John Force wins NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 10:36 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — John Force ended a 31-event winless streak Sunday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, beating Cruz Pedregon in the final round.

The 64-year-old Force raced to his record 135th career victory and fourth at Bristol Dragway. He powered his Ford Mustang to 4.148-second run at 305.29 mph, while Pedregon's Toyota Camry shut off approaching the finish.

"If you can't compete you are just mentally out of it," Force said. "This is great to come back here and win. So many fans wanted me to win on Father's Day. It's just a great day for the Force family and to do it on Father's Day is just awesome."

Force outran daughter Courtney Force, points leader Matt Hagan and rising star Blake Alexander to advance to the final round.

Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel event, and Rodger Brogdon topped the Pro Stock field.

Torrence raced to his first win of the season and fourth overall, beating top qualifier Spencer Massey with a 3.871 at 320.13. Massey had a 3.894 at 317.19.

Brogdon claimed his first Pro Stock victory, outrunning Erica Enders-Stevens with a 6.745 at 205.38 in a Chevy Camaro. Enders-Stevens had a 6.752 at 205.66.

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