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The NHRA is all over the DANICA win, just wait till Ashley Force pulls it off, this is going to be BIG folks!
NHRA CONGRATULATES PATRICK ON HER INDYCAR SERIES VICTORY

GLENDORA, Calif. -- NHRA congratulates Danica Patrick on her recent
IndyCar Series victory in Japan, as she joins a long list of NHRA female
racers who have won major auto racing events dating back to the
mid-1970s.

NHRA's first major female winner was Shirley Muldowney, who earned a Top
Fuel victory in 1976. She has been followed by eight other women who
have won major national events in the 57-year history of NHRA. The most
recent, Peggy Llewellyn, became the first black woman to win an NHRA
race, claiming the Pro Stock Motorcycle victory in Dallas last October.
Angelle Sampey, who competes in Pro Stock Motorcycle, has the most NHRA
victories for a woman with 41. Muldowney, who earned 18 NHRA victories
in her career, and Sampey each have won three NHRA world championships.

Other women to earn NHRA professional-category victories are Lucille Lee
(Top Fuel), Lori Johns (Top Fuel), Shelly Anderson (Top Fuel), Cristen
Powell (Top Fuel), Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Melanie
Troxel (Top Fuel).

In 1966, Shirley Shahan officially broke the gender barrier in NHRA
competition by becoming the first woman to win a national event,
claiming a victory in Stock at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the
United States. According to an ESPN Sports Poll, NHRA is the second most
popular form of auto racing in the United States.

* * *

Women in NHRA Drag Racing, a brief history:


Female leaders in NHRA victories:

1. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 41 (first at Reading 1996, last
at Houston 2007)

2. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, 18 (first at Columbus 1976, last at
Phoenix 1989)

3. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 5 (first at Houston 2004, last
at Atlanta 2007)

4. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, 4 (first at Reading 1993, last at Seattle
1996)

Lori Johns, Top Fuel, 4 (first at Pomona 1 1990, last at Memphis 1991)

6. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, 3 (first at Pomona 1 2006, last at St.
Louis 2007)

7. Lucille Lee, Top Fuel, 1 (Atlanta 1982)

Cristen Powell, Top Fuel, 1 (Englishtown 1997)

Peggy Llewellyn, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 1 (Dallas 2007)



Female leaders in qualifying:

Angelle Sampey, PSM, 44 (first at Reading 1996, last at Reading 2007)

Shirley Muldowney, TF, 13 (first at Columbus 1976, last at Phoenix 1989)

Melanie Troxel, TF, 3 (first at Bristol 2006, last at Denver 2007)

Lucille Lee, TF, 1 (Denver 1982)

Lori Johns, TF, 1 (Denver 1991)

Shelly Anderson, TF, 1 (Pomona 2 1994)

Cristen Powell, TF, 1 (Seattle 1998)

Erica Enders, PS, 1 (Topeka 2006)



Female series world champions:

Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel -- 3, 1977, 1980, 1982

Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 3, 2000, 2001, 2002



Women in NHRA Notes:

* Barbara Hamilton was the first female to receive an NHRA license,
1964.

* Shirley Shahan was the first woman to win an NHRA national event,
1966, Stock at the

Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first woman to get her license in Top Fuel
and became the

first woman to clock a four-second run, 1989 NHRA Keystone Nationals,
Reading, Pa.,

4.974 seconds.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to advance to a final round in
Top Fuel, 1975

at Columbus, Ohio, lost to Marvin Graham.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to win in Top Fuel, 1976 at
Columbus, Ohio,

defeating Bob Edwards; She earned 18 career victories, second all-time
for females

behind Angelle Sampey (41).

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to qualify No. 1 in a pro
category, 1976 at

Columbus, Ohio, with a performance of 6.031 seconds, 229.00 mph.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first driver (either gender) in NHRA history
to repeat as Top

Fuel champion after her initial title in 1977 ('80 & '82).

* Shirley Muldowney was the only female driver to be included in NHRA's
list of top 50

drivers as part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2001. She was
ranked No. 5 on the

prestigious list ahead of Kenny Bernstein (No. 6) and Joe Amato (No. 9).

