Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By: Arynne Moody
What many Central Pennsylvania race fans may not know is that 358 Sprint Car driver Ashley Cappetta is more than a racer, a firefighter, and a graphic designer. Cappetta pours her whole self into charity work and raising money and awareness for various organizations, individuals, and causes.
Cappetta began her racing career in 2012 with a car that featured the recognizable pink breast cancer awareness ribbon as a tribute to those who suffer with or have lost their battles with this disease. Cappetta's grandmother, Bernice Cappetta, was a survivor of this cancer that affects one in eight women in the United States.
2012 also saw Cappetta don a top wing that would pay tribute to local fallen firefighter Brandon Little. This was also the first season she would race her now-yearly 9/11 tribute car, honoring those heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
In 2013, Cappetta was honored to run the Weldon Sterner Memorial tribute wing panel for the 358 division on her No. 89. She also sold wristbands in remembrance of Jason Leffler, who was killed in June of that year in an accident while racing his 410 Sprint Car at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Proceeds from the sale of those wristbands went to the building of a custom Leffler car for his son, Charlie.
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, a portion of the money raised through sales of her Ashley Cappetta Racing (ACR) merchandise and other fundraising efforts was donated to the Gator Gang Relay For Life Team. Cappetta also displayed her race car at the Hanover, PA Relay For Life Walks during those years. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
In December of 2014, Cappetta held a fundraiser in which a portion of the proceeds went to the family of seven-year-old Tyson Balek who had recently been diagnosed with a rare brain disease known as leukodystrophy.
The 2015 season also saw Cappetta race a tribute car in honor of her friend Josh McMillion. McMillion was killed in an automobile accident in March of 2014, just 10 days after his 21st birthday.
In 2015, Cappetta also donated 20 percent of her t-shirt sales to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, whose mission is "to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries" (
In 2016, Cappetta created an entire car dedicated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Wish children were allowed to place their handprints on the white body of the car in colored paints. This car was on display during the annual Truck Convoy For Wishes in Gettysburg, PA. Cappetta also sold t-shirts sporting this car's likeness with half of the proceeds from its sale going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
2017 was another busy season of raising awareness for Cappetta and the 89 team. Cappetta was once again honored to drive the Brandon Little fallen firefighter tribute car. She created another breast cancer awareness themed car with 20 percent of its t-shirt sales going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
When fellow 358 Sprint Car driver Todd Gracey was severely injured in an automobile accident during the 2017 racing season, Cappetta created decals sporting Gracey's No. 19G with all proceeds going to Gracey to help with his medical bills.
The ACR team also kept busy during the 2017 holiday season, creating and distributing goodie bags to over 35 police officers in Adams County (Pennsylvania).
At the 2017 Lincoln Speedway end of the year banquet, Cappetta was honored with the Heart to Heart award for her work with Relay For Life, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and for her 9/11 tribute car. 
