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Force Wraps Up Sixth

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 1996

John Force clinched his sixth NHRA Winston Funny Car championship, beating Al Hofmann with a quarter-mile run of 5.139 seconds at 301 mph in the U.S. Nationals drag races.

The competition followed the weekend deaths of Top Fuel points leader Blaine Johnson and motorcycle racer Elmer Trett. Johnson died Saturday from injuries suffered when his car went out of control at 300 mph in qualifying, and Trett was killed Sunday after an accident in an exhibition run.

Cory McClenathan won the Top Fuel title, Kurt Johnson took the Pro Stock competition, and John Myers won the Pro Stock Motorcycle event in the 15th and largest event in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.



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