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    Las Vegas and Beyond

    I am so excited to be writing my very first blog! There really is so much to talk about because so much has been happening. I want to start off by taking a step back to Las Vegas at The D Hotel and Casino. My team and I had the best possible Las Vegas experience at The D! Talk about being treated like royalty! I want to thank Derek Stevens, Nicole Stevens, Richard Wilk, and Drew Dondero for your warm hospitality and generous welcome to The D family. Saturday night The D held my very first autograph signing where we brought my Gelish dragster down Fremont Street and parked right in front of the hotel! I had the time of my life getting to meet and sign autographs for racing fans, men, women, and children of all ages! I was even lucky enough to meet Ian Ziering from 90210, who came by and wished me luck! He will be starring in Snake and Mongoose, the movie based off of Don ‘the Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘the Mongoose’ McEwen, true legends of the NHRA! He also shares a passion for racing and even joked about taking a spin in my Gelish dragster! After we took a picture together I never would have imagined it ending up in the Las Vegas Magazine! There along side Mike Tyson and Mila Jovovich is a picture of Ian and I in front of my car! Pretty cool stuff! Besides the amazing time at The D, my team and I, especially myself, had an amazing time out at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I walked away that weekend with a great sense of accomplishment and a whole new view of racing. I learned two very important lessons, safety and patience.  Although my dragster is extremely safe and the safety safari will always be there for me in a flash, I must be patient and safe before rushing into my first race. Because of those reasons my team and I decided to finish my licensing the weekend of March 15th in Bakersfield before my debut race April 5th in Las Vegas. I am very happy with the decision we made because I believe that with more seat time I will be more comfortable in my Gelish dragster, and the more likely I will succeed! Being said I definitely can not wait for Vegas in April! I will be sure to keep everyone updated as soon as more exciting news comes our way! Thanks for reading :)

     

    New Gelish Car Races

    Although I wasn’t able to get my license for this race…My car did!!! Check out Larry Miersch representing the new ride. Whatcha think? Unfortunately Whitely took the race by a hair but keep your eyes out for the car taking the lead in the next upcoming races. Thanks Larry Miersch for everything!!!!

     

    Ashley Sanford to Drive Gelish A/Fuel Dragster

    LAS VEGAS (February 5, 2013) – When the first Top Alcohol Dragster qualifying session of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series starts at the Winternationals next week, 19 year old Ashley Sanford hopes to be one of the drivers shooting for one of 16 spots on race day. The accomplished sand drag racer and her family have spent the last few months making sure everything was in order to make that happen. Now there’s only one thing missing; a license.
    Sanford has raced on the sand for ten years, starting with a quad at age 8 and most recently her father’s supercharged Top Alcohol Dragster. She experienced success early, winning her first race in the kids quad class. As she moved up through the ranks, she set female records and won rounds. Ashley’s “Free Bird” TAD covered the 300-foot sand strip in less than 2.5 seconds at 150+ mph.
    2.5 seconds at 150 miles per hour sounds fast enough, right? Nope. Ashley wanted to move up to the ultra-competitive NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class, trading the blown alcohol motor for a nitro-injected powerplant and paddle tires for big Goodyear slicks. It wasn’t just an overnight decision to move up to the sport’s quickest and fastest Sportsman class.
    “It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do,” Ashley said. “It’s been like a dream of mine. We got an opportunity last year to buy a car. I said, ‘Alright, this is going to happen. I’m going to make this happen.’ Since then we’ve been full-force with it. We got our car and we’re ready to go.”
    To earn her TAD license, Ashley must make a series of runs during the Las Vegas test session this weekend. She will make short runs to the various incrementals – 60, 330, and 660 feet – before making full quarter-mile runs. A sub-6 second run is the final requirement. The car’s former owner and driver, Larry Miersch, will handle the tuning during the licensing procedures. Though they plan to meet NHRA’s requirements in two days, the group will have other opportunities before the planned Winternationals debut, February 14-17.
    Ashley will receive primary support from Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish, a popular brand of nail polish.
    “Gelish is a line of nail polish that has been really popular the last few years. It’s not like regular nail polish. It’s made of a gel material that makes it last longer. In a way we fit perfectly together because it’s great for girls who work hard and are on the go, and that’s exactly what I am. I’m always moving and working around the car. My nails should be as tough as I am.”
     
    Longtime team sponsor Lucas Oil will continue their relationship with the young Californian as she makes the transition to asphalt drag racing. Las Vegas hotels The D and the Golden Gate will join as sponsors, along with Fullerton, Calif. restaurants Roscoe’s Famous Deli and Heroes Bar & Grill.
    Fans in the Las Vegas area are invited to join Ashley and the Gelish A/Fuel team for an autograph session on Fremont Street, this Saturday, February 9th. Ashley and the Gelish Dragster will be located in front of The D Hotel and Casino from 8-10 pm.
    Frederosa’s Team Extreme is a family-owned A/Fuel Dragster team competing in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. 19 year old Ashley Sanford drives the team’s Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish dragster, tuned by Troy Schweers and Dave McWilliams. Frederosa’s Team Extreme crew – Ed, Mike, Jeff, and Dean – are assisted by Larry Miersch and crew: Roy, Jimmy, Rick, and Victor. The team receives support from Lucas Oil, Roscoe’s Famous Deli, Heroes Bar & Grill, The D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
    For more information on Ashley Sanford and the Gelish/Lucas Oil team, please visit www.ashleysanforddragracing.com. Follow her on Facebook (see website for link) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ashleyracergirl).
    – Courtesy of NVW Motorsports Promotion