Cappetta Kicks-off 2023 Season at Lincoln Speedway
Team Getting Back in the Swing of Things in Season Debut
Abbottstown, PA – April 11, 2023
by Emily Winslow / Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt
Photo Credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography
Ashley Cappetta and her team made their season debut at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday and despite some challenges they were able to take the care home in one piece and are looking to get back to the track to improve.
- Date: April 8, 2023
- Event: Hanover Concrete Night
- Track: Lincoln Speedway
- City, State: Abbottstown, PA
- Quick Stats: 29 cars, Heat 5th (2), A-main 17th (14)
Season Opener Proves Challenging
Ashley Cappetta and the Gettysburg Trading Post, Mike’s Towing and Recovery, Yesteryear Antique Center, Stoner’s Auction, O’Brien’s Fuel and Service, Iron Horse Trains, Republican Club of Hanover No. 89 made the short trip to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday to kick off another season in the 358 sprint car division.
Cappetta started off the night with drawing the 8 pill which put her on the outside of the front row for the start of her first heat race of the season. Cappetta and her team did not have the opportunity to practice prior to the season opener as in year’s past so Saturday was a chance for the team to get back into rhythm and the night started off with a little bit of a stumble in hot laps, “I felt the entry speed was not good.” Cappetta’s heat race started with a misstep when the right rear of another car got into her left front, “Things happen so fast in the heat races. Thankful to at least hang onto fifth considering the situation could have been a lot worse.”
Assessment of Opening Night
Cappetta and the team continued to work on the car but the corner speed continued to be an issue, “Felt like the feature start wasn’t good and the corner speed wasn’t great. The car felt loose which is not my type of car. Definitely felt like the car got worse as the race went on.” Ashley lined up 14th for the feature start and would cross the line 17th after 20 laps.
Despite it being Cappetta’s first race of the season a good portion of the field had already started their season, “Most of the guys there already had two races under their belt. When we can go into the box in one piece at the end of the night we take that blessing and look ahead to do better next week.”
With one race under their belt Ashley and the team are looking to come back stronger, “Saturday I feel like I could have done a lot better than what we showed. The team was getting back into the groove and everyone was out of rhythm, as a team it’s important to be on top of our game together. We’ll take last weeks’ race, look at notes and video and see what we can do better.”
Once the car was back at the shop the team did find some damage to the car that likely contributed to the struggles Cappetta had with the car during the feature.
When looking ahead to the 2023 season the goal is pretty simple for Cappetta, “We want to do better than last year.” Ashley struggled drawing good pills to start of the night and on top of that there were a struggles and hardships outside the track, “I can’t let that stuff consume me and I need to stop letting bad nights get me down.” Cappetta is also looking to get out of her comfort zone with trips planned to new tracks in 2023 including Big Diamond.
Stay tuned to Cappetta’s social media accounts, as well as Addicted2DirtPR.com/Events for the most up to date schedule information.
Cappetta will return to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, April 15 at 6pm.
1 races, 0 wins, 0 top 5’s, 0 top 10’s, 0 top 15’s
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