"I'm honored to race against Ron Capps," he said, referring to the man he took
the points lead from and beat in the second round after a
down-to-the-last-minute battle. Capps finished third in the Funny Car
"The kid worked hard," the 14-time champion said.
Force once again turned philosophical.
"I've heard two things in my life,
by two legends" he said. "Richard Petty was one, and I never question a legend.
Richard Petty believed women should stay in the kitchen. I never agreed with
that. My children [youngest three daughters] are coming down this road. They
love this sport. And it's because of the Melanie Troxels and the Hilary Wills
and the Shirley Muldowneys. Women earned that right. And they've done it well.