Behind the Wheel
Kings Without Wings
ABBEY "THE ABBINATOR" PRICE MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FOR XCEL CHASSIS 600 MODIFIED SERIES
Goals have always been a part of the life of Abbey Price. What is most important are these goals have always been realistic and within reach. When I first met Abbey I was impressed with the way Abbey was not afraid to ask questions but also listen and take the advice to heart. I asked her what she expected and her first words being 'I want to be Rookie of the Year and the first girl to do it" with such conviction it wouldn't surprise me at all.
The Xcel Chassis tour division offered Abbey the opportunity to develop her driving skills while running thru out the northeast . One of the most popular drivers in the series was impressed how Abbey improved week in and week out. "Abbey was full of questions all season. Kids her age don't necessarily take the advice but each week I saw her improve and be more confident at each race." said modified driver Brian Mady," She's a great ambassador to the series and racing in general."
When you take a look at her racing resume and all she has accomplished in such a short racing career makes you wonder how far she can go. In her first year of quarter midgets she accumulated 13 wins and 23 top 3's. By her second year, she was the Pennsylvania Quarter Midget Jr. Outlaw Regional Champ. In 2011 she moved to the sling shots and garnered herself 2 rookie titles, Wyalusing Jr. Champ and the Tobias Slingshot Jr., in one year.
During the 2011off season Chip, Abbey's dad, and Abbey sat down and mapped out her 2012 season. They decided the 600 modifieds would help advance Abbey in her racing career and still maintain a level of affordability. " Abbey is always learning life lessons thru her racing," exclaimed Chip," As her father I try to teach her you can reach your goals and you will make mistakes along the way. It's how you handle those mistakes that will define you."
After clinching the Rookie of the Year title with 5 races left into the season I asked Abbey what her next goal would be. "My goal is to finish in the top ten in the races we have left this year. The rest of the year will be to get ready for the 2013 season with the Patios 4 You sponsored #9 and to hit some of the shows over the winter. My dad and I have secured sponsorship with a bunch of companies. I need to thank Signature Structures, N&P-P Co., Huntington Oil Co., Hat Creek Retrievers, Joel Renner Power washing D C Helms Inc., Don's Racing Websites, Dr. Kathleen Fallon Kline, Owl's Nest Gun & Bow Shop and of course my family."
Abbey is committed in bringing awareness to autism with her involvement with Autism Awareness and is putting together a fundraiser as we speak. School is always a part of Abbey's everyday life participating in all aspects of music while maintaining some of the highest grade averages. "I'm always doing something and keep pretty busy. My racing takes me to different places and I'm always meeting new people. I hope when I'm older I can look back and know that somehow some way I made a difference."
As far as I can tell she has already made a difference and look forward to following her career in racing and beyond. To support her charity of choice and keep up to date with Abbey's progress go to her website abbeyprice.com.
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