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John Force has been a threat at nearly every U.S.Nationals over the years on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. As the veteran looks to gain a spot in the series Countdown to One playoffs a win this weekend would go a long ways to securing that berth.
John Force powered his 8,000-horsepower Castrol GTX Mustang to a leading performance of 4.021 seconds at 317.72 mph, setting a new track E.T. record in the process. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series event, the 13th of 24 in the 2013 season.
John Force earned his fourth victory at Bristol Dragway and the 135th title of his legendary career when he defeated arch-rival Cruz Pedregon in the final round. Force outran daughter Courtney Force, points leader Matt Hagan and rising star Blake Alexander to advance to the final round.
John Force, a 15-time NHRA world champion, claimed the 141st No. 1 qualifying position of his career and his 11th at Heartland Park Topeka by clocking a track record time of 4.043 seconds at 313.22 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. He will meet former teammate Tony Pedregon in the opening round of racing.
The track is one of those on which the sport’s biggest winner has achieved results best described as “magical.” In 29 career appearances, John Force has taken a Castrol GTX Funny Car to the final round 14 times. He has won a record nine times and NEVER has he failed to make the starting lineup
The first eight times that Vegas oddsmakers tapped the 62-year-old icon as the Funny Car favorite in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, an event contested this week for the lucky 13th time, Force took his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang beyond the second round just once and never raced for the title.
Spencer Massey, who finished second in the points standings last year, opened the new season in first place by outrunning Antron Brown in the final round to take his seventh career Top Fuel victory and first at Pomona. Massey posted a 3.750 at 325.77 in his FRAM/Prestone dragster to hold off Brown’s charging Matco Tools dragster, which trailed with a 3.794 at 320.43.
John Force could pass NHRA Pro Stock icon Warren Johnson at the top of the all-time list by qualifying first in the 16-car Funny Car lineup at the event where Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the defending event winners. Force and Johnson are currently tied at the top with 138 No. 1 qualifiers apiece.
John Force powered his Castrol High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 4.097 second run at 310.27 mph to lead the category. If his performance holds during Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions, Force will earn his third consecutive No. 1 effort of the season and inch closer to Pro Stock great Warren Johnson’s all-time NHRA No. 1 qualifying record of 138.
John Force became the oldest champion in the history of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series as he picked up the win on Sunday afternoon to secure the title. The emotional championship comes just three years after a horrific accident in Dallas nearly put Force into retirement.
John Force continues to defy critics and competitors in an effort to win yet another NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship. The 60-year California drivers earned the top qualifying spot in Houston on Friday after one round of competition.