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January 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Another daughter of drag-racing legend John Force will join the sport's major leagues this year. But unlike her father and two racing sisters, Brittany Force plans to drive top-fuel cars -- the fastest in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series. The 8,000-horsepower dragsters reach speeds of 330 mph. John Force, 63, has won a record 15 championships in the sport's other elite class, funny cars, whose speeds top 300 mph. His daughter Courtney, 24, also races funny cars as did her sister Ashley, 30, before she left in 2011 to have a baby.
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February 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
John Force added another chapter to his legendary career Sunday as the 64-year-old drag racer won the funny car race at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Force, who earned a record 16th funny car championship last year, knocked out another former champion, Matt Hagan, in the final round at Auto Club Raceway. In doing so, Force set another record. His final-round run was 3.965 seconds, a new national low, at 323.58 mph in the 1,000-foot race. It was the 139th victory for Force, who owns the Yorba Linda-based team that includes his daughter Courtney and son-in-law Robert Hight in funny cars, and daughter Brittany in the sport's other 300-mph class called top fuel.
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February 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
John Force, the 63-year-old drag-racing legend with a record 15 funny car championships, said he barely can wait for this season to start Thursday in Pomona. Force said he wants to prove "I'm still in championship form" as the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series opens with the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway. Force is the defending winner of the event, which runs through Sunday, but that was his only win last year and he finished a distant ninth in the title standings.
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February 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One might think that after setting nearly every record in NHRA funny car drag racing, 64-year-old John Force would have nothing left to prove. But Force, who won a record 16th funny car title last year, believes he has everything to prove. That's because the four-driver team he owns is losing two major sponsors and their millions of dollars in support after this season. So Force, who's been flying around the country trying to recruit replacement sponsors, made the best sales pitch he knows: keep winning at the dragstrip.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The incomparable John Force isn't slowing down. Force, who won a record 16th title in NHRA drag racing's funny car class last year at age 64, opened this year's season with a record run at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Force's opening pass in qualifying for this weekend's Circle K Winternationals was 3.983 seconds at 317.72 mph over the 1,000-foot distance. That was the quickest time for funny cars at Pomona since the National Hot Rod Assn. in mid-2008 went to 1,000-foot races for funny cars and top-fuel dragsters, the other elite division in the sport's Mello Yello Series.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Legendary drag racer John Force said Wednesday he supported the decision by his drag-racing daughter, Courtney Force, to join other athletes in posing nude for this year's edition of ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue. " "My daughter is very proud of what she's done, the way she looks," John Force told reporters on a conference call. Like her father, a record 15-time champion, the 25-year-old Courtney races 300-mph funny car dragsters in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
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June 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As drag racing's best arrived in New England on Thursday for their next event, driver John Force was coming off another win last weekend at age 64. Let that sink in for a moment. Sixty-four . Force is the legendary 15-time champion in funny cars, one of the two elite divisions featuring 7,000-horsepower dragsters in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series. The other is top fuel. The nitromethane-powered cars cover the 1,000-foot races in less than 4.5 seconds at speeds topping 300 mph. And to win, drivers need superlative reflexes off the starting line.
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February 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One might think that after setting nearly every record in NHRA funny car drag racing, 64-year-old John Force would have nothing left to prove. But Force, who won a record 16th funny car title last year, believes he has everything to prove. That's because the four-driver team he owns is losing two major sponsors and their millions of dollars in support after this season. So Force, who's been flying around the country trying to recruit replacement sponsors, made the best sales pitch he knows: keep winning at the dragstrip.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
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February 10, 2007 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Two rounds of qualifying are in the books, rain is in the forecast, and drag racing superstar John Force could be watching his daughter's first professional race Sunday as nothing more than a fan. Force, a 14-time champion, still has not qualified his Ford Mustang funny car for the 16-car field that will make up the 47th annual CarQuest Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. The U.S.
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February 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Alexis DeJoria on Saturday became the first woman in NHRA drag-racing history to make a pass of under four seconds in a funny car, one of the sport's two elite classes. During the third round of qualifying for the Circle K Winternationals, DeJoria made a sizzling run of 3.997 seconds at 318.32 mph at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. That was the quickest time for a woman driving funny cars since the National Hot Rod Assn. in mid-2008 went to 1,000-foot races for funny cars and top-fuel dragsters, the other 300-mph class in its premier Mello Yello Series.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The incomparable John Force isn't slowing down. Force, who won a record 16th title in NHRA drag racing's funny car class last year at age 64, opened this year's season with a record run at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Force's opening pass in qualifying for this weekend's Circle K Winternationals was 3.983 seconds at 317.72 mph over the 1,000-foot distance. That was the quickest time for funny cars at Pomona since the National Hot Rod Assn. in mid-2008 went to 1,000-foot races for funny cars and top-fuel dragsters, the other elite division in the sport's Mello Yello Series.
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February 6, 2014
Drag racer Courtney Force went to Daytona International Speedway last month to cheer on her boyfriend, IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, as he raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance event. For the 25-year-old Force, it was an eye-opening experience. "I felt totally lost because [the race] was so different than what I'm used to," she said. "It's a 24-hour race. I'm used to a four-second race. " Force drives funny cars, the 7,000-horsepower machines that top 300 mph and cover the race's 1,000-foot distance in four seconds.
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November 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It wasn't the blazing ride into the sunset Shawn Langdon envisioned. With dusk settling on the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Saturday, the top-fuel drag racer smoked his tires on his final qualifying run of the NHRA Finals, sputtering down the 1,000-foot strip in 4.869 seconds, his worst pass of the meet. But top challenger Antron Brown did the same thing in the lane next door, smoking his tires on a 6.083-second run, and that allowed Langdon to clinch his first top-fuel world championship and a $500,000 bonus at the track the 31-year-old Mira Loma native practically grew up at. "It wasn't a spectacular run to win a championship, but it was the job we did prior to this that allowed us to win the title," said Langdon, who has won six events this year.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The last time Antron Brown played Pomona, he wound up in a sand trap, which would have been fine if he'd been driving a ball at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street and not a 320-mph dragster at the Auto Club Raceway. Brown, 37, has had two crashes in 16 years on the National Hot Rod Assn. circuit. One came last February at the Winternationals in Pomona, where his 8,000-horsepower top-fuel engine exploded as he crossed the finish line ahead of David Grubnic. Brown's car careened into Grubnic's lane, flipped upside down and disintegrated as it drifted down the strip, coming to rest in the safety sand trap at the end of the track.
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October 27, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Force is beginning to enjoy what it means to be drag racing's funny car champion. He clinched the world championship and its $150,000 bonus Thursday, but came right back Friday to take the No. 1 position for Sunday's Winston Finals at the Pomona Fairplex strip with a run of 5.339 seconds. Thursday, he ran 5.411 and was in third position. All he needed to beat Ed (Ace) McCulloch for the title was to qualify for the 16-car final eliminations.
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February 8, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The skies cleared just long enough Saturday for John Force Racing to establish itself as the favorite funny car team in today's NHRA drag races in Pomona. In the first and only round of qualifying for the season-opening Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Speedway, Force driver and defending race winner Robert Hight posted the fastest time of 4.037 seconds down the 1,000-foot track. Del Worsham qualified a tick slower at 4.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
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