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WADE: Does John Force Have To Do Everything?

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Good gracious. Does John Force have to do everything? Is it not enough that his organization has claimed 17 of the past 21 National Hot Rod Ass’n Funny Car championships and that he won 15 of them?

WADE: Send A Book To A Soldier

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Finding that special Valentine’s Day gift often can cause anxiety. However, longtime auto-racing writer Louis Brewster, sports editor of Southern California’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The San Bernardino Sun, has a suggestion for you — and it will ease someone else’s fear.

Force Plans For Next Generation

John Force (left) and Robert Hight during last year's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. (Rhonda McCole photo).

All the hot news from John Force Racing came Jan. 25 from his Yorba Linda, Calif., facility. A testimony to Force’s penchant for drama, he used his preseason press conference to fire a barrage of blockbuster news. Any one item would have packed a powerful punch by itself

Pregnancy Sends Force Hood To Sidelines

Ashley Force Hood will miss the 2011 NHRA season because she is expecting her first child. Mike Neff will replace her. (Rhonda McCole photo).

Two-time reigning Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Champion Ashley Force Hood will be stepping out of her John Force Racing Funny Car — at least for this season.

Hight Seeking Return To Glory

Robert Hight is hoping that he can return to his 2009 form in 2011 and win his second NHRA Funny Car championships. (NHRA Photo)

All the king’s horsepower and all the king’s men put John Force back together again from the destruction of his Dallas accident and a winless, ninth-place 2009 season. Physical therapists whipped him into his best physical shape, his crew chiefs gave him a Ford Mustang worthy of its 25th Castrol-sponsorship anniversary livery and he hit the gym faithfully every day.

Season Rewind: 2010 U.S. Nationals

Ashley Force Hood bagged her second-straight Mac Tools U.S. Nationals triumph in the NHRA Funny Car division at O'Reilly Raceway Park. (Frank Smith Photo)

Ashley Force Hood scored back-to-back Indianapolis triumphs in the Funny Car class at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, taking the victory at the expense of father John Force in an all-Castol Ford Mustang final at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

Rivalries Still Common Throughout NHRA

Tony Schumacher battles Larry Dixon during a qualifying pass at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey earlier this year. (Harry Cella Photo)

Some media members and fans have tried desperately to instigate a rivalry between reigning champion Tony Schumacher and two-time predecessor Larry Dixon. The Top Fuel headliners, though, genuinely have no cross words to say about each other.

Ganassi Using ‘Hendrick Model’

Chip Ganassi (center) is flanked by his new drivers Graham Rahal (left) and Charlie Kimball during a press conference Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo)

Team owner Chip Ganassi topped his epic 2010 season that earned him NSSN’s Economaki Champion of Champions award with Thursday’s blockbuster announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball will headline his expanded IZOD IndyCar Series operation.

WADE: Hagan Impressive In Challenge For Funny Car Title

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Whether Funny Car champion John Force admired him for his strong character and professional behavior or Force simply became obsessed with him for being a new challenger in a career full of them, Matt Hagan made an excellent impression this season.

Dixon, Anderson, Tonglet Anointed

Greg Anderson (NHRA Photo)

Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) weren’t quite as boisterous as 15-time Funny Car champion John Force when they claimed their National Hot Rod Ass’n crowns this past weekend at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

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