Hey eric, I still miss you bud you were the greatest friend that I ever met in life. I miss those good ole days spending time at john force in yorba linda, ca. When me and my brothers came to install all the vinyl graphics on all of the race trailers, For you and john. I thank you again for all the wonderful days we spent there. I remember when we came to do an decal install for u . I brought you a big coconut donut from the the worlds famous donut shop In california. Randys donuts. You had the biggest smile on your face. And then went inside the shop and showed everyone. You will alway be remembered by me and my brother's. From DECAL APPLICATION CORP. since 1963. You are always missed and will never be forgotten. We loved you very much.
I still think about you and miss you everyday. This weekend and the coming week are going to be tough. Love and miss you always!
Eric always thinking of you!!! i know your #1 you are my Champ
Here it is, March 1, 2014 and I still think of you.
Eric Medlin *Top Fuel
Spirit of the wheel possessing no fear
Eric sat ready, waiting to hear
A wheel was ready and platform was clear
To the heart of the Spirit, Eric drew near
There were no drivers to accelerate through time
To carry the angels positioned on fine
Eric stood up and raced for the line
Speeding on forward, to enter the climb
Force of the wheel was fashioned from stock
All gears gold to transport the flock
A driver was needed to steer by the clock
Eric was able to ignite the spark
Testing the barrier to produce more speed
Aiming the arrow to draw a bead
Channeling time to keep the lead
Eric was chosen as a selective breed
Unlimited revolutions spinning the wheel
Legion of angels confirming the steel
Spirit of Eric now equipped to be real
For the Master approved, embossing the seal.
Hard to believe it has been 5 years, Eric. Still missing you and that big 'ole smile.
I miss you Eric. Drag Racing is not the same without you.
You are still my hero and friend. Ithink of you everyday take care of my boy I know he is with you Eric.
Happy Birthday Eric! You are loved and missed. I'll see you in heaven and finally get the chance to spend time with you.
Miss ya! Brainerd will soon be here...not the same without you.
may your light continue to shine brightly. missing you
It's been 4 years without you, Eric. Still miss seeing you at the track.
Its 2011--watching the Gatornationals--still thinking of you and missing you! Brainerd will never be the same without you!
Happy Birthday Eric!
Still missing you.
Your memory will live on forever in my heart. Thank you for all of the special memories. I miss you.
Happy Birthday Eric. I love you and miss you, think about you every day.
I know time doesn't exist in Heaven like it does here, but I still want to wish you a Happy 35th Birthday. We still miss you a lot.
It's been over a year now, and we still miss you so much Eric. I'm glad I got your autograph at Denver in 2006. I still pray for your family and friends because I know they still miss you too. I'll always miss seeing you on TV, but I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven someday.
Eric, I still miss you every single day. You will always be in my heart and I will love you for the rest of my life.
Still can't believe you've been gone for an entire year. I wish you had more time with us, love you and miss you!
As we near the 1 year anniversary of the day you were taken away from all of us, I pause and give thanks.
Thanks that I was fortunate enough to meet you and see that smile up close and personal, thanks that you were so wonderful to everyone you met, thanks for the great racer you were. Special thanks for watching over John Force and your other NHRA family members in their times of need. Still missing you but remember all the things that made you a shining star.
Eric, I love and miss you everyday. You will always be in my heart and will never be forgotten.
If I meet you i know i would have loved you like my own two brothers. So rest in peace little brother,hope to see you soon. WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!
I miss you Eric!!
You were a great guy and driver!!
You'll live on in our hearts and on our minds forever!!
Love ya and miss you tons!!
Still missing you Eric! Mint Chocolate Chip was my flavor choice today. It made me smile. In fact, every time I eat ice cream, I instantly think of you...my waistline is cursing you :)
Happy Birthday Eric! I love you and miss you. Will have some ice cream for you today!!
will allwas be nober 1 thanks
Eric I will Miss you forever and a day!! Ill miss seeing you at the track at breakfast ect. i love you eric!!
I love you and I miss you Eric!
You are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last at night. I miss you so much. We never met, but I feel like I have lost my best friend. I love you Eric.
What curls, what eyes, what a smile you had!! I miss you Eric.
ERIC...The hole in my heart is as large as the Grand Canyon, but the memories you have left will fill it some day. You have the greatest fans ever... Your family including the JFR family, Brandon and JR miss you greatly.
I Love You......MOM
Rest in Peace Eric. He will be truly missed by many. It will not be the same, at each race without him, but don't forget he's there we just can't see him yet.
My heart and prays go out to The Family of Eric Medlen. We were at Englishtown New Jersey when we talk with Eric. He was so nice to us and when said to him we hope we weren't bothing him he said that he was here for his fans and we the fans were there for him. He had such a nice smile. May God bless you all help you all at this time of great sadness. Take care! My family and I will miss him very much. Hold on to the memories of him, he will always be with you.
Eric,You will be dearly missed.It was truley a pleasure to meet you and spend some time with you in Seattle last year,You were a great role modle for the kids and all of the fans.You'll be missed but never forgotten!!!Race in peace.From everyone at MOTOR OIL SUPPLY SEATTLE WASHINGTON
my prayers are with you and everyone who knew him!!! i cannot tell you in words how much he will be missed!!
Eric was a gentleman and credit to his profession. I've had several opportunities to have dinner at his family's restaurant in Oakdale, CA and visited his "Wall of Fame." I had a photo taken with Eric at finals October 2006 in Las Vegas, NV and will cherish the memento....my heartfelt condolences to his family & JFR.
A GREAT Man in his career.......Long live N.H.R.A.
eric was a shinning star he always have that extra motivation im a team force fan and eric was my wife favorite we always remenber him as a champ
My condoleences on the loss of Eric. I loved watching him race and believe he would have been the Funny Car champion in the next couple of years.
I felt a great loss when I heard about Eric. I wish I would not have missed the Phoenix race this year. I feel like I missed out on something big. Everyone at our local dragstrip is feeling the loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Medlen family
We are sorry to herar of your loss.
May God Bless Your Family.
God bless and farewell. My prayers go out to the Medlen's. May you rest in peace Eric Thank you for everything you put forth in this sport. I will cherish the picture of us together at P.I.R 05' (pacific international raceway) you will be greatly missed.
I will truly miss you, your passion, your love of life and the sport of drag racing, were quite refreshing and a great diversion from everyday life. I looked forward to seeing you and JFR on Saturday Qualifying and Sunday finals. If I had a son I would want him to be just like you. My heart and prayers go out to your Mom, Dad and family both at home and at JFR.
BTW I tried your Ice Cream Therapy. I must say a Gallon of Choclate Chip didn't ease the pain and sorrow, my friend. But for the rest of my life I will always think of you when I watch the F/C's or eat ice cream, A wise man once said that "A man is not dead until He is Forgotten" I promise, you will not be forgotten, I also promise you "will" be missed. Ford lover and racer 1963 to the present. E M will be on my mustang after paint and you'll ride along on a real fast steet machine.
Eric when someone passes on I have ways of remembering them I remember meeting you last year in Madison Illinois I talked to you and had my picture taken with you .People asked me this week why I have been sad and I told them about you now everytime I look up in the sky and see a plane flying over and there is a white trail of white smoke I think that your in heaven doing a burnout at the starting line .You had many fans you had a great crew and a great dad you drove for a great team I know what they are going through and how they feel just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts .I know your family John Forces family everyone in NHRA all your fans will miss you .So do us all a favor get a good reaction time try not to red light and remember you are one great person.
Eric -- Thank you for treating our grandsons as the special young guys that they are. In one brief moment, you became a perfect role model for them, not as race fans, but as good people.
I wish we could have shared a win with you at Topeka.
Keep smiling, buddy.
How truly heartbroken I still feel about the loss of Eric Medlen. My heart goes out to the Medlen family and to the John Force family. I will always remember the kindness he showed my young sons at Heartland Park. He obviously was a great guy and will be sadly missed. God bless you Eric.
We are sending our prayers and thoughts to the Medlen family and force racing.May God be with you all.
I can't imagine working a job that requires me to put my life on the line like Eric did. My sympathy is with his family during this time. I pray for spiritual renewal for his family and friends.
When I first saw Eric, I decided he was the guy to watch! I have Erics autograph and he was so pleasant and friendly! We were already Force fans and Eric fit right in. All the sympathy and blessing go out to all of you at a time like this! We will all miss Eric much! You all have a special racing angel now.
God Bless the family, friends and team Force. May He continue to provide you with strength, love and peace.
To the Medlen family & John Force Racing Team. You have our deepest sympathy on the loss Eric. We enjoyed watching him race. May God bless him.
My thoughts and prayers go to Eric's family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Gods speed Eric.
We want to that it was a pleasure to meet Eric Medlen In Las Vegas last year. He was so very kind and my husband and I will never forget Eric. He will be in our hearts forever. He is a beautiful person.
Sincerely , Dan Donna Green 4/4/2007
To the Medlen Clan, words can never express the great sorrow of the loss of such a beautiful soul. Eric's smile always seemed to reach his sparkeling eyes. I wish I would of had the pleasure of meeting him. The racing world will never be the same. He brought a new prospective to racing. He never seemed to have a nasty word about anyone. He was one of a kind. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your son with the world, he will forever be missed.
The void left by by Eric's loss can't ever be filled, but in time you'll be able to think of Eric and it won't hurt so bad, and that's when the wonderful memories will come, putting a simle on your and making you laugh. I don't think that you ever get over the loss of a child - it's not the natural order of things. Nothing anyone can say makes it hurt less - even though we all mean well and we all want to make the hurt go away. So, just remember that you and your family are surrounded by people that love you and we are just standing here waiting to help in any way we can.
our thoughts and prayers are with the medlen family and with force racing.although we never met eric his smile and laugh showed a truly gentle man who loved his family, friends and who was able to make an ordinary day special, with his friendly smile and easy going way. eric you will be greatly missed but never forgotten, you set the standards high for all who will follow in your footsteps
Just a note of thanks to the Medlen and Force familys for sharing a son and one of the best people to ever participate in and represent this sport
GOD SPEED ERIC
Dear Mr. Medlen:
Thank you for sharing your son with us. Thank you for showing us that a father and son can work in harmony together. That a father and son can have fun and achieve something special together. That a son can admire and respect a father, just as a father can admire and respect his son. That a hug no matter where or when is the best thing we all can do. We thank you, sir, for allowing us to see this between a father and son.
