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February 28, 2011 | By Larry Stewart
The last time elite drag racers John Force and Larry Dixon competed at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, at the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals in November, they wrapped up series championships in their respective divisions. On Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals, the first stop of 22 on the Full Throttle Series, which concludes in Pomona this November, neither fared too well. Force lost in the second round of funny car eliminations after Dixon lost in the first round of top fuel.
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September 16, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor-racing action, including the opening race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, NHRA drag racing in Charlotte and more, five things come to mind: --Kyle Busch finally looks in championship form. After too many years in which Busch stumbled out of the gate in the 10-race Chase after a strong regular season, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver looked title ready Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Yes, teammate Matt Kenseth swept past Busch on the final restart with 23 laps left to claim the victory , but Busch finished second and kept his cool afterward, a show of poised determination that will serve him well in the coming Chase races.
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September 2, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
John Force has known triumph and tragedy on the track, but now the drag-racing legend is having to battle back from a financial 1-2 punch. Two of Force's biggest sponsors, Ford and Castrol motor oil, recently announced separately that they plan to pull their support after the 2014 season, a major setback for his four-car team based in Yorba Linda. Both companies, in so many words, said they were looking for better returns on their marketing spending than they could earn where Force competes, in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
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September 2, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
John Force has known triumph and tragedy on the track, but now the drag-racing legend is having to battle back from a financial 1-2 punch. Two of Force's biggest sponsors, Ford and Castrol motor oil, recently announced separately that they plan to pull their support after the 2014 season, a major setback for his four-car team based in Yorba Linda. Both companies, in so many words, said they were looking for better returns on their marketing spending than they could earn where Force competes, in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
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April 15, 2012 | Wire reports
Carl Pettersson had another fast start and finished with a two-under-par 69 for a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pettersson had a run of five consecutive birdies on the front nine during the third round Saturday to move in front. This time, Pettersson birdied three of the first five holes and built a five-shot lead by the turn that he never relinquished. He finished at 14 under. It was Pettersson's fifth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Canadian Open.
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September 16, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor-racing action, including the opening race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, NHRA drag racing in Charlotte and more, five things come to mind: --Kyle Busch finally looks in championship form. After too many years in which Busch stumbled out of the gate in the 10-race Chase after a strong regular season, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver looked title ready Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Yes, teammate Matt Kenseth swept past Busch on the final restart with 23 laps left to claim the victory , but Busch finished second and kept his cool afterward, a show of poised determination that will serve him well in the coming Chase races.
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July 25, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland. The German shot a one-over 72 to finish at five-under 279. Pavin ended with a one-under 70. Tom Watson finished with 74 for a six-over 290. He said he would return next year to play in the British Open and Senior British Open. --- Carl Pettersson overcame a six-stroke deficit to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory, following his tournament-record 60 in the third round with a three-under 67 to beat Dean Wilson by a shot at Toronto.
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August 12, 2005 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Robert Hight sticks out like a sore thumb, the anti-Force to funny car driver-owner John Force's 300-mile-a-minute monologues. When 13-time NHRA champion Force chose Hight to succeed Gary Densham as his third driver, Force worried that his son-in-law -- Hight is married to Force's oldest daughter, Adria -- couldn't handle the interviews. Hight is soft-spoken, humble, cerebral, willing to acknowledge mistakes. But he packs a wallop inside a nitro-fuel funny car.
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February 11, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Tony Schumacher blazed down Pomona Raceway's famed quarter-mile track Thursday afternoon in 4.487 seconds, reaching a speed of 321.04 mph. And afterward his team could only theorize how quick his U.S. Army dragster might have been had it not blown a cylinder 800 feet into the run. Doug Kalitta was left to wonder what might have been had the clock not malfunctioned as he ran side by side against his rival in qualifying for the Winternationals, the opening race of the 2005 National Hot Rod Assn.
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November 14, 2010 | By Larry Stewart
A first-round eliminations shocker opened the door for John Force to raise his National Hot Rod Assn. record to 15 national championships Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona. And Force, a 61-year-old funny car legend, completed the deal with a thrilling second-round victory over Bob Bode. That gave Force enough points to pass 27-year-old Matt Hagan, who came into the eliminations with a 38-point lead. The stage was set for Force by a bevy of upsets in the first round.
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April 15, 2012 | Wire reports
Carl Pettersson had another fast start and finished with a two-under-par 69 for a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pettersson had a run of five consecutive birdies on the front nine during the third round Saturday to move in front. This time, Pettersson birdied three of the first five holes and built a five-shot lead by the turn that he never relinquished. He finished at 14 under. It was Pettersson's fifth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Canadian Open.
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February 7, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Drag racing has a new Force to be reckoned with. Courtney Force, 23, the youngest daughter of drag-racing legend John Force, will make her debut in the sport's top series this weekend at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona that start Thursday. She's driving one of the 7,000-horsepower Ford funny cars for her dad's Yorba Linda team in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series, where the nitro methane-fueled dragsters reach a blistering 300 mph in 1,000-foot races.
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February 28, 2011 | By Larry Stewart
The last time elite drag racers John Force and Larry Dixon competed at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, at the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals in November, they wrapped up series championships in their respective divisions. On Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals, the first stop of 22 on the Full Throttle Series, which concludes in Pomona this November, neither fared too well. Force lost in the second round of funny car eliminations after Dixon lost in the first round of top fuel.
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November 14, 2010 | By Larry Stewart
A first-round eliminations shocker opened the door for John Force to raise his National Hot Rod Assn. record to 15 national championships Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona. And Force, a 61-year-old funny car legend, completed the deal with a thrilling second-round victory over Bob Bode. That gave Force enough points to pass 27-year-old Matt Hagan, who came into the eliminations with a 38-point lead. The stage was set for Force by a bevy of upsets in the first round.
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July 25, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland. The German shot a one-over 72 to finish at five-under 279. Pavin ended with a one-under 70. Tom Watson finished with 74 for a six-over 290. He said he would return next year to play in the British Open and Senior British Open. --- Carl Pettersson overcame a six-stroke deficit to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory, following his tournament-record 60 in the third round with a three-under 67 to beat Dean Wilson by a shot at Toronto.
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February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
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February 7, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Drag racing has a new Force to be reckoned with. Courtney Force, 23, the youngest daughter of drag-racing legend John Force, will make her debut in the sport's top series this weekend at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona that start Thursday. She's driving one of the 7,000-horsepower Ford funny cars for her dad's Yorba Linda team in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series, where the nitro methane-fueled dragsters reach a blistering 300 mph in 1,000-foot races.
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February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
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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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August 12, 2005 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Robert Hight sticks out like a sore thumb, the anti-Force to funny car driver-owner John Force's 300-mile-a-minute monologues. When 13-time NHRA champion Force chose Hight to succeed Gary Densham as his third driver, Force worried that his son-in-law -- Hight is married to Force's oldest daughter, Adria -- couldn't handle the interviews. Hight is soft-spoken, humble, cerebral, willing to acknowledge mistakes. But he packs a wallop inside a nitro-fuel funny car.
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