Shelley
Anderson

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Bio


Birth Date: December 22, 1965
Birth Place: Denver, CO
Residence: Upland, CA

Background


Anderson is one of only five women to win an NHRA national event in a professional category. Shelly made her NHRA debut at Pomona in 1991 and has been a regular on the series ever since. She holds the NHRA speed record for a Top Fuel Dragster with a run of 316.23mph. Past Driver of the Parts America Top Fuel Dragster

Now a six-year veteran on the National Hot Association's Winston Drag Racing series, Shelly Anderson has four national event wins. She also has had a Budweiser Classic win in her Top Fuel career, which began in 1992. With three NHRA national speed records and one NHRA national ET record, Shelly Anderson's anxiously awaiting the start of her '99 season. Parts America, Shelly's major sponsor the last three years, was bought by a major competitor, and now she's hoping to find a new sponsor so she can be racing soon. In the meantime, Shelly can be seen as a member of the ESPN Speed World Race coverage team, covering the '99 Winston Drag Racing Series. She can also be seen on Real TV March 1, 1999, and on an ongoing show on the Learning Channel (TLC).

Shelly has never been a stranger to cars, engines, or drag racing for that matter. Her well-rounded racing background began while growing up; she spent much of he time working on cars. She also spent a considerable amount of time around her father, Brad, and his championship-winning Top Alcohol Funny Car. Before beginning her driving career, Shelly attended college at California State University at Fullerton, where she graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications. Shelly was even her father's crew chief before becoming a driver.

In her strongest season to date, Shelly posted two victories in 1996, and set her third NHRA national speed record at 316.23 mph on October 12, at the Texas Motorplex (which has since been broken).

Shelly's brother, Randy, is the driver of the Oakwood Interiors Nitro Funny Car. Shelly and Randy will forever be in the history books of the NHRA drag racing series as the first ever sister-brother professional team. In 1997, his rookie season, Randy was in the final round four times and earned two victories.

Team effort means family for the Anderson's, their family operation runs deep. Brad Anderson, Shelly and Randy's father, owns the teams and Brad Anderson Enterprises, a design and manufacturing facility which makes cylinder heads and other racing components. Leigh Ann, Shelly and Randy's sister, takes care of the day-to-day business operations, while Carol, their mother, takes an active role as the team's emotional leader.

8/23/08 - National Champ Poins - Comp - 52

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