Thank you Eric. Thank you for the joy that you have given us. For your smile that seemed to never end. Showing us the love and respect that you had for your father, Mr Force, your teammates and your friends.
May we never forget and may all us wear that smile and show that same zest for life. May we all learn this from a person that we never met but felt we all knew.
Thank you Mr. Medlen, Mr. Force, the Medlen and Force families. Thank you Eric. And God, please make all members of the racing community safe as they thrill their fans.
Eric you were a blessing.
Thank you for the time you gave to so many. Thank you for taking Shari's picture in the Funny Car last year at Infinion, It meant so much to us.
Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Pete & Kerry
My thoughts and prayers are with Eric, the Medlen family, and John Force racing. I never had the opportunity to meet Eric or to see him race live, but I did become a huge fan over the last year. What a great race car driver. I am sure that he would have won the championship had he had more time to race. It is so hard to lose such a great person and when I say great - he was truly great in every way. Sometimes God needs the great ones in heaven just as much as we need them here on earth. Eric will always be with us. God bless Eric, the Medlen's, and John Force.
I am very sorry for your loss. Eric you will be missed by a greeat deal of people! Racing won't ever be the same without Eric's loving smile around. Eric made everyone's day a bright and happy one. Everyone at the Las Vegas Strip will miss him lighting up our day. All the Jr's give you our blessings.
The world, and the world of racing, has lost a wonderful man with a very contagious smile. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans, he will be greatly missed.
Dear Mr. Medlen:
Thank you for sharing your son with us. Thank you for showing us that a father and son can work in harmony together. That a father and son can have fun and achieve something special together. That a son can admire and respect a father, just as a father can admire and respect his son. That a hug no matter where and when is the best thing we all can do. We thank you, sir, for allowing us to see this between a father and son.
Thank you Eric. Thank you for the joy that you have given us. For your smile that seemed to never end. To show us the love and respect that had for your father, Mr. Force, your teammates and your friends.
May we never forget and may all us wear that smile and show that same zest for life. May we learn all this from a person that we never met but felt we all knew.
Thank you Mr. Medlen, Mr. Force, the Medlen and Force families. And thank you Eric.
You always will be a true gentleman
in your words and in your actions
you will be sadly missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.I am sure you are looking down on us all now.God Bless You
Words cannot describe the loss of Eric Medlen and what it means to the drag racing community. His personality and attitude toward life was something rare and his passing is such a profound loss to his family and the JFR family. He will be forever remembered as one of the most geniunely thoughtful, caring people I have had the opportunity to meet.
I would to like express my condolences to the Medlen and Force Families. I never met Eric but when I read about his accident I felt like I had lost a good friend. He will be missed.
Mr. Force and team will never be the same. I am getting goosebumps as I type this. Our family enjoys the races on sats and suns until Eric, John or Robert and now Ashley loses. We acually will turn the channel (sometimes) if all are eliminated. God speed team Force.. Godspeed Medlen family. The Johnson family loves you all. You all bring Happiness and Excitment to our family.
I hope you are taking good care of Eric. You know his family sent him to you on March 23,2007. That was hard for them to do, but they knew that you was calling him. I sure you know that he is a kind man, willing to help anyone that is in need. A true friend, to every one that crossed his path, even though they were strangers. And man so full life and love . He will make a lot of friends living with you, in heaven as he did living here on earth. I'm sure that you know that a lot of hearts are aching and a lot of tears are being shed for Eric . questions are being asked why Eric, ? But you are the only one that knows why? God, in closing please take care of Eric. For is is greatly missed here on earth. As a NHRA Drag Racer, son, and true friend, and just only hell of a guy ! You broke the mold when you made him.
thanks God for listening
Signed, A heart broken NHRA Fan
My deepest sympathies go to the Medlen family, his NHRA family, his friends and family in Oakdale, California, and his fans. This is such a tragedy, and I hope that Gods hands can help you heal, and know that Eric is with his maker, and no longer in any pain. He died doing what made him happy and something he truly loved i believe because it was done with his best friend his father! You seem like such an amazing family! I hope you continue on in Eric's honor.
God Bless you all.
Your sunshine reached every fan.
You were an idol to children and a shining example to all.
We mourn your passing and celebrate your life as a dream come true.
God Bless the Medlen and John Force Family for the loss of their only son Eric.Drag Racing is blessed for having a great, unselfish,nice person racing and giving a 110% effort all the time.I will win a race myself oneday and want to dedicate my victory to Eric Medlen. see ya buddy.
My sympathy goes out to the Medlen family and John Force Racing team. Eric you will always be in our hearts you have touched so many people in nhra it was a sad day for me when I heard the news I was so heart broken. You left this earth a little so soon. Rest in Peace. GOD BLESS YOU WE WILL MISS YOU. I was very emotional when JR Todd and Ron Capps dedicated the trophies to your father I got so teary eye that I still can't believe you are gone. GODSPEED MY FRIEND. THANKS FOR BEING A GREAT SUPERSTAR IN MY EYES.
Eric, you're simply the best!!My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and JFR. Every race I watch you will always be in my thoughts. Treasured are the memories I carry from the track time with you, you will never be forgotten.
We'll miss you Eric. You made a difference. Your spirit will always be with us. God's Speed.
It has been a difficult time for those of us who follow Drag Racing. Eric was such a bright light,and a great kid. To JFR and Eric's parents, we too feel your lost. Eric maybe you can explain to my mother when you meet her what Drag Racing is, and why I could not talk to her on Sunday afternoon when I would be watching Racing when she called, and would say, you're watching what?, or who is John Force. We will miss you Eric.
Oh, my gosh, your gone, we love you eric, we will never forget you, you will be missed,from your drag racing fans in Michigan. Wayne & Betty........
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I've been a drag racing fan for a lot of years. I've been present at races where people died, but it doesn't help my pain of losing another friend. The drag racing community is pretty small in comparison to the other motor sports, but I can tell you we love all the guys who race. Most of us are people who have been down a drag strip and wish we could be a pro. We hurt alot when our heros die; Eric was a hero. I know this is the worst thing that could ever happen to pro drag racers like John Medlen and John Force, but I also know they love what they do. The same thing that keeps me going to every race I can go to. I'm hurting alot for Eric's loss, but I know he's like me and will be at every drag race he can...
Eric Medlen was the best funny car driver he was so nice and he loved to race it was very sad to see him go we all wish he came back and we will miss him
eric was a friend and a good race car driver. i love eric i was one of his fans i use to go and watch him race all the time.he may be gone but he's not forgotten. roy evans valley
NO WORDS CAN EXPLAIN THE PAIN IN MY HEART FOR THE WHOLE MEDLEN AND FORCE FAMILIES. I NEVER MET ERIC,BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAD.GOD SPEED TO YOU ERIC
Our condolences are with Eric's family and John Force Racing team. We met Eric a few years ago at Englishtown, NJ. He was one of the nicest drivers he was always there for his fans and took the time to sign autographs and take pictures. My daughter took a picture with him last year we will always treasure it. GOD BLESS YOU THANKS.
To Eric's family
Our condolence are with you all and just want to say that we met Eric a few years ago at Englishtown, NJ and he signed our picutre for our daughter and also took a picture with her and she was so happy we are John Force Team fans always have been. he was one of the nicest drivers and took the time to take pictures and sign autographs for his fans. Just want to say thanks Eric. WE WILL MISS YOU ALOT. YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED WE LOVE YOU ERIC THANKS FOR JUST BEING YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU. That picture with my daughter meant alot to her we will always treasure
To Eric Medlen's family and the John Force NHRA family, Eric was a life force that lit up every time he smiled. He was so full of life, and seemed to enjoy every moment, we can all take a lesson from that. We live in Yorba Linda and have enjoyed watching the Team Force race, and always loved seeing Eric with his positive attitude and kindness to those around him. We will miss his fun-loving antics during races and making everyone feel good for just being around such a positive guy. NHRA will have a huge hole in it's heart for a long, long time, if not forever. People like Eric are never replaced, and never forgotten. The Medlen Family and the Force Family will be in our prayers, but remember, Eric loved NHRA Funny Car and he would want you all to continue racing. The world was a better place because of Eric, and he will be missed. Bob & Linda Bugbee, Yorba Linda, CA
Eric's love for his father and the sport of Drag Racing were a joy to watch. It is such a tragedy to lose one so young and so talented. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I know he will be up there watching over his friends and teammates as they go down the track. God speed, Eric!
Our sincere condolences to the Medlin family in this time of loss and to the Force Team, as we all know he will be missed on the track, in the rodeo arena and in the fans hearts. Rest in Peace Eric...you will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Medlen Family, John Force Racing and all of the many freinds that Eric has left behind. My husband and I met Eric at the JFR shop the weekend of his first professional debut with JFR, he was super nice chatting with my husband about his car and we got lots of great pictures with him which when we took them back the following year for him to sign he remembered us. HOW COOL is that! He will be missed and remembered forever.
My husband and I want to express our thoughts and prayers to Eric's family, both real and extended, at this time. We had the pleasure of meeting him in September in Reading and found him to be a wonderful human being and great racer. He took time for autographs and pictures and always had a smile for his fans. A lot of people could learn a few life lessons on how to live life to the fullest by his example. He will be sorely missed not only by the racing community but by the human community. Rest In Peace, Eric.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Eric and the John Force team. God Sped.
I WATCH NHRA DRAGRACING ON ESPN, I
LOVE THE SPORT THE DRIVERS ARE THE BEST IN THE NITRO CLASS THAY MEANS MORE TO ME. JOHN FORCE WON ALOT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS. WHEN HE PUT ONE OF THE BEST ERIC MEDLEN IN ONE OF HES FUNNY CARS HE PUT THE MOST BEST MAN TO DRIVE ONE OF HES CARS! ERIC MEDLEN IS A CHAMPION TO BE AND A CHAMPION TO ME IN MY HEART I REALLY LIKED ERIC MEDLEN , HE WAS THE BEST MAKE ME FILL GOOD TO WATCH FUNNY CARS MORE OR THE SPORT IN ALL . I LOVE HOT RODS AND DRAGRACING! ERIC MEDLEN LIVES IN MY HEART FOREVER!!!!
Eric's death is not a tragedy in the real sense. Eric lived life to the fullest and he made the most of what talent God gave him. What more can a man ask for, but to love his family and his job - that's living life abundantly. God Bless you Eric Medlen for showing us true happiness and love.
