Shirley Muldowney not only broke the gender barrier in the National Hot Rod Association in the 1970s, but she also completely rewrote the record books in Top Fuel Eliminator, drag racing’s quickest and fastest category. She was the first woman to receive a Top Fuel license from the NHRA. Between 1977 and 1982, Muldowney won three NHRA Top Fuel championships—the first female ever to win a title in any professional motorsport. She won the prestigious NHRA US Nationals in 1982 and was recently inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. By the time she retired at the end of the 2003 season, Muldowney had become one of the most recognized and celebrated race car drivers in history.
Tales from a Top-Fuel Dragster is an unabashed collection of stories, anecdotes, and opinions in Muldowney’s 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 her many tales. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth according to the legendary Shirley Muldowney.
About the Author
Bill Stephens has been an automotive and motorsports host, commentator, producer, and journalist since 1989, and he has been seen on such national television networks as ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, and SPEED. He is the author of several books chronicling the racing careers of such legends as “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, and Kenny Bernstein. He is currently an expert commentator on Discovery’s Velocity Channel covering the Mecum Collector Car Auctions and a color analyst on ESPN’s coverage of NHRA drag racing. Stephens resides in Cotuit, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, a California native, spent 32 seasons in the cockpit and over 15 as an owner. In 1965, Prudhomme became the first NHRA racer to win both the Winternationals and US Nationals in one season. In 1994, Prudhomme retired from racing and became a team owner, and in 2000 he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He retired from the drag racing arena in 2010, having captured a total of six world championships and 112 race wins.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 In the Beginning 2
Chapter 2 On the Strip 14
Chapter 3 The Characters on the Circuit 78
Chapter 4 The Leading Lady 136
Appendix: Career Statistics 170
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