Ashton Thompson has been burning rubber since the age of 6. Now at 22 her impressive racing resume and passion for motorsports stand out in the male-dominated racing field. On today’s episode, Ashton takes time out of her busy racing schedule to talk to Hazard Girls Host Emily Soloby about the challenges and rewards of her career as a rising star in racing. These include the physical demands of being a race car driver, the stress her busy schedule puts on her family and friends, and the physical dangers. It’s all in a day’s work for Ashton. Emily and Ashton also discuss her off-track activities which, as CEO of Ashton Thompson Racing, include her efforts to build an all-female racing team supported by female-owned businesses. Don’t miss this special episode of the Hazard Girls podcast.
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Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.
For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.
Ashton started racing when she was just 6 years old. She quickly made a name for herself moving up through the ranks and beating the boys. Ashton became the first female to ever start a USAC Quarter Midget Race. Ashton stopped racing in 2009 due to the recession and financial struggles. However, the passion continued to burn and Ashton got back into racing a few years ago. She’s followed her passion and has been able to make a career out of racing. “My main goal is to create a female-based race team that is supported by female-owned businesses.”-Ashton
Ashton has a degree in psychology and became the 1st Athletic Ambassador for the NOCC. This January Ashton will take on the 37th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals, this is a huge step in her career to be able to attend this event! 2023 looks to be an even bigger year for Ashton by being able to go full-time USAC Midget and Sprint car racing all across the United States.
1st female to ever qualify on the pole at the Salem Speedway
USSA Kenyon Midget Top 10 in points
1st Athletic Ambassador for the NOCC