John Force said it himself: "This Countdown stuff is scary." How scary? Just one misstep in the NHRA's six-race playoff could cost Force a shot at a 15th Funny Car championship.
Doug Kalitta took the top qualifying spot in Top Fuel at the NHRA Nationals on Saturday.
Ashley Force Hood is in position to earn her fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season after the first day of the 29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Brandon Bernstein held on to the top spot in Top Fuel qualifying Saturday in the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals.
Ashley Force raced to the provisional No. 1 Funny Car qualifying spot Friday in the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals, while Brandon Bernstein, Allen Johnson and Chris Rivas also topped their divisions.
Mike Neff can cross one goal off his to-do list: advancing to the NHRA's Countdown to 1. Can his first victory -- and perhaps even a Funny Car title -- be too far behind?
The future of drag racing appears to be in good hands, thanks to the growing list of young talent emerging in the NHRA. One name to remember? Morgan Lucas.