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The Next Generation of Racing ~ An Interview with Team Ashcraft

Meet Team Ashcraft

Interview by Tess aka Mrs QuickTrick

Mark,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your business and your philanthropy side. What you do is so important to our industry and community. We know this is a busy time for you and the team, so thank you again for taking time to share with the QuickTrick family.

First, we know you are a veteran owned business.  How did you go from Military service to the motorsports industry?

Mark:  I’ve always had a knack for motorsport/powersports ever since I was little, racing micro sprints and SXS myself. Shortly after getting out of the Army is when my daughter started racing and it became a little more than just a hobby. In 2020 is when we officially started Ashcraft Motorsports, selling parts, and offering repair and maintenance on motorsports/powersports.

Your website offers a number of great products, maintenance advice and more. How did you get started supporting young women in motorsports?

Mark:  With my daughter being just one of a few girls in our local area racing and going to different tracks around the country seeing that there were only a handful at a time led me to supporting the up-and-coming women racers. We started with just offering up help with current equipment, to sponsoring cars to now offering our own scholarship to support high school students.

Can you tell us a bit about the scholarship and how it helps support the girls?

Mark:  The vision is to grow an inclusive community of like-minded young women who can thrive in the male-dominated spaces of automotive, motorsports and off-roading. Built on fun, shared passion and access to an exhilarating motorsports experience. The scholarship is setup to encourage more young women to enroll in an Automotive Motorsport program. We are offering $1000+ cash and/or tools to the selected student.

What made you choose motorsports as a hobby and what do you like and dislike about the sport?

Memarie

Memarie (13 yrs.): A dislike is that there is a stigma out there that girls can’t race and be successful. Because of this some girls are put into less performing equipment, so car owns can just say “look, I support females” but in reality, it hurt us. A like is how close the racing community is, friends become family really quick and although we battle on the track, off the track we will do whatever it takes to help each other out.

 

 

 

 

 

Riley (15 yrs.): I’m often asked why I’m so interested in motorsports. It’s simple – motorsports is one of the most complex and thrilling sports out there, requiring true dedication and commitment. While some may think driving in circles is easy, any true racer knows that competing in motorsports demands physical and mental strength, as well as a willingness to take on danger. Not everyone is brave enough to strap into a rocket and face off against the most skilled drivers in the country. To excel in this sport, it takes rigorous training, both on and off the track. I hit the gym five times a week and practice at the track on weekends to sharpen my skills and build my strength. I’m interested in this sport because nothing else gives me quite the same adrenaline rush that racing does. As Ernest Hemingway once said, “That’s why there are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering. The rest are merely games.

What do you find is the biggest challenge in supporting our younger generation?

Mark: Honestly, I would have to say social media. Everything is under a microscope and for every one supporter you have two haters whereas “back in the day” the circle was quite a bit smaller.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do with the team?

Mark:  You would think winning would be here, but I would have to say it’s the engagement from the next round of young girls that look up to them, win or lose. Watching them become role models, mentors and “big sisters” to continue to grow the positive environment, which is the most rewarding.

What do the girls think of setting up the QuickTrick and reading their own measurements?

Mark: Anything to make setting up easy they like, setting up QuickTrick at the shop or track is easy and allows for quick adjustment whether it be routine or after a crash. Using quicktrick and measuring tires are how the girls’ learned fractions.

What advice would you give to anyone interested in getting into the sport or supporting youth in motorsports?

Mark: For kids, reach out to a local club in something like quarter midgets and build a strong concept, understanding and fundamentals of motorsports. Don’t rush growth, even if you think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread the reality of having “natural talent” is small. Enjoy your time and the learning process.

How can others support your efforts?

Mark: For the racing team, we are offering a monthly subscription support tiers at  https://dirtcrowd.com/Drivers/ashcraft-motorsports-racing/

We also have merch were all proceeds go back to the team at Ashcraftmotorsportsracing.com

For the scholarship we often hold raffles or take donations at Ashcraftmotorsportsscholarship.org

We are truly proud to be one of your supporters. We hope this interview will bring more support for the scholarship and more.

Thanks for sharing and being part of the QuickTrick family.

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QuickTrick invites you, the extended family, to help support these young ladies and many more in the future.  Lots of links below.

Support Mark and the team at the following links:

Store:  https://ashcraftmotorsports.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashcraftmotorsportsracing

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/ashcraft_motorsports_racing/

SCHOLARSHIP FUND – https://ashcraftmotorsportsscholarshipfund.framer.website/

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