2007: A year to forget for John Force Racing

Eric Medlen's tragic death in Gainesville. Ashley Force's near-tragic blowup in Seattle. And now John Force's bone-breaking hit in Dallas. 2007 is a year to forget for John Force Racing, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: September 24, 2007, 1:26 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

In the beginning, there was so much hope. But now, after a campaign that has absorbed so much misfortune and disappointment in the past nine months, John Force will remember the 2007 NHRA POWERade season as one of the most physically and emotionally grueling of his legendary career.

During Sunday's second round of Funny Car eliminations at the 22nd O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas, Force was involved in a catastrophic collision with Kenny Bernstein ...

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