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John Force wins season-opening Winternationals

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — John Force won the season-opening NHRA Winternationals with a record-setting run.

The 64-year-old Force beat Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, powering his Ford Mustang to a record time of 3.965 seconds at 323.58 mph.

Force raced past Paul Lee, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Bob Tasca in the earlier rounds, won from the No. 1 qualifying position and also set the Funny Car speed record at 324.12 mph.

The defending series champion has a record 139 victories and unprecedented 16 season titles. He has 16 victories at his home track, seven in the Winternationals.

Khalid alBalooshi won in Top Fuel, and Jason Line topped the Pro Stock field.