Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ashley Force Hood say NHRA funny car championship up for grabs

Ashley Force Hood is looking to position herself for an NHRA funny car championship run this weekend at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. She is third in the NHRA funny car standings, 164 points behind leader Tony Pedregon. The U.S. Nationals are the last race of the regular season before the NHRA’s Countdown to One playoffs begin Sept. 17 in North Carolina.
For Force Hood, her team is still recovering from a spectacular explosion in the last race at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania.
Force Hood is one of several drivers who have led the funny car standings at some point this season. Ron Capps, Pedregon and Force Hood have all spent time in first place in the funny car standings this year. Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson have posted at least one win in the funny car division this year.
“If you look at all the drivers in our category, there’s not one dominant person,” Force Hood said. “It could be anybody’s championship. That’s exciting for us because we are a newer team. You wouldn’t think that, going up against teams that have been racing longer than I’ve been alive, we would be thinking about a championship, but in our sport, anything can happen. I think we have a great shot at it.”

Photo: Ashley Force Hood is one of three NHRA drivers to lead the funny car standings this year.

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