Cappetta Takes Stepping Out of Her Comfort Zone in Stride

First Trip to BAPS in Five Years

Abbottstown, PA – May 31, 2023

by Emily Winslow / Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt

Photo Credit:  Tim Bashore/ERI/WRT Speedwerx

Ashley Cappetta made her first trip back to BAPS Motor Speedway in five years to compete in the Summer Series event on Saturday night.

  • Date:  May 27, 2023
  • Event:  358 Summer Series Dirty 30
  • Track:  BAPS Motor Speedway
  • City, State:   Newberrytown, PA
  • Quick Stats:  29 cars, Heat 6th [8], A-main 13th [18]

Cappetta Puts Together Solid Night in Return to BAPS

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 were back in action on Saturday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.  

Cappetta’s bad pill draw gremlin was back as she picked the highest pill available to start the night, but she did not let that put a damper on her spirits. Her pill draw put her in a solid group for timed hot laps which would line up the heat races. Ashley started eighth in her heat race and would cross the line sixth, putting her in the feature, “I didn’t feel great in the heat race. I got lucky since other people screwed up. The car wasn’t tight enough and trying to find a groove I was comfortable in was challenging.”

Ashley lined up eighteenth for the start of the feature and fell back to 23rd, “I stayed up top but there wasn’t much there so I fell back to 23rd.” Cappetta and the team took advantage of an open red during the feature to make some adjustments to the car, “We made the car tighter when we had the chance and once everyone got spread out, I started to do what I needed to do.” Cappetta got confident with 17 laps to go and drove her way up to finish 13th.

Plenty of Positives to Take Away From BAPS

One of Cappetta’s goals for 2023 was to get out her comfort zone and she did just that on Saturday night with a trip to BAPS, “We went in blind. The last time I was there we were still using the 358 wing.” The night started with timed hot laps, which were used to set the heat race line-ups. In addition to the new track, the team pulled out a car they haven’t run since last year for Saturday night. 

“At the end of the night we made the show and took the car home in one piece,” which meant Ashley and the team accomplished the goals they set out to achieve for the night. In addition to meeting their goals they also have a solid notebook for the next time they race at BAPS. “Honestly, I want to do this more, it definitely helped me to learn and gain confidence as a driver.”

Steve Smith Tribute Race Up Next

A race that is near the dear to Ashley’s heart, the Steve Smith Tribute Race, is up next. “I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself for this race, my dad worked for Steve and now Stevie does my brakes. My expectation is to win, but overall wanting to do well will be our number 1 priority.” This will be the first time the 358 sprints are a part of the tribute race, “I want to do well for Steve and I want to do well for my dad.”

Stay tuned to Cappetta’s social media accounts, as well as for the most up to date schedule information.

Up Next

Lincoln Speedway, Saturday, June 3 at 7PM

Season Stats

4 races, 0 wins, 0 top 5’s, 0 top 10’s, 2 top 15’s 


Trivia Question

What is Ashley’s birthday?

The answer in the next press release!

Last week’s answer: Ashley went to Bermudian Springs High School

Partner Spotlight

O’Brien’s Fuel & Service, LLC is a Four Seasons Company. They have more than 50 years of experience in the petroleum industry and now service South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. 

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They have and will continue to help each customer understand just how to save money on every gallon of propane or fuel oil they purchase throughout each heating season and all year long.


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