Despite her success as a 358 racer, some of Cappetta's greatest achievements happen off the track. Cappetta puts the same energy and dedication into her philanthropy as she does into bettering herself on the race track. It is certain that Cappetta's charitable work will not end anytime soon! Ashley Cappetta and ACR will continue to step up and support all those who are in need!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Well this race season has concluded for us. This year was probably one of the most frustrating seasons I've had since starting but we learned a lot as a team and are ready to start working for next year. My goal was to get a top 10 and come home in one piece to end the year and that's what I got. I want to take the time to thank my crew guys Mike, Cody, Mikey, Dad, Don, and Hicky for all their hard work and dedication. In addition thank you to Shawn for all of the help at the track and the shop and to Paul for all the great motor work. I also want to take the time to thank all of my sponsors for everything this season and standing behind me this season. Gettysburg Trading Post, Republican Club of Hanover, Apple Automotive, 911 Rapid Response, North Branch Golf Cart Sales, Fk Rod Ends, Choice Family Pharmacy, Garrick Jewelers, Kevin Quirk Racewear, Martins Excavating plus Snow Removal, Hooker Harness seat belts, Momentum racing suspensions, JE Pistons, Total Seal, RT 30 Seafood, Schaffers Oil by Doug Smith, PA Powder Custom Powder Coating, Aria Helmets, Chix Gear Racewear, Do's by Dawn, Middleton's Siding & Roofing, Rucker Computer Solutions. I also want to thank the Beerhill gang for holding a fundraiser for us at the Quaker Steak and Lube this year and would also like to thank everyone for the support this year. I also want to thank Chad Baker for doing a great job on our 9-11 tribute car with providing great vinyl and by helping apply everything. We hope to come back next year with some better luck and better results.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Ashley was feeling a bit nervous knowing the first race was approaching but yet the adrenaline was pumping. The team worked hard at the shop Friday night getting everything ready to perform on Saturday. The team fired the car up on Saturday evening to make sure there were no issues with anything and double checked each part from front to back. On the way to the track the butterflies and adrenaline was in full effect. "The biggest thing I was worried about was the pill draw, if you draw a bad pill its hard to make it up on the track, Ashley said". Shortly before turning into the track, traffic was lined up, a car accident with another race teams trailer had 30 backed up, Cappetta gets out to see whats going on and to make sure everyone was okay and to make sure there was someone there to direct traffic. Few minutes later fire police 33 was dispatched, as many of you know Ashley is a volunteer with United Hook & Ladder 33 ,  Ashley and her uncle both were directing traffic before the races started. After that was done Cappetta hurried into the track to go pull her pill and go do what else she needed to do. Luckily the pill was already drawn and it was number 3! "It was like 400 bricks were dropped off my shoulders knowing that one of my crew guys pulled a good pill for once, Ashley said". Went out for hot laps and the car felt great. Ashley and team decided not to change to much to the car, and it was a good thing they didn't. Cappetta won her first ever heat race win of her career. There was excitement about the heat win but the night wasn't over yet so we had to move on from the happiness and get back to work. Ashley had to redraw for the feature and drew #3 for the feature event. The butterflies and adrenaline were kicking in again, it took 2 or 3 restarts to get lap one down. Cappetta came home with a 4th place finish. It was a great night for the team. Special Thanks to:  911 Rapid Response, Garrick Jewelers, Team Dirt Dog, Davis Massage Therapy, Hooker Harness,  Wades Wood & Tree Removal, Jet Response, FK Rod Ends, Choice Family Pharmacy, L&M Tire & Wheel, High Groove Photos, TK Embroidery, Middletons Siding & Roofing, Rucker Computer Solutions, The Ultimate Dirt Track Coloring Book, MotoOption, Schaeffers Oil, Countryside Auto Sales, Hanks Performance, Capitol Renegade, Pa Powder Custom Powder Coating. We will return to Lincoln in 2 weeks for the next 358 sprint car show!

