Race Car Driver Shirley Muldowney

Race car driver Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, a Nott Terrace High School dropout, raced for six decades.  In her early years, she raced at Fonda Speedway, and Jack Muldowney, who she was married to at the time, built her first drag car.  Muldowney owned a service station on Union Street in Schenectady at the time.  Muldowney had such an amazing career that books have been written about her, and a feature movie called Heart Like a Wheel was made about her.  One publication rated Muldowney the number five drag racer ever, and she is the only woman to make the top 50 in a sport which does not differentiate between men and women.  She was, perhaps, most impressive in the 1970s and 1980s when she became the first drag racer to win three NHRA events back-to-back.  One year, Car Craft named her Person of the Year.

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