Ashley Force, Tony Schumacher nominated for 2008 ESPY awards (1 Viewer)

Kelly

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Ashley Force, Schumacher nominated for 2008 Espy Awards

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7/2/2008

Second-year Funny Car phenom Ashley Force has been nominated for the ESPY Hummer Like Nothing Else Award and five-time NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher was nominated for the ESPY Best Driver Award, it was announced this week by ESPN.

The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. Sports fans can vote for Force, Schumacher and other sports heroes in each category via an online poll at: ESPYS 2008

Force, 25, who won the 2007 NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future Award as NHRA's best performing rookie for the year and was voted "Hottest Athlete" in a nationwide poll on AOL over finalists Tom Brady and Danica Patrick, made history on the dragstrip earlier this season when she became the first woman in NHRA history to win a race in the 7,000 horsepower Funny Car category that her legendary father – John Force -- has dominated for much of the past two decades.

During the memorable season, Force also became the first woman to lead the POWERade Series point standings, and has been ranked in the top five for most of the season. She is currently third with two runner-up finishes to compliment her lone victory. She seems poised to not only make the Countdown to 1, NHRA's championship playoffs, but be a major contender for the world championship title.

"I'm really excited and surprised to be nominated," said Force, driver of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. "It's neat to be in a category with athletes from other sports and I am glad (the ESPYs) thought of me. I hope this opportunity will bring more awareness to NHRA Drag Racing, which is just an incredible sport that has a great mix of competitors of different ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds and personalities. I just love being a part of it."

Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, Pittsburgh Penguins scoring machine Sidney Crosby and former NFL player George Martin also are nominated alongside Force in the Hummer Like Nothing Else Award category.

This is the second year that the ESPYs will present the Hummer Like Nothing Else Award, which recognizes athletes who have attained unique accomplishments in their respective sports. San Diego Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson was the inaugural winner.

Schumacher, 38, driver of the U.S. Army dragster, finished the 2007 season once again in dramatic fashion, by winning his record-breaking fourth consecutive and fifth overall Top Fuel championship on the final run of the season. On that final pass at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California, Schumacher won the race and in the process the championship title over season-long leader Rod Fuller. The previous season, Schumacher used a national record-setting run in a final round win over Melanie Troxel to claim the championship title at the last instant from Doug Kalitta.

Schumacher's mythic world championship-winning runs the last two seasons, along with his six victories in the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, have solidified his legend in the world of NHRA Drag Racing.

"Yet again, I'm excited that I'm being considered for such a prestigious award," said Schumacher, who has raced to five victories this season, holds a commanding points lead in his category and has already clinched a berth in the Countdown to 1. "Hopefully, this time around, I can bring home an ESPY for our Soldiers. Without their hard work and sacrifice each day, we wouldn't be enjoying these events."

Joining Schumacher on the ESPY Best Driver ballot are NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Dario Franchitti (formerly IRL), Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and IRL driver Scott Dixon.

"That's a pretty stout group of guys," said Schumacher. "I'm honored to be included in such a select circle."

Past ESPY Best Driver winners include last year's winner, Jeff Gordon, and fellow stock car racers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, and Dale Jarrett, and open-wheel drivers Jimmy Vasser, Al Unser Jr., Nigel Mansell, and Michael Schumacher.

It is the second time Schumacher, from Chicago, has been nominated for the ESPY Best Driver Award. Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., is a first-time nominee for the ESPYs. They join Melanie Troxel, Tony Pedregon, Greg Anderson, and John Force as the only professional drag racers to be nominated for the prestigious ESPY Awards. No drag racer has ever won an ESPY Award.

In 2006, Troxel became the first NHRA driver to be nominated in multiple categories, for Best Driver and Best Female Athlete. Anderson, a three-time Pro Stock world champion (2003-'05) was nominated in 2005. Pedregon, the 2003 and '07 Funny Car world champion, was nominated in 2004. John Force, a 14-time Funny Car world champion and winner of an NHRA record 126 events, was nominated for the ESPY Best Driver award in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003.

