Shirley Muldowney's Tales from the Track

Shirley Muldowney's Tales from the Track


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In the 1970s, when the idea of a woman competing successfully with men in any form of motorsports was radical notion, a young woman from Schenectady, New York, began her singular quest to change the chauvinistic mindset that prevailed in professional drag racing. Shirley Muldowney not only broke the gender barrier in the National Hot Rod Association, but also completely rewrote the record books in Top Fuel Eliminator, the sport's quickest and fastest category. She was the first woman ever to receive a Top Fuel license from the NHRA, and none other than "Big Daddy" Don Garlits was one of the veteran drivers who signed off on it. Between 1977 and 1982, Muldowney won three NHRA Top Fuel championships--the first female ever to win a title in any professional motorsport--and added an AHRA Top Fuel championship to her resume, as well. She won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals in 1982 and, before her retirement at the end of the 2003 season, had become one of the most recognized and celebrated race car drivers in history, male or female. She was recently inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Novi, Michigan, and has been the subject of countless features in newspapers, magazines, and network television from coast to coast. Shirley Muldowney's Tales from the Track is an unabashed collection of stories, anecdotes, and opinions in her own unvarnished style of storytelling, laced with her straightforward, take-no-prisoners approach. She has spent her entire lifetime telling it like it is, standing up to the establishment, and refusing to do anything other than in her own way. Politically correct? Hardly. Readers are encouraged to strap themselves in when she shares hermanytales. It's the whole truth and nothing but the truth according to the legendary Shirley Muldowney.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582611075
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Bill Stephens spent 25 years as a major-market morning disc jockey before becoming involved in automotive television in 1989, hosting, writing, and producing such award-winning series as Wild About Wheels for the Discovery Channel and Wheels for PBS. He has appeared as a motorsports host and reporter on a variety of automotive programs seen on such network as CBS, ABC, ESPN, TNN, and Speed. He is currently a member of the ESPN telecasting crew, which covers NHRA Powerade Drag Racing, and is a frequent contributor to ESPN Radio, ESPN Magazine, Autoweek, and Drag Racer Magazine.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can anyone think of a woman so ahead of her time to inspire the women and girls of today? This is a fun read with the amazing details of Shirley's life. Like drag racing or not, it is worth checking out.