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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"Driving Force" decent reality show

I'm not a big fan of reality TV, but "Driving Force" on A+E is fairly entertaining.

The show follows the family of National Hot Rod Association star John Force. He has three daughters, including 23-year-old Ashley (the oldest), a budding NHRA star who has raced in Gilliam.

The show has a strong central character in John Force. He's one of thos guys who's gruff on the outside but a softie on the inside, especially when it comes to his daughters. He's been married to his wife for 25 years but hasn't lived with her for the last seven. He and his wife went out on a date on a recent show.
Also on a recent show, Force was upset that one of his younger daughters wanted to be a schoolteacher instead of following him into racing. But by the end of the show he was telling her all he wanted her to do was follow her dream and be happy.

I'm not a fan of drag racing, but the racing scenes come across well. Force got emotional when Ashley earned her funny car license, reaching 300-plus miles per hour in a little over four seconds. He said it tears his heart out every time he puts one of his children in a race car.

Anyway, if you happen to clicking through channels and come upon this show it's worth a look. A repeat episode is on Thursday at 10:30 with a new episode Monday at 8.

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