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2014 NHRA: John Force Eager To Get Back Into Winner’s Circle In Houston
Posted by: newsla on Apr 23, 2014 - 04:33 PM
2014 NHRA: John Force Eager To Get Back Into Winner’s Circle In Houston

With a strong showing at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals just over a week ago, John Force is ready to once again drive his Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang to another final round appearance this season at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals. The 64 year-old is showing no signs of slowing down as he’s not only in search of another win, but another NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Championship.


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“I want to win every race. I just lost the final to my son-in-law Robert Hight in Charlotte and I am happy for him but I am sick. I want to win. I want to get to 140 and then win after that. I have 16 championships but I am not going to stop there. There are more championships to win,” said John Force.

John Force suffered a second round loss to seasoned veteran Tim Wilkerson during last year’s NHRA Spring Nationals when his 8000 horsepower Funny Car hazed the massive Goodyear slicks. The last time John Force has won this event was in 2002 and it also happened to be John’s historic 100th Funny Car title. However this weekend, John Force is looking to pad his points lead by going some rounds as his Jimmy Prock tuned race car will be ready to take on any driver in the next lane.

Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Spring Nationals, John Force is in second place in the NHRA Mello Yello points standingswith 453. He’s only 35 points behind current leader and teammate Robert Hight who has 488 points. Even though Robert, who just happened to be his son-in-law and president of John Force Racing, won’t get any slack if John happens to line up next to him or even daughter Courtney during eliminations come race day. The bottom line is, the 16-time NHRA champion wants to win races.

“It’s about winning, that’s what my sponsors pay me to do and it’s my job and the job of my crew guys to deliver but it’s also about the fans. Texas has great race tracks and great fans and they deserve to see the best racing in town,” said John Force.

Force spent some time over the break celebrating Easter with his family in the Virgin Islands. While he was there a chance encounter led him to Caribbean Dragway and an afternoon that re-energized one of the most energetic personalities in sports.

“I had the best time at the greatest little race track in the middle of the ocean. I was invited by Gary Thomas to come watch the races at Caribbean Dragway and Laurie and I had the best time. It took me back 30 years as soon as I saw all the racers there. It was a nice facility and everybody was great. They watch us on ESPN and they love the NHRA. There were so many families out there it was a great afternoon and I could see the international future of drag racing,” said Force.

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