John Force Wins NHRA Funny Car 2012 Season Opener at Pomona

John Force

  Pomona, California 2-12-2012 John Force raced to his 134th career Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Force, 62, used a Holeshot start to claim his sixth win at this event and 15th at this track with a performance of 4.080 seconds at 315.64 mph in his Weld Racing wheel equipped Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Runner-up Mike Neff ran 4.036 at 316.82 in his Castrol GTX Mustang. “It’s a great start,” Force said. “You really want to perform. I know all those other kids on our teams and others, like Cruz Pedregon, the Schumacher teams, [Tim] Wilkerson, and [Bob] Tasca [III], those guys are going to win races, and it was just nice to get a win under my belt. Those boys are bad out there. To make that top 10 is going to be tough. Somebody’s going to be left out, so I’m just going to keep fighting and keep my nose clean.”