Monday, September 22, 2014

After competing in a two race weekend, Ashley Cappetta Racing is done for the season. Ashley knew going into the weekend her family has been fighting some health complications, which led to a strong decision of Ashley to let Lincoln’s race on September 20th be the last for 2014. The team and Ashley discussed the decision and agreed to regroup for next season.

This season has had some high and lows for our team but it defiantly was one of the best seasons we’ve had since starting. We were able to compete at every race at Lincoln Speedway this year, one at Trail-way Speedway, and two at Williams Grove Speedway. Ashley got some best career finishes this year, followed by a 6th place points finish at Lincoln, and voted Central PA 358 Point Series Most Popular Driver.

We would like  to thank all of our sponsors individually for all of their support and dedication with our team this season, Under the Sun Landscapes, Hollingers Sports N Turf, Garrick Jewelers, Roush Yates Performance Products, Kims Kreations, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffer’s Oil, Bell Helmets, Radical RaceGear, Classic Ink USA, Choice Family Pharmacy, Davis Massage Therapy, Pa Powder Custom PowderCoating, Hooker Harness, Simpson Race Products, Rucker Computer Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Fudge Creek, Middleton’s Siding & Roofing, L&M Tire & Wheel, Gettysburg Trading Post, High Groove Photos, Spy Optic, XXX Race Co, Slick Products, MotoOption, Shell Shock Helmet Painting, Replay, CRC Products, Artwerks, Teddy Bear Sportswear, Auto Glass Technology, OMS Racing, Up to Speed Graphics, Sprintcar Girls, Panchos Racing Products, Clays Service Center, DirtDog Media. We also would like to thank my 9-11 sponsors as well, Staubs Photography, Emigs 81 Diner, Mikes Towing, L&L Ford, Tached Out Designs, Capitol Renegade, Gallos Pizza, Sun Auto Sales. Thank you to the sponsors who sponsored both cars. Big thanks to Kristina Chambers, Kathy & Don Kimmey, Dave Kane, Marty from Midway, Zach Taylor, Kourtney Humbert, mom & dad, Uncle Jim, Shawn Norris, Paul Felsch, Uncle Rob, Brooke Elicker, John Hall, Larry Stough, Ben, Wayne Dutterer, Sue Schrum, and all of our great fans for supporting us each week.

In conclusion, all in all it was a great learning year for Ashley and the team. We may not have won a feature but we are reaching towards that goal more and more every week as a team. Next year we will return stronger and prepared to learn even more in 2015. Thank you everyone for your support.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Some of you may remember the 9-11 tribute car that we fielded in 2012. We lost a lot of great people during 9-11. Not only that but everyday great volunteers are taken from us doing their duty. Volunteer's in the Emergency Services & Military aren't given enough credit that they deserve. A lot of fans and pit crew members, even drivers in our sport of racing are or were in the reserves. Either a fire fighter, paramedic, police officer, or a soldier. Without all of these people we wouldn't have a loved on or our own lives to live.

Therefore our race team decided to put a 9-11 tribute car together for everyone who served. It means so much to our team to see those who served for our country to smile and feel recognized for their service at the track. The first year we did the car we had 10 sponsors on board. It was great to have those companies help us be apart of this. The most memorable part of this car was pacing the car around the track for the national anthem with a flag on the back.

We are more then happy to bring this car back this season on September 6th at Lincoln Speedway. The car has a new and improved 9-11 scheme on it for this season. We also will have shirts available with the car on the back, license plates, decals, and much more! ACR would like to thank the following companies for being on board for this event, Midway Volunteer Emergency Services, L&M Tire & Wheel, Capitol Renegade, L&L Ford, Tached Out Designs, Gettysburg Trading Post, Gallo's Pizza, High Groove Photos, Mikes Towing, Staubs Photography, OMS Racing, Rucker Computer Solutions, Classic Ink USA, Karen Loftice, Gene Franckowiak, Sun Sale Autos, Emigs 81 Diner, 

Monday, August 04, 2014

The tough luck continues for Ashley Cappetta Racing and driver, Ashley Cappetta as we recapped last week that the luck in pulling pill draws has been a rough go for them this season. The team went to Lincoln this past Saturday with the high hopes to put that behind them and focus on continuing to improve and have a good solid night at the race track.

The pill draw was the least of the worries of the team as they had pulled one of the best pill numbers they have seen all season long and Ashley’s 89 358 sprint car would sit on the pole in her heat race. Sounds like a great start to the night, right? Well, that’s not necessarily how it all started out and that tough luck hurt…big time. Ashley fractured her finger and almost needed to go to hospital to get the bleeding to stop which would jeopardize their racing for the night. The bleeding did indeed stop and Ashley suited up and planned on racing through the pain like a pro.

In the heat race, Ashley lined up and started from the pole position and would try to win the heat and solidify herself with a great starting spot in the night’s 358 feature. The crew worked hard to help get the car ready and the green flag waved on the heat race. Throughout the heat, the car was just a little too tight for Ashley and the track’s liking but; she held on to bring home a solid 3rd place finish in the heat.