I loved watching eric race and he was full of such passion,may that same passion help all of FAMILY and friends in this very difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and the Force Team. Eric was great at what he did and will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Our prayers are with each of you. Eric was a blessing to us all and he will be greatly missed. He is in the arms of our lord and savior and one day you will never be parted again.
TO THE FAMILY OF ERIC MEDLEN, IVE WTCHED ERIC RACE WEEK AFTER WEEK, BEING PART OF THE FORCE TEAM, HE WAS A CHAMPION OF DRAG RACING AND A TRUE FRIEND TO MANY! HE WILL BE MISSED DEARLY! SINCERELY, ART P. SACO, MAINE
We as fans feel like all of you racers are our family and we all fill a lost that will never be filled agin . So sorry for the lost of a shooting star may you shine bright forever.
To the Medlen Family,
I would like to give my condolences to the family of Eric Medlen. The Drag Racing family will never have a driver like Eric (a rookie coming up to make history). Eric is gone but never forgoten!
May God bless each of you our prayers are with you.
We would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to Eric's family and friends. We have enjoyed watching him race and it is a sad time for all. He will be sorely missed.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family and friends.
My heart goes out to his family at this time and all the days ahead.I went to high school with eric for a short time i enrolled at the end of my freshman year as he was a senior and getting ready to graduate. He is a good person all around and will be missed greatly!
eric and john were my favorite guys to watch am really going to miss him
I talked to Eric last year at Gateway International speedway in Madison Illinois let me say this you could not ask for a nicer and very friendly person.I will miss seeing you on TV and this year at the races you are one great person.
Eric was one of the most exciting drivers i have ever seen in dragracing. He will be missed dearly. I pray Gods peace be with the family,the Force race team, and all the fans who loved Eric.
Eric always made the SPORT exciting. His enthusiasm was infectious. I will miss him..... the entire SPORT will miss him.
He and his family will remain in our hearts and in our prayers.
I meet Eric in Memphis TN.He was a great person to talk to.I love to watch him on tv. My prayers and love goes out to his family.
sorry for your loss, he seemed to be a fun and good person. We will all miss him.
To Eric, To whom much is given, much is required. Thanks for riding on the high places.
Dear Family of Eric Medlin,
Our hearts are heavy as we are in shock over the loss of such a beautiful young man.
We attended the race in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. It was our first NHRA Race ever. We had been fans forever but this was the first race we were able to attend. We flew from North Carolina to Arizona for the race. It was amazing. It was a dream come true to be around all our favorite race car drivers and enjoying the NHRA show in person. We remember meeting Eric. We attended this race with our dear friends Jimmy and Janet from Mesa, Arizona. Our friend Jimmy took a picture of my husband Jerry and I with Eric that to this day means the world to us. It's the best picture of all time and a time we will never ever forget. What we remember most is that Eric was REAL. His smile was REAL...it was not fake or staged for the fans...It was a real true blue honest to goodness beautiful smile. It reflected his love for racing, for his fans and for life. That is something that stands out in our minds as we remember Eric Medlin. When we think of Eric we will always remember his beautiful smile and his eyes. Eric was a beautiful person, a awesome race car driver and he gave so much to the NHRA and his fans. He treated us like we were "old friends" when we met him. When we asked to have our picture taken with him he was thrilled to do so. That is something we shall never forget. We know he is gone in the physical sense but on those nights when you are missing him the most.......all you have to do is look up in the sky at night....and you will see him..he will be that bright shining star that stands out from the rest. He's in a beautiful place and we are certain without a doubt that he and Darrell Russell are up in heaven now...racing their cars and smiling down on us all. They will forever be young and full of happiness as they live on in the house of the Lord. We pray his family finds peace in knowing this and peace in knowing that they will see him again one day.
God Bless you all. You have our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely and with love,
J and T in North Carolina
Our deepest sympathies to all of the Medlen family and John Force Racing family.
I am a big NHRA fan and love to go up to Brainerd Raceway for the Nationals every year. Eric was a great man and will be missed
We always loved the excitement that Eric brought to the race. We had the pleasure to mett Eric in Dallas in Oct. 2006. Our hearts are saddened. God be with his family and friends. The racing circuit will miss him. Mike & Patty Crouch Artesia, NM
i have followed john force for years and you reminded me so much of him like the son he never had not taking anything away from his daughters you had a fire in your eyes and alove for the sport my condolances to your family and the force family the nhra lost a fantastic driver and above all a fantastic person for the sport. again my condolances.
My deepest sympathy to the Medlen family of the loss of your son Eric.As a fan of Eric's since he began his career as a driver for John Force racing.I was lucky enough to have met your son at norwalk raceway park in Norwalk Ohio back in 2005.I must say i was quite impressed with Eric's down to earth personality,and his calm,easy goin'presence which made him "approchable",something that i personally admired about Eric.He didn't have that arrogant attitude that some motor sports figures represent.Eric was different in so many ways and you could sense it about him without him saying a word.That says alot about his character,and that is why I and all who loved Eric will miss him deeply.Eric was a very rare individual who posessed a one of a kind personality,and character and a genuine love for the sport he loved.I'll miss ya Eric
Eric, you were a great guy that no one can ever replace... Watching you talk at the end of the track was almost as fun as watching you race... You were taken way too soon and we will miss you.
Medlen Family- We know you lost a important member of your family but try to remember he was doing what he loved...
What a void the world of drag racing will have with the passing of Eric.... He sure brought life to this sport!! God bless you Eric! I will continue to keep the Medlens and JFR in our thoughts and prayers during this diffucult time.
To the family of Eric
We will all miss him very much and will miss his great smile and winning spirit.
May you all remember his love for the sport and you. I'm sure he would not want it any other way.
He is with the Lord and will live in heaven racing a beautiful Golden FunnyCar.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Eric, such a great inspiration to all. We will miss that great smile and joking way. We will really miss seeing you, but we know you will be there in spirit. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Medlen family and the John Force Racing Team. This is definitely a great loss to Drag Racing and all who knew Eric. You will truly be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Eric, I will never forget sitting next to you for 3 hours at last December's John Force Holiday car show. The conversation we had was one I will never forget. I told you it would be "Your" year to win a Funny Car Championship. and you smiled and said, I sure hope so....but in typical Eric Medlin/John Force fashion...(your other dad), You praised everyone on your team and told me what a privelege it was to work beside each of them. Eric....I have alot of memories. But your class superceded any and ALL of the great things you did on the track! God Bless you buddy...say hi to my father for me will you?
Medlen Family - You have a lot to be proud of in Eric. You raised a good son who made a big impression on a lot of people, including myself. Remember the good stuff that happened and that will ease some of the pain in your loss. You're a good guy, EM.....Race 'em hard in Heaven!
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thanks for the many races and great memories you gave us. May God be with the family through the days and weeks ahead. Great racers as Eric are looking down at the rest of us as we race.
John & Mimi,
Our thoughts & prayers go with your family at this time.
Emma Parker & Family
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen Family and the John Force Racing Team. Eric, you will be greatly missed. You truly were an inspiration.
Eric, truly one in a million. You followed your dream, smiling all the way, touched so many lives, forever and a day! I thank you for the memories and the silly jokes.
Because my child, sometimes God needs new flowers for his garden and this time he picked the very best one he could find...We will all miss him, he was a very incredible person.
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Medlen family and the entire John Force Racing team. What a great son! May God give you strength in this time of need.
my best wishes to the medlen family and john force & family. im a true drag racing fan and am sorry to here of erics passing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family & John Force Racing at this difficult time. Rest in peace Eric and God Bless. You will be truly missed but never forgotten. Love you!
Johnny and Mimi. Our heart goes out to you and your family.We never met Eric ,only as a gleam in your eyes when our son Bobby was ring bearer in your wedding, and you and Stevie, and your Dad worked for us at Town and Country market. You guys will always have a special place in our hearts..We are just so sorry.You're in our prayers.
Bill and Betty Webb
To the Medlin family
our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
To the entire JFR crew and the family of Eric Medlen...what a terrible tragedy. I loved Eric and his spunkieness, I always looked forward to his interviews at the end of the track and that beautiful smile...I have such a huge hole in my heart and everytime I watch an NHRA race from this day forward I will always remember him ~ and NEVER forget him, he was truly an awesome person and John Force you certainly knew what you were doing when you chose him as one of your "Next Generation" drivers because he was truly one of the best !!! I love you all and may God Bless all of you in this time of need. God Speed Eric ~ see you on the other side my beautiful friend.
We know that life is death......we know that people die....
we know a moment seazes breath....we know that tears are cried....
its not our place....our place to ask why....our loved ones gone away....
still see their face.....their face in the sky.....the loved ones gone away....
we cry and call out... why?....why did you do this?....why'd you take them away?...
why have you left us to cry?....we dont deserve this.....why couldnt they just stay?
the passing of time will heal the tears and gently ease the pain.....
until the day when we know why....the day we'll see them again....
we know that death is life....but deal with it we must.....we are in gods mercy and grace.....and in him we must trust....
In memory of Eric Medlen 1973-2007 I loved watching you race and to everyone we've lost....and asked why?... Keith
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen Family and JFR in this time of sorrow.
Eric will be missed by us all!
Rest In Peace dear Eric. God must have some serious plans for you up there, buddy, cause you left here way too soon. If only tears could build a stairway to heaven, we could all see you again now!
We will miss your strolls down the track and your awesome smile!
Until we meet again.
The Styler Family
Eric, we miss you tons... but appreciate the fun you brought us, too. Thanks for the memories... you will always be loved.
Christy Clutter & Angelica Dailey
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Medlen family and John Force Racing team. May God bring you peace in your time of need.
God Speed Eric....
God Bless You, Our Prayers are With Tou and Your Family.
We were family 'cause we had to be and friends because we wanted to be... I was so proud of you I can't even put it into words! We'll miss you..luv ya, Duff!
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
You will be tremendously missed. You & your father have been a part of our family's lives for a very long time. My dad grew up with your dad on the drag strip as young twenty years olds. You were such an inspiration for my dad for the past 10 years of his incarceraton. When my mom past away years ago he lost part of his heart and part that was drag racing.When you started to drive the spark in his heart lite up again. Thank you for all you have done for my family. RIP ERIC GODSPEED MEDLEN!!!
