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Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Clermont, IN
(August 31-September 5)

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John Force
Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
Funny Car

Force out in the first round

Indianapolis, Monday: John Force, bidding this year for his 14th series championship, lowered the IRP track record to 4.726 seconds to qualify No. 1 for the 125th time in his career and for the 10th time in the last 15 years at the U.S. Nationals.

Unfortunately, the 118-time tour winner wasn’t able to turn that performance advantage into a victory.  Instead, his car lost traction in the very first round, allowing Phil Burkart Jr. to claim an upset win. 

“We’ll be okay,” Force said.  “We didn’t get hurt too bad.  There are still five races left and I expect we’ll all be there at the end.”

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