Priorities are a vital concept in life and NHRA POWERade Funny Car driver Mike Ashley isn’t afraid to keep his in check.
In the midst of tight Countdown to the Championship battle and coming
off of a disappointing DNQ in Memphis, the Torco Race Fuels-sponsored
Ashley has chosen to stick to his principles this weekend.
Ashley will not race on Saturday in observance of the Jewish holiday
Yom Kippur. He will spend Saturday in prayer at a local Temple.
"Racing is not the only thing in life, and definitely not the most
important in the big picture. I take what I do on the racetrack very
seriously, but I take life even more seriously." Ashley said.
Ashley said maintaining his priorities are what make him the person he is today.
"I have to live what I say I believe, and for me, my faith in God and
being an example and leader in my family takes priority,” said Ashley.
“I know Evan [Knoll, owner of Torco Racing Fuels and Ashley's title
sponsor] and my other sponsors understand, the team is with me, and I'm
confident we'll perform well so it won't be an issue," he said.