The Tim Whitman Family
We're going to miss you.
Thom and Arlene, Oakdale CA
sincere condolences to the Medlen family and JFR. As a fan of drag
racing for over 40 years, Eric was part of my family and his death hurt
a lot. This March was not good for me either. On the day Eric was involved in the accident, I was attending my father's funeral. Now they are both in a better place.
Keep on, Keeping on Eric.
We miss you Eric, but your beautiful smile shining down on us is helping us all heal a little more each day.
i and my friend,s will really miss you .your a great person and one really good funny car driver.the sport and this world need,s more real people like you.god speed eric.
John, I'm very sorry for your lose. Eric you will be missed.
Just wanted to send my love & prayers to the Medlen & JFR families from the Poconos. One thing is certain, both Reading & Englishtown won't be the same without Eric around. Hang in there and just know there are many fans praying for you right now.
Very sorry for Erics family.He will be missed by all of us NHRA fans.Im sure he is in a greater place now.
My sincere condolences to the Medlen family, all those at JFR and to all his many friends. Eric had an unique way of touching the lives of those he came in contact with and made such an impression on all he met. Take comfort that he was living his dream and that he was held in such high regard by all. Godspeed Eric, Rest in peace buddy.
RIP Eric, May God be with the Medlen family at this sad time. This life is a great loss to the huge NHRA family.
If we all take a moment everyday to make someone feel the way Eric made us all feel with that big goofy grin, then his memory will live on forever. Thanks Eric!
Nothing can replace the lost you have suffered but know that he lives on through us....The Racers. Eric was more than just a racer, he was a great human being and will be deeply missed. I had the pleasure to meet him in a walmart in San Antonio when he came up to me in an isle and tried to hand me a hero card, but I knew who he was and almost fainted when he came up to me.
He will be sorely missed, and My family's and Shop employee's prayers go out to the family and team.
You will be missed by all of us...We are keeping you,your family,friends and teammates in our prayers. Rest in peace!!!
Condolences to the family. Eric brought his kart to Indy one week-end
and raced with me at Whitland Raceway. We had a ball and John Stewart
was with us. He was a great kid and I know God has him up there for a
reason. God speed.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
he will be miss in the nhra and in life my thoughts go out the family
Eric was such a nice young man he will be missed.Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.I can see him now when he was in his dad's machine shop with his apron on just like dad.And when John bought that first dragester Eric was there to learn any and everything he could
He was doing what he loved and he was good at it.
May God be with you all at this time.
Sandy, Kristina,JW Yates
I am so sorry for your loss. An awesome person and a great racer! He will be greatly missed. God bless.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
He was a great driver and deserved to be where he was. Am so sorry for his family and will put a sticker on both our cars for him. BM Racing will never forget... Brendan & Bob Meek
MY prayers and thoughts go out to Eric And the entire Medlen family,and john Force Racing. Eric will be sadly missed. The NHRA and the entire racing community has lost A True Hero. GOD BLESS!!!!
Rest in peace young man. You are sorely missed. May God bless the Medlen family.
My heart goes out to the Medlens and everyone who has been blessed to know Eric. I can say that I am one of the blessed, having known Eric since we were in the same kindergarten class in Oakdale all those years ago.
Even though time has caused us to drift apart, the memories keep us close, as they will from this point forward.
Rest in Peace, Eric and my thoughts and prayers be with everyone your life has touched.
I'm very sorry for the loss that we have all just had. I never met Eric in person but I did get the privelage of watching him race this last season. He will surely be missed in a lot of different ways. I wish you all the best in these hard times. My heart is with you all.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
To the parents of Eric Medlen and the Medlen Family:
Even though the tragedy and pain of his loss must be overwhelming to bear, take comfort in the fact that you raised a rare young man who was able to touch so many lives as Eric did....Ultimately, his short time on this earth will not be measured by what he accomplished on the racetrack, but by the happiness and joy he brought to others....God Bless the Medlen Family.
Eric you will be forever missed !!!!!!!! RIP The NHRA and all its fans lost one hell of a man !!!!!!!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and everyone at JFR during this difficult time. Eric touched so many in his 33 years and his smile and life has left a lasting impression on us.
Terrible loss for his family, the NHRA, and all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
R.I.P. Eric, you were a great role model for all and will forever be remembered...
Our families prayers are with you during this tough time. Your smile will be remembered fondly. Godspeed Eric.
Eric will be sadly missed by all in the NHRA community as well as everyone who knew him or came in contact with him. That smile will live forever. Godspeed
Our prayers are with you during this time. Eric will be missed by all.
Eric the joy u gave us all will never be forgoten. Your pasion was our joy. we love and miss u. u will never be forgoten.
Our hearts are broken. It is a shock to lose such a young, talented and good natured racer. Our hearts go out to the Medlen family and to JFR.
The drag races will not be the same ever again. Eric you will be missed.
Grand Junction, CO
This is very sad for us. We are big fans of John Force Racing and everyone involved in it. Eric will be missed greatly. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eric. God Bless
MY thoughts and prayers go out to Erics entire family including his family at John Force Racing! I was very very sad to hear of Erics passing. Eric was a great driver with a very promising future. The Drag Racing World has lost a wonderful person. He will be missed by all that knew him and even those who didn't. Rest In Peace Eric, and God Bless.
God bless you and your family. Eric will never be forgotten.
We did not know Eric well but saw him walking around the pits always with a smile on his face. We worked for Cruz. We are very sad about the out come of Eric's accident,and wish we could turn back time. We can not do that so the best we can do is pray for Eric's family and friends. May the Lord help you heel your broken hearts. We will miss Eric's face and smile. It will not be the same without Him.
Dear John, Mimi, Erin and family,
My heart is broken for you! I don't know what to say except how sorry I am and at the same time how thankful I am to have been a part of your life and Eric's life. What wonderful memories I have of Eric, from eating ice cream cones to riding his tricycle off the front porch, cheering for his dad at car and boat races when he could barley talk! His eyes were the size of saucers when he saw those cars rev their engines!
I'm praying for you and hope that you will find strength through all who loved Eric so very much!
May God Bless you today and always!
You will never be forgotten.
God Speed Eric. I know when the sun shines on the track you will be smiling down upon us
I am sorry for the loss of a great drag racer. JFR & The Medlens are in our prayers.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The loss of someone so close is very difficult to bear. Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Let all of your memories bring you comfort because our memories are our light at the end of the darken tunnel. God Bless & God Speed. RIP Eric
You meant so much to so many people.Teach St. Pete about drag racing.Hang tight and we'll be seeing you.God Bless.
It was a very sad day for my family when Eric died we all had tears in our eyes we prayed so much that week that Eric would survive but i guess god had to take him. now my family is saying prayers to Eric's family and all the other family's that had a hard time in this loss and still having a hard time.But Eric is in a better place now.R.I.P Eric Medlen
I have known the Medlens since Eric was just a toddler. We were neighbors of Uncle Steve and Aunt Cindy for years and I worked with Mimi until we moved to Texas 20 years ago. What a devastating loss for John, Mimi, Eryn and all of the family and friends. Please know that unless we have stood in your shoes no one can really know the pain you all are enduring at the tragic untimely loss of Eric. What is known is the love, admiration, and respect, that is pouring in from around our nation for Eric. He stood tall among men and will forever leave an imprint on multitudes hearts. God Bless you all.
Rich and Linda Henning
Lynette, Richie, Michelle
Eric will never know how many people's lives he touched. I saw him but one time a year at Ennis, Texas, but every year he always had time for his fans and never denied an autograph or picture opportunity with his fans. I will miss him dearly and he will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathies are with his family.
The loss of Eric was felt through out the sport of racing,He is my sons favorite racer,and probably always will be. Our prayers go out to the parents of Eric and to the JFR crew.
eric watch over ashley.
Godspeed Eric you will never be forgotten
Thank you for giving us race fans such great enjoyment in watching racers like you and John.
Many will miss you but will never forget you.
I got to meet Eric for the first time at Gainesville, Florida this month. He was so nice to me and to everyone else. I've always been a big fan of the John Force Racing Team. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the Medlen Family and the John Force Racing Team. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eric, we will miss you!!!
Eric, you will NEVER be forgotten. You had the amazing ability to touch the lives of people that didn't even know you.
Condolences to Eric's family.
Rest in Peace my freind. Hope your running some good times up there, I guess theres no tire shake in heaven!
WOW, What a heart breaking LOSS, May God be with your family and the Force Race Team in the trying moments to come and know that Eric was a STAR and will countinue to shine up above, My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family and Friends of Eric Medlen!! God Bless & Gods Speed
As a long time crew person on a fuel car my feelings go out to the people that prepare and service that car,i could never imagine how john force &john medlen & family feel,but i do know how the guys feel who prepare that car
What a profound tragedy. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the Medlen family. Such a wonderful spirit who has left his mark on all of us. Rest in Peace Eric...we will not forget you.
To the Medlen family,
My heart goes out to you. It just is not right; children are supposed to lay their parents to rest not us laying our children to rest. Eric is in good hands above with Blaine and Darrell looking after him now
To JFR my heart also goes out to all of you. Ashley, John,and Robert you now have an angel riding with you.
Eric RIP buddy
Rest In Peace, Eric. My deepest sympathies to your family and the Force organization. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully the fact that you passed doing what you LOVED eases the pain somewhat in your loved one's hearts. You will be missed.
Godspeed young man, I feel really horrible about Drag Racing losing such a great person. We were in San Antonio when the news broke and everyone was just in shock! I pray for your parents and the Force Family as well!
NOW U CAN RACE ON THE CLOUDS BUDDY.
watching u grow up over the years, knowing your mom all these years made u like family we will miss you very much. we will see u in the big race track in the sky some day keep the track warm for us
TO THE MEDLEN FAMILY, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING YOUR TIME OR SORROW. WE WERE PROUD OF OUR LOCAL NHRA DRAG RACER. SINCERELY
R.I.P. Eric! You will be greatly missed. I know that I still want to pursue my dreams of becoming a Top Fuel Funny Car Driver and you inspired me even more. Your memory will defintly live on inside of me and of others.
Rest in Peace. My prayers to family and friends. The sport and the world wont be the same with out you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Medlen family and with JFR.
You will be greatly missed but we will always remember you.
May your star shine brightly and your memory never drift far! I pray that your family and friends find comfort in HIS arms in this overwhelming time of need and sorrow! Another angel just entered heaven!!!
