CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
Ashley enjoys best qualifying outing of 2006 season
Ashley earned a solid place in the field with a career best 4.756 elapsed time at 329.83 miles per hour. Knowing he was assured a solid berth in Sunday’s final eliminations, crew chief Mark Oswald and Ashley made the calculated decision to swing for a home run effort and subsequently loaded the car with an abundance of horsepower.
One can’t blame a team for trying to up the ante on a track that has delivered three of the quickest field in the history of the four NHRA professional divisions this weekend.
“We knew we were in the top ten solidly, so we threw everything we had at it,” Ashley said. “It looked like a grand-slam on paper but the track just wouldn’t cooperate. A lot of other guys did the same thing. We just couldn’t connect. It was all or nothing for us.“We’ll return to our proven combination and be ready for tomorrow.”
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