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