Danica to Women: It is Now OK to Win Races

April 28, 2008 – 11:23 am by TheRiot

In case you missed it, and you probably did because these kind of races only last like five seconds, Ashley Force became the first woman driver to win a national Funny Car event yesterday at the NHRA Southern Nationals.

To make it better, she beat her Dad, John Force. For those of you that don’t know, and I don’t even know why I do, John Force is just the best drag racer of all time. That’s all.

So, Ashley made history by being the first woman driver to ever win an NHRA national and does it against her Pops. Neat-o. I’d say since she is the daughter of the sport’s most dominant driver and she did win on lower levels, it was just a matter of time before she captured her first big-time win.

But not so fast. A la Deadspin, I give you ESPN.com’s featured comment on this story:

“Danica Patrick’s win has opened the floodgates for women in racing” — cubs2k6isnxtyear

You’re right, man. Thanks to Danica’s first-ever win in Japan a couple weekends ago, now ALL women can enjoy the right to win an automobile race. Next thing you know they’ll be allowed to run for president. Wait…

Like these two wins are somehow correlated. They’re both important and history making, but one didn’t happen because of the other. Something tells me Ashley Force wasn’t waiting around to get the OK from Danica.

But good catch on the comment, WWL.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Danica to Women: It is Now OK to Win Races”

  2. Why am I not surprised that it was a Cubs fan with such thoughtful insight?

    By brendan on Apr 28, 2008

  3. I guess I set myself up for that, didn’t I?

    By JB on Apr 28, 2008

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