* Shirley Muldowney vs. Lucille Lee was the first and only all-female
Top Fuel final in

NHRA history, taking place in 1982 at Columbus, Ohio. Muldowney won.
Angelle

Sampey vs. Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle (Reading 2002) is the
only other allfemale

professional final in NHRA history. Sampey won.

* Angelle Sampey is the first female to win a championship in Pro Stock
Motorcycle (3

time champ-- 2000, 2001, 2002); Sampey also is the female pro competitor
with the

most victories, 41.

* Rachelle Splatt was the first female to clock a 300 mph run in NHRA
history, posting a

speed of 300.00 mph at Houston Raceway Park in 1994. On that run she
became the

16th and final member (only female member) of the Slick 50 300-MPH Club.

* Melanie Troxel is the quickest and fastest woman in NHRA history,
clocking a time of

4.458 seconds (Oct. '05, Dallas) with a career-best speed of 332.51 mph
(Feb. '07,

Pomona 1).

* Shelly Anderson is the first and only woman to win the NHRA Top Fuel
Shootout, a

lucrative bonus event for the quickest Top Fuel competitors. She won in
1994, her only

final round appearance in the event, and remains the only female to ever
advance to the

final for the Shootout. She also is the only female to have ever won an
NHRA bonus

event.

* Erica Enders is the only female to ever qualify for the K&N Horsepower
Challenge, a

special bonus event for Pro Stock drivers.

* No female driver has ever won in Funny Car or Pro Stock.

* No female driver has ever qualified No. 1 in Funny Car.

* Erica Enders became the first woman to advance to a final round in Pro
Stock at the

2005 Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near
Chicago. She

defeated Ron Krisher, Mike Edwards and Warren Johnson in early rounds
before losing

to Jason Line on a red-light start in the final. She advanced to her
second career final in

March 2006 at Gainesville, Fla., and also posted a runner-up finish, to
Tom Martino.

* Ashley Force became the first female driver to advance to a final
round in Funny Car at

Las Vegas 2 2007; She advanced to her second career final at Houston
2008 and third

at Las Vegas 1 2008.

* Erica Enders became the first woman to qualify No. 1 in Pro Stock
history at the 2006

O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.).

* Melanie Troxel (TF) and Erica Enders (PS) became the first women to
earn No. 1

qualifying positions in pro categories at the same national event
(Topeka 2006).

* Lucinda McFarlin, of Victoria, Texas, and Erica Enders, of Houston,
are the only

female Pro Stock drivers to win a round of eliminations in the 200-mph
category.

McFarlin defeated Don Beverley in the first round of the 1992 national
event at

Memphis, Tenn. for her only round win and Enders earned her first round
victory by

defeating Rickie Smith in the first round of the 2005 Toyo Tires NHRA
Nationals at

Reading, Pa. Judy Lilly, Shirley Shahan, and Shay Nichols have all
qualified for

NHRA events in Pro Stock, but did not win a round of eliminations.

* Women have won back-to-back national events during three seasons --
1982 when

Shirley Muldowney won Top Fuel at Gainesville, Fla. and then Lucille Lee
won the

next event at Atlanta; in 2004 when Karen Stoffer won Pro Stock
Motorcycle at Houston

and Angelle Sampey won the following event at Atlanta; and in 2007 when
Karen

Stoffer won at Gainesville, Angelle Sampey won the following event at
Houston and

Stoffer won the next event at Atlanta.

* Melanie Troxel (TF) holds the record for most consecutive final round
appearances for

a woman in a professional category, at six ('05 Pomona 2 - '06 Las Vegas
1).

* Melanie Troxel holds the record for most consecutive final rounds by a
Top Fuel driver

(any gender) to start a season in NHRA history, at five (2006).

* With her victory at Dallas in 2007, Peggy Llewellyn became the first
black female to win

in a pro category in NHRA history.

