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1949-05-04 (age 72)

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John Force Racing confirms its return to action

The 21-time NHRA championship-winning team John Force Racing will start the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with next month’s opening round of the season.

John Force Racing pauses racing activities until 2021

John Force has announced that his hugely successful eponymous NHRA team will “remain parked for the 2020 season in order to come back at championship caliber.”

Force after 150th win: “The monkey taught me so much”

John Force says that waiting 25 races for his 150th NHRA Funny Car triumph was a monkey on his back which “drives you nuts”, after clinching his landmark triumph at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.

John Force scores 150th Funny Car win

John Force powered to his 150th Funny Car win on Sunday at the Magic Dry Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, WA, while JFR teammate and rookie Austin Prock picked up his first Top Fuel win and Matt Hartford won in Pro Stock.

John Force scores first victory of the year

John Force took his 149th career Funny Car win and first in over a year at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, as Leah Pritchett, Greg Anderson and Hector Arana Jr. were also winners. 

Video: Brittany Force in hospital overnight following crash

Reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force is being kept in hospital overnight after crashing into the walls either side of Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway during NHRA’s Winternationals.

Courtney Force hails “great test” after fastest Funny Car run

Courtney Force said she was thrilled with her best run in NHRA Spring Training after topping the Funny Car times at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

John Force gains honorary doctorate from UNOH

The University of Northwestern Ohio has bestowed an honorary doctorate of law on 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion in a special ceremony on the Lima, Ohio campus.

Top Fuel star Brittany Force to test JFR Chevy Camaro Funny Car

Legendary Funny Car driver and team owner John Force has revealed that he is having a Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car built for daughter Brittany, currently a star in Top Fuel.

Capps scores third straight Funny Car victory 

Ron Capps raced to his third consecutive win at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, as Steve Torrence, Bo Butner and LE Tonglet nailed the Top Fuel, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories.

Torrence scores first win of season at Four-Wide Nationals

Steve Torrence raced his way to Top Fuel victory in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Zmax Dragway, while Ron Capps, Chris McGaha and LE Tonglet conquered FC, PS and PSM categories respectively.

NHRA heads to Charlotte for Four-wide Nationals

The Four-wide Nationals at ZMax Dragway are almost upon us.

Pritchett, Capps and Butner conquer in SpringNationals

Leah Pritchett drove to her third NHRA Top Fuel victory of the season at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, as Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also prevailed at the fifth round of the year.

Millican, C. Force and Coughlin Jr. lead qualifying at SpringNationals

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway

John Force to be inducted into California Sports Hall of Fame

Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force is to become the first motorsports figure to be inducted into California’s Sports Hall of Fame, during a ceremony on June 25 at Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Calif.

Force win prompts thoughts of Medlen and the future

John Force scored an emotional 148th win on the 10th anniversary and at the same track as Eric Medlen's fateful crash, and JFR scored its 2500th round-win too. Anne Proffit reflects on an emotional weekend in Gainesville.

Schumacher, John Force take nitro wins at Gatornationals

Tony Schumacher raced to Top Fuel victory at the 48th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, with John Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also claiming Wally Trophies.

J. Force, Schumacher, Line and Krawiec lead qualifying Friday at Gainesville Raceway

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway

Force swaps teams; Dixon returns at Gainesville

Give NHRA legend John Force time to think about gaining consistency in his four-team John Force Racing squad and you can be sure he’ll find a way to mix up the ingredients.

Wild horsepower at Wild Horse Pass

The second NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event on the 24-race calendar takes place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Ariz. As Anne Proffit indicates, the smart money is on those who excelled in a preseason test here.

Force vs. Schumacher - When bad blood spills over

NHRA team owners John Force and Don Schumacher aren't exactly seeing eye-to-eye right now.

Pritchett, Hagan and Line win Pomona season-opener

Leah Pritchett earned the second Top Fuel victory of her career at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday as Matt Hagan and Jason Line clinched Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively.

Courtney Force, Leah Pritchett lead nitro Spring Training

Courtney Force topped the Funny Car testers and Leah Pritchett headed Top Fuel runners at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. as Nitro Spring Training came to an end.

Testing times for NHRA’s elite

Most nitro teams competing in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will gather for a test this week as they prepare for next week’s season-opener at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Anne Proffit looks ahead.

NHRA adjusts points system for 2017

The National Hot Rod Association is attempting to enhance competition for the finale of its 24-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season to try and push the championship deciders go to the last day of the finale.

Ace tuner returns to John Force Racing

John Force continues to strengthen his team prior to the start of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, with the return of Jimmy Prock.

Beckman the beneficiary in latest Schumacher vs Force battle

2012 NHRA Funny Car champion Jack Beckman will enter his 11th full season with Don Schumacher Racing with some ace tuners heading his crew. It's just the latest in the personnel war between two giants of the sport, as Anne Proffit explains.

New sponsor for Courtney Force, staff changes at JFR

Advance Auto Parts has replaced Traxxas as primary sponsor on Courtney Force’s Chevrolet Camaro, while team owner John Force has rehired key names from his team’s rich heritage – and attracted former rivals. Anne Proffit reports.

