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John Force Moves to Second in the Points Standings

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion, John Force, raced to a runner-up finish Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee.  Check out all the race highlights below.


John Force raced to a runner-up finish and moved to the number two spot in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. It was Force’s first final round appearance of the 2019 NHRA season, 254th of his career and sixth at the facility. Robert Hight meanwhile maintains the points lead after a second-round exit while both Top Fuel drivers Brittany Force and Austin Prock finished race day in the first round.

Starting race day as the number one qualifier in the Funny Car class, John Force had a bye run in the first round before defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman to set up the final round matchup with Bob Tasca III.  Making his first final round appearance of the season, Force ran into trouble getting the car into reverse and back into forward following the burnout.  Force was able to stage the car and made it down the track but trailed from the start with a 4.155-second pass to Tasca’s 4.008 for the win.

Funny Car points leader Robert Hight defeated Cruz Pedregon in the first round of eliminations but lost a pedalfest with eventual race winner Tasca in the quarterfinals.  In Top Fuel, Austin Prock lost to Clay Millican in the opening round while teammate Brittany Force also exited in round one after losing traction against Dom Lagana.

The John Force Racing team now heads to Norwalk, Ohio, June 20-23rd.


The NASCAR Cup Series will return Sunday, June 23rd with the first road course race of the season in Sonoma, California.

The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship resumes with the French Grand Prix June 23rd at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.


The next event in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be Sunday, June 23rd in Puebla.


Kyle Bronson passed Brandon Overton on lap 44 to take the victory Thursday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in North Carolina.  Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, and Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top five while PEAK’s Josh Richards finished sixth.

On Friday night, Mike Marlar ran away with the feature victory at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. Jonathan Davenport held on to finish second while Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Don O’Neal rounded out the top five.

Saturday night, Hudson O’Neal took the victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. Ricky Weiss crossed the finish line in second after passing PEAK’s Josh Richards on lap 47 while Tim McCreadie and Jimmy Owens rounded out the top five.

The next event for the Clint Bowyer Racing team will be Friday, June 28th in Taswell, Tennessee.


Bobby Zalenski completely dominated the field at Sonoma Raceway, leading all 55 laps to earn his first victory of the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series season. Zalenski started on pole and pulled away to an 8.6 second victory over runner-up Michael Conti.

Nick Ottinger finished third after a brush with disaster involving Keegan Leahy, who somehow came in fourth after going for a tumble in Turn 3.  Logan Clampitt rounded out the top five after overcoming early nose damage.

The series moves to Chicagoland Speedway for week ten on Tuesday, June 25th.

Luke Jago

June 17, 2019

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