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Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to [...]

Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014
Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014 – 7:29 | Comments Off
Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014

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Top Fueler Doug Kalitta called race conditions at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. “perfect” on Saturday. They sure were for the Mac Tools driver as Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
John Force (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s [...]

Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins
Saturday, 8 Feb, 2014 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force launched defense of his latest NHRA Funny Car world championship in record-setting fashion Friday, twice lowering the track record during the opening day of qualifications for the 54th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
The winningest driver in NHRA history, Force recorded a 3.966-second pass on his second 1,000-foot lap down [...]

Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride
Friday, 7 Feb, 2014 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last time Tommy Johnson Jr. was employed fulltime as an NHRA Funny Car driver, Jay Leno had yet to retire the first time as host of “The Tonight Show.”
That was 2008, a lifetime in any form of professional motorsports. But the persistent Johnson has joined Don Schumacher Racing’s juggernaut for [...]

Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014 – 12:03 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room
Tuesday, 4 Feb, 2014 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car icon John Force says he would be willing to sit out the 2015 NHRA season in favor of daughter Brittany’s fledgling Top Fuel career if his current search for corporate funding falls short.
Brut Force on the sidelines would constitute the extreme worst-case scenario for both John Force Racing [...]

Force, Brown Quicken The Pace At Palm Beach Test
Saturday, 18 Jan, 2014 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Force, Brown Quicken The Pace At Palm Beach Test

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Defending NHRA Funny Car world champ John Force and 2012 Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown put down the fastest runs in their respective categories during the final day of testing in Palm Beach, Fla.
Force drove his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a 4.013-second pass at 318.84 mph. The 16-time Funny Car world champion was [...]

NHRA Cars To Warm Up Cold Florida
Friday, 17 Jan, 2014 – 15:21 | Comments Off
NHRA Cars To Warm Up Cold Florida

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Unseasonably cold weather in Florida has prompted the Professional Racers Owners Organization (PRO) and Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) officials to move up the schedule for this weekend’s fourth annual PRO Winter Warm-Up.
Two Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel sessions now will be contested at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday and Saturday. [...]

Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation
Thursday, 2 Jan, 2014 – 8:02 | 11 Comments
Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation

Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha plans to contest the entire 24-race NHRA season in 2014 after acquiring the complete racing inventory of 2009 World Champion Mike Edwards.
The deal that apparently has sent Edwards into an unexpected retirement at age 56 was announced by McGaha via emailed news release from his hometown of Odessa, Texas, [...]

Jimmie Appears To Be In Line For Another DOTY
Thursday, 28 Nov, 2013 – 12:31 | 2 Comments
Jimmie Appears To Be In Line For Another DOTY

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ballots for 2013 Driver of the Year on two levels are due on Black Friday, and the guy now known as “Six-Pack” clearly will be dealing from a position of strength.
That guy is Jimmie Johnson, whose updated business card reads “Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.” Johnson is a four-time [...]