Growing up as a wild-child, a.k.a. “free bird”…..
Growing up as a wild-child, a.k.a. “free bird”, it comes as no surprise that Ashley has a passion and love for drag racing. Watching her grandpa and father race their dragsters at a young age sparked something inside of her – The adrenaline and competitive nature of the sport compelled her to fall in love with drag racing. When her father Shane asked her if she was interested in taking a leap into a 4000 HP AFuel dragster at the age of 18, Ashley jumped at the opportunity to make her dreams come true. When asked if she is ever scared driving such a powerful dragster, her reply is “The only thing I’m scared of is losing a race.”
“The only thing I’m scared of is losing a race.”
Ashley and her family grew up racing in the sand drags, and at the young age of 8 she began racing in the kids class and placed 1st in her very first race. She continuously rose through the ranks in the sand; driving in Super Comp, Top Eliminator, and lastly she drove her dads Top Alcohol dragster traveling 300 ft. in the sand in 2.5 seconds at 150 mph.
Ashley is now taking it to the next level of professional drag racing. She is currently racing in her family owned Afuel dragster in the Top Alcohol Dragster category apart of the NHRAs Mello Yellow season. After only being in the class for one and a half seasons her team and herself have already made great strides. Her career-best run is 274mph and a 5.29 Elapsed Time on the quarter mile drag strip.
As one of the youngest on the circuit, Ashley has a promising future. Additionally, her dedication for the sport, sponsors, hard-working and positive spirit, and competitive nature will surely help her succeed as an up and coming star of the NHRA.
As for her long-term goals, Ashley strives to become apart of the Top Fuel Dragster Class for the NHRA to fulfill her dreams as a racer.
Ashley would like to thank her hard-working crew for their dedication and time to the team. As well as thank her sponsors and fans for all of their support throughout her racing career.
Ashley is 20 years old and resides in Fullerton, CA with her parents Shane & Michele and younger sister Sydney. Her hobbies include going boating on the lake, snowboarding, riding quads & buggies in the desert, as well as spending time with family and friends. She loves dogs and has 5 of her own: Riley, Woody, Bella, Lily, and Sophie.
Crew Chief: Troy Schweers
Car Chief: Dave McWilliams
Team Owner: Shane and Michele Sanford
Team Extreme Crew: Ed Sanford, Mike White, Jeff Monge, Justin DeCaprio, Dean Schweers, Torrey Paul, Robin Steeves
Team Transportation: Shane Sanford and Torrey Paul
Team Chef: Mike Hulina