* The most female drivers in professional categories to compete in a
single NHRA

POWERade Series event is eight, multiple times in 2007 (first at St.
Louis). Those

women included participants in each of the four pro categories: Melanie
Troxel and

Hillary Will in Top Fuel; Ashley Force in Funny Car; Erica Enders in Pro
Stock; and

Angelle Sampey, Karen Stoffer, Peggy Llewellyn and Connie Cohen in Pro
Stock

Motorcycle.

* The most women to advance to final rounds at a single event is three,
accomplished at

the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in 2006. Angelle Sampey won in PSM,
while

Melanie Troxel (TF) and Erica Enders (PS) posted runner-up efforts in
their categories.

* Eight women have qualified No. 1 in a pro category in NHRA history:
Shirley

Muldowney, Lucille Lee, Lori Johns, Shelly Anderson, Cristen Powell,
Angelle

Sampey, Melanie Troxel and Erica Enders. The most No. 1 qualifying
positions

earned by a female in NHRA history is 44 by Sampey.

* Nine women have won in a pro category in NHRA history: Shirley
Muldowney, Lucille

Lee, Lori Johns, Shelly Anderson, Cristen Powell, Angelle Sampey, Karen
Stoffer,

Melanie Troxel and Peggy Llewellyn. The most victories earned by a
female in NHRA

history is 41 by Sampey.

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Old 04-20-2008
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I wonder why they didn't run with the ball a couple of years ago, when Melanie was leading the points?
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Old 04-20-2008
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B/C it wasn't a really big deal, Shirley had WON the T/F title before, this deal is huge with Ashley b/c it's the F/C division and not T/F.



For years all the trackside "experts" felt a female would never do much in F/C because the they needed to "manhandle" the car, looks like Ashley is tough enough to do just that...
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Old 04-20-2008
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Originally Posted by James Maxwell
The NHRA is all over the DANICA win, just wait till Ashley Force pulls it off, this is going to be BIG folks!
NHRA CONGRATULATES PATRICK ON HER INDYCAR SERIES VICTORY

GLENDORA, Calif. -- NHRA congratulates Danica Patrick on her recent
IndyCar Series victory in Japan, as she joins a long list of NHRA female
racers who have won major auto racing events dating back to the
mid-1970s.

NHRA's first major female winner was Shirley Muldowney, who earned a Top
Fuel victory in 1976. She has been followed by eight other women who
have won major national events in the 57-year history of NHRA. The most
recent, Peggy Llewellyn, became the first black woman to win an NHRA
race, claiming the Pro Stock Motorcycle victory in Dallas last October.
Angelle Sampey, who competes in Pro Stock Motorcycle, has the most NHRA
victories for a woman with 41. Muldowney, who earned 18 NHRA victories
in her career, and Sampey each have won three NHRA world championships.

Other women to earn NHRA professional-category victories are Lucille Lee
(Top Fuel), Lori Johns (Top Fuel), Shelly Anderson (Top Fuel), Cristen
Powell (Top Fuel), Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Melanie
Troxel (Top Fuel).

In 1966, Shirley Shahan officially broke the gender barrier in NHRA
competition by becoming the first woman to win a national event,
claiming a victory in Stock at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the
United States. According to an ESPN Sports Poll, NHRA is the second most
popular form of auto racing in the United States.

* * *

Women in NHRA Drag Racing, a brief history:


Female leaders in NHRA victories:

1. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 41 (first at Reading 1996, last
at Houston 2007)

2. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, 18 (first at Columbus 1976, last at
Phoenix 1989)

3. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 5 (first at Houston 2004, last
at Atlanta 2007)

4. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, 4 (first at Reading 1993, last at Seattle
1996)

Lori Johns, Top Fuel, 4 (first at Pomona 1 1990, last at Memphis 1991)

6. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, 3 (first at Pomona 1 2006, last at St.
Louis 2007)

7. Lucille Lee, Top Fuel, 1 (Atlanta 1982)

Cristen Powell, Top Fuel, 1 (Englishtown 1997)

Peggy Llewellyn, Pro Stock Motorcycle, 1 (Dallas 2007)



