Phoenix: Mike Ashley final summary

Progress is the Key Word for Mike Ashley's Skull Gear Team (Chandler, Ariz. February 26, 2006) -- Eliminations ended after 600 feet for NHRA Funny Car driver Mike Ashley when his Skull Gear Chevy Monte Carlo lost traction and the tires smoked...

Progress is the Key Word for Mike Ashley's Skull Gear Team

(Chandler, Ariz. February 26, 2006) -- Eliminations ended after 600 feet for NHRA Funny Car driver Mike Ashley when his Skull Gear Chevy Monte Carlo lost traction and the tires smoked in his first round contest against Del Worsham in the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona.

From the Number 14 qualifying spot, Ashley was paired against his teammate, Del Worsham, who had earned the number 3 spot and lane choice for the race. Worsham took the stripe with a 4.77 second 325-mile per hour performance.

"We knew we would have to run in the 70s in order to be competitive, especially against Del in his CSK car. [Crew chief] Mark Oswald and the guys really got after it, and it was just a little too much," Ashley said.

Ashley and Worsham started evenly and were side-by-side until Ashley's tires broke loose from the track and he had to lift, giving Worsham the win.

"We're all really pleased with the progress we've made, even in the few short weeks since Pomona. We are experimenting with a lot of different combinations and new parts, and to get this far and race this well is exceptional," he said.

"Our goal is to be a top-five qualifying team by mid-season, running 60s and 70s, so, no one on the team is disappointed at all. We're all confident that better things are on the horizon," Ashley said.

Ashley's next stop on the $50 million NHRA POWERade Series is the AC Delco Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida March 16-19, 2006.

-gcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Mike Ashley