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[ John Force | Tony Pedregon ]

John Won his tenth Funny Car Driving title during the Winson Finals at Pomona. One more year and John will have won every season but 94 in the 90's
John wrapped up his seventh Funny Car Driving title at the Revell Nationals, with a loss to Al Hoffman in the final round.
Came into the Matco Supernationals and lost to eventual Event winner Dean Skuza.
After a win at the invitational John comes to the Fram Nationals and loses in the final round to Randy Anderson. In final round action John lit up the tires about 200 feet out and lost the race in a pedal attempt. Randy was able to run a very clean lap on his way to a first win in the nitro series.
NameJohn ForceCar Number#11999 Car:Ford Mustang
Sponsor:Castrol GTXResidence:Yorba Linda, Calif.Born:May 4, 1949
Wife:LaurieDaughters:Adria (6/4/69), Ashley (11/29/82),
Brittany (7/8/86), Courtney (6/20/88)
Hobbies & Trivia
Enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia.Has taped picture of Elvis to dashboard during races.Drove trucks and became a television pitch man for a truck-driving school during early racing career.
Crew Information
Crew Chiefs:Austin Coil/Bernie FedderlyCareer wins/final rounds:72/1161999 wins/final rounds:2/2
1998 wins/final rounds:3/9Career-best elapsed time:4.779 secondsCareer-best speed:324.05
Career Highlights
Only driver to win eight NHRA Winston Funny Car championships (1990-91, 93-98).Winningest Funny Car driver in NHRA history.Second-winningest professional driver in NHRA history.
Winningest NHRA pro competitor this decade with 56 victoriesHas won at least 50 rounds during eliminations every season since 1993, a feat unmatched by any driver during that timeBegan NHRA Funny Car career in 1978
Lost first nine final rounds before earning first career victory at 1987 le Grandnational at Montreal.Crew chief Coil has worked with Force since 1984.Avid match racer has competed at small tracks throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Won 13 races, appeared in 16 final rounds and won 65 elimination rounds, all NHRA single-season recordsClinched sixth NHRA Winston championship Sept. 2, earlier than any other pro championSet NHRA elapsed-time national record with run of 4.889 seconds at 1994 Sears Craftsman Nationals at Topeka, Kan., the only Funny Car run quicker than 4.9 seconds in NHRA history
Took lead in NHRA Winston point standings for good in February after winning ATSCO Nationals, the second event of the seasonSwept Big Bud Shootout special event and U.S. Nationals title, earning $230,000Won non-points Winston Select Invitational
Qualified No. 1 at 13 national events and recorded low elapsed time at 14 national events to lead Funny CarRecorded four of the five quickest Funny Car times in NHRA history, including the top threeWin-loss percentage of .915 during elimination rounds led all NHRA professional competitors. Posted 65-6 record in eliminations
Achieved "sweep" by winning event, qualifying No. 1, and recording low elapsed time and top speed at four events: ATSCO Nationals, Pennzoil Nationals, Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, Champion Auto Stores NationalsVoted national motorsportsDRIVER OF THE YEARin balloting by nationwide motorsports media.

NameTony PedregonCar Number#21999 Car:Castrol Syntech Ford Mustang
Sponsor:Castrol SyntechBorn:March 8, 1965Residence:Gardena, Calif.
Crew Information
Crew Chief:John MedlenCareer wins/final rounds:1/71997 wins/final rounds:0/1
Career-best speed:1/7Career-best elapsed time:4.909 seconds1996 wins/final rounds:1/7
Hobbies & Trivia
Father, Frank, raced Top Fuel dragsters in 1960s.Also works as mechanic for John Force Racing.
Enjoys riding mountain bikes and other outdoor activities.Brothers, Cruz and Frank, also race. Cruz races a Funny Car while Frank drives a Federal-Mogul Dragster.
Career Highlights
Raced Funny Car part-time in 1995.Raced Top Fuel dragster part-time in 1993-94.Started drag-racing career in a Top Alcohol Dragster from 1991-93.
Hired by six-time NHRA Winston champion John Force before season to drive "test vehicle."Beat Force at the Fram Nationals for his first career victory in his first final round. One of only three drivers to beat Force in a final round in 1996.Won career-best 32 rounds of eliminations, second-best in Funny Car in 1996.
Qualified No. 1 for first time in career at Mopar Parts Nationals.Won inaugural Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, given to competitor who appears headed for future greatness.Became fifth member of Castrol 4-Second Club for Funny Cars with run of 4.971 seconds at Western Auto Nationals presented by Slick 50.
Recorded career-best time of 4.909 seconds at Chief Auto Parts Nationals, the fourth-quickest by a Funny Car in NHRA history.Climbed from ninth to second in NHRA Winston point standings.Posted 3-2 record during elimination rounds against older brother, 1992 NHRA Winston champion Cruz Pedregon.