Mike Ashley Has 'Great Weekend' En Route To Quarterfinal Finish at Midwest Nationals Mike Ashley recapped his No. 2 starting position and a quarterfinal Funny Car finish Sunday in the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in five words: "It was a great...
Mike Ashley Has 'Great Weekend' En Route To Quarterfinal Finish at Midwest Nationals
Mike Ashley recapped his No. 2 starting position and a quarterfinal Funny Car finish Sunday in the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in five words: "It was a great weekend." And an impressive one, he could've added.
He refused to give up after his Lend America/Gotham City Racing Dodge Charger R/T lost traction early in his opening round against Scott Kalitta. Kalitta' s car stumbled a bit, too, and Ashley mashed the throttle pedal down again. The tires hooked up and Ashley's pursuit began.
Ashley got the win when he passed Kalitta at the finish line. His winning margin was 16-thousandths of a second, thanks to a 252.90 mph effort at 6.579 seconds to Kalitta's coasting 6.622 at 138.12.
"I was just trying to stay with it, trying not to get on (the throttle) too much because I wanted to make it to the finish line. My team has done a great job with this car and I didn't want to screw it up. But you know what the moral of the story is, you never quit. You just never, never, ever quit."
In the next round, Ashley was in front early, but the car's tires lost traction, enabling Neff to sneak past at the finish line. Ashley's numbers were 4.959 seconds at 295.79 mph to Neff's 4.924 at 295.79.
"This was our first race in Funny Car in a while and to qualify No. 2, go to the quarterfinals and give a John Force (owned) car a good run for his money was fun. We were ahead of him until the 1000-foot mark.
"We just had too much power and blew off the tires," Ashley commented. " The motor hit the rev limiter and he passed me in the last second.
"It was a great race. I had a great time. It was one of the best weekends I' ve had in a long time."