Drag racer John Force, 64, clinches record 16th funny car title

 John Force
Drag-racing legend John Force won his 16th NHRA funny car title Sunday.
(Jerry Foss / Associated Press)

Drag racer John Force added to his legendary career Sunday by clinching a record 16th funny car title at age 64 with a victory in Las Vegas.

Force won the NHRA Toyota Nationals by defeating his daughter Courtney in the final round of eliminations with a pass of 4.062 seconds at 310 mph.

It was the third consecutive victory and fourth win overall this season for Force, who broke his own record for championships in funny cars, one of the two premier classes in National Hot Rod Assn. drag racing.

There is only one event remaining this season, the NHRA Finals in Pomona on Nov. 7-10.


Force, who also owns his Yorba Linda-based team, won his previous title in 2010, three years after he was seriously injured in a racing crash in Dallas.


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