Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 | Page 62


THE FOREFATHER : Venerable drag racing photographer John Fore III , who took some time off to recover from a stroke in 2019 , is clearly glad to be back to shooting races regularly , including No Mercy 13 as seen here .
BEHIND THE ROPES : Newly crowned NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force snaps a photo with Christian Carpenter , the son of Drag Illustrated ’ s COO and Design & Production Director , Mike Carpenter , after a photoshoot in Force ’ s pit area at zMAX Dragway .
GOT IT COVERED : Charlotte ’ s own Rick Belden , who ’ s shot over 20 covers for DI , presents a framed copy of the cover of DI # 178 to the cover star , four-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence , at the Carolina Nationals .
PEAK IMPERSONATION : NHRA Top Fuel standout Austin Prock shows off his Halloween costume alongside its inspiration , his boss , John Force , at the NHRA Fan Fest on Fremont Street in Las Vegas .
ON THE RECORD : Veteran journalist Ian Tocher gets the full story from drag radial turned Pro Mod star Lyle Barnett , who broke the news at No Mercy 13 that he was getting his Top Alcohol Dragster license with Randy Meyer in Las Vegas .
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