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Discussion in 'NHRA' started by Nunz, Jul 26, 2017.
I see he went over the line again on the show tonight.
Did you notice the sound? Really different than "regular" cars. I have seen several versions of that car run, & always great to see it.
I've seen several drivers go over the line after the stripe today already, in fact it's not uncommon with the fuel cars. Meaning, not unique to Force.
Sure, others do it too, but he seems to be making a bad habit out of it recently. You'd think somebody with as many passes under his ass as him could do a better job. It seems TJ jr. might be right on the money.
Age could be a factor—John Force is 68.
To give that some perspective Don Garlits was 55 when an '87 blowover accident ended his last great NHRA period.
After 5 years of retirement his last full season attempt was in '92 at age 60. But a detached retina made it impossible to complete the tour. Garlits only raced sporadically thereafter.
FCs are much harder to drive than dragsters and fuel cars today are moving a lot faster than the early 2000's.
Reaction time slows with age so we shouldn't be too surprised about what we've seen this season.
So if Force retires, who gets his seat?
Force will retire when they pry his dead, cold hands off the butterfly steering wheel. I don't mean that as in he'll be in another nasty wreck, I mean it as in "I'll retire when they pry my dead, cold hands off the keyboard", being the die hard geek I am.
With Brittany testing...............................
You guys do realize that every time you try to retire Force he just goes out and wins a couple more championships?
You should have heard the Speed Sports roadster run! What a sound!
David, I never saw the original run back in the 50's, but did get a chance to see 3 of the Speed Sport cars in the 1990's at Firebird, at a nostalgia meet. The sound is really unique. I found out that the late Don Maynard, who was the Greek's crew chief, was part of the Speed Sport group. That man was sharp, & I think he is why the Greek ran that 204 at Alton, Illinois in 1960. People still argue about that run. Can you say Hydrazine?
So I guess the speed records and E.T.'s will be harder to break in the years ahead.
Is John reading Nitromater? After his semifinal interview today I think he is.
Records don't mean anything since they eliminated the backup requirement.