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Yorba Linda's Force Sets NHRA Mark With Victory

September 30, 1996

John Force of Yorba Linda set an NHRA record with his 12th Funny Car title of the year, beating Tony Pedregon with a quarter-mile run of 4.970 seconds at 304.67 mph Sunday in the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Topeka, Kan.

Force, driving a Pontiac Firebird, is the second man in NHRA history with 60 career victories. Pedregon, whose Firebird broke down at the start, finished in 11.927 seconds at 69.88 mph. Jim Head won his first Top Fuel title, Jim Yates won the Pro Stock division and John Myers took the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition.

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