THE DYNAMICS THEY DREAMED OF GIVE FORCES MIXED FEELINGS
John Force has had a number of archrivals throughout the years.
Some of them gave him real fits (Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Al Hofmann, Whit Bazemore, Jerry Toliver). Some had fun needling him and vice versa (Gary Scelzi). Some from his own age group he appreciated as old-fashioned racers (Ed "The Ace" McCulloch, Chuck Etchells). And some he saw as the up-and-coming wave of NHRA Funny Car stars (Ron Capps, Del Worsham, Matt Hagan).
CLASSIC VIDEO - THE FIRST IHRA RACE UNDER THE BILLY MEYER LEADERSHIP
Technically, the 1988 IHRA Winternationals was the first race under Billy Meyer's presidency. Travel back in time as you watch icons such as John Force, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein, Rickie Smith, Bob Glidden and Tripp Schumake do battle in the "next level" of the IHRA.
INJURED AUSSIE RACER BEN BRAY WILL RETURN IN 2015
Ben Bray, who suffered serious back injuries in a June accident, plans a return to drag racing next season. He is still in a partial cast while his body continues to recover from fractured ribs and three fractured vertebrae.
Bray's mobility has been limited for the last four months, although he admits his restrictions are easing up a bit.
FORCE TO RUN 16X CHAMP FUNNY CAR IN QUALIFYING AT VEGAS
John Force has one primary focus for the next two races; do whatever it takes to win the Mello Yello NHRA Funny Car championship. He does, however, know that fans have been clamoring to see his 16X celebratory Funny Car paint scheme, which has become a tradition for the winningest driver in NHRA history. Force will unveil and qualify in the 16-time Champion American Made themed Ford Mustang Funny Car. The look of the car was designed to resemble a battle weathered American flag.
“I wanted something that really showed who I am. I am American Made and everything about John Force Racing comes back to that idea. This is a tribute to all my employees who are American Made and work harder than any team out here. I love America and I love NHRA Drag Racing. This was the perfect look for my 16-time championship Funny Car,” said Force.
BRAY TO CONCLUDE CHALLENGING SEASON WITH RETURN TO STRIP
Iconic Aussie drag racer Victor Bray's plans hit a snag moments before his team's rig was scheduled to leave his Queensland-based race shop headed for Sydney. Thus goes another day in what has been a challenging season for Bray.
In a span of five months, the Top Doorslammer pioneer experienced his son Ben being severely injured while racing a Factor Extreme race car and lost his major sponsorship, leaving his participation on a lesser level.
SCHUMACHER IN DRIVER'S SEAT BUT NOT ASSUMING ANYTHING
Antron Brown said he recognizes his Don Schumacher Racing teammate is the racer to beat for the NHRA Top Fuel title.
Moreover, he seems less concerned about that than top-ranked Tony Schumacher does.
TOMMY JOHNSON JR. UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP RADAR
In NHRA circles, it is well known Matt Hagan is leading the nitro Funny Car point standings with two races remaining in the season – Las Vegas (Thursday through Sunday) and Pomona (Nov. 13-16).
There’s legendary John Force 36 points behind Hagan, minus his crew chief Jimmy Prock.
MUSI 903 RECEIVES ‘NORTH AMERICAN RACE ENGINE OF THE YEAR’ NOMINATION
Pat Musi Racing Engines’ 903 EFI powerplant has been nominated for Race Engine Technology magazine’s North American Race Engine of the Year. The nomination was revealed in Race Engine Technology issue 81, September/October 2014.
The nomination for this prestigious award caps off a year of unprecedented success in nitrous-assisted Pro Modified drag racing for veteran engine builder Pat Musi.
24 HOURS OF S-10 SALE AT S&W
S&W Race Cars is pleased to announce their single largest 1-Day Sale of all time. That’s right - their intense 24-hour ‘S-10’ sale will begin at the Stroke of Midnight 12:00AM (EST,) Thursday October 30th, 2014 and will end at 11:59PM (EST.)
The sale will feature modest to massive discounts on S&W’s ‘U.S.A. made’ S-10 performance parts and racing components. In addition, prepare yourself for some sickening sweet Halloween ‘Surprises.’ Expect new and special S-10 combo packages, as well as a few S-10 ‘goodies’ from other manufacturers.
COURTNEY FORCE FOCUSED ON TITLE OPPORTUNITY
While her legendary father John Force stole all the headlines last week when he accepted crew chief Jimmy Prock's resignation, Courtney Force is focusing on what is in front of her.
Courtney trails points Matt Hagan by 72 points with just two races remaining - Las Vegas (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13-16).