Happy 31st, Ashley Force Hood!

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Ashley Force Hood helped pave the way for her younger sisters, Brittany and Courtney, who continue to race today.

Happy birthday, Ashley Force Hood! The first woman to win an NHRA Funny Car race turns 31 today. The daughter of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, Force Hood began her racing career in 2004 as a Top Alcohol Dragster and won three of the season’s final five races. In 2007 she moved to the Top Fuel Funny Car division and made history when she raced her father in competition, the first father-daughter to do so. On April 27, 2008, Force Hood again made history when she became the first woman to win a Funny Car race, defeating her father in the final at Atlanta. Force Hood has been on an indefinite hiatus from competition since announcing she was expecting her first child with husband Daniel Hood in 2011. She gave birth to her second child in May and has no immediate plans to return to racing but currently acts as the president of John Force Entertainment.