Justin Ashley qualifies first at charlotte

GR Supras Take Top-10 Starting Spots for Second Countdown Race

CHARLOTTE (September 24, 2022) – Justin Ashley claimed his second number one qualifier position of the season in Saturday’s qualifying effort at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway. Ashley also earned the top spot at zMax earlier this season. His 3.668 second pass at over 335 mph set a new track speed record and he will face Alex Laughlin in round one on Sunday.

In Funny Car, Ron Capps held the fourth position following Saturday’s qualifying rounds and stood on his Friday night time of 3.866. Capps will face Blake Alexander in round on Sunday. Fellow GR Supra drivers J.R. Todd (sixth) and Alexis DeJoria (ninth) also claimed top-10 qualifying positions with Todd picking up spots in the final qualifying round on Saturday with a pass at 3.873 seconds. Todd and DeJoria will face each other in round one on Sunday.

Toyota Post-Qualifying Recap

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

zMax Dragway

Race 18 of 22


NameCarQualifying PositionFirst Round Opponent
Justin AshleyPhillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster1st (3.668)A. Laughlin
Doug KalittaMac Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster5th (3.689)S. Langdon
Antron BrownMatco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster7th (3.705)A. Prock
Steve TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster8th (3.715)B. Torrence
Billy TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster9th (3.720)S. Torrence
Shawn LangdonDHL Toyota Top Fuel Dragster12th (3.746)D. Kalitta

(*non-Toyota driver)


NameCarQualifying PositionFirst Round Opponent
John Force*Peak Chevy Camaro FC*1st (3.854)Bye
Ron CappsNAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car4th (3.866)B. Alexander
J.R. ToddDHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car6th (3.873)A. DeJoria
Alexis DeJoriaBandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car9th (3.903)J. Todd

(*non-Toyota driver)


JUSTIN ASHLEY, Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, Davis Motorsports

TF Qualifying Result: 1st

What is it about you and zMax Dragway that you can pull number one qualifying runs?

“Yeah, there’s something about zMax, but there’s something about this Phillips Connect team too. Mike Green and Tommy DeLago are doing a fantastic job. It’s funny, I was talking to Mike Salinas and Clay Millican and we all agreed that we’re just along for the ride. When it’s running like that, it’s such a blast and our team has been working so hard. We’ve got a long job to do tomorrow. We want to be out here for a long day but it’s going to be difficult. The competition out here is not easy. We have to continue to put our best foot forward for Toyota, Philliips, Vita-C Energy, Lucas Oil and all our sponsors.”

J.R. TODD, DHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car, Kalitta Motorsports

FC Qualifying Result: 6th

The team had a strong pickup in the final qualifying session tonight. How do you feel about the speed in your Supra and your chances in tomorrow’s eliminations?

“It was good. It was what we were striving for last night. Just ran really slow, slower than what we wanted to. We had to kind of play catchup throughout the day, but this is really where we need to be. We’re a couple adjustments away from probably running quicker than that. This is a good confidence booster heading into race day. I feel good about tomorrow and running like that means we can run with the top guys out here. Like I said, it’s a good confidence booster going into race day.”