Female leaders in qualifying:

Angelle Sampey, PSM, 44 (first at Reading 1996, last at Reading 2007)

Shirley Muldowney, TF, 13 (first at Columbus 1976, last at Phoenix 1989)

Melanie Troxel, TF, 3 (first at Bristol 2006, last at Denver 2007)

Lucille Lee, TF, 1 (Denver 1982)

Lori Johns, TF, 1 (Denver 1991)

Shelly Anderson, TF, 1 (Pomona 2 1994)

Cristen Powell, TF, 1 (Seattle 1998)

Erica Enders, PS, 1 (Topeka 2006)



Female series world champions:

Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel -- 3, 1977, 1980, 1982

Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 3, 2000, 2001, 2002



Women in NHRA Notes:

* Barbara Hamilton was the first female to receive an NHRA license,
1964.

* Shirley Shahan was the first woman to win an NHRA national event,
1966, Stock at the

Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first woman to get her license in Top Fuel
and became the

first woman to clock a four-second run, 1989 NHRA Keystone Nationals,
Reading, Pa.,

4.974 seconds.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to advance to a final round in
Top Fuel, 1975

at Columbus, Ohio, lost to Marvin Graham.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to win in Top Fuel, 1976 at
Columbus, Ohio,

defeating Bob Edwards; She earned 18 career victories, second all-time
for females

behind Angelle Sampey (41).

* Shirley Muldowney was the first female to qualify No. 1 in a pro
category, 1976 at

Columbus, Ohio, with a performance of 6.031 seconds, 229.00 mph.

* Shirley Muldowney was the first driver (either gender) in NHRA history
to repeat as Top

Fuel champion after her initial title in 1977 ('80 & '82).

* Shirley Muldowney was the only female driver to be included in NHRA's
list of top 50

drivers as part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2001. She was
ranked No. 5 on the

prestigious list ahead of Kenny Bernstein (No. 6) and Joe Amato (No. 9).

* Shirley Muldowney vs. Lucille Lee was the first and only all-female
Top Fuel final in

NHRA history, taking place in 1982 at Columbus, Ohio. Muldowney won.
Angelle

Sampey vs. Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle (Reading 2002) is the
only other allfemale

professional final in NHRA history. Sampey won.

* Angelle Sampey is the first female to win a championship in Pro Stock
Motorcycle (3

time champ-- 2000, 2001, 2002); Sampey also is the female pro competitor
with the

most victories, 41.

* Rachelle Splatt was the first female to clock a 300 mph run in NHRA
history, posting a

speed of 300.00 mph at Houston Raceway Park in 1994. On that run she
became the

16th and final member (only female member) of the Slick 50 300-MPH Club.

* Melanie Troxel is the quickest and fastest woman in NHRA history,
clocking a time of

4.458 seconds (Oct. '05, Dallas) with a career-best speed of 332.51 mph
(Feb. '07,

Pomona 1).

* Shelly Anderson is the first and only woman to win the NHRA Top Fuel
Shootout, a

lucrative bonus event for the quickest Top Fuel competitors. She won in
1994, her only

final round appearance in the event, and remains the only female to ever
advance to the

final for the Shootout. She also is the only female to have ever won an
NHRA bonus

event.

* Erica Enders is the only female to ever qualify for the K&N Horsepower
Challenge, a

special bonus event for Pro Stock drivers.

* No female driver has ever won in Funny Car or Pro Stock.

* No female driver has ever qualified No. 1 in Funny Car.

* Erica Enders became the first woman to advance to a final round in Pro
Stock at the

2005 Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near
Chicago. She

defeated Ron Krisher, Mike Edwards and Warren Johnson in early rounds
before losing

to Jason Line on a red-light start in the final. She advanced to her
second career final in

March 2006 at Gainesville, Fla., and also posted a runner-up finish, to
Tom Martino.

* Ashley Force became the first female driver to advance to a final
round in Funny Car at

Las Vegas 2 2007; She advanced to her second career final at Houston
2008 and third

at Las Vegas 1 2008.

