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2014 NHRA: 100 Wins By A Female NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Racer Fast Facts
Posted by: newsla on Apr 10, 2014 - 05:54 PM
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2014 NHRA: 100 Wins By A Female NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Racer Fast Facts


The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway April 11-13, and the female racers of the sport will be looking to make history as the 100th victory by a female racer is rapidly approaching.

 

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On June 13, 1976, in Columbus, Ohio, Shirley Muldowney became the first woman to win in Top Fuel and a NHRA national event. Since that historic day, 14 different women have won a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racine Series event. Erica Enders-Stevens in Pro Stock took home the 98th win by a female racer at the most recent event in Las Vegas. Eight females are entered across the four professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle) this weekend and the 100th victory milestone could be achieved on Sunday.

To assist with your coverage, we have posted photographs of past female winners to the NHRA Media Site and below you will find select statistics for your usage. A more detailed listing of women in the NHRA can also be found in the NHRA Media Guide, which is posted on the Media Site. If you need access to the Media Site please contact a member of the NHRA Communications Department.

Please contact the NHRA Communications Department if you have any questions.

Women Entered in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Top Fuel
Brittany Force – Castrol Edge dragster
Leah Pritchett – Gumout/Dote Racing dragster

Funny Car
Courtney Force – Traxxas Ford Mustang
Alexis DeJoria – Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry

Pro Stock
Erica Enders-Stevens – Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro

Pro Stock Motorcycle
Angie Smith – Kandy Magazine/Stockseth Racing Buell
Katie Sullivan – Tough Girl Designs Suzuki
Elvira Karlsson – Elvira Racing Suzuki

Select quotes
“Shirley (Muldowney) certainly paved the way for all of the females who have followed in her footsteps. She is certainly a hero of mine, a legend in our sport. She's an idol, she's awesome. I looked up to her and to Angelle (Sampey) and Shelly Anderson Payne. Those were my heroes when I was a little kid going to the racetrack. My dad drove in the sportsman classes. I'd run around and get autographs. Those are my three favorite women and I'm sure I stood at the back of their pits more than they wanted to see me. She's had a huge hand in us being able to accomplish the things we do now.” – Erica Enders-Stevens on racing pioneer Shirley Muldowney.

“It would be a wonderful accomplishment. It would be great to go in the history books for something like that, for sure. If Erica gets it, I would be very happy for her. Same with Courtney, Brittany. I think we do support each other, but at the same time, we are racers at heart and very competitive. So we would love to get that for ourselves. If it goes to one of the other ones, I'd definitely be supporting that.” – Alexis DeJoria on the possibility of securing the 100th NHRA win by a female.

“It's pretty cool to see my sister Ashley's (Force-Hood) name on that list, to see my name on that list. But, man, to get the hundredth win for women, it would be amazing. I mean, definitely going to be my goal at this point. If I had a picture-perfect world, honestly it would be me getting 99 and Brittany (Force) getting a hundred all in this weekend. Obviously, Top Fuel runs after us. That would be a picture-perfect world. I definitely hope Brittany gets on that list, too. To get the hundredth, it goes down in the history books. Your name is not going to be coming off that list. It would really be a proud moment if you can have your name next to 100.” – Courtney Force on the possibility of securing the 100th NHRA win by a female.

Women in NHRA Drag Racing, a brief history:
The following women (listed in alphabetical order by category) have competed in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel (18): Vivica Averstedt, Dannielle DePorter, Vicky Fanning, Gina Ferraro, Brittany Force,
Rhonda Hartman-Smith, Lori Johns, Kim LaHaie, Lucille Lee, Shirley Muldowney, Shelly Payne
(Anderson), Cristen Powell, Leah Pritchett, Sue Ransom, Joanne Reynolds, Rachelle Splatt,
Melanie Troxel, Hillary Will
Funny Car (14): Alexis DeJoria, Vicky Fanning, Courtney Force, Ashley Force Hood, Rodalyn Knox,
Paula Martin, Shirley Muldowney, Paula Murphy, Cristen Powell, Leah Pritchett, Susie Spencer,
Melanie Troxel, Della Woods, Carol Yenter
Pro Stock (6): Erica Enders-Stevens, Grace Howell, Judy Lilly, Lucinda McFarlin, Shay Nicols,
Shirley Shahan
Pro Stock Motorcycle (16): Dawn Matthews Baugues, Connie Cohen, Vicki Farr, Lori Francis, Linda Jackson, Anne Hansen, Elvira Karlsson, Peggy Lewellyn, Dawn Minturn, Stephanie Reaves, Angelle Sampey, Angie Smith (McBride), Karen Stoffer, Katie Sullivan, Valerie Thompson, Holly Wallace

Female leaders in 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. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock 7 (first at Chicago 2012, last at Las Vegas 1 2014)
4. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle 6 (first at Houston 2004, last at Denver 2011)
5. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel-Funny Car 5 (first at Pomona 1 2006, TF, last at Bristol 2008, FC)
6. Shelly Payne, 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)
Ashley Force Hood, Funny Car 4 (first at Atlanta 2008, last at Indianapolis 2010)
9. Courtney Force, Funny Car 3 (first at Seattle 2012, last at Epping 2013)
10. Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car 2 (first at Phoenix 2014, last at Las Vegas 1 2014)
11. Lucille Lee, Top Fuel 1 (Atlanta 1982)
Cristen Powell, Top Fuel 1 (Englishtown 1997)
Peggy Llewellyn, Pro Stock Motorcycle 1 (Dallas 2007)
Hillary Will, Top Fuel 1 (Topeka 2008)

Female pro series world champions:
Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel – 3 (1977, 1980, 1982)
Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle – 3 (2000, 2001, 2002)

