Lancaster's Need for Speed

1 decade 2 months 2 weeks ago July 16, 2006 Jul 16, 2006 Sunday, July 16 2006 Sunday, July 16, 2006 9:48:37 PM CDT in Sports

For Team Lancaster it's not how fast they run, but the time they spend together.

"$4,000 for a racecar. $3,000 for a motor. Spending every weekend with my daughter is priceless," he said.

"This is what we do. This is our bonding time. We scream at each other a lot, but this is our bonding time," Ashlee agreed.

The connection started years ago and always involved racecars.

"I'd put her in her walker and we'd work on racecars," he described. "She'd come home greasy, nasty, filthy and dirty and she's been that way all her life."

"When she was 5 or 6 years old she started talking about wanting to be a racecar driver," he added.

"All I had to say was dad I want to get in the car and he was right there with me," Ashlee said.

The 17-year-old is in her second year of driving. She's got a heavy foot, and not just on the track.

"On the race track she doesn't bother me a bit. I wouldn't ride with her from here to the end of the parking lot on the street," Kenny mentioned.

Ashlee Lancaster doesn't get nervous driving on the track. But she does carry a good luck charm with her, a horseshoe-pink of course.

The pink car and baby girl logo aren't intimidating, but Ashlee doesn't let the guys push her around.

"Not afraid of these guys. She's racing against guys that are older and have been doing this for years. She gets right in there with them. She won't back off and she won't let them around her. She's not afraid of them," added Jimmie Riggins, Lancaster #16 crew chief.

"My dad always says we're all the same weight when we get out there," she said.

Same size, but when it comes to the heart not many can match the Lancaster's love for the track.

"Last year when she won her first race down here I cried like a baby because she is absolutely my pride and joy," Kenny said.

Lancaster has experience with good drivers, a few years ago Kenny Lancaster used to work with Carl Edwards' racing team.

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