POMONA, Calif. (March 29, 2023) – Currently sitting No. 8 in points, John Force and the BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team are looking for a strong performance at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at In-N-Out Raceway at Pomona, his home racetrack.  

No one has more victories at In-N-Out Raceway than John Force. Overall, he has won 16 times, seven times in the Winternationals (1991, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2014), eight times in the In-N-Out Finals, and once in a special event, the NHRA’s 50th Anniversary Nationals, contested in 2001. His record at the Winternationals also includes four runner-up finishes, the most recent in 2020 and he has started from the No. 1 qualifying position 10 times, most recently in 2014.  The only event in which he has more No. 1 starts is the U.S. Nationals (12).

“I love coming home to race at Pomona. All the history, the success, hopefully, it plays into our had this weekend because I could sure use it. This BlueDEF team, we’re running well, just need a little bit of luck and maybe a little bit of extra effort on my part, but Danny Hood, Tim Fabrisi, and Mac Savage helping out now, they’ve got this car figured out,” Force said. “We’ll keep doing what we’re doing, qualifying well, making good solid passes, and then we’ll see what happens on race day.”

Force has started the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season with a quarterfinal exit at the NHRA Gatornationals after qualifying No. 2. Last weekend at the final event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Force qualified eighth before falling in the first round to eventual race winner and teammate Robert Hight in the first round.

The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals starts with qualifying on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and continues Sunday with eliminations slated to begin at 11 a.m. Television coverage of the event begins with qualifying shows Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Eliminations will begin on FS1 Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.