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2013 NHRA: JFR Pre-Race Stats Package For Las Vegas 2
Posted by: newsla on Oct 23, 2013 - 08:14 PM
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2013 NHRA: JFR Pre-Race Stats Package For Las Vegas 2


Flashback to . . . .
OCTOBER 31, 2010

After qualifying second behind daughter Ashley Force Hood, John Force drives his 25th Anniversary Castrol GTX Ford Mustang past the Toyota of Jeff Arend, the Dodge of Melanie Troxel, the Ford Mustang of Bob Tasca III and, finally, the Dodge of points leader Matt Hagan to win the Las Vegas Nationals.

 

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The victory enable Force to move to within 37 points of Hagan, whom he would pass for the championship two weeks later with a victory in the Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif.

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The Drivers

JOHN FORCE, 64, is riding the momentum born of a two-race winning streak that carried him and his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to the top of the Mello Yello Funny Car standings for the 19th season. He leads 2011 champion Matt Hagan by 65 points going into the Toyota Nationals. The 137-time tour winner is bidding for his 16th championship in the last 24 seasons.

BRITTANY FORCE, 27, has come into her own as the rookie driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster. At the wheel of the first Top Fuel dragster ever fielded by John Force Racing Inc., she has qualified for all four of the events thus far contested in the Countdown to the Championship while posting personal best 1,000 foot times in three of her last five starts including a 3.795 at St.Louis.

ROBERT HIGHT, 44, who made history when he won the 2009 championship from the 10th and final Countdown starting position, is not yet ready to concede this year’s championship, not even to his father-in-law. He and the Auto Club Ford will start this week from fourth place in points, 134 down to the leader but just eight behind reigning champion Jack Beckman, who currently occupies the No. 3 position.

COURTNEY FORCE, 25, is trying to improve on the No. 5 finish she manufactured last season en route to NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year recognition as the winner of the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award. She will start this week from seventh place in points in the Traxxas Ford Mustang. Nevertheless, she is only 65 points behind defending champion Jack Beckman, who currently is third.

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MELLO YELLO POINT STANDINGS (After four of six events in the Countdown to 1 playoffs for the Mello Yello Championship)

FUNNY CAR
1. John Force, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, 2457
2. Matt Hagan, Mopar/Rocky Boots Dodge, 2392
3. Jack Beckman, Valvoline Dodge, 2331
4. Robert Hight, Auto Club Ford Mustang, 2323
5. Cruz Pedregon, Snap-on Tools Toyota, 2307
6. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge, 2297
7. Courtney Force, Traxxas Ford Mustang, 2266
8. Johnny Gray, Pitch Energy Dodge, 2223
9. Del Worsham, DHL Toyota, 2214
10.Tim Wilkerson, Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang, 2175

TOP FUEL
1. Shawn Langdon, Al-Anabi dragster, 2441
2. Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools dragster, 2358
4. Spencer Massey, Schumacher Electric dragster, 2355
3. Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports dragster, 2316
5. Antron Brown, Matco Tools dragster, 2312
6. Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster, 2302
7. Clay Millican, Parts Plus dragster, 2232
8. Khalid alBalooshi, Al-Anabi dragster, 2223
9. Bob Vandergriff Jr., C&J Energy dragster, 2187
10. Steve Torrence, Capco Contractors dragster, 2125

11. David Grubic, Optima Batteries dragster, 923
12. Brandon Bernstein, Protect the Harvest dragster, 814
13. Brittany Force, Castrol EDGE Ford dragster, 783

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TELEVISION (all on ESPN2, all times Eastern Daylight):

Qualifying highlights – Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:30-4 a.m.
Race highlights – Sunday, Oct. 27, 8-11 p.m.

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JFR by the numbers

1 Funny Car championship won from the No. 10 starting position during the Countdown era (Robert Hight, 2009); Funny Car championship won from the No. 1 starting position (John Force, 2010).
2 wins this season for Courtney Force and the Traxxas Ford Mustang.
3 best career start for Brittany Force in the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster (at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Denver).
4 wins for Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (spring, 2007, 2011-12, fall, 2009).
7 different tracks on which John Force has clinched series championships including The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2004).
19 seasons with at least 30 round wins for John Force, who this year has 34 at the wheel of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang.
32 points by which John Force lost the 2005 championship to Gary Scelzi and his then crew chief, Mike Neff (who now calls the shots on Robert Hight’s Ford).
50 round wins for Courtney Force in 45 pro starts without a DNQ (it took John Force 48 starts and 56 races to win his first 50 rounds).
223 races in which John Force has reached the final round.
262 number of tour events after which John Force has been the Funny Car points leader.
738 consecutive days John Force occupied the No. 1 position from Feb. 25, 1996 through Jan. 31, 1998 (40 straight races).
1148 rounds won by John Force in his NHRA career.

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NEXT EVENTS (2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series):

Countdown to the Mello Yellow Championship:
Nov. 7-10 49th annual Auto Club Finals, Pomona, Calif.

2014 NHRA Mello Yello Series
feb. 6-9 54th annual NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 21-23 30th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix, Ariz.

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THE RECORD BOOK
John Force wins by QUALIFYING POSITION

No. 1 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ 56
No. 2 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ 20
No. 3 ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ 21
No. 4 ▄▄▄▄▄ 9
No. 5 ▄▄▄ 7
No. 6 ▄▄▄▄ 8
No. 7 ▄▄▄▄ 8
No. 8 ▄▄ 4
9-12 ▄ 1 each

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John Force Racing: we’ve got questions

At which of the following Mello Yello Tour facilities has John Force NOT clinched an NHRA Funny Car championship?
a. Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
b. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
c. Gateway Motorsports Park at St. Louis
d. The Texas Motorplex at Dallas
e. Maple Grove Raceway at Reading, Pa.
f. Heartland Park-Topeka
g. Royal Purple Raceway at Houston

Answer: c. Gateway Motorsports Park. (He clinched at Dallas in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001; at Las Vegas in 2004; at Reading in 1993; at Indy in 1996; at Houston in 2000; and at Topeka in 1994. His other titles were secured at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.)

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They said it. (and they meant it, too!)

“What we have right now is consistency. Jimmy Prock likes to swing for the fence and that scares me sometimes but when he’s hot, he’s hot.” – JOHN FORCE, on the keys to his most recent surge to the top of the NHRA Funny Car standings at the wheel of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang.

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