NHRA: John Force to drive Jeff Gordon tribute car

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John Force, the winningest driver in NHRA drag racing history, will race a special Jeff Gordon tribute car in this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the start of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff.

Beginning the quest for his 17th career Funny Car championship, Force will drive a one-of-a-kind Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car dedicated to Gordon and his legendary career in NASCAR.

“This special Chevy Funny Car is just a way for me, my family, my team, my sponsors, NHRA and the fans to say thank you for being a great champion and being such a great driver in NASCAR,” Force said of Gordon. “I put as many flames as could fit on my hot rod in Jeff’s honor.”

Force, who has a record 143 wins in his career, finished runner-up in last year’s Carolina Nationals (which was subsequently completed two weeks later at the Texas Motorplex after rain at Charlotte washed out eliminations).

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With two wins thus far this season, Force enters the Countdown in fifth place. He’s only won once at zMAX Dragway: in the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals in 2010.

“Winning that first Four-Wide race was big,” Force said in a media release. “(Track owners) Bruton and Marcus Smith built this amazing race track and I wanted to get that first Four-Wide trophy.

“This is NASCAR country so we will see a lot of new fans and I love talking to them about all kinds of racing. … This will be exciting to get the Countdown started and I have a really good young team.

“I feel really good about these young guys. They make me feel young and energized because I see their excitement and their passion. … I am ready for the fight for this championship.”

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