ASHLEY FORCE HOOD LIKELY OUT NEXT YEAR TOO

Written by Tracy Renck.

Ashley Force Hood took the 2010 season off from racing in the NHRA nitro Funny Car ranks to have a baby.

Force Hood and her husband Dan Hood, who works on Mike Neff’s crew at John Force Racing, recently welcomed a baby boy, Jacob into the world.

Force Hood and Jacob paid a visit to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway press box Saturday afternoon. Force Hood has been a spectator this season and it looks like she is going to stay in that role in 2012.

“I think next year might be a little too soon with just how little he (Jacob) is and he will be by then,” said Force Hood when asked about her plans for next season. “Our teams are doing real good and I think it would just be too much. I would be too distracted to try to compete and take care of him (Jacob). So, we will see how that goes, but for now we are just going to be fans.”

Jacob, who is 10 weeks old, is attending his second career race this weekend at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. Jacob also was at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the previous event before Vegas.

“He doesn’t really seem to mind the races as long as we have his earphones on,” Force Hood said. “I took him in the tow van and he slept through one of the sessions at Phoenix, surprisingly, but that is a good thing. He is also used to the travel and stuff. We also will be at Pomona (Nov. 10-13).”

Force Hood is adjusting to motherhood.

“It is different being here at the track just because I have never been here with a baby before,” Force Hood said. “You are kind of learning everything where you can go and what you need to bring with you, but we are getting the hang of it and it is nice to bring him (Jacob) out here.”

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