Huge Race this weekend. The Miller 200 is this weekend (8/4/12). Jess last year was the first ever female to qualify and now she is going back for her second year.



17 Year Old, Jessica Dana is Competing in the “Biggest Race on the West Coast”


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Height: 5'2"
Birthdate: 12/22/94
Birthplace: Olympia, WA
Hometown: Tumwater, WA
Mission/Goal: Continue to change history and break records in the racing industry.
Car: Chevy Impala SS, NASCAR Super Late Model
Career Highlights: First season, finished 5 top SS, in the late-model series, in NASCAR
Driving Style: WFO - Wide Freaking Open
Story: I began riding ATVs at 4 yearrs old and then racing them at 8, two months after sitting in a go-kart for the first time I finished in the top-5 at the 2009 Indoor Kart Championships. The youngest female ever to race in the prestigious Miller 200 at South Sound Speedway in Tenino, WA. At 17, I finished 11th after starting deep in the field. Over a one-month period in the spring of 2010, I took part in charity kart races and beat both 4-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and extreme motorsports star Travis Pastrana. I am having a blast in Motorsports with my friends and family.
Who_started_you: My Father
Fathers_Thoughts: Loves It
Your_encouragement: Fight for First!
Description: Nationally known for defeating four-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon and Xtreme motorsports super star Travis Pastrana in charity Karting events in her first 6 months in the sport. Moving from 365 pound, 32 horsepower Karts to 2900 pound 600 horsepower Super Late Model stock cars, Jessica recorded 5 top 5 finishes in 10 starts. Jessica will be a Senior at Tumwater High School next fall and plans to continue to make history this summer competing in her, OBEE Credit Union, Dana Commercial, Pints and Quarts, Rivers Edge, Print Northwest, 94.5 Roxy, Fusion Graphix, Putnam Lieb, and Knight Fire Impala SS.


Home of the youngest female driver to Qualify for the Miller 200, at age 16. 2012 is her 2nd season in Late-Model Stock Cars, making history at age 17.


 17 Year Old, Jessica Dana is Competing in the “Biggest Race on the West Coast”

Washington’s 17 year old racing sensation has entered her second season of racing in the Nascar Super Late Model Series, and is announcing today that she will be competing with the Dana Commercial Super Late Model Race Car, in the 200 lap, Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway; Monroe, Washington, on June 29th and the 30th, 2012.

With just 14 races under her belt, the Super Speedway of the West will be Jessica’s first experience with speeds approaching 150 mph and first ever experience on the 5/8 mile track.

“I loved the track and the people at Evergreen,” said Jessica, after her first ever appearance this year at Evergreen, on the 3/8 mile track. Jessica and fellow teenage female racer Molly Helmuth were pole and outside pole respectively on the second main event of the night, to the crowd’s delight. For the first time in the history of Evergreen Speedway, two women competed in the region’s top class.

Jessica’s father and JDR’s team manager, Troy Dana said “We are excited about the Summer Show Down. Doug Hobbs and his team at Evergreen Speedway put on a great race. Our expectations are fairly modest at this point, given the caliber of the teams who have already signed up for the event. Our biggest concern is for safety given the increased speed, the 40 mile per hour Karts, from a year ago, were a lot less stressful,” (Troy Dana, 2012).

Doug Hobbs, owner of High Road Promotions and Evergreen Speedway states, “We are thrilled about Speed-week, June 25th to June 30th. This will be the largest race on the West Coast. We are thrilled to have tour, track and regional Champions competing with young stars like Jessica Dana, Garret Archer, Braeden Havens and Molly Helmuth. This event will truly showcase the present and future of our sport,” (Doug Hobbs, 2012).


  • Track record holder at Apex Karting both directions
  • Track record holder for Rotax Senior Class at PGP clockwise full track
  • Track record holder for Tag Senior Class at PGP both directions
  • 1st place winter championship 2011, PGP for TaG Senior Class
  • 2nd place spring championship at PGP for Rotax Senior Class
  • Defeated Jeff Gordon in Charlotte, NC and qualified 1st
  • Raced in the 24 hours of Charlotte at VLK
  • Raced the Richard Petty’s Kings Cup event, team finished 6th
  • Sand Drags ATV: Dune Fest 1st Place kids class
  • Sand Drags ATV 1st place Index class
  • 4th Rotax senior race set track record, qualified first won the heat and the main
  • 1st place championship in medium weight class at apex karting, indoor
  • 2nd place championship in light weight class at apex karting, indoor
  • 3rd place championship in light weight class at apex karting, indoor


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