John Force won his 15th
world championship at the final race in Pomona California on Weld Racing’s new 15.4 SFI spec wheel. All 15 championships were won on Weld Racing wheels.
In his eight victories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Force has beaten eight opponents in the final: Kenny Bernstein, Cruz and Tony Pedregon, Bruce Sarver, Tommy Johnson Jr., Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, and now Jeff Arend. The final was as good as they come as Force eked out a 4.08 to 4.10 victory.
Force, with the championship already clinched due to Hagan’s first round loss, kept the hammer down to the reach the final, the 213th of his amazing career and 11th this season, by wheeling his 25th anniversary Castrol GTX Mustang past Densham, Bode, and, in the semifinals, Melanie Troxel. Force was the class of the field, running 4.11, 4.16, and 4.13 in the rounds prior to the final earning the event win and the championship.