NHRA’s high title belongs to a girl as soon as once more
On Sunday, drag racer Brittany Drive received her first race at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona. However her first win didn’t come at simply any race. It received her the Nationwide Scorching Rod Affiliation’s Prime Gasoline championship.
“It nonetheless doesn’t appear actual,” Brittany Drive informed the Los Angeles Instances. “And the one cause it’s actual is due to all of the assist I’ve round me. In the present day is large. We made historical past. I’m nonetheless attempting to wrap my head round it.”
It won’t have felt actual within the second, but it surely positively occurred. And to make Drive’s win much more necessary, she’s now the primary lady to win a Prime Gasoline championship in 35 years. Between 1977 and 1982, Shirley Muldowney received the championship 3 times, however since her final win in 1982, no lady has taken residence the NHRA’s high title.
“We’ve had an unimaginable day,” Drive mentioned. “That is one thing that I’ll always remember. And one thing that I’m so happy with.”
It could solely be her fifth season racing, however during the last two months, Drive received three of the final 5 occasions of the season, bringing her inside 20 factors of first place. Then, throughout qualifying, she set a Pomona monitor document, laying down a three.667-second go at 330.31 mph.
“She struggled this 12 months as a driver. And he or she’s actually sort of a rookie at this,” mentioned John Drive, Brittany’s father and proprietor of John Drive Racing. “However to leap up right here and get the win, I couldn’t be extra proud. I can’t even think about all this occurred.”
Supply: NHRA, Los Angeles Instances