65-year-old John Force wins NHRA event in Las Vegas

65-year-old John Force wins NHRA event in Las Vegas

Published Apr. 12, 2015 9:32 p.m. ET

LAS VEGAS (AP) John Force won the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals on Sunday for his record-extending 142nd victory, beating teammate Robert Hight in the Funny Car final.

The 65-year-old Force had a 4.148-second pass at 312.35 mph in his Chevrolet Camaro for his fifth victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hight finished in 4.154 at 306.05.

''Robert is my best team,'' Force said. ''He's hot on that Christmas tree so I really got to get after him. The win was good but all that we've been through, with financial change, my sponsors promised to keep me competitive, win championships and I could build safety. We were lucky today and I'll take lucky any day because it buys us some time to learn.''

Richie Crampton won in Top Fuel, and Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field.


Crampton had a 3.902 at 301.33 for his third career victory. He beat Larry Dixon in the final.

Enders-Stevens raced to her 13th career victory, topping Vincent Nobile with a 6.674 at 207.24 in her Chevy Camaro. Enders-Stevens won the K&N Horsepower Challenge on Saturday.