* Erica Enders became the first woman to qualify No. 1 in Pro Stock
history at the 2006

O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.).

* Melanie Troxel (TF) and Erica Enders (PS) became the first women to
earn No. 1

qualifying positions in pro categories at the same national event
(Topeka 2006).

* Lucinda McFarlin, of Victoria, Texas, and Erica Enders, of Houston,
are the only

female Pro Stock drivers to win a round of eliminations in the 200-mph
category.

McFarlin defeated Don Beverley in the first round of the 1992 national
event at

Memphis, Tenn. for her only round win and Enders earned her first round
victory by

defeating Rickie Smith in the first round of the 2005 Toyo Tires NHRA
Nationals at

Reading, Pa. Judy Lilly, Shirley Shahan, and Shay Nichols have all
qualified for

NHRA events in Pro Stock, but did not win a round of eliminations.

* Women have won back-to-back national events during three seasons --
1982 when

Shirley Muldowney won Top Fuel at Gainesville, Fla. and then Lucille Lee
won the

next event at Atlanta; in 2004 when Karen Stoffer won Pro Stock
Motorcycle at Houston

and Angelle Sampey won the following event at Atlanta; and in 2007 when
Karen

Stoffer won at Gainesville, Angelle Sampey won the following event at
Houston and

Stoffer won the next event at Atlanta.

* Melanie Troxel (TF) holds the record for most consecutive final round
appearances for

a woman in a professional category, at six ('05 Pomona 2 - '06 Las Vegas
1).

* Melanie Troxel holds the record for most consecutive final rounds by a
Top Fuel driver

(any gender) to start a season in NHRA history, at five (2006).

* With her victory at Dallas in 2007, Peggy Llewellyn became the first
black female to win

in a pro category in NHRA history.

* The most female drivers in professional categories to compete in a
single NHRA

POWERade Series event is eight, multiple times in 2007 (first at St.
Louis). Those

women included participants in each of the four pro categories: Melanie
Troxel and

Hillary Will in Top Fuel; Ashley Force in Funny Car; Erica Enders in Pro
Stock; and

Angelle Sampey, Karen Stoffer, Peggy Llewellyn and Connie Cohen in Pro
Stock

Motorcycle.

* The most women to advance to final rounds at a single event is three,
accomplished at

the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in 2006. Angelle Sampey won in PSM,
while

Melanie Troxel (TF) and Erica Enders (PS) posted runner-up efforts in
their categories.

* Eight women have qualified No. 1 in a pro category in NHRA history:
Shirley

Muldowney, Lucille Lee, Lori Johns, Shelly Anderson, Cristen Powell,
Angelle

Sampey, Melanie Troxel and Erica Enders. The most No. 1 qualifying
positions

earned by a female in NHRA history is 44 by Sampey.

* Nine women have won in a pro category in NHRA history: Shirley
Muldowney, Lucille

Lee, Lori Johns, Shelly Anderson, Cristen Powell, Angelle Sampey, Karen
Stoffer,

Melanie Troxel and Peggy Llewellyn. The most victories earned by a
female in NHRA

history is 41 by Sampey.

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Judy Lilly in Super Stock scored the first major win for women in drag racing not Shirley Muldowney.
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1966 Winternats --- DRAG ON LADY --- in her '65 Hemi Belvedere A990


that was the first as I recall

Judy Lilly was LATER

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Congrats to Danica - that should silence some of the critics.
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Congrats to Danica - that should silence some of the critics.
After what 3 years in a top ride in a series as competitive in IRL? Without a win a man would have been out of the ride after a year...
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After what 3 years in a top ride in a series as competitive in IRL? Without a win a man would have been out of the ride after a year...
What Sam said...........

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1966 Winternats --- DRAG ON LADY --- in her '65 Hemi Belvedere A990


that was the first as I recall

Judy Lilly was LATER

Thanks for the info James. I met Judy at the York US 30 reunion last year. She was a nice person and still a cute lady for her age.
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Sam, you said it right!
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