MT: Molly Rhoads to compete in new series

American Speed Association Endorses Rhoads for Midwest Tour DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 21, 2007) -- Molly Rhoads, 24, of Hastings, MN, has signed on with the American Speed Association Midwest Tour for the 2007 season. "The ASA Midwest Tour will...

American Speed Association Endorses Rhoads for Midwest Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 21, 2007) -- Molly Rhoads, 24, of Hastings, MN, has signed on with the American Speed Association Midwest Tour for the 2007 season. "The ASA Midwest Tour will give me a chance to showcase my talent next to some of the best drivers at the nicest tracks throughout the Midwest," stated a cheerful Rhoads about the season ahead. Molly was invited to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in October 2006 where she tested a Busch Series car in front of team owners scouting for talent. Rhoads was fourth place in season points at Raceway Park (MN) in 2006 in only her third season in a late model. She also placed ninth in the Minnesota Late Model Challenge Series in the same year. Rhoads was the 2004 NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year at Raceway Park and holds the title of the highest qualifying female in a Midwest All-Star Racing Series race with a ninth place time. Molly has been voted top sportsman and most popular driver on several occasions.

"Molly is one of the most tenacious female drivers I have met. Always a fan favorite where ever she goes and an honor to have her competing for Rookie of the Year in our program," commented ASA Midwest Tour President Tim Olson, respectfully.

Rhoads holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin -- River Falls, earned in 2004.

Both Molly and brother AJ, 27, will be competing on the entire American Speed Association Midwest Tour and are registrants for the elite Touring Stars program. "My brother started racing when he was 14 at Elko (MN) Speedway in the Bomber division. Since then he has raced pretty much every division at many different tracks. For the last few years he competed in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Series.

The Rhoads siblings are first generation racers. "When AJ started racing, my twin sister Megan and I always went along to help him. When we turned 16, AJ had both Megan and I test his Bomber car. I had the fastest laps and was given the chance to drive his car the following year. I haven't gotten out of racing cars since."

The eight-year racing veteran is thrilled not only to compete with the hottest drivers in the region, but with her brother as well. "We have not had the opportunity to race with each other very often in late models so this year should be very interesting. AJ and I consider ourselves a family operation but keep our teams very separate and think of each other as one of our biggest competitors."

Rhoads concluded joyously, "The ASA Midwest Tour is the next big thing to hit the Midwest and I am very excited to be a part of it."

-credit: asa

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