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Ashley defeats father John to win Funny Car at Southern Nationals

Updated: April 28, 2008, 9:45 AM ET
Associated Press

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Ashley Force beat father John on Sunday in the NHRA Southern Nationals to become the first female driver to win a national Funny Car event.

Ashley had a run of 4.837 seconds at 320.36 mph at Atlanta Dragway in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to take a 59-point lead over Tim Wilkerson in the season standings.

"I'm just happy to win an event. That was the main thing," Ashley said. "Being a female, that's exciting as far as the records and everything, but my team, we just ...

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