John Force Injured In Horrific Top End Crash At PlayNHRA Nationals

Photos Courtesy of the NHRA

John Force experienced one of the worst crashes of his career during the first round of eliminations at the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals. Force was racing Terry Haddock when the engine of his Funny Car expired at over 302 mph. It was a massive explosion that sent Force across the track, where the driver’s side of his Funny Car violently impacted the wall.

Force and his Funny Car then slid through the shutdown area before coming to a stop. With the assistance of the Safety Safari, Force was able to exit the Funny Car. Force was then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and observation. So far, there still hasn’t been an update on his current condition.

6/27/24: Here’s an update from John Force Racing on John’s condition and the team’s status for the Summit Motorsports Park event.

Four days after his crash at more than 300 miles per hour, drag racing champion John Force has moved from the trauma intensive care unit to the neuro intensive care unit, where the medical team can focus on his head injury which is their primary concern.

The move was a welcome positive for his family members, who have maintained a daily presence at the hospital all week.

With the unanimous support of her family, team, and sponsors, Brittany Force is not planning to compete this week at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, where she would have driven the Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Top Fuel dragster. Instead, she will remain at the hospital with her family in solidarity for her father.

Austin Prock will compete this weekend with the same courageous, fighting spirit that John has embodied and instilled in his teams over the years, and his AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS team will proudly carry the torch for the entire John Force Racing organization and sponsors this weekend.

The Force family is grateful for the team of medical professionals who are caring for John, and for the overwhelming number of heartfelt messages of prayer, support, and concern. Thank you for continuing to respect the privacy of the family and John Force Racing team members.  

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. Brian enjoys anything loud, fast, and fun.
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