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John Force – Victory by the Numbers

By Christi Lewien, motorsport.com

John Force... by the numbers

0 National events won without Crew Chief Austin Coil
1 Times named Driver of the Year for all motor sports (1996)
2 Uncontested final rounds (1993 U.S. Nationals; 1996 Winston Finals)
3 Times shared the podium with career victory leader Bob Glidden
4 NHRA Winston Champions beaten in final rounds
5 Consecutive victories in MAC Tools Gatornationals (1992-1996)
6 Times followed a first round loss with a victory in the next event
7 Event victories when final round opponent had the quicker quarter mile time
8 Times named by the AARWBA to the Auto Racing All-America Team
9 Times runner-up before winning first event
10 Wins since turning 50
11 Victories in his home state (California)
12 Final round victories over Cruz Pedregon
13 Victories as the No. 2 qualifier
14 Consecutive seasons with at least one tour victory
15 Times exceeded 320 miles per hour
16 Final round appearances in a single season (1996, a record)
17 Rounds won in 21 career meetings with Ron Capps
18 Times qualified for the U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious event
19 Career victories without benefit of lane choice in final round
20 Career "sweeps" (race winner, No. 1 qualifier, low ET eliminations, top speed)
21 Victories in Ford Mustangs
22 Rounds won in 25 career meetings with Whit Bazemore
23 Times shared winners' circle with Warren Johnson
24 Rounds won in 49 career meetings with Mark Oswald
25 Different drivers beaten in the final round

John Force....more numbers

30 Final rounds versus one of the Pedregon brothers
31 Rounds won in 48 career meetings with Cruz Pedregon
34 Consecutive races without a first round loss (1995-1997)
36 Rounds won in 49 career meetings with Chuck Etchells
39 Rounds won in 52 career meetings with Al Hofmann
41 Victories from No. 1 qualifying position
64 Times posted top speed of the meet
65 Rounds won in a single season (1996, a record)
66 Career starts before winning for the first time (1987, Montreal)
79 Times quickest race day quarter mile
84 Career wins
94 Times qualified No. 1
130 Final round appearances
236 Consecutive career starts
658 Career rounds won

.001 Margin of victory against Whit Bazemore in final round of Southern
Nationals, May 16, 1999, at Atlanta, Ga. (closest final round win)
.002 Margin of defeat against Cruz Pedregon in final round of 1996 Autolite
Nationals, July 28, 1996, at Sonoma, Calif. (narrowest final round loss)

4.787 seconds Quickest career elapsed time (Oct. 24, 1998, Ennis, Texas)
4.788 seconds NHRA national record* time (April 11, 1999, Houston, Texas)
324.05 mph NHRA national record* speed (March 21, 1999 Gainesville, Fla.
*Requires backup run within one per cent for certification
John Force Career Victories by Event:

Colonel's Truck Parts Nationals, Brainerd International Raceway 8
Advance Southern Nationals, Atlanta Dragway 6
CSK Nationals, Firebird Raceway (Phoenix) 6
MAC Tools Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway 6
Keystone Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, Pa.) 5
O'Reilly Nationals, Houston Raceway Park 5
Matco Spring SuperNationals, Old Bridge Raceway Park 4
Prolong Northwest Nationals, Seattle International Raceway 4
Moto1.net Nationals, Virginia Motorsports Park (Richmond) 4
Autolite Nationals, Sears Point Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.) 4
AutoZone Winternationals, LA County Fairplex (Pomona, Calif.) 3
AAA of Southern California Finals, LA County Fairplex 3
U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway Park 3
x-Western Auto Nationals, Heartland Park-Topeka 3
Advance Auto Parts Nationals, Heartland Park-Topeka 3
AutoZone Nationals, Memphis Motorsports Park 3
x-le Grandnational, Sanair Raceway (Montreal) 3
O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol, Texas Motorplex (Dallas) 3
Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Bandimere Speedway Park (Denver) 3
Pontiac Excitement Nationals, National Trail (Columbus, Ohio) 2
Matco Tools SuperNationals, Houston Raceway Park 1
Sears Craftsman Nationals, Gateway Int'l Raceway (St. Louis) 1
x-Cajun Nationals, State Capitol Dragway (Baton Rouge, La.) 1

TOTAL 84
x-event no longer part of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series

John Force Victories by Month:

August 13
September 10
May 10
June 10
February 9
March 9
October 9
April 7
July 7

TOTAL 84

John Force Victories by State:

California 11
Minnesota 8
Texas 8
Kansas 6
Pennsylvania 5
Florida 6
Georgia 6
Washington 4
Arizona 6
Indiana 3
New Jersey 4
Colorado 3
Tennessee 3
Ohio 2
Virginia 4
Louisiana 1
(Quebec, Canada) 3
Missouri 1

TOTAL 84

John Force Victories by Age:

38 1
39 3
40 2
41 8
42 5
43 6
44 10
45 10
46 6
47 12
48 4
49 7
50 9
51 1

TOTAL 84

John Force ‘Sweep' Victories (No. 1 qualifier, quick time of eliminations,
top speed of the event:

