FORCE LOOKING TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK AT AAA TEXAS FALL NATIONALS

September 19, 2013 by  
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FORCE LOOKING TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK AT AAA TEXAS FALL NATIONALS
Fireworks and Jet Cars Highlight Friday Show

ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 19, 2013) – Throughout his legendary career, Texas Motorplex has been the scene of quite a few big moments for 15-time Funny Car champion John Force.

The undisputed king of drag racing has won seven times at Texas Motorplex, more than any other driver in any class. But since 2007, when Force suffered the most horrific crash of his career, resulting in a broken left ankle, lacerations to his right knee, a fractured and dislocated left wrist and abrasions to his right hand, he has been winless at the Ennis track.

That’s something he’d like to see change this weekend at the 26th annual Texas AAA NHRA Fall Nationals. Professional qualifying begins Friday at 2:15 p.m. with two rounds scheduled. There will be a nostalgia Funny Car show, followed by jet cars and fireworks following the second professional round of qualifying.

“I am going to win at the Texas Motorplex before I retire,” said the 64-year-old Force. “I had my crash in 2007 and I am going to get back into the winner’s circle. The Texas Motorplex has always been one of my favorite tracks and I want to do well there.

“(Crew chief) Jimmy Prock has given me a great hot rod and we want to do well for our sponsor, AAA Texas, there. (Texas Motorplex owner) Billy Meyer made that track all concrete and we love that performance. There are some tough guys to race in Texas and we want to come out on top.”

Force, who last won at the Motorplex in 2005, says a good showing this weekend is vital if he plans on winning title No. 16.

“I like the all concrete track because you know ole Jimmy Prock will try and run a great number there and that track can hold it,” he said. “It is the second race of the Countdown and that is an important race to do well if you want to run for the Mello Yello Funny Car championship.”

Force enters the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals sitting fifth in the Funny Car point standings, 98 behind leader Matt Hagan.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are still available, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5. For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open at 8 a.m. with two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 20, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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