espnW: Shirley Muldowney

The First Lady of Drag Racing

June, 13, 2013
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Shirley MuldowneyAP PhotoShirley Muldowney's career was chronicled in the 1983 film "Heart Like A Wheel."
On this date in 1976, Shirley Muldowney became the first woman to win an NHRA Professional event when rolled to the title at the Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. She qualified No. 1 with a low elapsed time of 6.03 seconds and a top speed of 249.30 mph. Now 72, Muldowney went on to win three NHRA Winston Top Fuel championships and 18 NHRA national events in her career, blazing the drag-racing trail for women. In 2004, she was inducted into the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

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