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JUSTIN ASHLEY AND SCAG TOYOTA TEAM LOOK TO REGAIN POINTS LEAD AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Justin Ashley and his SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team sit just 22 points out of the lead as they head into this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Nearly halfway through the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series season, Ashley and his SCAG Toyota team have been to the finals four times, visiting the winners circle twice. Ashley’s final rounds came in four consecutive events starting with a win at the rain delayed Winternationals before he runnered-up at the Arizona Nationals. Ashley would then earn runner-up points at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event before taking a victory in the four-wide format at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

Ashley’s race day success has also been coupled with success in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. Ashely has picked up two wins in the specialty race that earns him championship bonus points and a cash prize.

Ashley and the SCAG team are due for a turnaround weekend after coming off back-to-back first round losses from the New England Nationals and the Thunder Valley Nationals. Continue reading

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THREE CAR SCAG RACING TEAM WRAP UP THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – The newly formed SCAG Racing team consisting of Top Fuel pilot Justin Ashley in the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster, Funny Car Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Wilkerson in the SCAG Power Equipment Summit Ford Mustang and Dave Richards who is running the full NHRA season for the first time in the Versatran/BlueBird Funny Car, exited the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in the first round on Sunday.

Entering race day as the No. 2 qualifier off their 3.795 second pass at 322.42 mph from Friday night, Justin Ashely and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team had a titanic matchup against two-time world champion Brittany Force. Ashley would leave the starting line first but his 3.764 second run at 324.36 mph that ended with an engine explosion at the finish line, wasn’t enough for Force’s 3.733 at 319.42.

“This is racing, things like this are going to happen. This sport is a constant emotional rollercoaster so it’s important to put things in perspective. We lost a close first round matchup against a tough competitor but still accomplished a lot throughout the weekend,” Ashley said. “Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, Dustin Davis and the team always give us a good racecar but we just happened to run into a parts failure early on Sunday. I’m grateful for everybody at SCAG Power Equipment, all the dealers and distributors that were with us this weekend, Toyota, Phillips, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and KATO, and Impact. We’ll get back to work and be ready for Richmond.” Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY LOOKING FOR THREE-PEAT AT NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – Points leaders Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team enter this weekend’s Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with nothing but fond memories of Bristol Dragway.

Last year, Ashley swept the weekend by winning the rain postponed Epping, N.H. New England Nationals, the Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge bonus race and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. While the opportunity to top that kind of a weekend isn’t on the table this year, Ashley is looking for his third consecutive victory at the one-of-a-kind facility.

“It’s one of the more challenging places but rewarding places we race,” Ashley said. “Our team’s experience tuning and navigating this track has played a big part in our success. Last year in Bristol was a weekend I’ll never forget and every time I go to Bristol from now on, it’s going to be something I think about. I am very grateful for that. But at the same time, this is a new year and everything that happened before is in the past. If we want to continue turning on win lights our focus needs on the here and now. It’s going to be a packed house and we want to give the fans a show they deserve. Our team will be ready.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON REACHES SEMIFINALS FOR SCAG RACING AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team made their third consecutive semifinal appearance Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.

Wilkerson entered race day qualified in the No. 4 position, a career best for the Rookie of the Year candidate, after running a 3.899 second pass at 329.91 mph on Friday night. The SCAG Funny Car would face off with Cory Lee in the first round. Wilkerson would cross the finish line in 4.089 at 313.80 while Lee smoked the tires and pulled left into the wall.

In the second round Wilkerson would find himself racing against three-time world champion Ron Capps. Wilkerson would have another clean pass at 4.002 seconds and 320.28 mph while Capps ran into trouble for only a 7.690 at 99.06.

Facing off with points leader Austin Prock, the semifinal would be a clean side-by-side drag race. Wilkerson would come up short with a 4.013-second run at 322.27 mph to Prock’s 3.993 at 317.12. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY LOOKING FOR REPEAT VICTORY AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel team enter this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway as the defending event winners, thought they didn’t get the win at the facility.

The 2023 New England Nationals were a bit of an anomaly. While the race began at New England Dragway, continuous rain forced the event to be postponed to the following race weekend in Bristol, Tennessee opening up the opportunity for Ashley to pick up three wins in one weekend.

Ashley would leave New England Dragway in the No. 10 qualifying position. In Bristol, while qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals, Ashely would defeat Dan Mercier, two-time champion Brittany Force, multi-time champion Steve Torrence and winningest Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher to win the New England Nationals while also winning the Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. On Sunday, Ashley would cap off the weekend by winning the Thunder Valley Nationals. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY WINS ANOTHER MISSION FOODS #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENGE AT NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team rallied to their second Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge of the year Saturday while qualifying for the Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Ashley would get his eighth overall #2Fast2Fasty Challenge win with a clean 3.831-second pass at 320.05 mph to defeat Clay Millican and his 6.120 at 10.222 after smoking the tires.