It was time to line up and race the feature at Lincoln Speedway. Ashley started 2nd in the feature and the team and driver were hopeful for a great finish to end the bad luck. Unfortunately, bad luck really struck when Ashley felt a serious vibration in the right front.  Ashley told us that “It almost felt like the right front tire and wheel was gonna fly off” and she had no choice but to pull in because the car couldn’t steer right and they had a broken shock bolt which was causing a shock to dangle. That’s how the night would end for the team.

Ashley Cappetta Racing will be back in action this coming Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. The team will use all of this as motivation to come back to the track and be better than ever and continue to learn and grow with the sport.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The struggle is real in sprint car racing and not every race team is blessed with an endless budgets and have it all at their finger tips. Ashley and ACR has hit some of those struggles within their season. Pill Draws can be any driver’s nightmare but that has become a real life nightmare for the 89 team.

Ashley has felt a little down about the positions but her head is not hanging and each week there’s more and more work to be done. The team works hard every Friday night to come up with a plan to get the car better and to have better communication. The team has been getting a lot better with communication and the car is more responsive.

We have seen this team battle in the dirt and make something happen on the track. Ashley and the team have been able to battle through the struggles of the B Main and make the feature to post solid finishes. The fight and determination is there and that luck of the pill draw will change. This team isn’t giving up and will never give up. They are hoping to put the car in victory lane sometime soon this year, going to keep aiming for that goal.

Friday, March 21, 2014

By CATHERINE HOGUE: After a 2013 season riddled with struggle, Ashley Cappetta Racing is ready to tackle the 2014 racing season with a fresh attitude and desire to succeed. Fuel and motor issues hampered the beginning of ACR’s season and a bad crash set the team back financially. They needed to replace their motor and all-in-all, had to miss a few races due to all the issues. However, ACR is back, better and stronger and ready to race. The team is working with a new engine builder and is excited to see what kind of power they will have for 2014. After a practice session at Lincoln Speedway this past weekend, idle and brake issues were addressed and Ashley said the car felt great. The team is resolved to working even harder than they have the past two seasons and will spend more time at the shop preparing for weekend races. ACR will race a full season at Lincoln Speedway but also hopes to make appearances at other tracks, such as Susquehanna Speedway, Trail-way Speedway, and maybe even taking on the challenge of Williams Grove Speedway. They recognize that success does not come without hard work and have dedicated themselves to their own personal improvement. ACR would like to thank all their sponsors and fans, without whom, all of this would not be possible. Each and every one helps to contribute to the team’s growth and they are thankful for everyone who plays a part in what they do. “I plan on coming out with a new, positive attitude and can’t wait to see what this season brings,” Ashley said.

Monday, September 09, 2013

With this past Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway being ACR’s last race of the 2013 season, we would like to send a huge ‘thank you’ out to everyone that has helped make this team what it is. We would be nowhere without our sponsors and we greatly appreciate everything they do. Thank you to our sponsors for staying with us despite the difficulties and challenges we faced this season. It was a rough season with many ups and downs but the support we received from our amazing sponsors, crew members, and fans helped us push through the complications. We never let our spirits get defeated and have grown stronger and more resilient as a team because of it. ACR will be back in 2014 with an all-new game plan which will remain under wraps until the beginning of the season. Once again, thank you to everyone who supported the team and we look forward to a better, more productive season next year! Special thanks to FK Rod Ends, Under the Sun Landscapes, Sterner Rental Properties, MotoOption Clothing, Slick Products, Rucker Computer Solutions, Kevin Quirk Apparel, Teddy Bear Sportswear, Laboratory analytical biological services, Rick Kohler Photography, Choice Family Pharmacy, Classic Ink Screenprinting, PA Powder Custom Powdercoating, XXX Race Co, Moose Blocks, Middletons Siding and Roofing, Gettysburg Trading Post, Hooker Harness, East Berlin Beverage, Sun Sale Auto, Countryside Auto Sales, Emigs 81 Diner, Moreno’s Welding, Schaffers Oil, L&M Tire and Wheel, Craig Mintz Designs, York Floor, Reckless Tattoo, Delco Signs, ABM Services, Clays Service Center, Bell Helmets, Simpson Racing Products, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, and everyone involved to help us.

