PRO MOD: Baytown Saturday summary

Ashley finishes qualifying in No. 1 spot at NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge BAYTOWN, Texas (April 17, 2004) -- Mike Ashley led all four qualifying sessions to claim the top spot for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an ...

Ashley finishes qualifying in No. 1 spot at NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 17, 2004) -- Mike Ashley led all four qualifying sessions to claim the top spot for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an exhibition class at the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Ford Mustang. The car debuted April 17, 1964, so it is only fitting that Ashley drove his Shelby G.T. 500E '67 Mustang to the No.1 spot.

The Melville, N.Y., driver covered the Houston Raceway Park quarter-mile in 6.165 seconds. It was Ashley's first No. 1 qualifying position since the Gainesville, Fla. event in March of 2002.

"I proud to be the No.1 qualifier for Ford Motor Company, for Mustang, for Carroll Shelby, for Infinet and all my sponsors and fans," said Ashley, who debuted the Unique Performance-built Shelby G.T. 500E '67 Mustang at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals last month.

Ed Hoover slipped into No. 2 in the final qualifying session. He's followed by Zach Barklage and Mitch Stott, No. 3 and 4 respectively. Round out the bottom half of the field, Nos. 5-8, are Al Billes, Von Smith, Chip King and Scotty Cannon.

Notes:

Scotty Cannon makes field: Scotty Cannon, who qualified No. 8, qualified for his first NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge.

Young Mr. Barklage: Zach Barklage, who qualified No. 3, is the youngest driver in the eight-car field. He is 19-years-old.

Rickie Smith gives up double duty: Rickie Smith who drove both the Pro Stock car of Richard Maskin and his own Pro Mod at Gainesville, is only driving the Pro Stock at this event. He will return to double duty at the NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., the next event on the schedule.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Chip King , Scotty Cannon , Ed Hoover , Rickie Smith , Al Billes , Mike Ashley , Zach Barklage