Monday, June 15, 2009
Tony Pedregon beats Ashley Force Hood again in NHRA funny car rematch
Tony Pedregon beat Ashley Force Hood in the funny car final at Englishtown. It was a rematch of the final the previous Sunday at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois. Pedregon has won both finals against Force Hood.
“I never thought I’d be afraid of a girl,” said Pedregon who leads the funny car standings by 20 points over Force Hood. “Fear of losing was in the back of my head. I knew we had a good race car. It ran good in the heat, and it ran good with cloud cover.”
It was the third finals appearance in a row for Force Hood and her fifth finals appearance of the season. She leads the funny drivers in final appearances.
Force Hood made three final appearances in a row in 2008. She lost the first two, but won the third in Atlanta. Her three straight final appearances in 2009 have yet to produce a win for her.
“We were hoping since last year we went to three finals in a row (Houston, Las Vegas and Atlanta) and won on our third attempt Atlanta. We were hoping that we could do that again and have the third time be the charm,” said Force Hood. “I can’t complain about getting to another final. It gives us that much more data and me more experience in the car. That will come in handy down the road. If you are losing first or second round you aren’t just losing those points you are not getting extra rounds.”
Photo: Tony Pedregon won his second straight NHRA funny car event. For the second Sunday in a row, Pedregon beat Ashley Force Hood in the final. Pedregon leads the funny car standings by 20 points over Force Hood.