The 2008 ESPY winners will be announced during the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. on July 16 and hosted by Justin Timberlake, who will be joined by a wide variety of the world's premier athletes and Hollywood's biggest stars. The ESPYs will be televised on ESPN July 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

Ashley Force career highlights
* First woman to win a Funny Car race in NHRA history
* First woman to lead the Funny Car point standings in NHRA history
* First woman to advance to a final round in Funny Car in NHRA history
* Named 2007 Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner, which recognizes NHRA's best-performing rookie driver for the season
* She has advanced to four final rounds in Funny Car, winning once and posting three runner-up finishes
* Voted "Hottest Athlete" during a 2007 nationwide poll conducted by AOL, where she defeated many notable athletes for the title, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the overall title and IRL racer Danica Patrick in the female category
* During her sportsman career, she earned her first career victory in Top Alcohol Dragster at the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis in 2005
* Later in 2005, she shared an emotional winner's circle with her father, John Force, at Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., as she won in Top Alcohol Dragster and he won in Funny Car at the same event; They remain the only father-daughter to win the same NHRA event

Tony Schumacher career highlights
* Five-time NHRA POWERade Series world champion, including last four in a row (1999, 2004-'07), an NHRA Top Fuel record
* First driver in NHRA history to earn four consecutive Top Fuel world championships, also tied Joe Amato for most Top Fuel championships in NHRA history (five)
* Six-time winner of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race
* Holds national records for time (4.428 seconds) and speed (336.15 mph) in Top Fuel
* Has earned 46 NHRA victories
* Has earned 50 NHRA No. 1 qualifying awards
* Son of Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher

Past ESPY Hummer Like Nothing Else Award winners
2007 – LaDanian Tomlinson, NFL

Past ESPY Best Driver Award winners
2007 – Jeff Gordon, NASCAR
2006 – Tony Stewart, NASCAR
2005 – Michael Schumacher, F1
2004 – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR
2003 – Tony Stewart, NASCAR
2002 – Michael Schumacher, F1
2001 – Bobby Labonte, NASCAR
2000 – Dale Jarrett, NASCAR
1999 – Jeff Gordon, NASCAR
1998 - Jeff Gordon, NASCAR
1997 – Jimmy Vasser, IRL
1996 – Jeff Gordon, NASCAR
1995 – Al Unser Jr., IRL
1994 – Nigel Mansell, F1
1993 - Nigel Mansell, F1
 

Paul

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Ashley Force over Tim Wilkerson, please.... What a bunch of crap!
 

Andy

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Ashley Force over Tim Wilkerson, please.... What a bunch of crap!

The mainstream media (ESPN, FOX, ABC, NBC, etc) can't grasp the fact that women have been competitive in NHRA ever since the days of Bunny and Shirley. I like Ashley Force myself, I think her record shows she's one of the best drivers out there, but Tim Wilkerson definently deserves this award.

C'est la vie. :rolleyes:
 

megadeth

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The mainstream media (ESPN, FOX, ABC, NBC, etc) can't grasp the fact that women have been competitive in NHRA ever since the days of Bunny and Shirley. I like Ashley Force myself, I think her record shows she's one of the best drivers out there, but Tim Wilkerson definently deserves this award.

C'est la vie. :rolleyes:

You mean has one of the best crew chiefs she really has not done anything spectacular as far as driving give me a break!
Best drivers? She gets left on consistantly if it was for the Team Force's braintrust that helps tune the car she wouldn't be in the running she is getting it because she is a female of one of the most popular racers of all time.Geez call a spade a spade.
These kind of awards are a joke!
Now go take a cold shower! ;)
 
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Andy

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You mean has one of the best crew chiefs she really has not done anything spectacular as far as driving give me a break!
Best drivers? She gets left on consistantly if it was for the Team Force's braintrust that helps tune the car she wouldn't be in the running she is getting it because she is a female of one of the most popular racers of all time.Geez call a spade a spade.
These kind of awards are a joke!
Now go take a cold shower! ;)

She's third in points. I don't think she got there by being mediocre. Granted she's not winning every race, but she's been consistent all year long.

Melanie's also a really good driver, she's starting to come around in Funny Car as well.

Granted, a lot of Ashley Force getting her top ride is because she's John Force's daughter - but a bad driver doesn't often do much with a good car. In hindsight, a great driver doesn't always do too good in a bad car.

You've got to have the whole package to be consistent: Good driver, good car, good crew. Ashley Force has all 3 at JFR.

EDIT> I forgot she fell one position in points at Norwalk.:eek:Not giving too much attention to points yet because of the welfare points system they call the Countdown to 1.
 
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megadeth

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She's third in points. I don't think she got there by being mediocre. Granted she's not winning every race, but she's been consistent all year long.

Melanie's also a really good driver, she's starting to come around in Funny Car as well.

Granted, a lot of Ashley Force getting her top ride is because she's John Force's daughter - but a bad driver doesn't often do much with a good car. In hindsight, a great driver doesn't always do too good in a bad car.

You've got to have the whole package to be consistent: Good driver, good car, good crew. Ashley Force has all 3 at JFR.

