Ashley Force Hood back in the saddle
Monday, March 31, 2014

Gary Nastase photo

Update: On her third pass, Ashley Force Hood recorded a stunning 4.014 at 322 mph.

Showing absolutely no signs of rust after more than three years out of the cockpit, Ashley Force Hood made runs of 4.11 and 4.04 in sister Courtney’s Traxxas Mustang during Monday testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Force Hood, who had not wheeled a Funny Car since the 2010 Auto Club NHRA Finals, was renewing her license. She rattled off a trouble-free first pass of 4.11, shutting off a bit early to a 292-mph speed.

“The run was really smooth,” she said. “Everything went better than I was expecting actually. It was nice, but it was nerve-racking. I feel like I have added five years to my life. I am glad the first one is out of the way.”

Sister Courtney also had her own set of emotions to deal with.

“It was a little crazy,” she said. “She obviously knows what she is doing out there. She has more experience than me, but it has been a few years since she was in the car. She ran a 4.11 on the first pass, and she clicked it a little early. That run was a little unexpected for everybody. She still has it.”

Force Hood is expected to make more runs throughout the day.

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