Strutmasters sponsors Justin Ashley in NHRA Top Fuel debut...and beyond

Strutmasters sponsors Justin Ashley in NHRA Top Fuel debut...and beyond

David Straughan
3 minute read

Driver Justin Ashley and Davis Motorsports are on schedule to make their NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Ashley’s car will be sporting the name of his new big sponsor, Strutmasters. The company signed on to serve as Davis Motorsports’ primary sponsor for three events in 2019. Strutmasters will also extend its sponsorship into 2020 as a “Major Associate” sponsor. Ashley is moving up from the Top Alcohol division.

Justin Ashley and his new crew chief Aaron Brooks

Justin Ashley and Davis Motorsports have also enlisted the help of tuner Aaron Brooks as their new crew chief. When it came to choosing a crew chief, Davis Motorsports team owner Dustin Davis knew exactly the right man for the job--Aaron Brooks. “I have to say after our initial talks and now working with Aaron I can see clearly why he’s our guy. He is a breath of fresh air, and he is extremely knowledgeable and detail-oriented. We are a rookie team in the professional ranks, but we want to compete, and I sincerely believe Aaron gives our team the best chances of winning.” This lineup is brand new. However, Ashley and Brooks’ relationship goes all the way back to 2008. At that time, Brooks worked on a Funny Car driven and owned by Justin’s father, Mike. “I have known Aaron since I’m 13 years old when he was on my dad’s crew,” Ashley said. “Aaron is exactly what we are looking for. He’s a proven winner, a great leader and he’s got a lot of experience running different combinations.”

Justin Ashley a good fit for Strutmasters

It has been a huge year for the North Carolina-based company. Ashley is the latest addition to the Strutmasters sponsorship portfolio. Strutmasters owner Chip Lofton has made sponsoring up-and-coming drivers like Ashley a signature part of the company’s racing brand. Davis Motorsports is releasing an online documentary #fixflipfuel. The documentary will go live alongside Ashley's first race. It will feature Strutmasters as well. “I am excited to come on board as a sponsor of Justin Ashley and Davis Motorsports,” said Chip Lofton, founder of Strutmasters. “It’s exciting to see young new drivers enter the sport and I’m proud to be a part of their team.” “We’re looking forward to a successful marketing partnership with Strutmasters,” said Ashley. “We are going to work hard on and off the track to deliver measurable and significant value for the company,” Ashley said. “I traveled to Strutmasters to meet Chip, get a tour of his impressive facility, and learn about his company. Chip’s life story, his enthusiasm for his business, and his love for the sport of drag racing was so inspiring. I’m looking forward to representing Chip and Strutmasters.”

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