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Force Seeking 100th Career Victory
at Mac Tools Gatornationals

With milestone victory, will join short list
of race drivers to earn 100 trophies

By NHRA Communications

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a victory in Sunday's Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, John Force will join an elite list of drivers to earn 100 victories in major auto racing competition. Force, an 11-time NHRA Funny Car champion, would join NASCAR legends Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (105) as the only competitors in motorsports history to reach the century mark in career victories.

Additionally, Force would become the first driver in motorsports to earn 100 victories in the modern era (1972-2002).

Force, 52, came up short last month in his bid to achieve the milestone, losing a final round battle to Del Worsham in Phoenix when his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang lost traction just after the start.

Of Force's 99 career victories, seven have come at the historic Gainesville Raceway quarter-mile, including a win last year.

Force has earned more victories than several of auto racing's prominent drivers, including most notably Darrell Waltrip (84), A.J. Foyt (79), the late Dale Earnhardt (76), and Mario Andretti (65).

In the world of drag racing, a pair of legendary Pro Stock drivers are closest to his leading total, including Warren Johnson (87) and Bob Glidden (85). He has no equal in Funny Car competition, as his closest active rival in the career win column is Cruz Pedregon (22). Retired driver Don Prudhomme is second among all-time Funny Car winners with 35.

MAJOR AUTO RACING SERIES' CAREER VICTORY LEADERS:

Richard Petty 200, NASCAR
David Pearson 105, NASCAR
John Force 99, NHRA Funny Car
Warren Johnson 87, NHRA Pro Stock
Bob Glidden 85, NHRA Pro Stock
Bobby Allison 84, NASCAR
Darrell Waltrip 84, NASCAR
Cale Yarborough 83, NASCAR
A.J. Foyt 79, CART, NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt 76, NASCAR
Mario Andretti 65, CART, F1, NASCAR
Kenny Bernstein 61, NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car
Jeff Gordon 58, NASCAR
Lee Petty 55, NASCAR
Michael Schumacher 54, F1
Rusty Wallace 54, NASCAR
Joe Amato 52, NHRA Top Fuel
Alain Prost 51, F1
Ned Jarrett 50, NASCAR
Junior Johnson 50, NASCAR
Don Prudhomme 49, NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel
Herb Thomas 48, NASCAR
Buck Baker 46, NASCAR
Michael Andretti 41, CART
Bill Elliott 41, NASCAR
Ayrton Senna 41, F1
Tim Flock 40, NASCAR
Al Unser 38, CART
Bobby Issac 37, NASCAR
Don Garlits 35, NHRA Top Fuel
Al Unser Jr. 33, CART, IRL
Mark Martin 32, NASCAR
MAJOR AUTO RACING SERIES' WIN LEADERS IN THE MODERN ERA OF MOTORSPORTS (1972-2002):
John Force 99, NHRA Funny Car
Warren Johnson 87, NHRA Pro Stock
Bob Glidden 85, NHRA Pro Stock
Darrell Waltrip 84, NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt 76, NASCAR
Cale Yarborough 69, NASCAR
Kenny Bernstein 61, NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car
Richard Petty 60, NASCAR
Jeff Gordon 58, NASCAR
Bobby Allison 55, NASCAR
Michael Schumacher 54, F1
Rusty Wallace 54, NASCAR
Joe Amato 52, NHRA Top Fuel
Alain Prost 51, F1
David Pearson 45, NASCAR
Don Prudhomme 44, NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel
Michael Andretti 41, CART
Bill Elliott 41, NASCAR
Ayrton Senna 41, F1
Mario Andretti 32, CART, F1
Al Unser Jr. 33, CART, IRL
Mark Martin 32, NASCAR
A.J. Foyt 31, CART, NASCAR
Nigel Mansell 31, F1

Auto Racing Series Abbreviation Key:

NASCAR- National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (Winston Cup Series)
NHRA -- National Hot Rod Association
CART -- Championship Auto Racing Teams
F1 -- Formula One
IRL -- Indy Racing League

NHRA DRAG RACING CAREER WIN LEADERS (Top 10, Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock only)

1. John Force, Funny Car 99
2. Warren Johnson, Pro Stock 87
3. Bob Glidden, Pro Stock 85
4. Kenny Bernstein, Top Fuel, Funny Car 61
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 27
9. Lee Shepherd, Pro Stock 26
   Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel 26
10. Gary Scelzi, Top Fuel 25

NHRA FUNNY CAR WIN LEADERS (Top five)

1. John Force 99
2. Don Prudhomme 35
3. Kenny Bernstein 30
4. Cruz Pedregon 22
5. Ed McCulloch 18
   Mark Oswald 18

NHRA POWERADE DRAG RACING SERIES, ROUND NO. 3:

WHAT: Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, third of 23 events in $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series for 2002

WHEN: March 14-17, 2002

WHERE: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.

SCHEDULE: Qualifying Friday and Saturday (11 a.m., 2:15 p.m.); Eliminations Sunday (11 a.m.)

TV: Saturday, ESPN2, qualifying, 8-10 p.m. ET

Sunday, ESPN2, eliminations, 5-7 p.m. ET

QUICK FACTS: John Force will attempt to score his 100th career NHRA victory in Funny Car competition ... NHRA legends "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney will compete in Top Fuel, while Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden will take to the track for the third time this season in his comeback attempt ... Angelle Savoie begins defense of her 2001 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship at this event ... Gene Wilson, son of famous TV outdoorsman Orlando Wilson, will make his NHRA driving debut for the Team Mopar Pro Stock team, owned by Houston's David Nickens. Wilson, new teammate of three-time NHRA Pro Stock champ Darrell Alderman, is the defending IHRA Pro Stock champion and replaces Mark Osborne in the second Team Mopar Dodge Neon R/T.

TICKETS: (800) 884-NHRA

 

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