Written by: Catherine Hogue

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It doesn't feel like its real that Jason was taken away so early in life. I met Jason last year at the World Finals in NC real nice guy, never did I think he would be racing sprint cars around the PA area at that time either. That's when I really got to know who Jason Leffler was when he came to race in PA. He is one of the nicest drivers I ever met in all honesty. Real down to earth and he ALWAYS had a smile on his face. The best memory I have with him is him telling me good luck with my racing for that weekend that we talked. I was so honored I got to meet him and consider him as a friend. It just breaks my heart for his son Charlie Dean and his family. All I know is I'm going to work harder then ever to do the best I can like Jason would like me to do. I want to make him proud. God gained a wonderful father, driver, and person. Rest in Peace LEFturn. It was a honor knowing you and I will never forget you.  #13

Please continue the prayers for Jason's family especially Charlie Dean.


Monday, June 10, 2013

It’s been nothing but bad luck so far this year for the team.  Struggling with fuel issues in the beginning of the year. Followed by a broken lifter and push rod. Then a broken steering box. The team has been trying to get the bugs figured out each week and lately nothing but bad luck has been on the team’ side but that’s part of racing. Ashley had a bad wreck last week in turn 1 and 2 on the start of the race demolishing 90% of the car. Ashley kept strong during the week trying to rebuild the team with her crew, and crew chief to come back even stronger. The team put together a new car which is a Triple X Chassis after warm ups Ashley said she liked the car better already which was a plus. Started 9th in the heat race and finished 8th the motor was not running good at all in the heat Ashley stated “it just didn’t want to take off, I had the throttle to the floor and it just wouldn’t go”. The team knew something was wrong so they changed what they could to get Ashley out for the consolation event. The #89 started 5th in the consolation event and on lap 1 Ashley realized she had a fuel leak but that didn’t stop her any. Ashley said she ran the car as hard as she could and it defiantly proved the car was running well she finished 3rd. Lining up for the feature Ashley heard the motor not sounding to great so she decided to start 24th instead of 21st out of respect for the 3 drivers that follow aside and behind her. Good thing she did lap 2 of the feature the motor was running on 6 cylinders. The team leaked the motor down finding the issue of a bent valve and broken lifter possibly damaging the cam. This was probably an issue that was started from Ashley’s flip last weekend.  However, the engine will be getting looked at and hopefully being fixed this week for ACR to race a 2 race weekend at Lincoln Speedway and Susquehanna Speed Park. We want to thank all of our sponsors for standing behind us after such a bad start for this season but its apart of the sport we love so much. Thank you also to all of our supportive fans.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Ashley and team are getting the car together as the season is approaching quickly. The team is very excited to start a full season racing a few different tracks this season Lincoln Speedway, Susquehanna Speedway Park, and Trail-way Speedway.
Ashley said " I can't wait to get this season started. With about 15 races under my belt last year I'm ready to see what I can do behind the wheel this year". Ashley Cappetta Racing would like to welcome back the her returning sponsors from last season: Sterner Rental Properties, FK Rod Ends, Countryside Auto Sales, L&M Tire & Wheel Inc, PA Powder Custom Powder Coating, Superior Collision Worx, Gettysburg Trading Post, Rucker Computer Solutions, Music Promotions, Simpson Race Products, Hanks Performance, Moose Blocks, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems.
We would also like to welcome the new sponsors for this season: MotoOption Clothing, Choice Family Pharmacy, Sun Auto Sales, Spy Optic, Slick Cleaning Products, Panchos Racing Products, Epic Action Camera, Bell Helmets.

