John Force returns to Funny Car winner’s circle with four-way win
After taking off the majority of the 2020 season on a COVID-influenced sabbatical, it didn’t take long for the most successful drag racing driver to return to the winner’s circle, scoring his second of four victory in his fourth race only after a year of stoppage. .
Force, who won Funny Car in the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway in 2010, earned his 152nd career victory and his first since the 2019 US Nationals by edging out former world champions JR Todd and Cruz Pedregon as well. as Alexis DeJoria to claim victory. The 3.91 Force in his BlueDef Chevy Camaro tuned by Danny Hood did the job ahead of Todd’s 3.94 in the Toyota DHL, who finished ahead of Pedregon’s late starting 3.93. DeJoria finished fourth.
âTiming is everything,â Force said. âI won the first (four-wheeler race) here and that makes me so proud. Don’t take the job you love for granted. I wanted to win for (track owner) Bruton (Smith), (team leader) Daniel (Hood), but these kids are tough here. Some days things were going well and our car was ready and prepared, and I did half my job. I’m thrilled and can send this (Wally trophy) to Bruton, a guy I really love.
Force won both of his prefinal quads, finishing ahead of Mike McIntire Jr. in the first round, then working his way into the final round with a low and event, a 3.897, to beat Todd. McIntire and Terry Haddock were also in this semi-final.
Gatornationals champion Todd, a two-time Las Vegas quadruple winner, won his first-round quad with a 3.95 lead over Haddock in the upset second round, then finished second behind Force in their semi-final for reach the final round.