John Force's eye for talent in the Funny Car ranks is a special quality

John Force isn't just the NHRA's most prolific winner on the track, he's one of the best talent evaluators off it. That's why his Funny Car team is so often on top, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: May 5, 2008, 5:03 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

He has competed in a remarkable 501 NHRA national events and won an equally phenomenal 1,000 rounds of eliminations -- 125 of them finals -- and 14 POWERade championships, all representing benchmarks in the sport of professional drag racing.

He is a philanthropist who rarely turns down requests for his time in assisting charitable causes, and he sometimes finds it close to impossible to just relax and take a breath as he commands his four-car Funny Car team while at the helm ...

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