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Ashley Force excited about belated Houston debut
A full year later than anticipated, on a track on which her father has won seven times and on which her brother-in-law, Robert Hight, won his very first tour event, the 25-year-old graduate of Cal State-Fullerton will try to make history as the first woman to win an NHRA Funny Car title.
She' s come close before, losing in the final round to Tony Pedregon last fall at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and reaching the semifinals at this year's season-opening CARQUEST Winternationals at
"I've run at
"The first thing I'll do when I get there is get with my crew chief, Dean Antonelli, and put together a mental game plan. I know dad has run great (at
After stumbling at Phoenix, where she failed to make the 16-car starting lineup, Ashley rallied two weeks ago at Gainesville, Fla., where hers was the only one of the four John Force Racing Ford Mustangs to advance beyond the first round of the ACDelco Gatornationals..
"I think we've gotten things pretty figured out from the runs that we've made (this year)," she said, "and I'm finally learning to pedal (feather the throttle) when the car loses traction. At
“I had another chance at
Ashley not only is trying to become the first woman to win a tour event in the Funny Car division, she also is trying to become the first to start a race from the No. 1 qualifying position. She was the No. 2 qualifier three times in 2007, twice losing the No. 1 spot to Hight.
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