SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY Biography - Famous Sports men and women


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Name: Shirley Muldowney                                                               
Born: 19 June 1940                                                                   
Shirley Muldowney (born June 19, 1940, Schenectady, New York), the "First Lady       
of Drag Racing" was the first woman to receive a licence to drive a top fuel         
dragster by the NHRA. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980 and       
After a crash in 1984 she was sidelined for a long period but returned to the         
circuit in the late 1980s. She continued to race, mostly without major               
sponsorship, throughout the 1990s in IHRA competition as well as match-racing         
She returned to the NHRA towards the end of her career, running select events         
until her retirement at the end of 2003.