NHRA Firsts For Women
Ashley Force is the first woman to win a race in NHRA Funny Car history.
She became the first woman to lead the Funny Car standings in her last race at Las Vegas.
Other notable female firsts in the NHRA:
• Barbara Hamilton
received a license, 1964.
• Shirley Shahan
won a national event, 1966, Stock in Pomona, Calif.
• Shirley Muldowney
won in Top Fuel, 1976, at Columbus, Ohio, defeating Bob Edwards. She earned 18 career victories, second all-time for women.
• Muldowney won the Top Fuel title again in 1977
• Muldowney was the first driver (either gender) to repeat as Top Fuel champion after her initial title in 1977 (1980 and 1982).
• Angelle Sampey
won a championship in Pro Stock Motorcycle (three times -- 2000, 2001, 2002). Sampey is the female pro with the most victories, 41.
• Melanie Troxel
is the quickest woman, clocking a time of 4.458
seconds (Oct. 2005, Ennis, Texas).
• Hillary Will
is the fastest woman, posting a speed of 334.65 mph (Feb. 2008, Pomona, Calif.).
• Peggy Llewellyn
became the first black female to win an event (Pro Stock Motorcycle, Ennis, Texas, 2007).
-- ESPN Research