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NHRA legend John Force ready to make an impact again after two tough years

NHRA legend John Force ready to make an impact again after two tough years

Funny car driver John Force freely acknowledges he was "real nervous" moments before his first qualifying run at the Circle K National Hot Rod Assn. Winternationals in Pomona.

Force has been a professional drag racer for nearly four decades, but there was a bit more on the line this time, coming off what he calls "the toughest two years" of his career.

Force lost money — he estimates $15 million. He lost valued sponsors and team members. He switched manufacturers, from Ford to Chevrolet. But his enthusiasm for the sport didn't waver.

"I never lost heart," Force said. "You've got to look back to when I started. [Last season], my...

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