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Justin Ashley Guest with NFL’s David Tyree on Catch the Moment Podcast

PLAINVIEW, NY – With the NFL playoffs heating up this weekend and the start of the NHRA 2023 Camping World Drag Racing Series around the corner, attention is rising on both sports. At the end of last year NHRA Top Fuel driver Justin Ashley was a guest on New York Giants David Tyree’s new podcast Catch the Moment to talk drag racing, football and performing at an elite level in sports and life. Ashley, the 28-year-old professional racecar driver and team owner shared what attracted him to the sport and how one of his goals is to one day leave the sport better than when he entered.

“It was an honor to talk with David on his Catch the Moment podcast last December,” said Ashley, who finished the 2022 season 4th in Top Fuel. “David made one of the most memorable catches in NFL history that ultimately led the New York Giants to victory in Super Bowl 42. He is the consummate professional on and off the field, having achieved success as an athlete, business owner and author. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with him about many things, including NHRA drag racing and what makes our sport so special. I look forward to working with David in an effort to get him and his family to a race in 2023.”

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Justin Ashley Looks Back at Successful 2022 Season

PLAINVIEW, NY – Third year Top Fuel team owner and driver Justin Ashley raced his Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy to three wins and seven final round appearances. Ashley led the points in the Countdown for the first four races before settling for a fourth place finish in one of the toughest Top Fuel fields in recent history. The always optimistic and positive owner/driver reflected on his success and the future during the recent PRI Show in Indianapolis.

When you look back at this season and compare it to your rookie year, what is one thing that surprised or stood out to you that you’re still learning as a driver as a team owner?

“Yeah, I think probably the thing that I’m still learning the most is, how to develop a routine that works best for me. Over the course of a 22-race season, you have everything from your travel schedule to what times you get to the track, what times you leave the track, and what routine helps provide your team with the best opportunity to win. I think that’s something that’s taken me by surprise, the importance of that, and maintaining some semblance of consistency when things around you frequently change. So that’s something that I’m still working on, to kind of find that routine that works best.”

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ASHLEY WRAPS UP 2022 WITH ANOTHER TOP FIVE FINISH

POMONA, CA – A dramatic and positive season for team owner and driver Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy came to an end today at the Auto Club Finals. In just his third season competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Ashley was in championship contention heading into final eliminations today at the Auto Club Finals. As the No. 10 qualifier Ashley entered the final race of the season facing No. 7 qualifier Antron Brown, whose team shares a technical alliance. The two Toyota Top Fuel dragsters were chasing points leader Brittany Force as they entered the opening session.

The two championship contending drivers had to watch seven other pairs of 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters race before they took to the track. There were several upsets with championship implications, including first round losses by Mike Salinas and Steve Torrence. Ashley could keep his championship hopes alive with a victory over Brown. Both dragsters executed burnouts and pulled to the starting line. Ashley got to the jump off the starting line with a reaction time advantage of .045 to .067 seconds and both land rockets began to fly down the track.

As Ashley and the Phillips Connect Top Fuel dragster approached half-track Brown was on a smooth pass and Ashley’s race car hazed the tires forcing him to give his race car a quick pedal, robbing the 2020 Rookie of the Year of valuable momentum. Brown got to the finish line first with a winning time of 3.704 seconds, the second quickest pass of the session. Ashley’s 4.070 second pass at 290.01 mph was not enough to advance to the quarterfinals.

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ASHLEY LEAVES VEGAS WITH POMONA BATTLE LOOMING

LAS VEGAS, NV – The NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought the drama and high stakes to the Top Fuel points battle. Through two days of qualifying points leader Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy worked their way through each session. In the opening session they made the third quickest pass and in the final session they stepped up and jumped to the No. 3 qualifying position going into race day. The points leader picked up three qualifying bonus points for his efforts.

In the first round Ashley pulled up beside veteran driver Clay Millican, the No. 14 qualifier, looking to hold off a tough group of Top Fuel competitors. As the cars were preparing to fire up Millican’s crew had an issue starting his 11,000-horsepower dragster and Ashley’s Phillips Connect team waited for them to address the problem. Millican’s crew corrected the problem and both cars started and executed burnouts without issue.

