December 23, 1981 |
1997 Highland Rim Speedway Rookie of the Year
1999 Highland Rim Speedway Most Improved Driver
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|Best finish||58th - 2003|
|First race||2003 darlingtonraceway.com 200 (Darlington)|
|Statistics current as of May 23, 2010.|
In 1997, Ashburn won the Rookie of the Year award at Highland Rim Speedway and finished fifth in points in the pro-modified series. Two years later, he won the Most Improved Driver award after winning ten races and finishing fourth in points. He then moved on to race at Nashville Fairgrounds in the Winston Racing Series, posting four top-tens in 2001.
Busch Series career
Ashburn made his Busch Series debut in 2003, running a second Day Enterprises car. Driving the #61 Waterloo Tool Storage/31-W Insulation Chevy, Ashburn started 42nd and finished there at Darlington Raceway. Ashburn had eleven DNFs in thirteen starts for Day. He also did not qualify for a great deal of races. His best finish was a 20th place finish at Nashville Superspeedway in June 2003. Ashburn also made a one-off start for Bost Motorsports, finishing 41st at Michigan Speedway after his Day Racing car failed to qualify.
Ashburn moved to Day's primary car, the #16 for 2004. However, the team struggled to qualify for races early and had to scale back to a limited schedule. As a result, Ashburn only qualified for eight races in 2004, failing to finish six of them. His best finish was a 29th at Talladega Superspeedway. He also led his first career lap under caution in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
Ashburn made only one start in 2006, at Talladega. Avoiding a wreck early, Ashburn hung onto the back of the draft and earned his career best finish of 14th, his first career lead lap finish. In 2007, he ran two races, earning a best finish of 22nd at Talladega. Ashburn made three start and park appearances in 2008, including his debut with the #57 Chevrolet owned by Chad Beahr. For 2009, Ashburn made only one appearance, parking after five laps in the Stater Brothers 300 at Auto Club Speedway.