John Force is going for his 17th NHRA championship; daughter Courtney is going for her first. As the Countdown winds down and the standings squeeze tighter, the pressure mounts and emotions soar.
Shirley Muldowney faced a firestorm of opposition when she broke into the NHRA ranks, but through dogged determination, she won three series championships and changed the face of racing forever.
Focus is honed. Intensity ratchets up. No one wants to lose, but across racing, guys especially don't want to lose to women.
Enjoying a breakout season with two wins already, Alexis DeJoria would like nothing more than to notch the milestone 100th win for women in NHRA.
Danica Patrick and Courtney Force have earned the headlines for women in auto racing thus far this season, but other drivers have had their moments, too.