced together, but all systems were ready for the inaugural Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com with an amazing duo leading the job in co-crew chiefs Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler.

“Joe Barlam is a very aggressive tuner who — like my old man — swings toward fences, and Tobler bet is more conservative and wants to run what we know we can run so we can win the round,” Brock said. “I think they’re good yin and yang, and I use that to boost confidence. Joe Barlam’s caliber crew chief wants to race a newbie like me, and now a legend like Rahn Tobler, that gives me a chip on my shoulder to perform like a legend.”

Out of the gate, the team was showing they had the right mix of personality and strength when they made it to the final round at the Winternationals. Although the following two events resulted in very early exits, they are on a rebound now as the tour heads to Richmond for the Virginia NHRA Nationals.

Brooke shared: “I feel like we set our standards very high at Pomona, and that put a lot of pressure and attention on us.” “Once you get to that level, you’re expected to still be there. But you can’t forget that this team was put together in about a week and a half. All the bits and pieces and people are still there, they’re all lined up in Pomona. We have to show What this car and team can do, and we’ll get back to the point.When we do, watch out.

“Our notebook is very short, but this car can win. I have to do my job, the crew and crew chiefs have to do their job, and Wallis is going to start falling.”

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