John Force opened the 2016 NHRA Countdown to the Championship with a dominating performance at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion is looking to continue to add to his legendary career with another win this weekend at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
In 2009 Robert Hight used a race win at the Countdown opening race in Charlotte to propel him to his first NHRA Funny Car championship. The 2005 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie of the Year raced from the No. 10 spot to the championship on the strength of that win as well as two other wins over the final six races.
In 2014 Courtney Force was in a dogfight for the points lead with 16-time Funny Car champion John Force. At the time the third year pro was chasing down her dream and also trying to reel in the winningest driver in NHRA history, who also happened to be her boss and father.
The Monster Energy Top Fuel team and Brittany Force are continuing to make steady progress as they chase down their first NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship. Last weekend in Charlotte Force lost a close race in the quarterfinals but was still able to move up to the 4th spot in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings.