John Force has more funny car wins than anyone in history and has garnered more accolades for his funny car career than are humanly possible to tabulate. That’s a long way from the 1970s and 1980s when John Force was a fast talking guy with no money and no wins to his name. The man was not an overnight success. In fact he was barely an over-decade success. It would not be for years after this video was shot that Force would actually win won. After that he kept winning nd the rest is history.
We’re hopping into the drag racing time machine to watch the final round of funny car at the 1983 NHRA World Finals. John Force and California legend Lil’ John Lombardo were matched up for the money and one of the first interesting things you will hear Steve Evans say is that neither made had ever won. Force was making his 4th final round appearance and he was apparently loaded for bear.
We can say that because Force goes immediately up into smoke and Lombardo seems destined for victory. Things get way more interesting when Lombardo also smokes the tires and Force begins to close the gap while heading down the track. Just before the finish line the engine in Lombardo’s car expires and Force gets within feat of the now coasting car to see the win light come on in the other lane. It was literally like 24 inches away from Force but instead the trophy would be in the hands of Lil’ John Lombardo.