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* FORCE IN NO HURRY: John Force, who recently notched career win No. 84 onto his drag racing resume, says he'll be patient in his chase of Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden's storied NHRA win record. As far as he's concerned, he's got plenty of time...

* FORCE IN NO HURRY: John Force, who recently notched career win No. 84 onto his drag racing resume, says he'll be patient in his chase of Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden's storied NHRA win record. As far as he's concerned, he's got plenty of time to track it down.

It took the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang driver nine years to earn his first victory, so waiting out the final few days, weeks, or months of his quest to overtake Glidden's mark will be nothing in comparison. Force was a runner-up nine times before he claimed his first career victory, in 1987 at Canada's Le Grandnational.

"I'm certain (No. 85) will come," said Force, runner-up at this event last year to first-time Funny Car winner Tim Wilkerson, from Springfield, Ill. "Maybe not this week, and maybe not next week. Heck, I may not even be the first guy to get there. Warren Johnson has 80 wins. So he's right there too."

* TOLIVER HOLDING FIRM: Jerry Toliver is more determined than ever to remain in his position as Winston points leader in Funny Car, despite the fact that John Force claimed back-to-back victories in Richmond, Va. and Atlanta. The Huntington Beach, Calif., driver has led the point standings since opening with a victory at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. He followed that win with a triumph in Gainesville, Fla.

He's so serious that he's using both a Pontiac Firebird body and a Chevrolet Camaro body, depending on the different track surface and atmospheric conditions.

Toliver admits he'll do whatever it takes to remain competitive and stay in the hunt for an elusive NHRA Winston championship trophy.

"We are staying clearly focused on our mission," said the WWF Racing driver, sounding just as edgy as some of his wrestling superstar counterparts. "If attitude is what it takes to win races, that's exactly what will give 'em - right in their face."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , John Force , Bob Glidden , Tim Wilkerson , Jerry Toliver