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JCM Racing Pre-Race Report: Denver

NHRA Mile-High Nationals

Event 10 of 21

Bandimere Speedway

Morrison, Colo.

July 14-16, 2023

Top Fuel:


Driver of the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

2022 NHRA Mile-High Nationals Event Recap:

Qualified second; Semifinal finish (defeated Cameron Ferre in E1, Austin Prock in E2; defeated by Leah Pruett in E3)

Last Event (Norwalk):

Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Clay Millican in E1, Steve Torrence in E2, Brittany Force in E3; defeated by Leah Pruett in E4)

2023 Statistics:

Nine races; four wins, one runner-up finish, one No. 1 qualifier

Career Statistics:

64 races; nine wins, three No. 1 qualifiers


  • Has a category-leading four wins and four Mission #2Fast2Tasty victories to his credit in 2023

  • In a strong position to make a run at "sweeping the swing" by winning the trio of Denver, Seattle, and Sonoma, Calif. events. Ashley has raced to three consecutive final rounds heading into this weekend’s race

  • By advancing to a runner-up finish at the series’ most recent event in Norwalk, Ohio, Ashley clinched a spot in the Denver Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge and will attempt to pick up his fifth specialty race triumph

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., #2Fast2Tasty autograph session at the Mission Foods midway display


“We have had a strong start to the season, but that’s all in the past and our focus is on the Western Swing. This three-race stretch is one of the most critical portions of the NHRA regular season. The competition in Top Fuel is tougher now than ever before and teams are really hitting their stride. You’ll see a lot of close racing at three great locations with passionate and excited fans.

“Racing on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway is unique. The facility is beautiful, and the setting is so nice; it’s in a category of its own. I am sad to see such a great track go away. But I am very grateful for all the Bandimere family has done to support the NHRA community. Racing in high altitude is tricky so anything can happen. The sold-out crowd is going to be in for a fun weekend.”


Driver of the SCAG Power Equipment Top Fuel Dragster

NHRA Mile-High Nationals Event Highlights:

  • Three-time event champion (2005, 2008, 2016)

  • Six-time runner-up (1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2015)

  • 2014 No. 1 qualifier

2022 NHRA Mile-High Nationals Event Recap:

Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Clay Millican in E1)

Last Event (Norwalk):

Qualified 12th; First round exit (defeated by Austin Prock in E1)

2023 Statistics:

Nine races; one runner-up finish

Career Statistics:

543 races; 86 wins, 88 No. 1 qualifiers


  • The Mile-High Nationals serves as the kick-off to the three-race Western Swing

    • Schumacher is a nine-time winner on "the swing" with three Denver triumphs, four wins in Seattle, and two in Sonoma

  • Schumacher is part of an elite group of seven Camping World Series competitors who can claim to have "swept the swing" when he won the trio of Denver/Sonoma/Seattle events in 2008


“Denver is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I love the facility, the surroundings, the Bandimere family. The Bandimeres are one of those families that have committed their lives to drag racing and have helped this sport so much, particularly with the Jr. racers. Anyone who is in my world, making it a better place, I appreciate so much, and that’s what they did.

“Obviously, Denver has its challenges with the altitude and conditions, but that’s one of the things I love about racing there. I love the difficulty of it. I’m one of the few people to have swept the swing, and that was a huge accomplishment that I’ll always be really proud of. Can’t wait to get back there for one last go-round. I’m going to go in early and fish, stay behind on the back end and fish, and hopefully I’ll be going onto our next race carrying a Wally.”

Funny Car:


Driver of the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang

NHRA Mile-High Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2008 event champion

  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier: 1999, 2003

2022 NHRA Mile-High Nationals Event Recap:

Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Alexis DeJoria in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)

Last Event (Norwalk):

Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Blake Alexander in E1)

2023 Statistics:

Nine races; one win, one runner-up finish

Career Statistics:

579 races; 23 wins; 20 No. 1 qualifiers


  • Reset the Bandimere Funny Car speed record during the 2022 event when he clocked a 329.18 mph pass


“I’m really looking forward to going to Denver. I won the first 1,000-foot race there in 2008, and would love to book end that by winning the last Mile-High Nationals trophy this weekend. It’s definitely a bitter sweet deal, but we will have Mr. Levi there from Levi, Ray & Shoup. He has a big hospitality there this year, and it’ll be great to see him and all his guests.”


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