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Oct 29

John Force defeats daughter to win 16th NHRA championship [w/video]

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John Force wins his 16th NHRA Funny Car Championship in a race against his daughter, Courtney Force.

John Force won the NHRA Funny Car Championship on Sunday, his 16th championship win since his first in 1990, racing against his 25-year-old daughter Courtney in the final round at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway. The 310+miles-per-hour drag race was close, with the 64-year-old elder Force driving his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang through the quarter mile in 4.062 seconds at 310.63 mph, followed closely by his daughter, who had a time of 4.085 seconds and a speed of 319.22 mph.

The win marks Force's 10th championship with Ford and 75th race victory in a Mustang. Despite his age and record 16 championship wins, he says, "I don't like seeing those 'Sweet 16' signs the fans are showing me now. I'm not quitting. I love it out here and I'll be back next year going for 17."

Force hadn't won the championship since 2010, and says modestly, "We are learning how to race again. Don Schumacher Racing and Cruz Pedregon have been pounding us so we needed to get back in the game." He thanked his crew and all the employees behind John Force Racing, the team he owns and drives for. He made a special shout out to his crew chief, Jimmy Prock, after his third straight win of the season and 138th overall.

Head on below for the press release and a video of the Force vs. Force race.

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