(Photo: Toni Montgomery)

Off the Wall With: John Force

In the spotlight this week: 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force

What’s fun besides racing?

Force: Racing with my granddaughter Autumn with the Junior dragster. Don’t get to do it much. Me and Robert (Hight), her Dad, we love to do it. And I love the movies but who doesn’t?

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

Force: Win another championship, and a whole bunch after that, and see my kids win a championship and my son-in-law Robert Hight. That’s what the sponsors pay us for and that’s what we live to do.

Your go-to on movie night is:

Force: Well I saw my first, not my first zMAX, or IMAX, whatever they call it, but I saw Mad Max and I saw it in three dimensional. It was unbelievable. Spears were going at you, wheels, tires. Never seen nothing like it. Saw it right in Charlotte.

What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?

Force: Toothpaste. You got me! I was going to say champagne…Let me answer that again.  I don’t shop. If I go, I go get toothpaste and dental floss and a can of Monster energy. I don’t know. I love it. It’s what I do. My Muscle Milk they call it, but it’s muscle energy. I love it. No it’s Monster Muscle. Muscle Monster. Let’s get it right! Right before I hit the gym.

Most memorable fan interaction?

Force: A fan walked up one time at a race, I think it was at Topeka, with the biggest, ugliest pig. I don’t mean to say pigs are ugly, but this pig was just…awesome! They wanted me to sign it but he wasn’t going for it. I think he peed on me and everything, but I got him signed. That was probably the weirdest thing I ever did.

What’s fun besides racing?What’s the top item on your bucket list?Your go-to on movie night:One item that’s always in your grocery bag?Most memorable fan interaction:
Cole WhittFishingVisiting Bora BoraGod’s Not DeadGround TurkeyGetting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano

 

 

NothingWinning a Martinsville clockMiracleYogurtSigning an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron CappsWatching other racingGoing into spaceSomething with Will Ferrell in itA receiptVisiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey MearsPlaying with my kidsWinning another Sprint Cup raceGood Will HuntingEggsMeeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoriaFamily adventuresBungee jumpingSomething horror or sci fiVegetable juicesA fan who cried when she met me
Ryan NewmanAnything outdoorsNothing-enjoy life every day!TombstoneBreadAnytime a kid asks a question
David GillilandRiding 4-wheelersDeep-sea fishing in AlaskaDays of ThunderBananasGetting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack BeckmanSurfingSkydivingAny movie, especially action or sci-fiBananasHanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
Brad KeselowskiPersonal growthWinning another Cup titleForrest GumpFlowers for my girlfriendAll of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
Spencer MasseyTraveling and drivingWinning an NHRA Mello Yello titleCaddyshackFrozen pizzasTheir reaction to Gatornationals win
Brendan GaughanKidsSCUBA diving in the GalapagosBlazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess BrideToilet paperToo many to choose from
J.R. Todd

 

Hanging with high school buddiesWinning an NHRA championshipGet HardWaterThere’s one oddball at every race…
Landon CassillAnything outsideVisiting EuropeGame of Thrones on NetflixAvocadosA little girl named Riley
Del WorshamBoatingNothing; done it allA dramaMilkSharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
Austin DillonPlaying soccerFlying an F-16 fighter jetTop GunCoca-ColaSigning a baby
Richard ChildressSomething outdoorsWinning another Cup championshipSomething with Clint EastwoodChildress Vineyards wineA lot of them!
Morgan ShepherdRoller skatingGetting the No. 89 in some more racesDoesn’t watch moviesBroccoli and carrotsA girl who wanted her underwear signed
Matt DiBenedettoDriving my Corvette and playing raquetballRacing in the Sprint Cup SeriesDays of ThunderSteakWhenever people appreciate you
Carl EdwardsBackpackingWinning the Cup championship / base jumpingSmokey and the BanditCereal…lots of cerealWhen little kids come up who love the sport
Matt HaganFarmingTaking part in a tractor pullAmerican SniperSteakHaving someone propose in the pits
Ward BurtonBeing away from the trackKnowing family is in a good placeMilitary documentaries6-pack of YuenglingAll the kids
John Hunter NemechekWake surfingWinning a Sprint Cup championshipAmerican SniperFruitAnything with the younger generation
Justin AllgaierWake surfing and golfing right nowSkydivingAmerican Sniper or FrozenFruitOne lady almost passed out, she was so excited
Tony SchumacherHarley ridingSkydiving in a squirrel suitMr. DestinyPretzelsMake-A-Wish kids
Josh WisePlaying with kidsWining a Sprint Cup raceSomething funnyAlmond butter or peanut butterA random message from a teacher in England
Matt KensethNothingDoing things with the kidsNot much time to watch TVKatie does the shopping!A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed
Alex BowmanWorking on carsRoad trip through EuropeEntourage on TVDoc 360Riding through the campground at Martinsville
Daniel HemricWorking on race carsSkydive soloDays of ThunderGumVisiting a children’s hospital
John ForceRacing with granddaughter AutumnWin another championshipMad MaxToothpaste, champagne, and energy drinkAutographing a pig

 

 

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A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.

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