She is coming off her second career NHRA Funny Car win, last weekend at Houston Raceway Park, and will be a favorite in Vegas.
No doubt she is on a hot streak, and the Las Vegas drag strip has been kind to her in the past. It is the track where she made the first finals appearance of her NHRA pro career and has yielded favorable finishes in her short career as a Funny Car driver.
“Our team is really looking forward to this weekend,” said Force Hood, a driver for her dad’s John Force Racng. “We have high hopes for a great finish. Have done really well at Vegas in the past. Haven’t gotten a win yet, (but) we’re hoping to do it this weekend.”
After winning in Houston, she is third in the Funny Car standings, behind leader Ron Capps and Del Worsham.
“All of our family, friends and co-workers (at John Force Racing) attend this race (because) it’s only a four-hour drive from home and we’d love to celebrate with them in the winners’ circle Sunday night,” Force Hood said.
One of her stiffest challenges might come from Jack Beckman. The Funny Car driver from North Hills is coming off his first finals appearance. He lost to Force Hood in the final at Houston.
“It’s exciting to carry the momentum,” said Beckman, a driver from Don Schumacher Racing. “It's awesome when you have a good weekend to get right back in the car the next week.
Beckman climbed up to sixth place in the Funny Car standings with his run in Houston. He said the Houston races did wonders for the confidence of his crew chiefs, Johnny West and John Collins.
“I think Johnny is going to seriously tune this thing up for Vegas,” Beckman said. “We have a chance to go out there in a few days and start running again, and I think we’ve got our consistency back, and once the Valvoline/MTS Dodge got consistent, remember what happened last year."
For those who don’t know, Beckman won two of the final six races of the year in 2008 and finished third in the Funny Car standings.