SEATTLE, Washington — Roosevelt High School senior, Molly Helmuth, locked up Washington State Rookie of the year on championship night at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. on Sept. 15, 2012. The 17-year-old became the youngest female driver in the Super Late-Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to earn the Wash. title. “I couldn’t ask for anything better. This was what the Molly Helmuth Race team was striving to get all season long and we got it,” said Molly. “I got t-boned on the passenger door on the second lap in the second race. I was frustrated but with the help from my crewmen and other teams, we got it fixed. I wasn’t going to let my goal go for something like this. “
Helmuth raced in 11 of the 12 races averaging 19 cars at Evergreen Speedway, finishing 8th in points out of 35 drivers with 8 top ten finishes. Molly accomplished her career-best late-model finish with a third-place finish and her first podium on Sept. 1, 2012. “This was such an amazing and tough year,” said Molly. “ I couldn’t ask for a better team! My crew chief, Greg Bennett, mechanics Doug Bennett and Rich Palmer and tire man, Toby Jenkins put in long hours to get the cars ready for me and to pull off this milestone.”
Winning the Washington state Rookie of the Year will get Molly an invite to Charlotte, N.C. for the annual NASCAR Awards Banquet as a late-model racer. “I am excited to make this trip with my parents and Doug Hobbs, president of Evergreen Speedway, and his wife Traci,” said Molly. “My family, crew, sponsors and fans have been a huge support to help me keep my head up. I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and dedication to my career. The people I have met and the knowledge I have acquired has made me a stronger person and driver.”
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