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NHRA's female stars idled by economy

Updated: April 9, 2009, 4:37 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

After Ashley Force Hood won at the NHRA Spring Nationals last month in Houston, Hillary Will sent a text message of congratulations.

Force Hood fired back a note with thanks, and a request.

"She said she felt a little more pressure out there because she's the only female out there right now, and that we definitely have got to get back out there and help her out," Will said.

There's nothing Will would like to do more, and she's not the only one.

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