US NATIONALS A FAMILY AFFAIR: FORCE HOOD BEATS FORCE FOR TITLE CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2010) -- Ashley Force Hood might well go on to win dozens of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races and she could well become a multi-time NHRA...
US NATIONALS A FAMILY AFFAIR: FORCE HOOD BEATS FORCE FOR TITLE
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2010) -- Ashley Force Hood might well go on to win dozens of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races and she could well become a multi-time NHRA Funny Car champion, too.
But she'll never forget the day she won her second consecutive Mac Tools US Nationals victory. She beat her dad, 14-time champion John Force, in the final round.
"My own dad, my teammate," Force Hood said. "We're running in the finals of the biggest race of the year...I'm going to enjoy this."
Force Hood was one of four drivers to capture victory in the US Nationals on Goodyear tires. The other Goodyear-shod winners at Indy included Larry Dixon (in Top Fuel), Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Al Ackerman (Competition Eliminator).
"This may just be bigger than last year because we've struggled this year," Force Hood said. "Last year at this point in the season we were on a roll."
Maybe, but she was rolling this week, too. After qualifying sixth, Force Hood dispatched Del Worsham, Paul Lee and Jack Beckman before knocking off her father to win the Wally.
The event was the first in the NHRA's Countdown to One playoff series. Force Hood's win moved her from eighth place in the standings to fourth. John Force leads with 2,206. Beckman is next with 2,146, Matt Hagan is third with 2,145 and Force Hood has 2,137.
"It was a good week for our Goodyear Eagles," said Bryce Jones, Goodyear sales account manager for drag racing. "We had unseasonably cool temperatures at times and we had a warm day today for final eliminations. Our tires performed very well each day."
Dixon, who is also a second-generation drag racer, simply said, "It means everything to win this race...Overall, a good day. We had lane choice. Keeping lane choice, obviously, helps."
Dixon's win was his fourth in US Nationals competition and the 58th victory of his Top Fuel career. He has won every time he has reached the final round this season, 10, and leads the Top Fuel standings with 2,234 points. Cory McClenathan, who lost to Dixon in the finals at Indy, is second with 2,188 points. Tony Schumacher is third with 2,147 and Shawn Langdon is next with 2,102.
Stanfield beat Pro Stock points leader Mike Edwards on a hole shot in the final round. Edwards had qualified first to Stanfield's sixth and was the logical favorite to win. But Stanfield's reaction time at the starting line, .02 of a second, was better than Edwards' .084 and that proved to be the difference in the race.
"We unloaded off the trailer fast," Stanfield said.
Edwards leads the Pro Stock standings with 2,216 points. Allen Johnson is next with 2,164; Stanfield is third with 2,134 and Jeg Coughlin is fourth with 2,129.
Ackerman's victory was his first at the US Nationals but not the first on his well-seasoned Goodyear tires. Ackerman estimated his Goodyear D2085 rear tires had more than 600 runs on them. That's 150 miles of drag racing.
"We do have a low horsepower car and we don't burn a lot of rubber," said Ackerman. "It's just a quality product and it just works."
The weekend was a record breaker. Both the elapsed time top speed records fell in the three Full Throttle Series professional categories for cars.
-source: goodyear racing