AGA I N
DieHard Dodge Charger picked that
moment to go up in smoke. Force won.
Still an overwhelming favorite two
weeks later at the NHRA Finals in
Pomona, Hagan lost a photo-finish
matchup to Bob Tasca III in the opening
round that Force still calls “the shot
heard around the world.” Everything just
started unraveling from there. In a
worst-case scenario that seemed to
unfold in slow motion, Force pulled
within a few points of the lead moments
later by winning his first-round race,
reached the semifinals to clinch a record 15th championship,
and ultimately won the event.