1. March 7, 1993, Houston, Texas*
2. May 16, 1993, Memphis, Tenn.
3. May 23, 1993, Englishtown, N.J.
4. June 27, 1993, Topeka, Kansas
5. June 26, 1994, Topeka, Kansas
6. Sept. 18, 1994, Reading, Pa.
7. Oct. 30, 1994, Pomona, Calif.
8. Aug. 20, 1995, Brainerd, Minn.
9. Feb. 25, 1996, Phoenix, Ariz.
10. May 5, 1996, Richmond, Va.
11. July 21, 1996, Denver, Colo.
12. Aug. 18, 1996, Brainerd, Minn.
13. Sept. 28, 1997, Topeka, Kansas**
14. Oct. 25, 1998, Dallas, Texas
15. Feb. 28, 1999, Phoenix, Ariz.
16. April 11, 1999, Houston, Texas*
17. Aug. 22, 1999, Brainerd, Minn.
18. Oct. 24, 1999, Dallas, Texas
19. Oct. 31, 1999, Houston, Texas
20. April 30, 2000, Richmond, Va.

*Set NHRA national ET record
**Set NHRA national records for time and speed

John Force Victories by Qualifying Position:

1 41
2 13
3 13
4 5
5 4
6 2
7 3
8 2
12 1

TOTAL 84

John Force Victories by Car Make:

Oldsmobile Cutlass 31
Ford Mustang 21
Pontiac Firebird 21
Chevrolet Lumina 10
Oldsmobile Firenza 1

TOTAL 84

John Force Victories by Final Round Opponent (25 different drivers):

Cruz Pedregon 12
Al Hofmann 9
Chuck Etchells 9
Tony Pedregon 8
Ed McCulloch 4
Bruce Larson 4
Dean Skuza 4
Ron Capps 4
Mark Oswald 3
Jim Epler 3
Gary Densham 3
Tom Hoover 2
K.C. Spurlock 2
Randy Anderson 2
Tommy Johnson Jr. 2
Whit Bazemore 2
Del Worsham 2
Jim White 2
John Martin 1
Kenny Bernstein 1
Richard Hartman 1
Glen Mikres 1
Gordie Bonin 1
Kenji Okazaki 1
Cory Lee 1

TOTAL 84

John Force Victories in which he DID NOT have lane choice in the final:

1. 1988 Springnationals, Columbus, Ohio, versus Bruce Larson
2. 1988 Winston Finals, Pomona, Calif., versus Kenny Bernstein
3. 1990 Grandnational, Montreal, Quebec, versus Mark Oswald
4. 1990 California Nationals, Sonoma, Calif., versus Bruce Larson
5. 1990 Keystone Nationals, Reading, Pa., versus Mark Oswald
6. 1991 Winternationals, Pomona, Calif., versus Glen Mikres
7. 1991 California Nationals, Sonoma, Calif., versus Ed McCulloch
8. 1991 NorthStar Nationals, Brainerd, Minn., versus Mark Oswald
9. 1994 Ford Quality Care Nationals, Phoenix, Ariz., versus Cruz Pedregon
10. 1995 Fram Nationals, Atlanta, Ga., versus Cruz Pedregon
11. 1996 MAC Tools Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla., versus Chuck Etchells
12. 1996 Pennzoil Nationals, Richmond, Va., versus Cruz Pedregon
13. 1996 Western Auto Nationals, Topeka, Kan., versus Cruz Pedregon
14. 1996 U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Ind., versus Al Hofmann
15. 1996 Sears Craftsman Nationals, Topeka, Kan., versus Tony Pedregon
16. 1997 Winternationals, Pomona, Calif., versus Al Hofmann
17. 1998 U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Ind., versus Randy Anderson
18. 1999 Sears Craftsman Nationals, St. Louis, Mo., versus Tony Pedregon
19. 1999 Matco SuperNationals, Houston, Texas, versus Jim Epler

BOB GLIDDEN

-- First win in sixth career start, Sept. 3, 1973, Indianapolis, Ind., over Wayne Gapp.

--10th win in 31st career start, May 1, 1977, Baton Rouge, La., over Wally Booth.

--25th win in 53rd career start, Aug. 5., 1979, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, over Frank
Iaconio.

--50th win in 136th career start, Oct. 12, 1986, Ennis, Texas, over Warren Johnson.

--75th win in 188th career start, Sept. 17, 1989, Reading, Pa., over Bruce Allen.

--85th win in 228th career start, May 21, 1995, Englishtown, N.J., over Jim Yates.

JOHN FORCE

--First win in 66th career start, June 28, 1987, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, over Ed
McCulloch.

--10th win in 120th career start, July 29, 1990, Sonoma, Calif., over Bruce Larson.

--25th win in 168th career start, April 25, 1993, Atlanta, Ga., over Chuck Etchells.

--50th win in 221st career start, March 17, 1996, Gainesville, Fla., over Chuck Etchells.

--75th win in 288th career start, May 16, 1999, Atlanta, Ga., over Whit Bazemore.

--85th win???????

Christi Lewien
motorsport.com

 

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