Profiles, Shirley Muldowney
March 28, 2016


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Even after all the near-death close calls, the catastrophic fires and the many friends who died doing the exact same thing with a 5,000-horsepower car, it still wasn’t easy to hang up the helmet and gloves. At some point, she said, though, the ride had to find an end. The green lights couldn’t always mean go. The quarter mile couldn’t roll on forever. But would it really surprise anyone if Shirley Muldowney, the little girl from upstate New York who grew up to become an icon, a legend, a mover and a shaker, decided to hammer that engine a little longer?
After all, Shirley was only 62 at the time.

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