Ashley took a starting line advantage and as the teams closed in on halftrack Millican pulled even with Ashley. Both dragsters were blasting down their respective lanes towards the finish line and when the scoreboards flashed the elapsed times, a stunned crowd recognized that Millican had made the pass of the weekend, a monster 3.695 second run, light years ahead of his best qualifying effort of 4.272 seconds for the upset win over Ashley’s 3.754 second run. Ashley’s reaction time advantage of .038 to .063 was not enough to overcome the elapsed time difference.

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Anderson Enterprises Returns to Justin Ashley Racing for NHRA Nevada Nationals

LAS VEGAS, NV – For the second season Anderson Enterprises, an Oregon based industrial contracting company, will ride with Justin Ashley and his Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy as an associate sponsor.  They will utilize the hospitality area during the NHRA Nevada Nationals and will have branding on Ashley’s 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster.  Ashley, currently No. 1 in Top Fuel points, will take to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time on Friday afternoon for two qualifying runs.

“We are looking forward to utilizing our motorsports program once again to help promote Anderson Enterprises ,” said Justin Ashley, 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year. “Shawn Anderson is a good friend and we are grateful for the opportunity to represent his company. He is a big fan with a unique understanding of the business benefits associated with NHRA drag racing.”

Based in Sweet Home, Oregon, Anderson Enterprises provides millwright and mechanical services for paper mills and manufacturing facilities all over the west coast.

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Justin Ashley Racing, Phillips Connect Team up with Wyakin Foundation to Support Veterans

PLAINVIEW, NY – Championship contending NHRA Top Fuel driver, Justin Ashley along with primary sponsor Phillips Connect are teaming up with the Wyakin Foundation in the weeks leading up to Veteran’s Day to raise money and honor our servicemen and servicewomen. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Phillips Family and Justin Ashley Racing are hosting a raffle in support of all the brave men and women who risked their lives for our freedom. Through the Wyakin Foundation, an organization that helps connect wounded and injured veterans to successful and fulfilling civilian futures, donations are now being accepted that will provide those the chance to win various prizes, not to mention the biggest prize of all – helping Wyakin onboard a new veteran into its life-changing program.

“We are honored that Justin and Phillips Connect have selected the Wyakin Foundation for their Racing for Warriors campaign especially on Veteran’s Day. Justin has been instrumental in advocating for our veterans, making him a leader on and off the track,” said Cory Rodriguez, Executive Director Wyakin Foundation. “Rob Phillips has been a foundational supporter of Wyakin since our inception. Rob has gone above and beyond to promote the success of veterans in general and at the Wyakin Foundation. As a non-profit that supports veterans across the United States, the recognition that Justin and Phillips Connect brings to our Foundation puts veteran advocacy at the forefront of people’s minds. We are grateful to Justin, his team, Rob Phillips, and all the great people at Phillips Connect.”

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JUSTIN ASHLEY RIDING WAVE OF SUCCESS INTO NEVADA NATIONALS

PLAINVIEW, NY – With two NHRA Countdown national events left on the schedule Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy are in control of the Top Fuel championship race sitting in the No. 1 spot. The third-year driver and team owner has dominated the first four Countdown races securing two runner-up finishes and a win at the Texas Fall Nationals, where he defended his 2021 title and extended his points lead to 82 points over his closest pursuer. The team knows there is no margin for error heading into this weekend’s NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We are not taking anything for granted and there is a lot of racing left before someone wins the championship,” said Ashley. “This Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy has been running great thanks to the hard work of Dustin Davis, Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, our team and our partners. I am lucky to be the driver who gets to hit the throttle every race. This is a complete team effort and we are going into the Nevada Nationals focused on making quick qualifying runs and then racing within ourselves on Sunday.”

