NASCAR & Auto Racing

Ashley Force the winner of AOL's 'Hottest Athlete' poll

Ashley Force has been named the winner of the first annual “Hottest Athlete” poll on AOL Sports. The Web site’s users voted on the best-looking men and women in sports over several weeks and National Hot Rod Association star Force beat out football hunk Tom Brady, as well as fellow motorsports competitor Danica Patrick for the honor.

Force, the daughter of longtime NHRA star John Force, spent two seasons in the entry-level Super Comp class and three more in the Top Alcohol Dragster class before becoming the 10th woman in NHRA history to earn a license to compete in the Funny Car division.

While competing in Top Alcohol, she won five NHRA national events including the biggest event in the sport, the 2004 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Force and her father made racing history in April when they became the first father and daughter to race against each other. Ashley won the race and advanced to the semifinals, where she tied for the highest ever Funny Car event finish for a female.