Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Ashley eyes clinching his playoff spot
Brainerd, prerace: Fresh on the heels of a No. 1 qualifying performance two weeks ago in Sonoma, Calif., Mike Ashley, driver of the Torco Race Fuels Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, is anxious to clinch his spot in the top eight of the Countdown to the Championship this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
Ashley is currently ranked third in POWERade championship points, and although his position is strong, he knows every round of competition is important.
"At the beginning of the season we had a team meeting and we talked about the determination it would take to win a championship. We had compelling reasons -- we wanted to win - and we have stayed focused on that goal," Ashley said.
"Over the past several weeks, we have gone through some really incredibly strenuous and trying times - testing our stamina and motivation, but I have to say that this team has passed the test, and as far as I'm concerned, I give my guys an A-plus.
"I am so proud of Brian [Corradi, crew chief] and all of these guys. They are the very best."
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