By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Davis Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster pilot Justin Ashley was able to compete in all 11 races this season. Ashley was able to win his first career race at the delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis.
The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals were scheduled to be completed on July 19th. However, due to inclement weather, the final round vs. T.J. Zizzo was postponed until the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.
The NHRA also gave Ashley the 2020 NHRA Road to the Future Award. This is the NHRA’s Rookie of the Year.
“This is a huge honor and I have to thank my family, my sponsors and the NHRA for giving me the chance to chase my dream of being a professional Top Fuel racer,” Ashley said after receiving the Road to the Future Award. “Thank you to Davis Motorsports, Chip Lofton at Strutmasters.com, MANSCAPED, Auto Shocker, Kato, Lucas Oil, King Engine Bearings, Justice Brothers, Sanit, Guardlab, Hero Soap Company, Menards, and Impact.
“I also want to thank Mason (McGaha) and Kyle (Koretsky) for having awesome rookie seasons in a tough class like Pro Stock. I know we will all have fantastic careers.”
He finished the season seventh in points. At one point during the U.S. Nationals, he was as far as fourth in points.
The New York native — who is sponsored by Strutmasters, Auto Shocker, and Manscaped — went 12-10 on the season. He also had two semifinal appearances besides the final round win over Zizzo.
Just four times Ashley was eliminated in the first-round. He was eliminated in the first round at Indianapolis 1, Gainesville, St. Louis, and Houston.
Ashley had four races, where he qualified in the Top 10 on the season. Those were at Phoenix (5th), Indy 1 (9th), Dallas (2nd), and Houston (9th).
He faced DHL Top Fuel Dragster pilot Shawn Langdon the most during the 2020 season. Ashley was 2-4 against Langdon on the season, including three straight losses at Indy 4, Gainesville, and Houston.
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