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FYI WIRZ: Fast Cars in NHRA and NASCAR Know Speed, Not Gender

A comment during this reporter’s National Hot Rod Association pit interview over 15 years ago by Star Racing team owner George Bryce adds much to present narrative. He gave a lot of advice to an aspiring NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle rider in Angelle Sampey, including a simple mechanical lesson. Bryce told her the motorcycle or drag bike she raced didn’t know she is a female. Bryce was referring to the fast fact that she was competitive in a male-dominated drag racing sport and needn’t worry about the savvy males she faced in side-by-side racing at 180 mph. Sampey went on to win three NHRA championships.  The NHRA has been cranking up the speed on drag strips for more than 60 years now, and along the way, f...

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