Not only did Sunday mark just the second time in National Hot Rod Association history that two females won a national event in their respective race classes in the same weekend, the sport also inched closer to setting yet another milestone.
Alexis DeJoria’s second career Funny Car win – and second in the last three races – along with Erica Enders-Stevens’ seventh career Pro Stock triumph leaves just two more wins before female drivers hit the 100 career wins mark in NHRA national events.
DeJoria’s and Enders-Stevens’ increased the number to 98 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heading into the April 11-13 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in suburban Charlotte, N.C.
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey leads the list with 41 national event wins, followed by Top Fuel legend Shirley Muldowney’s 18 wins.
With her seventh national event win at Las Vegas this past Sunday Enders-Stevens moved into third on the all-time female wins list.
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Check out the highlights from this past Sunday’s race at Las Vegas, including DeJoria’s and Enders-Stevens’ wins.
The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.
Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.
Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.
Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.
Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.
While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.
Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.
“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”
“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.