Ashley Force Gainsville qualifying

Ashley Force Qualifies Third Gainesville, Florida - Second generation racer, Ashley Force qualified her Castrol/Hot Wheels A/Fuel dragster third for the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals by covering the quarter mile in 5.295 seconds...

Ashley Force Qualifies Third

Gainesville, Florida - Second generation racer, Ashley Force qualified her Castrol/Hot Wheels A/Fuel dragster third for the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals by covering the quarter mile in 5.295 seconds at over 270 mph.

"I am really happy with today. It was a good day," Ashley stated. Her crew chief, Jerry Darien expressed, "Today was real good. We solved some problems and we stepped up our performance."

Twenty-two year old Ashley also cheered on her father, 13-Time Funny Car Champion, John Force and teammates, Eric Medlen and Robert Hight. The three drivers qualified 1-2-3 in the funny car standings with Hight making his first-ever appearance behind the wheel of the Automobile Club of Southern California Mustang on the pole with a 4.74 second elapsed time. Medlen qualified second and the elder Force third.

"I am really proud of Robert (Hight) being number one qualifier. And I am excited about running in the twenties for the first time this year. Now we just need to run in the twenties (5.20 second elapsed time) four more times tomorrow," smiled the California girl.

The female Force will take on number fourteen qualifier, Dave Hirata in the first round of competition Sunday morning.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Ashley Force , Eric Medlen , Robert Hight