Dallas: John Force clinches Funny Car title

Motorsport.com -- In what started as an emotional weekend for John Force due to the death of his mother, Betty Ruth, after a lengthly illness, it became a gift to her memory today at Ennis, Texas. Force made the decision to continue the title ...

Motorsport.com -- In what started as an emotional weekend for John Force due to the death of his mother, Betty Ruth, after a lengthly illness, it became a gift to her memory today at Ennis, Texas.

Force made the decision to continue the title fight today because in his words: "It's what she'd me to do." "She was almost 80 years old, but she packed a hundred years into her life," Force said. "She was a big fan of drag racing, as responsible for getting me to this point as Austin Coil or Bernie Fedderly."

Today his mother would be proud of his talent, his perseverance and his attitude.

Force clinched his 11th NHRA Winston Funny Car title in the second round of eliminations. His main competition, Whit Bazemore lost in the second round to Del Worsham.

"I hadn't realized what had happened," Force said. "Bazemore smoked the tires and everyone said we won. It was a big relief to get it over with. I'm not trying to kid anyone. We are under a lot of pressure to win and it gets hard to focus sometimes. That's why being inside that race car is such a good place for me to be. It's so calm.

Force began his NHRA Funny Car career in 1978. He won the championship in 1990 and 1991. He now has nine consecutive championships (1993-2001). Two of the championships were clinched at the Motorplex in Ennis in 1995 and 1999.

In the past 15 season, Force has won at least one event and has set numerous records.

Besides being outspoken, emotional and one of winningest drivers in racing, he remains drag racing's most enthusiastic fan.

Force has won two very prestigious awards: *Voted national motorsports Driver Of The Year in 1996 in balloting by nationwide motorsports media. *Won prestigious "Ollie" award in 1998 at Car Craft All-Star awards ceremony for his contributions and achievements in drag racing.

Motorsport.com staff congratulates John Force on his 11th Championship and we extend our sympathy to him and his family on the loss of his mother who obviously was one of the driving forces behind his career.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Austin Coil