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Ashley Force Hood back on track

August 28, 2009 | 10:31 am


Less than a week after her car exploded at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., Ashley Force Hood was testing and preparing for the National Hot Rod Assn. U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, which begin on Sept. 2.

Force Hood is in third place in the NHRA funny car standings. Her teammate, Robert Hight, is the only driver from John Force Racing sitting outside the top 10 in the funny car standings. The top 10 drivers in the funny car standings will qualify for the Countdown to One, the NHRA playoffs, which begin after the races in Indianapolis.

Larry Dixon, a Van Nuys High graduate and winner of five events this year, is second in the NHRA top fuel standings.

Karen Stoffer, a graduate of St. Genevieve High School in Sun Valley, is in 10th place in the NHRA pro stock motorcycle standings. She has a two-point edge over Steve Johnson.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for comments from the drivers and test results from O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, where some of the drivers are testing this week in preparation for the U.S. Nationals.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: Ashley Force Hood is third in the NHRA funny car standings after the race at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.