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2014 NHRA: John Force Is Ready For An Epping Final Round Redo
Posted by: newsla on Jun 18, 2014 - 02:05 PM
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2014 NHRA: John Force Is Ready For An Epping Final Round Redo


John Force and his Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang are locked, loaded and ready for Epping. The 16-time NHRA Mello Yello World Champion has been anticipating heading back to New England Dragway for the second annual Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals. He has also been looking forward to having an opportunity to go to the final round, this time for a win. The 16-time NHRA Mello Yello World Champ would like to get his 140th career victory while adding the NHRA New England Nationals to the impressive list of events he has won in his fabled career.

 

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“The New England Nationals is a great new market for NHRA and Mello Yello. The event also brings in many fans from Canada, which is also very cool. Auto Club is also up there, so I’m excited to be coming back to Epping,” said John Force.

During the inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, and for the fourth time in John’s illustrious career, he squared off with one his daughters in the final round. This time, it was Courtney Force, and neither driver showed the other any mercy as their 8,000 horsepower Team Castrol Mustang Funny Cars flew down New England Dragway side-by-side. When the clutch dust and nitro fumes cleared, it was the 2012 NHRA Rookie of the Year who crossed the finish line first just ahead of her dad.

“Last year, we came off a win at Bristol on Father’s Day weekend and went into Epping thinking I could get another win but Courtney beat me in the final. I had beat her earlier at Bristol, so I guess it was revenge for my little girl,” said John Force

As the 2014 season reaches the halfway mark, the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ knows he needs to start going rounds and winning races if he’s going to a 17th Mello Yello World Championship. They also know they can’t continue going down the path of first round defeats if they are going to stay in the hunt for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Legendary racer John Force is on the case, and hopefully this weekend’s second annual NHRA New England Nationals will be race where he turns it around.

“We have all the horsepower in the world, and I have a great team. We’ve put aside our first round defeat at Bristol last week and have moved on and addressed the problems, so we’ll turn it around at Epping,” said John Force.

The 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champ is working even harder in chasing another world title, and shows no signs of slowing down. However, the competition has been tough and when you combine this with the mechanical gremlins the Castrol GTX High Mileage team has been chasing for part of this season, it’s easy to see that it has been a challenging first half of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello season for John Force.

“We’ve been struggling with our hot rod, but I’ve got Jimmy Prock (crew chief), Danny DeGennaro (assistant crew chief) and the rest of the guys sorting it out. We need to keep our sponsors like Castrol, Auto Club, Traxxas, Ford, Mac Tools, Peak and BrandSource happy, and that’s what we’ll do,” said John Force.

John Force is still in second place with 640 Mello Yello Championship points. He trails his teammate, son-in-law and current leader, Robert Hight, by 265 points. More important, John Force knows the gap between him and the rest of field behind is tightening up, so he knows it’s imperative that he goes rounds at this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals.

With his win at this year’s NHRA Winternationals, and final-round appearances at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida and the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, we’re confident we’ll be rooting Mr. Force on to victory this weekend.

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