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Eric Medlin. The loss of a son, brother and friend is a pain you can't describe but is shared by all of us. God speed Eric.
may god bless you all in this time of need
This is a very sad time for all who knew you.You will be missed.
Godspeed Eric ! You will be greatly missed its always the great ones who go to soon !!!
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Eric, his family and the entire John Force race team. Our prayers go out.....He will be a sincerly missed drag racer and was always a joy to watch race. From everyone at KCS Race cars.
Rest in peace, Eric. You will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Medlen family during this difficult time.
My sincerest condolences to the Medlen Family as well as all of John Force Racing during this time of grieving over Eric's untimely death. I never met him at the track but saw him many times, including this past weekend at Gainesville, but I felt I knew him from the NHRA race broadcasts. I saw alot of John Force in Eric and I know that John is hurting greatly too as Eric was family. I wish for comfort and peace to you all and wish I could be in attendance at Eric's Memorial service. He lives on in our hearts and our memories. Godspeed Eric.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Eric you will never be forgotten! R.I.P my friend, my prayers are with you and your family.
Whenever a fellow dragracer dies doing what he loves, it leaves a hole in all of us. Our prayers go out to the Medlen family and the John Force racing team. Only God knows the whole plan! Eric will truely be missed!
Eric was a very nice person and an awsome racer he will be greatly missed
God be with u Eric, A star has been put out, RIP
You are thoughts and in my prayers. It seems so sureal. We lost a shooting star, he shall never be forgotten. I hope you can find some kind of comfort knowing he is in good hands with God. May God be with all of you.
Family, friends and the NHRA family. I am sorry for your loss. Someday I plan on racing Eric on the drag strips paved with gold up above. You will be in my prayers.
to the medlen family:
eric was one of my favorite drivers and i will miss seeing him drive because he was a very talented driver
We are so sorry for your loss and send our love and prayers. Eric had such an awesome energy that surrounded him. He always was a positive person, never negative, that's the kind of person that people like to be around. We will honestly miss him at the track and around the hotels, seeing him at breakfast, in the restraunts, etc..
God Bless, The Ducusins
Our thoughts and prayers with you and the entire Medlen family as well as John Force and the entire racing team. Rest in peace.
To The Medlen Family:
My heart goes out to your family for the loss of a great young man, a talanted driver, and one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting! Your Son and I shared some great moments of friendship, from his beginnings stripping blowers for Force, to his debut as the driver of the Castrol Syntec Funny Car and fullfilling a life long dream. His spirit will live in me forever, and his passion for the sport will help guide me to my hope of accomplishing my dreams as well. He will be missed, physically, but he will live in my heart eternally! My condolences on your loss.
Rest in peace my friend
I JUST WISHED THAT WORDS COULD MAKE THIS MOMMENT ALL BETTER BUT I KNOW IT CANT.THE LOSS OF ERIC IS A GIANT GUTT RIPPER. I CAN JUST IMAGINE WHAT THE MEDLEN FAMILY FEELS. AS A FAN OF ERICS I WISHED I COULD BE THERE WITH ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MY CONDOLENSES TO THE MEDLEN FAMILY. AND TO ERIC I SAY BROTHER JUST KEEP ON DRAGGING.
Your memories of Eric give you the will to live on, Eric's love will sustain you until you are together once again. May God be with you. Amen.
" Long Live A Champ."
ive lost a friend and family member, i say family member cause we in the n.h.r.a. we are all family, i would like to take this time to show my love to a friend and my heart goes out to the medlen family, john force racing, and to the n.h.r.a., im sad and feel lost in this time , i don't know how im going to feel when i go to the drag races now, but i must be strong and move foward, god bless you buddy where ever you are looking down at us, thank you for the memories and the time for saying hi to us at the events, we your fan will never foreget you, you live in our hearts forever,
"long live the champ"
R.I.P. Eric Medlen
love a fan always,
Oscar Rodriguez Jr.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to the whole Medlen family and all his friends. We will miss you deeply Eric. Your huge smile and awesome personality was so much fun to watch on tv and at the tracks!! See you in heaven.
i cant begin to tell you how sad i am.my thughts and prayers are with your family through this trying time.all i can say is, eric left me with many great memories and no one will ever take those from me.eric will be missed,rest in peace my friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family! Eric will be missed by the whole racing community! Much to young... RIP
My deepest smypathies go out to the Medlen Family. Rest in Peace Eric.
Words really can't due justice here. Eric will be missed greatly by so many people. I feel fortunate to have been able to know him, and will certainly miss seeing him around the pits, even though I know he'll be there watching over us! God bless the Medlen family and extended family at JFR. Rest in peace friend.
God rest your soul young man. you will be deeply and truely missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
R.I.P Eric. you will be sorely missed,and Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family. Eric will be greatly missed, but not forgotten! We will miss you!
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I always enjoyed watching Eric and the whole Force team on ESPN 2..on sundays.thanks for the memories.Heart felt prayers to all who have been affected by this terrible accident..
My thoughts and prayers to the medlen family and john force racing inc.
My deepest smypathies go out to the Medlen Family.. Eric will be deepley missed by all those who knew and loved him so much.. My love and prayers are with all of you at this time... God will comfort you at this time and may that love lift you, hold you close, and give you peace..
Love and Prayers
My condolences go out to the Medlen family and John Force Racing. Eric was an inspiration to us all and this is a huge loss to the entire drag racing community. May God be with the family during this time.
THUMBS UP TO YA ERIC !!! YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED !! I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING ERIC SEVERAL TIMES !!!MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE MEDLEN FAMILY AND JFR !!!
our prayer go out to the medlen family, and jfr, godspeed, you are a champion in all of our eyes...
Words can't describe how I feel right now. It is a very said time for the drag racing community. Eric was a great guy and a truly genuine person. I had the privilege to be with him last week at the Hall of Fame Banquet, seen him multiple times and spoke briefly during the course of Gators, and I was also at testing.
Eric will be missed, but never forgotten. He was true Champion and a good friend, and my brother in Drag Racing!! He was a rising star in the NHRA.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, the Medlen and Force families and John Force Racing, may God be with all of you.
Eric is now racing at that Great Big Drag Strip in the sky, racing with the best of them!!!!
May you RIP, my thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones as they travel through these times.
Godspeed Eric Medlin, you will be missed by all. You were a true gift to the sport of dragracing and a pleasure to be called a friend by many.
So sorry to hear of your loss,,he will be missed...
How fortunate are we to have a special person like Eric touch so many of our lives. His energy and dedication to what ever he did were second to none. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and John Force Racing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
You are a true role model to everyone. The world has suffered a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and the friends that bear this loss.
My prayers go out to the Medlen family and friends and JFR in this hard time.R.I.P. Eric
The NHRA has lost lost its brightess star. Eris was such a great guy to talked to. Even on weekends that he didn't do well he always had a kind word to say to his fans. When he talked to you he looked right at you like you were the only one there. I will miss him this season but know that he will be there in the people that loved him RIP my dear friend
I was just getting to know Eric a little... He seemed like a truly nice person with a good heart. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and loved life. He will be missed by many. My heart goes out to the Medlen family and to JFR. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I'm very sorry for your loss.
r.i.p may god be with you and your family.
Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of Eric. Although we did not know Eric all that well, we do know he loved life and loved racing. He was a funny, caring soul and will be missed dearly by the entire racing community. The Medlen family and JFR family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
My deepest sympathies go out to the Medlen family and Eric's team. Me and my family's thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Even though this has been a very tough time for all of us, this can only make us all stronger together. May God be with you.
Love and Prayers to you Eric. You will be missed by so many, especially by my grandson, J.R. Todd. I know that you will be riding with J.R., Brandon, & Morgan. GOD Bless You and your loved ones.
Eric will be greatly missed. Our family is so lucky to have met him briefly at the races, talked with him, and seen what a real, warm person he was. This also increases our sense of loss. To all Eric's family, including his racing family, you're in our hearts.
Thoughts and prayers to the Medlen family. Eric will be greatly missed, although never forgotten !!
He will be missed by many. God Speed Eric
I have known Eric since grammar school. We all grew up in Oakdale together what a tight bunch of kids we all were. I can only say he made everyone laugh. He was quiet at first but boy get him going and he was a blast. I will remember all the good times Eric. I bet you are having so much fun with Stanley, Nichole, Miko, Paul and everyone one of our friends that you have rejoined, stories you are all telling!! Tell everyone hi for me. I will see you soon.
You will be missed by all of your friends here in Oakdale and every where you have traveled. My deepest sympathy to all the Medlen Family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
We will miss you
Rest In Peace
I am still really in shock over this. Eric will be missed, one of the really true good guys in NHRA drag racing. He, his family, and his close friends will be in my prayers.
THIS IS A HUGE LOSS FOR EVERYONE.ERIC WAS A ONE OF A KIND.
Our deepest sympathy to Eric's family, John Force Racing and Eric's many friends. He was a talented funny car driver & a shining star on the NHRA circuit. He had an infectious smile and great sense of humor! We will miss you, Eric. May you rest in peace.
May you rest in peace Eric, my prayers go out to the Medlen family
R.I.P. Eric, you will be greatly missed
We have lost a great person in Eric. My deepest sympathies go out to the Medlen family and to all of John Force Racing.
Eric...God Speed to you....
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Medlin family, JFR, and the entire drag racing community for their loss. RIP Eric.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Find peace and comfort in this time of sorrow. He was doing something that he Loved and he's in heaven now.
God speed Eric. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Medlen Family and JFR.
Eric you were a great racer and good guy. a true sportsman you will be greatly missed..JFR will not be the same with out you.Godspeed
Our Prayers for comfort and understanding are with the Medlen Family, JFR and all those that Eric so wonderfully touched their lives. Thank you Eric for being who you are, you Blessed many lives and you will be forever dearly missed by Family, Friends and Fans....
Eric, your ever smiling face will be remembered forever in our family's heart. You will be missed and our deepest sympathy to your family in this time of sorrow.
My deepest sympathys go out to the Medlen Family. Eric will be greatly missed.
Eric was one of my greatest inspirations for wanting to drive dragsters. Not only was he an inspiration, but he was also my favorite driver. I will miss him greatly. You will always be remembered Eric.
My condolences to everyone, especially you, John Medlen, your son was the best, may he rest in peace.