“We’ve been fortunate to have a lot success in the Challenge. It feels great but it’s tough to pinpoint one thing that we did to make this happen today,” Ashley said. “The only thing I’ll say is I think it’s good because it helps us to get into raceday mode. In these races, I’m not necessarily trying to race the other person, just trying to make the best run I can make. As a team, we keep chipping away at it. We struggled a bit at the start of the year, but the guys worked hard and they were able to turn this thing around. So whether it’s qualifying, the Mission Foods Challenge or race day, we want to win each and every round, so this was a fun one today. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY AND SCAG TOYOTA TEAM LOOKING TO MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE AT NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Justin Ashley and his SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team are hoping to keep their final round streak alive as they head into this weekend’s Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Ashley and his team led by Mike Green and Tommy DeLago have battled their way to four consecutive final round appearances. The SCAG Toyota team started their streak with a victory at the rain delayed Winternationals before reaching the finals of the Arizona Nationals in the same weekend. Ashley would earn runner-up points for his final quad appearance at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event and most recently, Ashley picked up a win at the second Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway just outside of Charlotte. Their efforts through the first five events of the year have SCAG Racing sitting at the top of the Top Fuel points standings.

“It’s always a great feeling to come into a race with the points lead. We’ve had a good season so far, Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, Dustin Davis, and the team have worked really hard to get the car to the point where it is now. But that’s all in the past and we are focused on the present,” Ashley said. “The second quarter of the season begins this weekend and we want to start it off on the right foot. Every team is incredibly talented and capable of winning on any given Sunday. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY WINS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS AT ZMAX DRAGWAY

CONCORD, NC – Points leader Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team picked up their second win of the season Sunday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Ashley, who had already picked up a win during the weekend in the Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, ran an impressive 3.710 second pass at 328.06 mph to holdoff local Clay Millican (3.722 at 337.92), reigning world champion Doug Kalitta (3.725 at 326.00) and veteran Antron Brown (4.780 at 163.31). The victory was Ashley’s 15th of his career, 13th in Top Fuel, first at zMAX Dragway and first in the unique four-wide format.

“When you come out here and you race four-wide, the quads are so good. It really doesn’t matter who you’re racing, especially with depth of the Top Fuel field now. The quads are going to be stellar each and every time, and you saw it even in that final round. There was a lot of really good reaction times a lot of really good E.T.s and it made for some close racing,” Ashley said. “I think the only thing that could derail us is ourselves. If we got out of focus. It’s not about focusing on the competition, even though you want to know where you and relevant to everyone else, but our focus is on being the best version of ourselves that we can be. As long as we keep that internal focus, I think we’ll have a lot of success. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY AND SCAG TOYOTA TEAM WIN MISSION #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENGE AT ZMAX DRAGWAY

CONCORD, NC – Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team picked up their first Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge victory of the season Saturday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Ashley, who tallied six #2Fast2Tasty wins in 2023, picked up the win with his best run of qualifying at 3.701 seconds and 334.32 mph bettering Steve Torrence who runnered-up (3.740 at 332.43), Josh Hart who was third (3.796 at 318.17) and Antron Brown who had trouble getting down the track (5.717 at 119.51).

Ashley, the Top Fuel points leader, made his way to the finals of the Challenge by winning his first quad of the day with a 3.739-second pass at 321.35 mph to advance with Brown (3.763 at 324.12).

“I thought it was a great day today. Yesterday, we fell behind a little bit. We wanted to run a little bit better, a little bit quicker. So it was important for us to come out here today and start to set a new tone for ourselves,” Ashley said. “We had a nice 3.739 earlier in the day and running that 3.701 was really important for our team. It gives us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY AND SCAG TOYOTA TEAM LOOK TO CONTINUE PROMISING START TO NHRA SEASON AT ZMAX DRAGWAY

CONCORD, NC – Justin Ashley and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team enter this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway with the points lead after a strong start to the 2024 Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series season.

Ashely and his SCAG Racing team have reached three consecutive final rounds. They first won the rain delayed NHRA Winternationals before reaching the finals of the Arizona Nationals in the same weekend and most recently raced to the final quad of the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals where he outran Steve Torrence and Tony Stewart for a runner-up finish to Doug Kalitta.

“We’ve turned on a lot of win lights through the first four races of the year. The team at Metalcraft of Mayville and SCAG Power Equipment have given us all the resources we need to be successful on and off the racetrack,” Ashley said. “Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, Dustin Davis, and the team have done an incredible job as they always do. But we all know it’s a long season and there’s more time to learn, grow and be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.” Continue reading

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