Seven-time Winternationals champ John Force and new crew chief Brian Corradi blasted to low e.t. of the first round of Funny Car at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, roaring to a 3.890 in his Peak Camaro. It was Force’s 1,900 round of racing and boosted his win-loss record to 1,312-588 (69.0 percent).
Force will have second-round lane choice against longtime rival Ron Capps, whose 3.933 was the third best pass of the round behind Shawn Langdon’s solid 3.930.
One of the round’s highlights was battle between brother Cruz and Frank Pedregon. Cruz, in his new Snap-on Charger, took the coasting 4.29 win after Frank shook the tires hard in the Worsham Family Toyota.
Second-round matchups (lane choice first): Bob Tasca III vs. Robert Hight; John Force vs. Ron Capps; Jack Beckman vs. Cruz Pedregon; Shawn Langdon vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.