Thoughts and Prayers to the family
Eric will be missed greatly, it was always a joy to watch him race, my deepest sympathies go out to his family.
best wishes to all of the family and friends we would like to attend the service but it is not mentioned my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
You were one of a kind, a true champion, and you will be greatly missed in our sport. You will be thought of often by everyone. For those left behind, we just have to be reminded that you were doing what you loved and you were great at it. We will pray for your family during this difficult time. God Bless
My deepest sympathy goes out to all family and associates of Eric. He was a joy to watch and talk to.
My husband and I are catering for the Force team this weekend in Houston. It's hard to imagine that Eric won't be there but his spirit will always remain with us.
Our sport has lost one of its most genuine, brightest and passionate stars. His interviews were entertaining and exciting as was his racing. My heartfelt condolences to the Medlen family and to John Force Racing. Eric will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten. May God be with him.
Eric, you were a great role model for young competitors not just in drag racing but in all forms of competitive sports and I'll always admire you for that.
Rest In Peace Eric, because of the great number of people you touched with your positive spirit you'll always be remembered.
Eric, I thank the Lord that your ordeal and suffering here is now over. You are now free to race to your heart's content. A legion of the greatest drag racers who ever lived, as brave and as good as you were here, are at this moment gathered together to welcome you home. The stands are full of your fans and friends and they're
all cheering for you. We'll have to keep on with what we're doing over on this side; it just won't be the
same without you here with us. But one fine day, we'll all meet up again and have the best event ever...and it will go on forever. My prayer is that I will have
the necessary points to make it to that invitational meet...I sure don't want to miss out on that one. I saw you go in on the pole, Eric. I'll just do my best to qualify. God Bless your family, John Force Racing and all of us who feel your loss on earth. Till the next time...
Pray He's able to carry all the Love he takes with Him.
Eric, the racing world has lost the a good man. My condolences goes out to your family that God will help them deal w/the losing of a family member. Godspeed......
Sorry to hear about the loss he will be missed.
You will forever be in our hearts, Eric. And will forever be remembered for your great personality, your smile and, of course, your great ability to race.
From me and all of the other fans, may you Rest in Peace.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Eric Medlen Family ,JFR faimly, to all who loved him. My heart go out to you all on the loss of a great young man and one of best drag race drivers. Our prayers are with you at this time. Forever young! Eric will be smile down from heaven at ever drag race. What A view he has!
Every time I saw Eric Medlen on TV or in pictures, he was smiling and that is how I will remember him. I began following Eric's career because I spent a lot of time in the Oakdale/Modesto area, and I became a big fan. Sending Deepest Sympathy to Eric's Father, Mother, Stepmother, Sister and his family at JFR.
you will be missed by all, see you on the other side my friend
One of the truely nice guys in the sport. You will be missed by all in the racing family.
RIP, Eric, you will be missed and warmly remembered. My deepest sympathies to the Medlen family and JFR for your loss.
You will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the family and JFR.
May God bless your loved ones and give them guidence during this terrible time. People say "At least he died doing something he loved." I believe no one should die doing what they love.
You will be missed.
The Medlen family and JFR racing family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Eric was a good racer, true sportsman, role model, and hero too many. God Speed Eric, you will be missed.
Rest in piece Eric. You will be sorely missed. Godspeed
RIP eric,you will be greatly missed.god bless jfr and the whole medlan family.
R.I.P and Godspeed Eric, you will be missed
God Bless Eric and his family, crew and JFR at this very difficult time. Love always Bill Lutz and family.
Eric, you had the smile and personality of someone who truly loved what he was doing. Not just showing up and driving a car, you showed you had a passion and love for the sport, an enthusiasm that wouldn't quit, and I think your family should be proud of that. You were a true embassador of the sport. I am going to miss you when E-town rolls around, I always looked forward to getting your autograph. Godspeed Eric, and tell Steve Evans and Buster we all said hello.
Another one of the nice guys gone before their time... He was a great person that will stay in our hearts forever. May there be nitro in Haven for all our Angels that are there. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and friends. May God bring you peace through this time.
God Bless the Medlen family and the John Force Racing family.Eric was a great part of the sport of Drag Racing,and he will be missed but never forgotten. The Lord has received a Champion for sure. Godspeed Eric.
As water reflects a mans face, so a mans heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19. How true this was of Eric. The Lord has called him home, we need not ask why but what. What of Eric can we take with us to touch and benefit others. Prayers and blessing be with the Medlen family at this difficult time.
Our Prayers are with The Medlen Family and everyone at John Force Racing, Eric was a very special young Man and will be missed by everyone.
A real tragedy for all the fans and racers alike. I wish the family good luck in this trying time. Hold your heads up high, medlen was a class act guy.
Medlen Family and JFR Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you at this tuff time. He Is Greatly Missed the Sport Has lost a true Sportsman. GODSPEED ERIC...
God speed to Eric and God bless his family and team. You will be missed!
My greatest sympathy goes out to the Medelen family.
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
God Speed Eric, I will see you again.
God Bless the Medlin family and John Force Racing. Eric was a shining star! His charismatic personality was a wonderful trait. My brothers, Jim & Jon Oberhofer treasured Eric and will miss him dearly as will the rest of the racing community. Rest in peace Cowboy.
God Bless the Medlen family & Godspeed, Eric. You will be forever missed.
Now God has a driver for his flopper. RIP Eric.
Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to John Medlen, also the entire Medlen Family and to all of the John Force Racing family and friends. God's strength and blessings to all of you. Rest in Peace Eric, We will all miss you!!
A tragedy has occurred. I never met Eric Medlen and only knew him from watching NHRA-TV. But he was bright, well-spoken and excited about what he was doing - a breathe of fresh air. I mean does it get much better than racing for the sport's top team in a car tuned by your DAD?
Now, suddenly and tragically, he's gone. A marvelous and joyous light has left us and we are poorer for his going.
My heartfelt condolences John Medlin and Eric's family. Know that my prayers are with you and the entire JFR group through the grief that follows such a deep and shocking loss.
Jon Lundberg, VODR (Ret.)
GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND THE FORCE TEAM, AND GODSPEED ERIC, YOU WILL BE MISSED DEEPLY.
He will be truely missed he gave such joy to others as they watch and wished they could do what he did ... He lived their dreams he was a speical man, a star among men now he will shine bright in another way... Eric you will be missed
God Bless Eric Medlen. May his friends and family find the comfort they may need.
Condolences to all the knew and loved Eric, He will be missed by many
You will be greatly missed. God spedd Eric
Rest in Peace Eric and may god be with your family and friends at this difficult time!
God Bless and keep the Medlen family.
We'll all miss you Eric, May the peace of the Lord be with the Medlen family and JFR
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Eric, you will be greatly missed, my condolences to the Medlen family and the John Force Racing family, rest in peace
Rest in peace Eric, you are going to be missed, NHRA, is not going to be the same without you.
Gonna miss your smile man. Race on.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Medlen, and JFR Family for their loss. Godspeed Eric!
May God look over your family Eric. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten. God speed.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, R.I.P and GOD SPEED Eric Medlen you will be truely missed by all who knew you
sincerely Kiah Fields and family
I met Eric at several races and he was the nicest, sweetest young man you could ever want to meet. John, you were standing beside him one time and I told you that you raised a fine boy, and you should always be proud of him, as I know you always will be. You and his family have my sincerest sympathies and condolences for the loss of this extraordinary human being at far to young an age.
Eric, I'm gonna miss ya buddy! The races won't be the same without you. Rest in Peace Eric!
RIP Eric Medlen. I met Eric at the 2004 Mile High Nationals. We talked as if he had known me forever. Eric was by far, the nicest, most sincere driver that I have ever met in my 12 years of attending NHRA national events. God speed buddy and good luck in your match races against the top fuel cars of Blain and Darrell.
I still can't believe that you've left us Eric. You are by far my favorite driver besides John, and don't tell anyone, but I often rooted for you when you faced the Boss.
Eric thank you for being the cowboy that we all love, what a breath of fresh air you are in this sport we love so much. You're still here with us I believe, you're just waiting for us to catch up so that we can see that wonderful smile and hear that infectious laugh again... and I can't wait.
Everytime I saw you at an event in Vegas you always said hi to me first, before I could get a word out, man you are just the best!
I have 4 children, one boy and three girls. My wife and I aren't going to have anymore, but I wish we were. I wish we were so that I could name him Eric or her Erica after you. Maybe'll we'll adopt? :)
You are the very best Eric Medlen and I love you man!!!!
My sincerest condolences to John Medlen (you raised a great son), Eric's mom, stepmom, sister, all of his family, close friends, and his JFR racing family.
I love you Eric, can't wait until I get to see you again... you make me smile everyday. You live forever in me.
Godspeed Eric. My thoughts and prayers for the Medlin family, everyone at JFR and Eric's friends.
You will never be forgotten.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I always looked forward to seeing you in Seattle in July! You always had a huge smile on your face and took the time to reconize your fans, you will be greatly missed Eric.
Rest in Peace. My thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved him.
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of a man whos smile was so contagious! Heaven definetly became brighter when Eric entered its gates. God Bless and Comfort the entire Medlen Family and Cirlce of Friends. Eric will be truly missed by so many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Medlen Family and John Force Racing.
our sincere condolences to the medlen family and to john force racing. no words can help what you are going through but knowing that the people out there really care and are praying for all of you. may eric rest in peace.
eric i guess now we all relize how short life can be . thanks for being a shinning star in all our lives! thank you for all your hard work and making us all smile! you will truly be missed !my prayers and thoughts to your wonder family in this hard time. GOD SPEED TO YOU ERIC.
God speed eric we will miss in the drag racing world
God speed eric we will miss in the drag racing world rest in peace
It is tuff to put into words how I feel at the loss of Eric. Met him last year at Norwalk. Watching him in the pits he was always on the go, but had time for his fans.
Our deepest sympathies to the Medlen family and JFR.
We need more people like Eric in our sport and in this world. He will be truly missed...RIP
It's hard to believe that such a great person was taken so soon. I never meet him in person but you could tell on tv that he was truly genuine. We don't always know GOD's plan but it will become evident one day. My prayers go out to the Medlen family ,JFR , all the legion of fans that Eric had.
Godspeed Eric. May you rest in peace.
May you find peace with the almighty Eric. Much too young and gone too soon, we are praying for the Medlen Family and all at JFR.