Force, Hight on the highs and lows of 2016

As they learned more about the Chevrolet Camaro SS, John Force and Robert Hight saw their results improve measurably, but they admit there’s still much to be done. Anne Proffit reports.

Capps, Line, Savoie take titles; Kalitta, Johnson Jr., Anderson, Smith earn wins

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) claimed NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championships at Pomona, to join Antron Brown (Top Fuel) in the 2016 elite.

Capps continues push to championship at Pomona

Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Jason Line and Jerry Savoie lead qualifying Fiday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway

Brown earns Top Fuel title, Force takes Funny Car win

John Force beat daughter Courtney to Funny Car victory in Las Vegas, but while Steve Torrence took Top Fuel honors on the day, Antron Brown did enough to clinch his third NHRA championship.

Antron Brown, John Force start Countdown in winning style

Antron Brown scored his fifth Top Fuel win of the year in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at in Concord, N.C., as John Force (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also clocked wins.

Johnson Jr., Kalitta, Line and Savoie lead qualifying at the Carolina Nationals

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Force recruits McCulloch for title fight

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship has seen John Force bolstering his engineering lineup as he aims for his 17th Funny Car championship, bringing in Jason McCulloch to help on tune-ups.

U.S. Nationals drama is a taster of what’s to come

The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is a huge event in and of itself, but it also set the field for the six-race Countdown to the 2016 Championship. Annie Proffit looks ahead.

Force aims to extend his own record in the West

Only one Funny Car driver has ever completed a sweep of NHRA’s Western Swing and that was John Force in 1994. Now he has the opportunity to repeat, as Anne Proffit explains.

Force wins again in Sonoma

John Force scored his second consecutive Funny Car victory as J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in front of a sell-out crowd at Sonoma.

Heroes and surprises in Denver

Can NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series possibly top the first round of its Western Swing, held this past weekend at Bandimere Speedway just west of Denver? It will be difficult, says Anne Proffit.

Force scores first win for more than a year

The most successful drivers in NHRA’s nitro classes, John Force and Tony Schumacher, scored their first wins of 2016 at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals near Denver, as Allen Johnson and Andrew Hines also took victories.

Torrence, C. Force, Laughlin and Hines earn No. 1 qualifying positions at Mile-High Nationals

Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

C. Force, Torrence, Enders and Hines lead Friday qualifying at Mile-High Nationals at Denver

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 37th annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway,

Looking for peaks in Thunder Valley

The list of drivers who have yet to score wins in the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing season is a surprising who's who of NHRA stars, all seeking victory at Bristol's Thunder Valley, this weekend. Anne Proffit reports.

Why Force's new car is important

John Force is never one to put things in a subtle fashion.

Force unveils new Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car

16-time NHRA champion John Force has revealed the all-new 2016 Camaro SS Funny Car that he’ll race this weekend at the NHRA Kansas Nationals. 

Hagan, Torrence, Anderson and Krawiec LEAD Friday Qualifying at Four-Wide Nationals

Results Friday after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMax Dragway

Brittany Force is keeping it in the family

It’s often said that racing is a family. Occasionally a big, dysfunctional family, true, but isn’t that the way families exist?

Brittany Force: “I’ve been wanting this since Day 1”

Brittany Force has given credit to John Force Racing, engine-builder Alan Johnson and teammate Robert Hight following her first NHRA Top Fuel win.

NHRA season preview: Larry Dixon’s predictions

Three-time Top Fuel champion and Motorsport.com’s new columnist Larry Dixon runs us through the NHRA’s top runners and riders and what we can expect to see in 2016, starting with Pomona's Winternationals this weekend.

Beckman and Schumacher set the pace Friday at NHRA Nitro Spring Training

Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening at Pomona in Southern California.

Two-time Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown ready to defend Crown

The 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals will start on February 11 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Matt Smith realizes icing on the cake could be win at countdown opening on Carolina Nationals

The first of six races events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs begins tomorrow at state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway.

John Force to run Jeff Gordon tribute scheme

NHRA icon John Force will pay tribute to NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon this weekend.

Beckman, Crampton, Gray and Hines earn No. 1 qualifying positions at Brainerd

For the third consecutive race, Jack Beckman has clocked the quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history.

Johnson Jr., Todd and Mcgaha race to victories at Northwest Nationals

Three home victories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle.

J. Force, Dixon, Johnson and Krawiec power to No. 1 qualifiers in Denver

John Force powered his PEAK Antifreeze Chevy Camaro SS to a track record 4.015 at 318.09 to earn the top qualifying position for the second time this season.

Dixon, J. Force, Johnson and Krawiec race to qualifying leads at Bandimere Speedway

Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

The divorce is final: NHRA, ESPN to end long association

Fox and Fox Sports 1 to air drag racing starting in 2016.

Up in smoke? The NHRA at a crossroads

With a new president, can the National Hot Rod Association move to the next level?