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NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
(April 6-9)

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Mike Ashley
ProCare RX Dodge Charger

Food poisoning doesn't slow Ashley

Las Vegas, Saturday: Mike Ashley, driver of the SKULL Gear Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car, had a long Friday night in Las Vegas. Not at the tables or the slots - -Ashley spent the night suffering from the effects of food poisoning, nearly missing the call for his final two qualifying attempts at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
As it turns out, Ashley's first pass of the weekend, a 4.838-second blast, was all he needed to get in the show on Sunday. His two runs on Saturday netted a tire-smoking 6.675/132.50 and a clean 4.950/322.27 shot - neither of which improved on his earlier run. Ashley ended the day qualified in the number 14 position, paired once again against Del Worsham, the number 3 qualifier.
"It has definitely been a long day," Ashley said. "I knew I could get down the track and try to better our position for tomorrow, but I didn't have a lot of strength for much of anything else.
"Here's the thing. I work hard on focusing myself on the job I have to accomplish -- no matter what the situation.  I knew I needed to make two runs today, so, that's exactly what I pictured in my mind -- and that's what I did.
"It's something I do before every race - go through every step of the run visually in my mind -- picturing every move I make. Today, even though I didn't feel all that great, I stayed focused, and we made a couple of passes that gave Mark [Oswald, crew chief] data for the race-day conditions we'll face tomorrow," Ashley said.
"I think it says a lot for our team that we are racing on Sunday when several other top drivers weren't able to make the field. I have to say that the team really pulled together today to get me and this Skull Gear car down the track.
"I know I'll be a lot better tomorrow and ready to face Del in the opening round," Ashley said.

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