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January 19, 1986 | Associated Press
Shirley Muldowney, making a comeback after a near-fatal crash 19 months ago, qualified for today's finals in the Super Bowl of Drag Racing here at Firebird International Raceway. Muldowney, 45, posted the seventh-best time during Saturday's trials at 5.977 seconds with a trap speed of 236.220 m.p.h. "I wasn't nervous. I felt very comfortable," said Muldowney, a three-time world champion from Northridge, Calif. "I was a little worried about my reaction time, but my instincts took over.
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February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
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January 28, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
The last thing Rawn Tobler wanted in life was to see Shirley Muldowney get back into a racing car. Tobler had been her crew chief--and more important, her husband-to-be--when the former world champion's top fuel dragster swerved into a muddy ditch in Canada at 247 m.p.h. and exploded. Muldowney's legs and feet were mangled beyond recognition. Tobler recalled: "For the first two or three months after the accident, I wanted nothing to do with racing--for the rest of my life.
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November 6, 2003 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
When talk turns to great female athletes, among the names often mentioned are Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Martina Navratilova, Annika Sorenstam, Peggy Fleming, Jackie Joyner and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus. Worthy champions all, in beating other women. How about a woman who beat men too? Shirley Muldowney did that.
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October 14, 1993
In the opening scene of the film "Heart Like a Wheel," a good-natured man barrels wildly down a rural highway in a '40s sedan. On his lap is his young daughter, wearing an expression of daredevil excitement. Even as a child, Shirley Muldowney had a love for fast cars. Based on Muldowney's true-life story, "Heart Like a Wheel" chronicles this iconoclastic woman's rise from a waitress-housewife in Schenectady, N.Y., in the '50s and '60s to one of the country's top drag racers of the '70s and '80s.
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February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
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January 31, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shirley Muldowney had a new dragster on order from Al Swindahl, but no sponsor to pay the bills as the 1990 National Hot Rod Assn. season approached. It appeared that her season might end with the Winternationals, the opening event this weekend at Pomona Fairplex.
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September 8, 1987
Drag racer Shirley Muldowney, who suffered life-threatening injuries in a 1984 crash, has been honored by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn. as Comeback Driver of the Year.
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June 4, 1989
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November 9, 2000 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Melanie Troxel, who lost in the final round for top-fuel dragsters in last week's National Hot Rod Assn. event in Dallas, was 5 years old when Shirley Muldowney won the first of her three NHRA championships. The two of them, Troxel, 28, and Muldowney, who turned 60 on June 19, will be on the starting line today when qualifying begins for the 36th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
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January 27, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
Shirley Muldowney would rather be at Pomona this week, racing her top fuel dragster against the best the NHRA has to offer. Instead she will be at home north of Mt. Clemens, Mich., where her husband and crew chief, Rahn, probably will be shoveling snow instead of tuning her car. "I'm disappointed we're not out there in California," she said. "This will be my fifth year on the outside looking in, but we just don't have the sponsorship it takes to run with the NHRA.
NEWS
October 14, 1993
In the opening scene of the film "Heart Like a Wheel," a good-natured man barrels wildly down a rural highway in a '40s sedan. On his lap is his young daughter, wearing an expression of daredevil excitement. Even as a child, Shirley Muldowney had a love for fast cars. Based on Muldowney's true-life story, "Heart Like a Wheel" chronicles this iconoclastic woman's rise from a waitress-housewife in Schenectady, N.Y., in the '50s and '60s to one of the country's top drag racers of the '70s and '80s.
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February 1, 1991 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When followers of women's sports talk about the greatest female athletes, the names usually mentioned are Babe Zaharias, Helen Wills, Martina Navratilova, Wilma Rudolph, Nancy Lopez and sometimes Janet Evans. How about Shirley Muldowney? All those others beat women. Muldowney beat men , some of them the very best in drag racing. Could Babe Zaharias seriously have challenged Sam Snead? Could Wills or Navratilova have taken even a set from Jack Kramer or Boris Becker?
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January 31, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shirley Muldowney had a new dragster on order from Al Swindahl, but no sponsor to pay the bills as the 1990 National Hot Rod Assn. season approached. It appeared that her season might end with the Winternationals, the opening event this weekend at Pomona Fairplex.
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November 23, 1989 | LYNN SIMROSS
In 1989, the Earth trembled, skies poured, killer winds howled, tankers spilled and revolutions swept the globe. In Los Angeles, gang violence claimed yet more victims and traffic seemed to grow ever worse. Still, amid the tide of oft-tragic happenings, small rays of hope keep shining through. Here are a few of many stories worth sharing on a day of feasting, family and friends. They're enough to remind that it's still worth saying: "Oh, Thank Goodness."
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January 20, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Bill Mullins beat Larry Minor by 7/10ths of a second in the final race to win the Top Fuel division in the Super Bowl of Drag Racing Sunday at Firebird International Raceway. Mullins, of Pelham, Ala., had an elapsed time of 5.70 seconds at 257.14 m.p.h. to top Minor, of Los Angeles, who was at 243.24 m.p.h. Shirley Muldowney beat Minor in the quarterfinals but had to drop out of competition after blowing a valve stem in the engine of her dragster.
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January 27, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
Shirley Muldowney would rather be at Pomona this week, racing her top fuel dragster against the best the NHRA has to offer. Instead she will be at home north of Mt. Clemens, Mich., where her husband and crew chief, Rahn, probably will be shoveling snow instead of tuning her car. "I'm disappointed we're not out there in California," she said. "This will be my fifth year on the outside looking in, but we just don't have the sponsorship it takes to run with the NHRA.
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October 25, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than a year, from June of 1984 through the summer of 1985, the biggest question in Shirley Muldowney's life was if she would ever walk again, much less drive a 3,000-horsepower race car. Then in January of 1986, she strapped herself into her pink top-fuel dragster, hit the throttle and raced down the quarter mile of asphalt at Firebird Raceway, outside Phoenix, in 5.58 seconds. The lady was back.
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