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Top Fuel Elite Weigh in on Rookie Justin Ashley


justin ashley logojustin ashley kalitta HOUSTON (October 25, 2020) – During the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season rookie of the year front-runner Justin Ashley won the Summernationals and has competed in 18 rounds of racing over the first nine events. His powered by MANSCAPED™ dragster has faced some of the toughest competitors and during the NHRA Mopar Express Lane Springnationals five elite Top Fuel racers weighed in his rookie season.

Justin Ashley

Justin Ashley

Here are their thoughts on Ashley:

1999 Rookie of the Year and three-time Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown

“The kid has done a phenomenal job. Justin has been very sharp. He is very poised which I don’t think a lot of people understand. He doesn’t get too excited or too down. He is poised and he is always in that mode to attack. I saw it when he first started and drove our Top Fuel dragster and got his license. I could see that demeanor in him. All he honestly needed was more laps down the race track like anybody else when you drive a nitro car. His mindset and his focus with his racing you see nothing gets to him. I expect to see him do great things and he will be a championship contender.”justin ashely shawn2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon

“He has done exceptionally well. It is nerve-racking coming in your rookie year racing against guys you have grown up watching. The rare thing that you see is a rookie come in and raise a bar on any level. Typically rookies come in and they just try to find their own and try to blend in. It is really hard to be a rookie and stand out at anything. He has come in and excelled in a couple areas.”

“He has done a fantastic job on the starting line. He came in and raised the bar on reaction times. That is really rare to see. For someone to do that first you have to tip your cap to them and second you have to get back in and do your homework to better yourself to raise your bar to that level. That is what he has done to us and what we have been trying to do and catch up to him. For his rookie year he has his first victory, he has gone some rounds and he has definitely gotten his name out there. He has gotten noticed and that is really all you can ask for in your rookie season.”justin ashely doug kalitta1998 Rookie of the Year and 49-time Top Fuel national event winner Doug Kalitta

“From what I have seen he is doing a great job. He is really consistent on the tree. He is hammering the tree most of the time. You have to be on your ‘A’ game when he rolls up next to you for sure. I am real proud to see what he is doing.”

Two-time Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence

“He has done an exceptional job. I kind of watched him a little bit through the alcohol dragster ranks and he is always on the tree. He seems to be really smooth and he has picked up and adapted really well.”

Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher on Justin Ashley;

“Justin is doing a great job. Obviously like me having a father that is there to guide you through it is outstanding. The key is he apparently listens. I haven’t sat down and had a conversation with him and I don’t need to. The kid has a father who knows how to race and he has a lot of friends helping out. The kid is paying attention because he is doing a great job.”

Justin Ashley head to head

  • vs. Antron Brown, 1-2
  • vs. Shawn Langdon, 2-3
  • vs. Doug Kalitta, 2-2
  • vs. Steve Torrence, 0-1
  • vs. Tony Schumacher, 0-0

About Justin Ashley Racing
Justin Ashley Racing in partnership with Davis Motorsports fields the Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. As a driver Ashley is a two-time winner in Top Alcohol Dragster on the Lucas Oil Series and is the son of multi-time NHRA national event winner Mike Ashley. In 2017, he was named to the Drag Illustrated magazine’s 30 under 30 list, highlighting some of racing’s most promising young individuals on and off the racetrack. When he’s not racing, Ashley serves as President of Ashley Developers, a real estate investment organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of distressed properties. To learn more about Justin Ashley Racing, visit

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