Ashley Force Sonoma II summary

ASHLEY FALLS IN FINAL TO TOP FUEL DRIVER MORGAN LUCAS Ashley Force advanced to the final round of the Lucas Sportsman Series race at Infineon Raceway before losing to NHRA POWERade Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas, the former driver of her Castrol...

ASHLEY FALLS IN FINAL TO TOP FUEL DRIVER MORGAN LUCAS

Ashley Force advanced to the final round of the Lucas Sportsman Series race at Infineon Raceway before losing to NHRA POWERade Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas, the former driver of her Castrol dragster.

Ms. Force, 23-year-old daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, beat two-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals champion Darren Nicholson of Mission Viejo, Calif., in round one and veteran Mark Niver of Phoenix, Ariz., in the semifinals.

She left first against Lucas but the engine in her dragster began misfiring at half track and slowed to 5.658 seconds at 257.73 mph as Lucas drove by for his second win in as many weeks at Infineon. He also won the Top Alcohol Dragster title at last week's FRAM/Autolite Nationals.

It was Ashley's second final round in three regional races this season. The second generation driver has won twice in national event competition (Gainesville, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.) in the car owned and prepared by Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows.

ASHLEY FORCE, 23, Castrol Top Alcohol Dragster
Qualifying position and performance: 2nd at 5.307 seconds, 270.16 mph.

Race results: Beat Darren Nicholson, Mark Niver; lost to Morgan Lucas.

Notable: Gained ground in Lucas Sportsman Series points by reaching the final round for the second time in three regional points race appearances this season in the Castrol dragster owned by Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows.

Quotable: "It was a good weekend. We've got a real competitive car right now which makes it more frustrating, I think, when you don't win. We're looking forward to Indy (and the Labor Day Mac Tools U.S. Nationals). It's a race we've won before and it's the biggest race in drag racing. How can you not get excited about that?"

-jfr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ashley Force , Morgan Lucas