Track updates from Ashley Ziarko at the NHRA Northwest National Open Series

Ashley Ziarko 2004 NHRA Northwest National Open

20 years old; Edmonton, Alberta

When Ashley was 11 years old her parents, Ben and Donna, “dragged” her to a Junior Dragster race in Calgary. She fell in love with the speed and the smoky burn-outs! That same weekend, in 1995, her parents bought her a dragster.

Ashley showed enormous talent, worked hard at getting her lights and for the next two years she burned up tracks in Edmonton and Calgary. And she started to win!

In 1997, the family hit the road. On the way to the Junior National Championships in Denver, Ashley entered a pre-race in Pueblo. A first milestone, she got a perfect light (.500) and won a sparkling new paint job for her dragster. By now Ashley was creating a commotion on the junior dragster circuit and her story was featured in the National Junior Dragster magazine. At the end of the racing season she was 6th in points in both Calgary and Edmonton.

1998 and Ashley only got hotter. She raced at the Indianapolis National Championships and came in 2nd in points for the year in Calgary. In 1999 she captured 1st place in the Junior Drag Racing series.

It was time to move on and in 2002 Ashley bought a full size gas engine dragster. The next year she had barely landed her IHRA license in Quick Rod when she won runner up in a Quick 16 race.

Ashley was hot on the wheels of her competitors.

In 2004, she’s unstoppable. Ashcroft, BC - Ashley smoked the track in Super Comp at the NHRA Northwest National Open capturing the coveted “Wally” trophy. Then came Prince George, BC and another “Wally” was added to her collection.

The last race in the Northwest Series, Ashley captured 1st place running against the competitor who was #1 in points. At the end of the season she’s #2 in overall points in the NHRA Northwest National Open Series.

Ashley’s revved up and ready for whatever’s next.

NHRA Northwest National Open Series

May 28 – Ashcroft, BC Eliminated in the first round after running .004 seconds faster than the track index.

June 12 – Woodburn, Oregon Ran a competitive 8.91 seconds on the track index of 8.90 seconds, but eliminated in first round.

June 25 – Day 1 in Bremerton, WA Delivered .002 reaction time in second round but suffered ignition failure.

June 26 – Day 2 in Bremerton, WA Qualified first with a perfect 8.900 ET on the track index of 8.9, won first round. Rain stopped further racing, balance of event is rescheduled for July 15 in Mission, BC.
Source: 2005

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