Ashley Harvey , Model of Consistency
At 15 years old, most teenagers are just happy to have their restricted drivers license. Now imagine that you are 15 years old, you have been driving a racecar for two and a half years, and you have won eleven races and one track championship. If you get a chance to read the resume of Inman's Ashley Harvey, this is what you would read.
Harvey, a rising sophomore at Dorman High School, has been racing since 2006. That first year, she picked up her first win at the Thunder Valley Speedway. "Thunder Valley will always be my favorite track. I will never forget that feeling of winning my first race," Harvey said on Droppin' the Hammer last Saturday on ESPN-1400AM.
That first year was a learning experience for Harvey. She had not raced karts like most of the guys she was competing against. Harvey showed a work ethic that has helped her become a better racer.
"Ashley will come out to the shop, ask questions about the car, and she really wants to know how to make the car better," said Ashley's father, Randy Harvey.
During the 2007 season, Ashley Harvey competed weekly at the Travelers Rest Speedway. Harvey combined eight wins, with a string of consistent finishes, to earn the Travelers Rest Speedway Young Guns Points Championship last year. Along the way last year, Harvey was able to compete at other tracks as well, picking up a win at the Cherokee Speedway.
For 2008, Harvey has been competing for the Young Guns Points Championship at the Cherokee Speedway. Though she hasn't picked up as many checkered flags as she did last season, she has been the model of consistency, as she has driven to the points lead.
In 14 starts this season, Harvey has 12 top-four finishes. Inside those 12 races, Harvey has nine-second place finishes and one victory. On May 17th, she had her only DNF (did not finish) due to a motor problem. And on July 5th, after being involved in a wreck in the heat race, she drove her wounded mustang to a seventh place finish.
Ashley and her black and green #41-A McCarter's Towing-Blanton Brothers Builders Ford Mustang, has quickly become a fan favorite, especially with the kids. "I like meeting the kids after races. They are always so excited to talk to me and the excitement encourages me to drive harder each week," said Harvey. If those kids are looking for a role model, Ashley Harvey makes a good one.
Ashley is an honor roll student and she has been a member of several athletic teams through her middle school years and as a freshman last year at Dorman High School. As a seventh grader, Ashley was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams at Fairforest Middle School. During her eighth grade year, she tried her hand at wrestling. Last year, Ashley was a member of the volleyball and softball teams.
"Ashley is competitive and she is a go-getter. She has always worked hard at whatever she has been involved in, whether it is her racing, school activities, or her studies, she has always made us proud," said her father Randy Harvey.
Ashley Harvey could add another championship to her resume when the 2008 season wraps up in a few months. But whether Ashley moves up to the Street Stock Four class, gets a chance to run some asphalt races, or gets a shot in a Crate or a Super Late Model dirt car, she will always get the best finish out of the car she is driving.
Ph photos provided by Mike Butler Photography