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How John Force Got to 100 Wins

By NHRA Communications

BAYTOWN, Texas -- John Force became the third driver in auto racing history to claim 100 victories by winning today's O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. The following statistical summary shows John Force's win ranking among major auto racing competitors all-time, in the modern era, his ranking in NHRA career victories and compared against NHRA Funny Car competitors and a breakdown of each of John Force’s 100 victories:

Career victories among drivers in major auto racing series:

1. Richard Petty 200, NASCAR
2. David Pearson 105, NASCAR
3. John Force 100, NHRA Funny Car
4. Warren Johnson 87, NHRA Pro Stock
5. Bob Glidden 85, NHRA Pro Stock
6. Bobby Allison 84, NASCAR
7. Darrell Waltrip 84, NASCAR
8. Cale Yarborough 83, NASCAR
9. A.J. Foyt 79, CART, NASCAR
10. Dale Earnhardt 76, NASCAR
11. Mario Andretti 65, CART, F1, NASCAR
12. Kenny Bernstein 62, NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car
13. Jeff Gordon 58, NASCAR
14. Michael Schumacher 56, F1
15. Rusty Wallace 54, NASCAR

Major auto racing series' win leaders in the modern era of motorsports (1972-2002):

1. John Force 100, NHRA Funny Car
2. Warren Johnson 87, NHRA Pro Stock
3. Bob Glidden 85, NHRA Pro Stock
4. Darrell Waltrip 84, NASCAR
5. Dale Earnhardt 76, NASCAR
6. Cale Yarborough 69, NASCAR
7. Kenny Bernstein 62, NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car
8. Richard Petty 60, NASCAR
9. Jeff Gordon 58, NASCAR
10. Bobby Allison 55, NASCAR
11. Michael Schumacher 56, F1
12. Rusty Wallace 54, NASCAR
13. Joe Amato 52, NHRA Top Fuel
14. Alain Prost 51, F1
15. David Pearson 45, NASCAR

NHRA drag racing career win leaders:

1. John Force, Funny Car 100
2. Warren Johnson, Pro Stock 87
3. Bob Glidden, Pro Stock 85
4. Kenny Bernstein, Top Fuel, Funny Car 62
5. Joe Amato, Top Fuel 52
6. Don Prudhomme, Funny Car and Top Fuel 49
7. Don Garlits, Top Fuel 35
8. Darrell Alderman, Pro Stock 28
9. Lee Shepherd, Pro Stock 26
    Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel 26
10. Gary Scelzi, Top Fuel 25

NHRA Funny Car win leaders:

1. John Force 100
2. Don Prudhomme 35
3. Kenny Bernstein 30
4. Cruz Pedregon 22
5. Ed McCulloch 18
    Mark Oswald 18
7. Al Hofmann 15
8. Tony Pedregon 14
9. Chuck Etchells 12
10. Billy Meyer 11

THE ROAD TO 100: TRACKING JOHN FORCE'S CAREER VICTORIES:

NO. YEAR WHERE DEFEATED

1 1987 Montreal Ed McCulloch @
2 1988 Columbus Bruce Larson
3 1988 Brainerd John Martin
4 1988 Pomona 2 Kenny Bernstein
5 1989 Reading Bruce Larson
6 1990 Houston Bruce Larson
7 1990 Baton Rouge Richard Hartman
8 1990 Columbus Jim White
9 1990 Montreal Mark Oswald
10 1990 Sonoma Bruce Larson

11 1990 Brainerd Ed McCulloch
12 1990 Reading Mark Oswald
13 1991 Pomona 1 Glen Mikres
14 1991 Houston Ed McCulloch
15 1991 Sonoma Ed McCulloch
16 1991 Seattle Jim White
17 1991 Brainerd Mark Oswald
18 1992 Gainesville Jim Epler
19 1992 Atlanta Del Worsham
20 1992 Montreal Al Hofmann