New merchandise will be available soon as well.

Thank you for all the support.

Friday, November 23, 2012

It was a blessing that our motor problem was resolved and Ashley was able to get behind the wheel at Susquehanna Speedway Park on the 10th of November. After starting 11th in the heat race Ashley got a 9th place finish, but she didn’t give up. Starting 7th in the consolation race, Ashley finished in the 5th position transferring to the main event. With starting 23rd in the main event Ashley came home with a 16th place finish. Ashley said “It was one of the best races she had all season”.

Here is a small announcement from Ashley wrapping up her first year behind the wheel of a 358 sprint car.

I personally want to thank all of my sponsors for being behind me all season. With having absolutely no driving experience it truly means a lot. I also want to thank all of my crew members for helping me this year without each and every single one of you the car wouldn’t be able to perform on the track. I can’t thank Shawn enough for the greatest setups that got me adjusted to the car better. Don for all of his hard work between tires, fuel, wiping mud, setting spacers, and making sure everything is right before going on the track. My dad for being a great supporter and doing everything he can to help me. Kathy for making sure I have the line ups before each event. Thank you fans for all of your support as well! For the 2013 season I plan on running Lincoln Speedway every Saturday and some other selected shows.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ashley would like to thank everyone who has helped her live her dream of racing a 358 sprint car this year. Without each and every person that has given my team support from day 1 I wouldnt been able to race this year. Sadly our season is at an end. I learned a good bit this year and cant wait to return for the 2013 season. We are seeking sponsorship for the 2013 season as well. If you are interested in being apart of ACR you can contact her at! Thank you everyone for your support it means a lot!
Ashley finished 16th in points out of 44 cars at Trailway Speedway this season.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On September 8th Ashley Cappetta Racing will be doing a tribute car for the emergency service volunteers who served on 911. if you are interested in sponsoring this even please contact Ashley at or via Facebook messaging for phone number to reach her. Thank you and God Bless!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Ashley had a great night at Lincoln Speedway for the 1st time and being her 6th race ever. The car was a little loose in the heat and Ashley was still learning the track but in the consi she didnt give up to make the feature and she did. She started 24th and came home with finishing 16th and winning the hard charger award!

Friday, May 25, 2012

After being behind the wheel for a handful of races each week Ashley gets more and more comfortable. Last weekend at Trail-way was one of Ashley’s best races starting at the rear of the field which was 20th and came under the checkered at 12th. She said if her right rear tire wouldn’t have worn down she may have finished top ten or better. She will be back in action Friday again at Trail-Way Speedway

Monday, March 05, 2012

At a young age Ashley’s dream was to become a sprint car driver. At the age of 16 she started piecing together her own 358 sprint car. The more days that went by the harder Ashley would work to make her dream come true. Spending days after school trying to get sponsorship and some people answered her prayers. Not only did Ashley want to become a sprint car driver, she wanted to help out The Breast Cancer Foundation and that's what she started to do. Between putting a percentage of her sponsorship money, to selling pins, and advertising race for a cure. Ashley says “If I can make my dream come true why not make others come true also?”.

Finally after 2 years of leafing together her first sprint car she will be testing on October 30th at Trail-way Speedway. Ashley says “ I cant thank everyone enough who has become a part of my team, every second of anyone's time is treasured to me, especially helping someone with no experience behind the wheel before”. Thank you to all sponsors, family, and friends for your support.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ashley and team are preparing for the 2012 racing season to get her ready to live her dream. The team placed the #89 in the York Dirt Trackin show winning The Best of Show award in the Open Wheel Division. The team was very excited about placing first in the show and is preparing for the next show at Motorama on February 18-19th. Ashleys first test session date as of now is March 13th at Trailway Speedway following Williams Grove Speedway on March the 18th. Ashley would like to thank everyone for helping her accomplish her dream and hope to see you all at the track soon!