Merisa Rose, a senior at Melissa High School, won the 2013 Grayson County Speedway Mini Stock Championship on Aug. 31, becoming only the second female and first teenage female to hold the track championship title in 39 years.

Grayson County Speedway is a quarter-mile semi-banked dirt oval

track racing five class of cars. Each driver receives a number of points after each race that accumulate throughout the season and determines who will become the next track champion.

The 2013 season consisted of 23 race nights with a total of 14 mini stock entries, ranging from adult men and women to 12-year-old kids. Rose finished in the top five each night and won three features with three 3 heat wins.She completed the season with 805 points with 2nd place finishing at 721 points.

Rose began racing in 2012 with the Young Guns Shootout series. This series was established for junior racers, ages 12-16, to have a show of their own. In her first year of competition, Rose was awarded Rookie of the Year and finished eighth in points. That Rose is talented behind the wheel should come as no big surprise as she comes from a family of racers. Her great-grandfather raced in the 1940s in Northern California, as did her grandfather in the 1970s. She grew up at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a racetrack where her father competed for 10 years. Rose’s dreams to make it to the big leagues and one day have her name added to the list of racing legends.