A John Force Christmas Story

By Gary P Jackson

John Force is the winningest drag racer in history. John Force Racing has 17 NHRA Full Throttle world championships.15 by John himself, and one each by hired guns Tony Pedregon, and son-in-law Robert Hight. All in Funny Car.

Three of John’s daughters also race. Ashley Force-Hood is the first female in history to win in Funny Car, and a three time Indy winner, including back to back in 2009 and 2010. His youngest daughter Courtney will debut in Funny Car in 2012, after a year of training and testing. Middle sister Brittany will start training in Top Fuel. All three girls have raced in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.

John is a self-made man. He grew up poor, suffered from polio as a kid, and his early days as a professional racer were anything but a success. John was able to work hard and went from living hand to mouth, to being one of the most successful businessmen in all of motorsports. And he did it by not only being a great driver, but having a solid work ethic. As he would put it, he’s an old truck driver who made good!

To fans he’s a real working man’s hero.

Back in 2002 NHRA.com’s Rob Geiger wrote the quintessential John Force story. Here he asks Force to tell the story of his best Christmas. Not only does it go along way toward explaining John’s work ethic and drive to succeed, it really shows us all what Christmas is all about.

This is a classic and I thought it would be nice to share with our readers. It really does remind us what is important, not only at Christmas time, but all the time.

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6 responses to “A John Force Christmas Story

  1. Rol

    How many wealthy kids can have a Christmas like that? I remember well, the years in the ’40’s & ’50s when I was growing up as the second child of 8 on a farm with a Dad who had a work ethic, but no education. Bless his heart and my mothers, we grew up happy and all realized a modest life of success and health.

  2. IwjwI

    I read this to my 80 year old dad. We went through the gamet of emotions. I began the last quote that is just above the photo of Johnny with his truck and had to stop before I got to the end of the first sentence. I had to take a few moments to compose myself before my voice could be heard over the silent lump in my throat.

    Thank you, Gary, for such a nice Christmas gift for Dad and me to be able to share an heartfelt moment with.

  3. Chad

    Very touching~ And I know there are so many stories similar to it~ Bless everyone with love and Merry Christmas~ Chad

  4. Thanks for repeating this story Gary. It’s been one of my favorites ever since I first read it! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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