Friendly competition brews between mother, daughter racers

Friendly competition brews between mother, daughter racers

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 8:42 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- The Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, but the debate between mother and daughter wages on in one racing family.
 
Forty-year-old Master Series driver Jody Folice says she grew up around racing and is now passing the family tradition along to her daughter.

"I've always raced, so it's what I do," Folice said. "She's only been racing for a little while."
 
Folice's younger daughter, 14-year-old Ashley Caldwell, was also on the track in Concord this summer, driving on the Bandalero series.  Ashley's mom says her daughter likes to remind her who the best driver in the family is.

Jody said, "She has put her fourth place trophy in my bedroom, just to rub it in. Sometimes I do, just to mess around and get inside her head. It's fun."
 
Caldwell hopes to race on the Sprint Cup series some day, but adds she won't rely on her looks alone to get in a driver seat, like she feels some other female drivers before her have. When asked if she was a fan of Danica Patrick, Ashley said, "No, not really. I think that's she's only famous just because she is pretty. I want to win races, not just drive around and get wrecked all the time."  

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