CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals
Media darlings exit in first round
"This was the top Funny Car field in history as far as ET qualifying," said John Force, the 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champ. "We put four cars in (the field) and it is just really exciting for all of us that I made the right decisions as the owner when I took on these youngsters. They are the next generation. Eric and Robert have both proved themselves. Ashley has a lot to learn, but I think she showed that under pressure she can qualify and race with the big boys out there."
The elimination results capped an emotional weekend for the Castrol drivers that saw the elder Force qualify for eliminations during the last session on Saturday, bumping Ashley out of the show momentarily in the process. Ashley regained a spot in the race on her last pass but was forced to face Hight in the first round of eliminations.
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