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Shirley Muldowney - Chronology

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1958 Begins racing
1965 Becomes first woman licensed by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a dragster
1975 Becomes first woman to advance to the finals of an NHRA national event in a professional category
1975 Becomes first woman to break the 6.00 second barrier
1976 Qualifies in top spot with quickest time (6.03) and speed (249.30 MPH), becomes the first women to win a professional title in national event competition
1976 Qualifies first and wins NHRA Winston World Finals
1976 Posts best elapsed time (5.77) and top speed (249.30 MPH) for the entire NHRA Season.
1977 Becomes first woman to claim Winston World Championship, drag racing's most prestigious title
1977 Becomes first Top Fuel driver to win three NHRA national events back-to-back
1980 Wins Winston World Championship, becoming the first person in history to claim title twice
1981 Becomes first woman to win AHRA World Championship; and first woman to win March Meet
1982 Wins Winston World Championship, becoming the first person in history to claim title three times
1983 Heart Like a Wheel is released
1989 Drives all-time best time of 4.97 at 284 MPH
1993 Sets track record at Fuji International Speedway, Fuji, Japan (5.30 sec. at 285 MPH); sets new IHRA speed record at 294.98 MPH
1997 Sets new IHRA speed record at 303.71 MPH
1999 Drives full race schedule with no sponsorship; advances to the semi-final round at IHRA Northern Nationals.
2000 Qualifies in third place with time of 4.78; sets new track and IHRA national speed record at 310 MPH; qualifies first at IHRA Nationals with time of 4.74 and a career best speed of 319.22 (Both were track records); qualifies in NHRA U.S. Nationals and World Finals
2001 Qualified 12th at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; runs career best of 4.64 \ time at 320.20 MPH
2002 Drives five national events with sponsorship from Action Performance Companies and MAC Tools
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