ASHLEY FORCE REPEATS AT ENGLISHTOWN POINTS MEET Castrol/Hot Wheels Driver Claims First Victory of 2005 Season ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Ashley Force and crew chief Jerry Darien maintained their mastery of the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park ...
ASHLEY FORCE REPEATS AT ENGLISHTOWN POINTS MEET
Castrol/Hot Wheels Driver Claims First Victory of 2005 Season
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Ashley Force and crew chief Jerry Darien maintained their mastery of the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park quarter mile Sunday, repeating as Top Alcohol Dragster champions in the track's annual Lucas Oil Sportsman Series event.
Ms. Force, the 22-year-old daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, drove the Castrol/Hot Wheels A-Fuel dragster past the supercharged entry of Mark Albert of Baldwin, Pa., in the Top Alcohol final.
It was the second generation driver's first victory of the 2005 season and it helped alleviate the frustration born of a poor performance in last week's 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind.
Although she had qualified No. 1 in each of her three previous appearances at Raceway Park, most recently in last June's K&N Filters SuperNationals, part of the 23-race NHRA POWERade Series, Ashley had to settle for a No. 2 start Sunday behind Arthur Gallant, but it made little difference.
After posting a 5.391 second quarter mile time in qualifying, the graduate of Cal State-Fullerton was clocked in 5.403, 5.437 and 5.450 seconds during eliminations in an overpowering performance. In fact, her Castrol-backed dragster was the quickest in every round of competition.
A three-time NHRA national event winner, Ashley now has won four races in the Lucas Series in which she finished four in national points just a year ago. She and her team now move to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., to compete in this week's 21st annual Toyo Tires Nationals, a race in which she was runner-up last fall.