EDIT> I forgot she fell one position in points at Norwalk.:eek:Not giving too much attention to points yet because of the welfare points system they call the Countdown to 1.

Define what is a great driver!
Tell me who she is better than in F/C that is out there right now....
She is third and sinking fast as far as points.
What has she done that makes her this great drive you speak of do you get the point? Championships define a great driver!
I don't think they are athletes so the hottest athlete to me is mute in my book.
Do I think she has talent absolutely is her mark as the first women to win an event in F/C really that big of a deal? How many women ever attempted to compete in F/C you can count them on one hand NHRA is pushing something we have already seen in the 70's with Shirley who wasn't born to a superstar of the sport which makes Shirley a trail blazer as far as I'm concerned.
All she is right now is a second year driver who is progressing along nicely but not a great shoe yet for her to be nominated for this award is an insult to who is currently the points leader with a small team budget!
As far as Tony Schumacher 4 consecutive championships 5 total they won't get an argument out me on that one.
 

Andy

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Define what is a great driver!
Tell me who she is better than in F/C that is out there right now....
She is third and sinking fast as far as points.
What has she done that makes her this great drive you speak of do you get the point? Championships define a great driver!
I don't think they are athletes so the hottest athlete to me is mute in my book.
Do I think she has talent absolutely is her mark as the first women to win an event in F/C really that big of a deal? How many women ever attempted to compete in F/C you can count them on one hand NHRA is pushing something we have already seen in the 70's with Shirley who wasn't born to a superstar of the sport which makes Shirley a trail blazer as far as I'm concerned.
All she is right now is a second year driver who is progressing along nicely but not a great shoe yet for her to be nominated for this award is an insult to who is currently the points leader with a small team budget!
As far as Tony Schumacher 4 consecutive championships 5 total they won't get an argument out me on that one.

Did I say she should get this award over Tim Wilkerson?

I think I was saying, and correct me if I'm wrong, that the sensationalist mainstream media that doesn't understand that women have always competed in drag racing nominated her for the award. It's ESPN afterall, and ESPN doesn't know anything about anything. I agree that Tim Wilkerson deserves the award, he's run a great race all year long.

Ashley's done a fantastic job all year long though, and you can't take that away from her. I think the only part she's really lacking in overall is reaction time, and it's not like she's doing horrible there.

And, from what I saw, she had one of the fastest cars at Norwalk before the engine blew.

She's lost one spot in points. Big deal. :rolleyes: She's still mathematically inside the "Countdown" so it's not a crisis yet.
 

D

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Okay Ashley is not up for best driver, Tony Shoe is, just go to the site and vote so we can have two drag racers walking accross that stage on national TV. I don't know about you but I'm tired of the NASCAR parade.

S/F
D
 
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d'kid

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Nominated in the Hummer Like Nothing Else Award category.????

Had to read that three times before...

well, not a category Timmah could have been nominated for... first in doing something in your sport



d'kid
Now Mike Minick is really kicking himself:eek:
 

Andy

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Looking through all their nominations, it's obvious ESPN doesn't know anything about anything.;)

How they can put Ashley Force in an award in a category where she's against Manny Ramirez and Sidney Crosby is beyond me. :confused:
 

Andy

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Floyd Mayweather, best fighter nomination? Are you freakin' kidding me? :confused:

That there, my fine friends who love the smell of nitro and burning rubber:), is proof that ESPN doesn't know anything about anything.
 

MM

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Nominated in the Hummer Like Nothing Else Award category.????

Had to read that three times before...

well, not a category Timmah could have been nominated for... first in doing something in your sport



d'kid
Now Mike Minick is really kicking himself:eek:

ok when i read what she was nominated for....about 73 comments crossed my mind and none of them are appropriate for posting!!! lol :D:D

she's still my dream girl :)
 

D

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I hope everyone has gone to the site and voted for our racers for the ESPY.

S/F
D
 

Smiley

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Nominated in the Hummer Like Nothing Else Award category.????

Had to read that three times before...

well, not a category Timmah could have been nominated for... first in doing something in your sport



d'kid
Now Mike Minick is really kicking himself:eek:

I almost spit my beer all over the TV when I heard her say it in her top end interview during qualifying..

What the hell was that PR guy thinking??
 

SST2096

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I almost spit my beer all over the TV when I heard her say it in her top end interview during qualifying..

What the hell was that PR guy thinking??

I couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes when I read it myself... and the same thought came to mind, "Do these PR people THINK about the ramifications of the naming of these awards?" :D
 
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