Johnson had 10 first place votes to Force's seven. Force, 61, came from behind in the NHRA's final race of the season to win his 15th Funny Car title. Kyle Busch got one vote.
The only other driver to win four Driver of the Year awards? Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon.
Johnson won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2009. The 2008 winner was NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher.