The last time John Force visited Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, temperatures neared 100 degrees and John went out in the first round at the NHRA Full Throttle Event.
This weekend Force and his newly-crowned NHRA event-winning daughter Courtney returned to a much more comfortable Norwalk track where fans cheered John on to a victory in the track’s famed Night Under Fire.
Instead of sun and stifling heat, it was rain that told the tale in this year’s Night Under Fire as the NHRA stars that attended the track’s all-star event only made one run before the rain called a halt to the proceedings.
The 15-time NHRA Funny Car champ ran the fastest time of the night with a 4.110-second pass at 312.57 mph. His daughter Courtney was number second with a pass at 4.110/288.95 mph. The elder Force was racing the patriotic-themed "American Pride" Funny Car which will be retired forever after the Night Under Fire.
Buckeye native Jim Head, Alexis DeJoria, Jeff Arend and 2008 Night Under Fire winner Dan Wilkerson joined the Force family at the event, which featured Bob Motz going 215.93 mph at 6.987 seconds in his jet-powered Kenworth semi truck.
Bill Bader, Jr. president of Summit Motorsports Park, announced that fans that attended this year’s shortened event will get a 50 percent credit for tickets for the 36th Annual Auto Plus Night Under Fire scheduled for August 2013.