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Justin Ashley 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Reflects on First Season

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*Driver of the <> powered by
MANSCAPEDâ„¢ Top Fuel dragster and 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley
took some time to reflect on his successful rookie season. The young driver
also looked ahead to a longer than usual off-season as well as his plans
and goals for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season which
will begin in March. *

*Was your rookie season what you expected?*

Justin Ashley - “I think my rookie season went according to plan. It met
and really exceeded my wildest expectations. Going into the year we wanted
to run 12 races and we wanted to give ourselves an opportunity to win at
every race, but at the same time we were realistic. We knew that in the Top
Fuel category these are the best drivers in the world. These are the
greatest teams and they are fantastic at what they do. To be able to go out
there and to take the idea from paper to turn it into reality was a dream
come true for me. It was more than I expected now that I am able to sit
back and take it all in.�??

*How did the 2020 season make you a better driver?*

JA - “More than anything else the more seat time you have the more you are
going to experience different things. Coming into 2020 I only had very
limited seat time in a Top Fuel car. We ran just three races in 2019 and a
handful of test laps at the beginning of the season. Over the course of the
season certain things would happen whether it was a pedal fest or tire
shake or other instances where I would feel something in the clutch. The
more laps you make the more you are going to experience different things,
so for me it made me a better driver to get the overall experience of
running races. I got a better understanding and feel for the race car.�??

*Biggest surprise of 2020 looking back at the whole season?*

JA - “I am not sure if surprised is the right word but I was just humbled
and taken back by how accommodating and nice all my fellow competitors
were. When I look back and think about racing ,you think about the stuff on
the track but even more so you remember the off the track moments. You are
around your team and the racing community. Everybody in the Top Fuel
category welcomed me with open arms. Being the new guy isn’t always the
easiest thing. They made that transition for me super easy. A lot of racers
went out of their way to talk with me or offer advice.�??

*What will be your 2-3 main areas of focus in this longer than usual

JA - “It is definitely a longer off season than usual. The longer you are
out of the car the more difficult it is. In a lot of ways it is better in
terms of being outside of the race car. It gives me the opportunity to
focus on my real estate business. It also gives me the chance to focus on
the business side of racing which is all about bringing marketing partners
on which are a good fit for our program.�??

“I am also going to make sure I am in the best physical and mental shape
possible. Racing is all about doing the same thing every time. It is about

*So many people contributed to your success what would you like to say to

JA - “We had a fantastic rookie year and the truth of the matter is you are
only as good as the people you surround yourself with. I think that defines
my life. I am very fortunate to have a team and family and sponsors that
care about me and support me. When you are out there racing the last thing
you want to be thinking about is what is going to happen if I lose.
Everyone has been right on top of me having my back and knowing that no
matter what the result is we are all in this together. Sponsors like <>, Auto Shocker
KATO <> really made me feel
comfortable as well as MANSCAPED and host of other companies. I can’t put
into words the amount of gratitude I have towards my family, this team and
my sponsors. The 2020 Rookie of the Year award was not for me it was for
our program as a whole. All the people that were involved all season won a
piece of this award.�??

*Do you have any holiday travel plans?*

JA - “The way I decompress is to go racing. The ironic part is now is when
the stress kicks in. I haven’t put too much thought into holiday plans. For
me no matter what I do it will be all about family. That will be the top
priority for me. I am going to try and spend as much time with my family as
I can.�??

*What are 2-3 goals you have set for yourself for 2021 season?*

JA - “I am a firm believer in setting goals. We have a long way to go
before the start of the season but our goal is to win every race. We want
to give ourselves the opportunity to win at every race. That is goal number
one. We also have the goal of putting ourselves in the best financial
position to do that. On the track we need to be able to perform and off the
track we need to be able to give ourselves the right resources.�??

*Photos courtesy of Ron Lewis Photography for media use only.*
*Elon Werner*
VP of Sports Publicity
Tony Fay Public Relations
M: 214.244.1184
Twitter: @TonyFayPR <> | @ElonWer

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