JOHN FORCE, 51, of Yorba Linda, Calif., driver of the Castrol GTXÃ‚Â® Ford Mustang, is the most prolific winner in NHRA drag racing history with 87 tour victories. Although he's won six races this season, three more than points leader Jerry...
JOHN FORCE, 51, of Yorba Linda, Calif., driver of the Castrol GTXÂ® Ford Mustang, is the most prolific winner in NHRA drag racing history with 87 tour victories. Although he's won six races this season, three more than points leader Jerry Toliver, Force still trails the WWF driver by 32 points with 10 races remaining.
VERSUS THE PEDREGON BROTHERS: John now owns the distinction of having beaten EACH of the Pedregon brothers in a Seattle final. He beat Cruz to win in 1993, Castrol SYNTECâ„¢ teammate Tony Pedregon to win in 1996 and Frankie Pedregon to win in 2000. He also owns the distinction of being the only driver to have beaten all three Pedregons in the same day. He beat Cruz and Tony in the first two rounds Sunday.
RECORDS: John is the official NHRA national record holder for both quarter mile time (4.788 seconds) and speed (324.05 mph).
CAREER AT SEATTLE: This is John's fifth career win at Seattle International where he won previously in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
SEASON-TO-DATE: John has won six of 13 races this year. He won earlier at Phoenix, Richmond, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago.
DID YOU KNOW: This was John's 133rd final round appearance....John has qualified for 243 straight events dating back to the 1987 Winston Finals at Pomona, Calif. ...John is the only drag racer to have won the Driver of the Year Award for all of American motor racing (1996) .....John is one of only two Funny Car drivers to have broken 4.80 seconds; one of only three to have reached 320 mph....This is the 11th straight season in which John has won at least three NHRA tour events and the 14th straight year in which he has won at least one time....in beating points leader Jerry Toliver in the semifinals, Force improved his record against the WWF driver to 6-3.....Sunday's victory was John's first in a Western Swing race since he won at Seattle in 1996. He had gone 22 races in the Denver-Seattle-Sonoma series without reaching the winners circle....John has been named to the Auto Racing All-America Team a record seven straight years (and eight times overall)....14 of John's 87 victories now have come from the No. 2 qualifying spot from which he started the 13th Prolong Northwest Nationals....Frank Pedregon became the 27th different driver to lose a final round to John Force.
<pre> The complete list: Driver Final Round Losses Cruz Pedregon 12 Al Hofmann 9 Chuck Etchells 9 Tony Pedregon 9 Ed McCulloch 4 Bruce Larson 4 Dean Skuza 4 Ron Capps 4 Mark Oswald 3 Jim Epler 3 Gary Densham 3 Tom Hoover 2 K.C. Spurlock 2 Randy Anderson 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. 2 Whit Bazemore 2 Del Worsham 2 Jim White 1 Jerry Toliver 1 John Martin 1 Kenny Bernstein 1 Richard Hartman 1 Glen Mikres 1 Gordie Bonin 1 Kenji Okazaki 1 Cory Lee 1 Frank Pedregon 1