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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Texas Motorsports Hall banquet set to begin

By Richard Durrett

FORT WORTH, Texas -- In what has become a tradition for the first NASCAR weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame will induct another member tonight and recognize a handful of others.

The headliner is John Force, who joins Lee Shepherd, Kenny Bernstein and Eddie Hill as the only NHRA racers inducted into the Hall. Coming into the 2011 season, Force has won 15 NHRA Funny Car championships, including 2010.

I can tell you I'll never forget one of Force's moments at the Texas Motorplex in 2007, when he clipped Kenny Bernstein, hit the wall and needed more than six hours of surgery and months of rehabilitation before returning to action the next season. That was as quiet as I've heard a racetrack. I also got to visit Force in the hospital and as rough as he looked, it was as determined as I've ever seen anyone.

We'll get to the other award winners as the night progresses.