Dale Wilkerson July 2010
Most teen-aged girls want a sporty looking car, like a Ford Mustang. Ashley Harvey asked her parents to sell her Mustang because she found a real nice truck. But this is not a normal truck, it is a fire breathing, race ready, V-8 powered monster of the speedway.
Harvey, the 2007 Travelers Rest Speedway and 2008 Cherokee Speedway Young Guns Champion, moved to asphalt racing last fall, after trying her hand in a Pure Stock dirt car.
“Wayne Clayton has been a big help to me over the years and he let me race a car last year at Harris. After years of racing four cylinders, it made me hungry for more,” said Harvey.
When the opportunity arose to compete at the Anderson Motor Speedway and Gresham Motorsports Park last fall, in a four-cylinder asphalt race car, Harvey’s father Randy cautiously accepted the challenge.
“Asphalt can be a different animal and Ashley used her track time last fall to get acclimated to the differences from dirt to pavement, said her father and crew chief Randy Harvey.
“Dirt can be more forgiving. I found out right away on pavement when it kicks out with you there is about spilt second to save it or you are in for bad ride,” added Ashley Harvey.
The family located the truck and right away went to work on it to make it race ready. Ashley picked the colors she has made famous on the dirt tracks of the Carolinas for her truck, black and neon green.
That paint scheme caught the eye of a lot of folks at the track, including those holding stop watches. Harvey was within a couple of tenths of some of the more experienced teams right away.
“We are setting our goals to improve each time out. As I gain more I hope to earn the respect of a new group of racers as well, Harvey said.
In her first event in this new race vehicle, Ashley Harvey drove to a solid ninth place finish. With her practice laps and the race laps, she is becoming better acquainted with this heavier race truck, and the extra power of the V-8 power plant.
Ashley, her family and pit crew have worked hard to get her to this point in her driving career. Sponsors also help a lot that to get the #41-A to the track each week which include Carolina Driveline and McCarter’s Towing.
During her time on the dirt tracks of the Carolina’s, Ashley Harvey showed the consistency of a 20 year veteran and in her short time in the new truck, she is leaning on that experience to become a better asphalt racer.