21 1992 Sonoma Cruz Pedregon
22 1993 Pomona 1 Del Worsham
23 1993 Houston Al Hofmann
24 1993 Gainesville Al Hofmann
25 1993 Atlanta Chuck Etchells
26 1993 Memphis Tom Hoover
27 1993 Englishtown Chuck Etchells
28 1993 Topeka 1 Gordie Bonin
29 1993 Seattle Cruz Pedregon
30 1993 Indianapolis Kenji Okazaki

31 1993 Reading Al Hofmann
32 1993 Dallas Chuck Etchells
33 1994 Phoenix Cruz Pedregon
34 1994 Gainesville K.C. Spurlock
35 1994 Atlanta Dean Skuza
36 1994 Topeka 1 Cruz Pedregon
37 1994 Denver Chuck Etchells
38 1994 Sonoma Chuck Etchells
39 1994 Seattle Al Hofmann
40 1994 Brainerd Gary Densham

41 1994 Reading Cruz Pedregon
42 1994 Pomona 2 Cruz Pedregon
43 1995 Phoenix Tom Hoover
44 1995 Gainesville Dean Skuza
45 1995 Atlanta Cruz Pedregon
46 1995 Richmond K.C. Spurlock
47 1995 Denver Al Hofmann
48 1995 Brainerd Gary Densham
49 1996 Phoenix Chuck Etchells
50 1996 Gainesville Chuck Etchells

51 1996 Houston Al Hofmann
52 1996 Richmond Cruz Pedregon
53 1996 Englishtown Gary Densham
54 1996 Memphis Tony Pedregon
55 1996 Topeka 1 Cruz Pedregon
56 1996 Denver Chuck Etchells
57 1996 Seattle Tony Pedregon
58 1996 Brainerd Tony Pedregon
59 1996 Indianapolis Al Hofmann
60 1996 Topeka 2 Tony Pedregon

61 1996 Pomona 2 Tony Pedregon
62 1997 Pomona 1 Al Hofmann
63 1997 Phoenix Dean Skuza
64 1997 Brainerd Ron Capps
65 1997 Reading Chuck Etchells
66 1997 Topeka 2 Randy Anderson
67 1997 Memphis Cruz Pedregon
68 1998 Englishtown Jim Epler
69 1998 Indianapolis Randy Anderson
70 1998 Dallas 2 Dean Skuza

71 1999 Phoenix Cruz Pedregon
72 1999 Gainesville Cory Lee
73 1999 Houston 1 Tony Pedregon
74 1999 Richmond Tony Pedregon
75 1999 Atlanta Whit Bazemore
76 1999 Englishtown Cruz Pedregon
77 1999 St. Louis Tony Pedregon
78 1999 Brainerd Whit Bazemore
79 1999 Topeka Tommy Johnson Jr.
80 1999 Dallas 2 Tommy Johnson Jr.

81 1999 Houston 2 Jim Epler
82 2000 Phoenix Ron Capps
83 2000 Richmond Ron Capps
84 2000 Atlanta Ron Capps
85 2000 Dallas 1 Tony Pedregon #
86 2000 Chicago Jerry Toliver *
87 2000 Seattle Frank Pedregon
88 2000 Sonoma Tony Pedregon
89 2000 Brainerd Jim Epler
90 2000 Topeka Ron Capps

91 2000 Dallas 2 Jerry Toliver
92 2000 Pomona 2 Bruce Sarver
93 2001 Phoenix Bruce Sarver
94 2001 Gainesville Dean Skuza
95 2001 Columbus Del Worsham
96 2001 Pomona 3 Whit Bazemore
97 2001 Denver Bob Gilbertson
98 2001 Reading Whit Bazemore
99 2002 Pomona 1 Del Worsham
100 2002 Houston Tommy Johnson Jr.^

@ Force's emotional first career victory came finally after he posted nine runner-up finishes.

# Force's 85th victory tied NHRA Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden for most wins in NHRA history.

* Force passed Glidden to become NHRA's all-time win leader.

^ Force joins NASCAR legends Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) as the only drivers in motorsports history to post 100 victories or more.

NHRA Communications

 

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