NHRA Mello Yello Series victories by female drivers:
1. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, June 13, 1976, Columbus, Ohio
2. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Oct. 10, 1976, Ontario, Calif.
3. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, June 12, 1977, Columbus, Ohio
4. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, July 16, 1977, Englishtown, N.J.
5. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Aug. 7, 1977, Montreal
6. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Feb. 3, 1980, Pomona, Calif.
7. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, June 8, 1980, Columbus, Ohio
8. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Sept. 21, 1980, Seattle
9. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Oct. 19, 1980, Ontario, Calif.
10. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, March 15, 1981, Gainesville, Fla.
11. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, April 26, 1981, Atlanta
12. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, March 14, 1982, Gainesville, Fla.
13. Lucille Lee, Top Fuel, April 25, 1982, Atlanta
14. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, June 13, 1982, Columbus, Ohio
15. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Aug. 22, 1982, Brainerd, Minn.
16. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Sept. 6, 1982, Indianapolis
17. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Feb. 13, 1983, Pomona, Calif.
18. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Oct. 16, 1983, Irvine, Calif.
19. Shirley Muldowney, Top Fuel, Oct. 15, 1989, Phoenix
20. Lori Johns, Top Fuel, Feb. 4, 1990, Pomona, Calif.
21. Lori Johns, Top Fuel, April 22, 1990, Atlanta
22. Lori Johns, Top Fuel, May 6, 1990, Memphis
23. Lori Johns, Top Fuel, May 5, 1991, Memphis
24. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, Sept. 19, 1993, Reading, Pa.
25. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, Feb. 6, 1994, Pomona, Calif.
26. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, May 5, 1996, Richmond, Va.
27. Shelly Anderson, Top Fuel, Aug. 4, 1996, Seattle
28. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 15, 1996, Reading, Pa.
29. Cristen Powell, Top Fuel, May 18, 1997, Englishtown, N.J.
30. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 28, 1997, Topeka, Kan.
31. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 17, 1998, Englishtown, N.J.
32. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 20, 1998, Reading, Pa.
33. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 11, 1998, Memphis
34. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, March 21, 1999, Gainesville, Fla.
35. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 16, 1999, Atlanta
36. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 25, 1999, Englishtown, N.J.
37. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 27, 1999, St. Louis
38. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 10, 1999, Memphis
39. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 9, 2000, Las Vegas
40. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 7, 2000, Atlanta
41. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 18, 2000, Columbus, Ohio
42. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, July 16, 2000, Denver
43. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 9, 2000, Englishtown, N.J.
44. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, March 25, 2001, Houston
45. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 17, 2001, Columbus, Ohio
46. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, July 8, 2001, Pomona, Calif.
47. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, July 22, 2001, Denver
48. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 3, 2001, Indianapolis
49. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 7, 2001, Reading, Pa.
50. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Nov. 11, 2001, Pomona, Calif.
51. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 5, 2002, Atlanta
52. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 2, 2002, Chicago
53. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 30, 2002, St. Louis
54. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 2, 2002, Indianapolis
55. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 16, 2002, Reading, Pa.
56. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 27, 2002, Las Vegas
57. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, March 16, 2003, Gainesville, Fla.
58. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 13, 2003, Houston
59. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 1, 2003, Chicago
60. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 18, 2004, Houston
61. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 16, 2004, Atlanta
62. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Aug. 1, 2004, Sonoma, Calif.
63. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 10, 2004, Reading, Pa.
64. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Nov. 14, 2004, Pomona, Calif.
65. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 10, 2005, Houston
66. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, June 26, 2005, St. Louis
67. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 18, 2005, Reading, Pa.
68. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, Feb. 12, 2006, Pomona, Calif.
69. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, March 19, 2006, Gainesville, Fla.
70. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 2, 2006, Houston
71. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, April 9, 2006, Las Vegas
72. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, May 21, 2006, Columbus, Ohio
73. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Oct. 1, 2006, Richmond, Va.
74. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, March 18, 2007, Gainesville, Fla.
75. Angelle Sampey, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 1, 2007, Houston
76. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, April 29, 2007, Atlanta
77. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, May 6, 2007, St. Louis
78. Melanie Troxel, Top Fuel, Sept. 16, 2007, Memphis
79. Peggy Llewellyn, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sept. 23, 2007, Dallas
80. Ashley Force Hood, Funny Car, April 27, 2008, Atlanta
81. Melanie Troxel, Funny Car, May 18, 2008, Bristol, Tenn.
82. Hillary Will, Top Fuel, June 1, 2008, Topeka, Kan.
83. Ashley Force Hood, Funny Car, March 29, 2009, Houston
84. Ashley Force Hood, Funny Car, Sept. 7, 2009, Indianapolis
85. Ashley Force Hood, Funny Car, Sept. 6, 2010, Indianapolis
86. Karen Stoffer, Pro Stock Motorcycle, July 24, 2011, Denver
87. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, July 1, 2012, Chicago
88. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, Aug. 5, 2012, Seattle
89. Courtney Force, Funny Car, Aug. 5, 2012, Seattle
90. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, Aug. 19, 2012, Brainerd, Minn.
91. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, Sept. 30, 2012, St. Louis
92. Courtney Force, Funny Car, Feb. 17, 2013, Pomona, Calif.
93. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, Feb. 24, 2013, Phoenix
94. Courtney Force, Funny Car, June 23, 2013, Epping, N.H.
95. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, Sept. 29, 2013, St. Louis
96. Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car, Feb. 23, 2014, Phoenix
97. Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car, March 30, 2014, Las Vegas
98. Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock, March 30, 2014, Las Vegas


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