In the spotlight this week: 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force
What’s fun besides racing?
Force: Racing with my granddaughter Autumn with the Junior dragster. Don’t get to do it much. Me and Robert [Hight], her Dad, we love to do it. And I love the movies but who doesn’t?
What’s the top item on your bucket list?
Force: Win another championship, and a whole bunch after that, and see my kids win a championship and my son-in-law Robert Hight. That’s what the sponsors pay us for and that’s what we live to do.
Your go-to on movie night is:
Force: Well I saw my first, not my first zMAX, or IMAX, whatever they call it, but I saw Mad Max and I saw it in three dimensional. It was unbelievable. Spears were going at you, wheels, tires. Never seen nothing like it. Saw it right in Charlotte.
What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?
Force: Toothpaste. You got me! I was going to say champagne… let me answer that again. I don’t shop. If I go, I go get toothpaste and dental floss and a can of Monster energy. I don’t know. I love it. It’s what I do. My Muscle Milk they call it, but it’s muscle energy. I love it. No it’s Monster Muscle. Muscle Monster. Let’s get it right! Right before I hit the gym.
Most memorable fan interaction?
Force: A fan walked up one time at a race, I think it was at Topeka, with the biggest, ugliest pig. I don’t mean to say pigs are ugly, but this pig was just… awesome! They wanted me to sign it, but he wasn’t going for it. I think he peed on me and everything, but I got him signed. That was probably the weirdest thing I ever did.
|What’s fun besides racing?
|What’s the top item on your bucket list?
|Your go-to on movie night:
|One item that’s always in your grocery bag?
|Most memorable fan interaction:
|Visiting Bora Bora
|God’s Not Dead
|Getting called by the wrong name
|Winning a Martinsville clock
|Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on
|Watching other racing
|Going into space
|Something with Will Ferrell in it
|Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd
|Playing with my kids
|Winning another Sprint Cup race
|Good Will Hunting
|Meeting with U.S. soldiers
|Something horror or sci fi
|A fan who cried when she met me
|Nothing-enjoy life every day!
|Anytime a kid asks a question
|Deep-sea fishing in Alaska
|Days of Thunder
|Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
|Fast Jack Beckman
|Any movie, especially action or sci-fi
|Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
|Winning another Cup title
|Flowers for my girlfriend
|All of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
|Traveling and driving
|Winning an NHRA Mello Yello title
|Their reaction to Gatornationals win
|SCUBA diving in the Galapagos
|Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess Bride
|Too many to choose from
|Hanging with high school buddies
|Winning an NHRA championship
|There’s one oddball at every race…
|Game of Thrones on Netflix
|A little girl named Riley
|Nothing; done it all
|Sharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
|Flying an F-16 fighter jet
|Signing a baby
|Winning another Cup championship
|Something with Clint Eastwood
|Childress Vineyards wine
|A lot of them!
|Getting the No. 89 in some more races
|Doesn’t watch movies
|Broccoli and carrots
|A girl who wanted her underwear signed
|Driving my Corvette and playing raquetball
|Racing in the Sprint Cup Series
|Days of Thunder
|Whenever people appreciate you
|Winning the Cup championship / base jumping
|Smokey and the Bandit
|Cereal…lots of cereal
|When little kids come up who love the sport
|Taking part in a tractor pull
|Having someone propose in the pits
|Being away from the track
|Knowing family is in a good place
|6-pack of Yuengling
|All the kids
|John Hunter Nemechek
|Winning a Sprint Cup championship
|Anything with the younger generation
|Wake surfing and golfing right now
|American Sniper or Frozen
|One lady almost passed out, she was so excited
|Skydiving in a squirrel suit
|Playing with kids
|Wining a Sprint Cup race
|Almond butter or peanut butter
|A random message from a teacher in England
|Doing things with the kids
|Not much time to watch TV
|Katie does the shopping!
|A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed
|Working on cars
|Road trip through Europe
|Entourage on TV
|Riding through the campground at Martinsville
|Working on race cars
|Days of Thunder
|Visiting a children’s hospital
|Racing with granddaughter Autumn
|Win another championship
|Toothpaste, champagne, and energy drink
|Autographing a pig
About the author
A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.
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