Bristol: Mike Ashley Friday notes

Ashley thunders off the bump to Provisional No. 4 spot BRISTOL, Tenn. - Unsure of a green track at Bristol Dragway, Mike Ashley smoked the tires after 1000 feet on his first qualifying run and sat precariously on the bump with his Torco Race...

Ashley thunders off the bump to Provisional No. 4 spot

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Unsure of a green track at Bristol Dragway, Mike Ashley smoked the tires after 1000 feet on his first qualifying run and sat precariously on the bump with his Torco Race Fuels Dodge Charger R/T at the rescheduled O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. Unphazed, Ashley thundered to the provisional No. 4 position with a 4.850/323.74 - running the fastest speed of all Funny Cars.

"I've said it again and again - the Friday night session is critical, and Brian [Corradi] really nailed the tune-up that time," Ashley said.

"The first round, we were a little too aggressive and smoked the tires because we didn't know what the track would hold. After we took a look at the data we got from that first run, the guys got after it and really did a great job.

"Actually, the track is in really good condition, considering that just days ago there wasn't any rubber on it at all. I have to hand it to the staff at Bristol Dragway and the NHRA Safety Safari, they have done a great job getting things put together," Ashley said.

"This track is one of the best on the tour and I've always loved racing here. Tomorrow, we'll work on our race-day tune up and get ready for Sunday," he said.

Qualifying continues tomorrow with sessions scheduled at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, July 8.

-credit: gcr

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