It always pains me when a racer passes due to a wreck. I enjoy it so much , and especially nitro drag racing, and I hate when this happens. Eric gave so much to all of us NHRA fans; he became a very good driver in a very short amount of time. We will miss him very much.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,for I'm not there,I do not sleep.I'm a thousand winds that blow,I'm the dimond glints on snow.I'm the sunlight on wripened grain,I'm the gentle autumns rain.When you awaken in the morning hush,I'm the swift uplifting rush,of quite birds in circled flight,I'm the stars that shine at night.Do not stand at my grave and cry,I'm not there,I did not die. "unknown"
Eric, so sorry it all had to end so soon. Hope the world you're in now is better than the one you've left behind. Godspeed....
God will take care of you
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family.
Eric was one of the best drivers to ever climb into the seat of a funny car. My heart goes out to Eric, his family and friends and to the whole drag racing community. Eric Medlen will be missed and never forgotten.
Like so many others, I wish to express my sorrow at Eric's passing. As a drag racer myself we share the same community and love of our profession. Eric always demonstrated such enthusiasm, friendliness, and passion for the people around him, the fans, and his sport. He will be missed by all of us but his indominable spirit will continue to be carried and honored by all he encountered. I am sor sorry for his loss and wish to express condolences to his entire family, John Force Racing, and all his friends.
Eric you were everything I wish could be. I will never forget your great sense of humor, and that smile. God bless Eric, and the rest of the Medlen family. Peace!
My heart goes out to Eric's family, JFR racing and his friends. Even though I only met him a few times, I'll never forget that amazing smile and his ability to make you feel like he was more excited to talk to you than you were to him. God bless, Eric. You are missed.
My family enjoyed meeting Eric at Tasca Ford in Rhode Island. He took the time to take a picture with my daughter and autograph the dashboard of my son's Mustang. My thoughts and prayers are with Medlen family and John Force Racing at this most difficult time.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Eric lives on in our hearts; RIP Eric!
Our hearts go out to the Medlen family and John Force Racing. Eric will be greatly missed. I will think of him every time we stage our car.
To the Medlen Family and to his extended family at JFR our condolences to you and to all that knew and loved him. Eric's time here was to short, but the lives that he touched are immeasurable. One’s legacy is measured by the lives that one touches. In the sport that we all love, Eric touched us all; He was a breath of fresh air, energetic and funny, his top end interviews were as unpredictable as Forces. Eric worked hard for his sport and represented sponsers, NHRA and JFR as a great ambassador. But represented his family even better as he always thanked his dad and said that he was the best, and was happy and proud to have him as his crew chief. Thunderstorms no longer sound like a bowling alley to me, they sound like Gods personel drag strip! God speed Eric.
I am sure I met him iin England when he came over with the Force's at the end of '05, one of the nicest and most genuing sports stars I have ever met. Very down to earth.
He will be missed not just Nationally, but internationally.
My daughter & I thoroughly enjoyed getting her photo taken with racers and then coming back to have them sign it for her. Eric was always willing and full of smiles. He will be sorely missed, not just as a great funny car pilot, but more importantly, as a human being. Rest in peace my friend...
its been a sad week in drag racing
God took the best one out there,
Eric was the kind of guy, you wanted to know, hang out with, and always be around.
I met him three years in a row and got to have a conversation with him at each one.
Eric will be missed by all who knew him and the drag racing family.
At Joliet '06, I was walking the pits w/my brother and one of my daughters when Eric reached over the ribbon and tapped my 9 yr. old girl on the shoulder and simply said "Hey cutie!". She was impressed, as was I, that Eric sought her rather than the opposite.
We didn't know him personally, but we will miss him on tour no less than the legions of fans who loved him.
Thanks for your eternal smile, and your competitive spirit.
Rest in peace in the Lord's loving arms...
May God shine His light upon him and his family. We will continue to pray for them. Let me just say how much I enjoyed Eric's spirit and excitement for life and Drag Racing. He has touched many lives, and he will continue on in our memories. Special people never really leave us....they just occupy a different place in our hearts.
I will truly miss Eric such a great guy never saw him where he was not wearing a smile or talking with his fans , truly a great individual!!! GOD SPEED .......
Deepest sympathies to the Medlen family, JFR racing, and all of Eric's friends. May the beautiful memories of this young man, taken all too soon, sustain you in your grief. God Bless you all. RIP Eric.
It has been near on two days since I first read of Eric's passing, and I have struggled to come up with words to describe the emptiness and sadness that I feel.
It seems that no matter what I conjure up in my head doesn't seem to do my thoughts and feelings justice.
It's hard to believe the impact that someone you have never met or spoken to can have on you emotionally when unfortunate things like this happen.
Eric, you were a one of a kind, a real nice guy that nobody had a bad word to say about. A fan favourite that was always too happy to sign an autograph or pose for a photo.
I would like to say that you are in a better place now, but in my eyes, the best place for you right at this point in time is still here with all of us. Unfortunately that is out of everyones control. You are though, in our hearts forever and always will be.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen Family, the enitre JFR organisation and to every single person out there who is feeling some pain right now.
Rest In Peace mate.
Paul Rogers Jr
all our hearts and prayers go out to the medlen and force families in their time of need. the racing world has lost a wonderful young man who had a great heart and soul.
I offer my sincere condolences to the Medlen family along with John Force Racing. Eric was a great guy and will truly be missed.
To the Medlen family ,Force organization and friends . I have had an empty feeling since Friday and just want you to know that I along with thousands of caring fans are with you during this most difficult time.May time be the healer ....We will never forget ...Eric Medlen...
I met Eric when he was just a little boy. My friend Kim & I used to babysit him and Erin. I remember going to the Stock Car Races in Stockton & Eric would stand on our laps cheering for the race car drivers& waving a flag for them. He had such enthusiasm! We shared some great times together.I would also watch him on T.V. when I knew he was racing.I will keep his smile in my heart. Our love & prayers go out to you John, Mimi, Erin & all of the rest of your family.
& Colby Roberts
Thank you for your smile...you will be greatly missed
At such a young age, it is such a huge loss, most especially for his family, of which whole hearted sympathy is extended to, and to the entire NHRA family and John Force Racing. He will always be remembered and may he rest in peace.
I never knew you Eric, but when I heard of your passing I felt like I was kicked in the stomach, it's taken me three days to be able to send my condolences to your family, you will be missed my friend.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Medlen family and JFR. I always loved watching Eric race. He loved life but now there's another plan for him. God Bless you Eric, and watch over all of us.
one clutch man to another, I shall miss you. You were always a good friend to me - but such a good man to everybody you met.
John, I wish I could ease your suffering, I can only pray.
You are the father still of a huge inspiration, that was Eric.
God speed Eric. May he rest in peace for ever. His young life was such a breath of fresh air to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and team mates. He will be truly missed by us all.
The Sampey Family
Dear Medlen family
I didn't know who Eric was because I am more a fan of Champ Car than NHRA, but I was sad inside myself when I read what happened. Maybe you don't know the person but it touchs you cause you are a fan of racing.
I wish the Medlen family all the bests. To overcome this very sad day in the best way they can. Rest in peace Eric
I've been staring at this blank screen for god knows how long now, I'm just so totally shocked and numb and at a loss for words.
Eric truly was a first class bloke. We spoke to him at the first Las Vegas test session this year, and he was genuinely interested in where we were from, what races we went to etc.. I feel priviledged to have seen him win in Sonoma last year, indeed just to have seen him race. Man, he could get out of that thing fast when it was on fire!
This is just so tremendously sad, I can't stop the tears. My heart goes out to your family and friends Eric, especially to John Medlen. I can't fathom how much this hurts.
So thank you Eric, the world is a better place having had you in it. I will miss you.
Godspeed Eric - we love you bro.
I can't even begin to imagine what the Medlen family and JFR organization is going through. I know though how I felt when I heard the news and that was devestating enough. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and JFR organization. Eric was a vivacious charismatic young man who was so genuine in who he was and an exceptional person, which was demonstrated in how he treated other people. We lost a great young man who was so full of talent and who had a promising career ahead of him. We will miss you Eric more than words could ever say. God rest your soul.
Love and prayers.
You brought alot of joy to everyone that got to know you. You could make me smile just by watching you on tv. Its very hard to see such a terrible thing happen to a great guy. May you rest in peace.
To the Medlen family and his JFR family, our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with all of you as you mourn the loss of an obviously wonderful young man. We've watched Eric race both in person and on NHRA today and his spirit and enthusiasm were boundless. He was a star on the rise and his place is set in racing history. Rest in peace!
Eric, you will be greatly missed. Truly you had a very bright and fast road ahead of you with Team Force. Drag racing fans will never forget you. I am only 9, but have met you a few times at the track. Thanks for the wins!!!
eric im going to miss you...you were the future of drag racing
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and to J.F.R I'm shocked to hear what happen Eric was a great nice person to meet.I'm glad i had the pleasure to meet him at a nhra race last year in Atlanta. Eric will be forever missed and never forgotten and nhra will never be the same R.I.P Eric
To the Medlen family and all the people at JFR I would like to express my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. May the Lord shine his light on you all.
There are no words that can convey the depth of sympathy I feel for your loss.
May Gods's love help you as this very difficult time.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
The tears have yet to end. We were lucky enough to have this great kid pass through our lives. We spent great times with Eric during radio interviews, the Speedway Children's Charity poker tournament, "bear hug" photos and countless waves and greetings of "hey guys!" - always with that awesome smile. There is a hole in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family and the JFR family. Know that he loved what he did -- there's no better way to go through life. He was taken way too soon in life but we know he's in a beautiful place where there is no pain and he's in God's hands now. We'll see him someday. In the meantime, rest in peace our friend. God rest your soul.
Our most sincere condolences go out to the Medlen family and JFR. Know that your in our thoughts and prayers. Eric will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace!
To the Medlen and JFR families, as a crewmember close to this tragedy, I can feel your pain, and my heart and sympathies go out to you. I have my rememberances of Eric and they are all good ones. He was an inspiration to all of us that work on and dream of driving these cars. God speed Eric, God speed.
To the Medlen family, friends, & everyone at JFR I offer my condolences...I know it isn't much but hope that it brings some measure of comfort. Eric will always be remembered as one of the good guys and will be missed by all.
Eric,You will truly be missed
My condolences to the Medlen family and to all of JFR.