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Ashley Wins Texas Fall Nationals Again, Extends Points Lead

DALLAS, TX – Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy  won the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals today at Texas Motorplex, defending their 2021 title and extending their points lead. The team owner and driver has an 88 point lead on his nearest competitor with two playoff races remaining in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. After two days of qualifying that saw Ashley and his Mike Green and Tommy DeLago tuned Phillips Connect dragster secure the No.. 10 qualifying spot heading into race day. On Friday the team rolled off the trailer and posted the quickest run of the session but then the team struggled to regain control of their elapsed time consistency. The final pass on Saturday gave the team some confidence going into Sunday and that was all the 2020 Rookie of the Year needed.

Ashley upset fellow Countdown contender and No. 7 qualifier Doug Kalitta in the first round before outrunning Kebin Kinsley, Shawn Langdon and finally Austin Prock in the final for his fifth career Top Fuel victory.

“It really was a great weekend – anytime you can go out there and turn on four-win lights on race day it is great,” said Ashley, who has three final round appearances in the 2022 Countdown. “The winner of this race, where it is positioned in the season, makes it all that much more significant. There are only two more races after this and we know the past history has shown that if you win Dallas – you really put yourself in position to go after that championship. Our Phillips Connect team did an incredible job all weekend long. It was like a bracket car. To have a Top Fuel car run that fast and run that consistently, it just speaks volumes of our entire team. When you look at the Top Fuel class – it’s so competitive, from drivers to teams. We are all making each other better and I cannot thank Phillips Connect, Vita C Energy, Toyota and all of our partners enough for the opportunity to race against the best in the world”

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Points Leader Justin Ashley Eager to Defend Fall Nationals Title

PLAINVIEW, NY – Top Fuel points leader and defending Texas Fall Nationals champion Justin Ashley can’t wait to get back to Texas Motorplex to defend his 2021 Countdown win. The rising star of the NHRA will be celebrated on Wednesday night along with the three other Texas Fall Nationals champions Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) during the inaugural Champions’ Dinner at the track, a ticketed gala style event that will include Ashley’s favorite meal Chicken Prima Vera. He will be one of the top stars at the Pre-Stage Fan Fest at Railyard Park in downtown Waxahachie on Thursday night for the free fan autograph event before turning all his attention to going back-to-back at the Texas Fall Nationals with the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy.

“I am very much looking forward to heading back to Texas Motorplex for the Stampede of Speed and NHRA Texas Fall Nationals,” said Ashley, who has two runner-up finishes so far in the 2022 Countdown. The events leading up to and during the race, including “The Champions’” Dinner and autograph session, are a great way to provide a first-class entertainment experience for our fans. Track owners Billy Meyer and Christie Meyer Johnson go above and beyond for all involved. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy everything this weekend has to offer while putting our best foot forward to defend the FallNationals title.”

This year’s Countdown has been loaded with excitement already for Ashley and his Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel team powered by Vita C Energy. The 2020 Rookie of the Year started the playoffs in third place and with a runner-up finish at the Reading Nationals he raced to the points lead. The following week in Charlotte Ashley and Davis Motorsports recorded another runner-up and extended their lead. A quick exit two weeks ago in St. Louis didn’t hurt the four-time national event winner and he enters the Texas Fall Nationals looking to recapture his momentum.

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Justin Ashley Doesn’t Lose Ground at Short St. Louis Race

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy and driver Justin Ashley escaped the NHRA Midwest Nationals holding onto the Top Fuel points lead and they are heading to the next Countdown race as the defending champion. An uncharacteristic first round loss ended Ashley’s day but fortunately for the two-time winner in 2022, the drivers who were chasing him did not capitalize on his misstep losing in the first and second rounds as well.

“First round losses can kill you in the Countdown, but only if you let them,” said Ashley, who hasn’t lost in the first round since the Norwalk Nationals in June. “Our Phillips Connect is resilient and we know the way we respond is far more important than anything else. We’ll still leave with the points lead and pick up where we left off. It’s going to be a fight the rest of the year.”

Ashley opened the Countdown with two runner-up finishes and a move from third in the points to first place. Over the previous eight races the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy raced to at least the semifinals seven times. That kind of consistency set Ashley and the Davis Motorsports team on a path to be one of the top contenders for the Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship.

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