NASCAR & Auto Racing

Force off to fast start in comeback

Four months after the most serious crash of his storied career, drag racing legend John Force might still walk with a limp but he still knows how to get a funny car down a quarter-mile drag strip.

Force made a pass in 4.782 seconds at 327.51 mph Monday during a National Hot Rod Association preseason test at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. It was the quickest run during the test, which was extended from the weekend because of poor weather.

Force, 58, suffered a broken left ankle, broken toes, broken bones in both hands and ligament and tendon damage in a crash in September. But he did a burnout and launch earlier in the day and then completed his test-best pass. He’d passed an NHRA check by getting in and out of his car and exiting through the roof hatch on Saturday.

“I knew that wasn’t going to be a problem because I already had done it at the shop,” Force said. “Like I said, ‘It ain’t pretty, but I can do it.’ ”