Eric always seemed to enjoy himself
because he was doing what he loved.
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. But who would that benefit? Only me and my own selfish wants and needs. You are in a far better place than I. Rest in peace Eric - you were a wonderful, kind, loving and generous man whose presence here on this earth will be dearly missed but someday we will meet again
My condolences to the Medlen family and to all of JFR. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time. God Speed Buddy.
Shooting stars are some of the brightest and most beautiful...
Although they only shine for a brief moment in time...
Their brilliance can last forever in our minds...
My thoughts and prayers are with the Medlens, everybody at JFR, and all those who knew, loved, and admired Eric. We've lost a great racer and a truly good man.
The racing community has lost a wonderful racer and role-model. Eric will be greatly missed. My thoughts go out to the family and race team.
Eric, you will truly be missed. Youre crazy interview style and excitement always made me laugh, and when I think of that and the Drivign Force "Pool Episode" it brings a smile to my face. Thanks for being yourself, you have no idea how many people you've touched. Rest In peace.
Eric brought a lot of joy to many people. From our family to yours, we express our sympathy, and offer our prayers. God Speed Eric.
To the Medlen family,My words could never come close to expressing the sorrow we all feel.Eric will be sorely missed by everyone in the racing community.I was there in Brainerd when he got his first win,got to talk with him last year while he was decaling John's Indy body.He always made time to greet the fans,spend a few minutes with them,sign autographs,pose for a picture or whatever.He was a genuinely good person,and a good genuine person.
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and friends.
I only met Eric briefly back in 2005... Eric was a great racer, but from that brief encounter with Eric I could tell he was an even greater person. Eric, you are now up there with the greats buddy.
May the Lord provide strength in your loss. As your pain eases, please let it be replaced by fond memories and warm thoughts.
God Bless all of you.
To the Medlen Family and the JFR Family,
As fans, family & friends, we all were blessed to witness the star that arose high and shinned bright in that of Eric Medlen. His passion and love for not only the sport but life as well will be carried with many of us for years to come. Thanks Eric, for bring so much to our sport and so much more to our lives.
GODS SPEED !
Thank you, Eric..for being who you are.
My prayers and thoughts are with the Medlin family & the entire John Force organization.
Never got to meet but feel we could have been buddies forever. Godspeed Eric and whenever you need to, just reach down and help your teams as well as your competitors cars make straight and safe passes. They all know you are watching
Mr. Medlen, we accompany you and your family in this time of sadness.
Thank you for having shared your son with us. He is a very bright star in our skies.
My prayers go out to the Medlen Family and John Force Racing.Sorry for your loss.Eric,Rest In Peace.
To The Medlen Family, And JFR Family,s. I worked with all of you on a weekly basis on the Safari and will alway remember the smiles, Laughter, Hugs, Everything that you all did together, I was right there in Brainerd when he won his first Event, I watched as he was doused with the water Bucket for winning, The smile that he had will be in my eyes forever, This passed year at the JFR Chips for Kids Car Show at JFR, Eric came over to see me at my Show truck and signed the dash along side of John Forces Name, He said,,,,,I,ll have that many Championships one day, Well Eric, You Already Do in My eyes, God Bless The familys, And God Speed Eric. Love You Always And Forever
you're in a better place now....but for me, that doesn't heal the pain i have in my soul, or fill the hole i have in my heart. Rest In Peace my friend, you're missed by thousands and deservedly so
To the Medlen's and the John Force Family, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Godspeed Eric! You will be missed by all.
Our deepest sorrow for you and your loss. Eric will be miss on and off the track.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen Family and the Force Racing Team !
Gods Speed Eric
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Eric will be Greatly missed The sport of Drag Racing has lost one of a kind RIP Eric
Rest in peace, Eric. You will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Medlen family during this difficult time. Godspeed.
Yes, you were doing what you loved, But it doesn't make it any easier to accept right now. You touched so many lives... For reasons unknown to us, your work on earth was done. When people say " He only takes the good ONES, They are WRONG, He took the best this time... Love and peace to Eric, The Medlens and JFR...
To the Medlen family and JFR:
May you find peace and strength in the promices of our Lord. May He hold you close in His arms as we hold Eric and you in our hearts. Love, prayers and blessings to you.
I mentioned on a drag racing site an incident with my brother and his twin grandsons talking with Eric at Topeka when Eric suddenly stopped in midsentence and ran into the trailer....returning with 1\64 scale diecast replicas of his car for the boys and wearing his trademark smile. If you want to know how good this young man was, ask the people he raced against...they loved and respected him completely. R.I.P. Eric
We are certainly going to miss Eric at the races. Our family books all the races in California and one long distance, we were hoping to see Eric in Ohio this June. (Considering we live 10 minutes from where he was raised). There is an empty space in our hearts right now, we will miss his smile and his great humor, as we met him a few times at the races. Our heart and prayers go to Eric's Family and to John Force Racing, as they all must be devistated from this tragic loss. God-speed Eric Medlen
GOD SPEED Eric.. You will sorely be missed!
Godspeed Eric, you'll be missed! Our thoughts are with your family, friends, and JFR teammates.
To paraphrase Jimmie Vaughan's song about his brother Stevie Ray's passing, "Heaven done called another calf roper back home".
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family. I will never forget Eric's great smile.
You will always be missed......
We were blessed enough to see Eric numerous times throughout the weekend in Gainesville, including Monday morning as he was polishing the car. Each time we saw him, Eric's ever-present smile made me smile too. Now, our hearts are broken. I still can't believe he's gone.
To the Medlen family, to Eric's extended family, and to all of his friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you someday find peace and comfort despite your terrible loss.
My thoughts and prays are with the family at this time and I will remember Eric and he will not be forgotten
I did not know Eric Medlen or ever meet him but I hope he is resting in peace and is in a better place now .
to one of lifes greatest stars i hope your riding as fast in heaven as you were on earth you will be missed by the entire racing world .keep all your candles lit and never lift
As resident of Oakdale I have come to know and follow Eric and his racing and I will miss reading about him my sympathy goes out to him and his family. God bless him and his family
My entire family, sends out to you Eric and your entire family, the only thing that really matters...
I never had the honor of meeting you, Eric, but as a former long time Top Fuel and short time Funny car driver I could identify with your joy and excitment of our sport. I always felt all fuel drivers were brothers whether we knew each other or not. Rest In Peace, brother.
rest in peace eric. i am honored to have seen you race , to have seen your smile , to have seen your outgoing personality! its feels like you were family to us. i will always cherrish the picture you took with my at englishtown in 04. my thoughts go out to your family and the entire jfr team. godspeed cowboy eric. youll always be #1 .
Some may think their prayers for healing were not answered, because Eric passed. Prayer is always answered. The answers are yes, no and wait. After looking up the definition of "diffuse axonal" injury, I am sure that God answered our prayers for Eric, according to what was best for him.
Rest in peace Eric Medlen. Thank you for your smile and your gifts and your enthusiasm, and your passion and your talent and your life, in the brief time you had on this earth. I know that you will be close to all of your loved ones, in their hearts, until such time as you see them once again, face to face.
A very sad day it has been since I found out about Eric this morning.My thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and the whole John Force Racing Team. Phil Bonner,Jr
Rest in peace young man, you were taken from your family, your friends, and your fans much too soon. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Eric's parents, his family members, and John Force Racing in this time of great sorrow,
As a native of Oakdale myself, I used to ride the school bus with John and Steve Medlen and went all through school with Eric's Aunt Cindy and Uncle Steve. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. May god bless.
I never loose the fact that before he drove funny cars Eric was a world class bull rider - something I'd NEVER do (neither would 99% of the other drag racers I know). He impressed me as someone who grabbed life by the horns (literally) and simply loved the rush of a full bore life style. I never had the exuberance he had for racing and I'm sure for life in general. He had one hell of a run at this deal albeit way too short. My best thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who knew and loved him.
TO THE MEDLIN FAMILY
MAY GOD GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. PLEASE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING HOW MAY LIVES ERIC TOUCHED. HE WAS A GREAT COMPETITOR BUT MOSTLY A GREAT HUMAN BEING WHO WILL BE SORELY MISSED.
I am at a loss for words. What a loss for everyone involved. My sincere condolences to the Medlens and John Force Racing.
We send you all of our Prayers, Thoughts, and Sorrow .To All OF the Medlen Family
Our hearts ache for Erics family and friends. Our family has been friends with the Medlens for years and this loss can not be put into words. We've watched him from afar and now he will watch all of us from afar. We will remember all the good times and celebrate his life here with us. Gods Grace and Strength!
As a Modesto California native now residing in Olathe, Kansas, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Medlin Family. My thoughts and prayers also go out to the entire John Force racing team. His smile, attitude and fiery personality will certainly be missed by all.
Our hearts are in a lot of pain right now knowing every NHRA race we watch our favorite racer will not be there. But he is watching from Heaven and smiling down on them. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Medlen Family.
eric you will be missed but never forgotten my condolences to your family and friends you left this world doing what you loved gods speed and god bless
To the entire Medlen family .. word can not express the sorrow and heartache you all must feel. May God be with you and your family at this horriable time. you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
my thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlen family eric will sadly be missed
ERIC WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOU. YOU WERE ONE OF THE KIDS IN THE NEIGHBHORHOOD AND SO CUTE. YOU WILL BE MISSED BY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY.
Even though I never personally knew Eric, I have heard alot about him through Tim Whitman,(Eric's dads friend,John Medlen)he use to tell me about the days when he was a little boy and how he knew he would be racing those funny cars someday. He did what he loved to do is right. So sorry John and family for this tragic loss.
Tim Whitman's friend Patty
The Medlen Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family my brother and i are very huge nhra racing fans, and john force team is our favorites well u will surely be missed.
Eric and our son Dan were friends from their school days at Fair Oaks. Dan has always spoken fondly of his friendship with Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God bless you all.
Eric, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories I have of watching you race. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.
My heart goes out to your family Eric. I know John felt like you were his son also! Peace be with you!
To the Medlin family,
I am truly saddened to hear about Eric. He and my son Jason rode in High School Rodeo at the same time and Eric spent some time with us in our "camp" at the finals in Quincy. He was such a happy guy and just a good kid. Jason died last March so I am familiar with the pain you are feeling. You'll be in my heart and thoughts.
You life was too short, however, I hope your loved ones find comfort in the fact that you were doing what you loved. God Speed.