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Hello everyone! This is my first time blogging for Female Racing News. I am so ecstatic to be able to share aspects of my racing career with all of you, and to be a part of such a great site! For starters, I would like to introduce myself and give you some background on my racing career.

I am currently 18 years old, and I attend the University of St. Francis where I am studying for my BSN. On top of being a Dean’s List student, I also play collegiate tennis. I am involved in a lot of campus activities including: Duns Scotus Honors Program, Commuter Assistants, and the Student Nurses Association. Let’s just say that after reading that, many cannot fathom the idea that I race cars, especially my fellow classmates. I find it confusing that so many people are not familiar with the sport when I eat, sleep, and breathe racing!

My grandfather was a mechanic, and my uncle raced a few years before my brother and I were born. I guess you can say that racing was in my blood. I have attended NASCAR and NHRA since my youth, and I had never thought that I would be racing my own car someday. Unlike most people, my mother is the one who kick started my career. One Friday night towards the end of my sophomore year in high school, my mother took me to our local dirt track to watch some friends of ours race. The sound of impacts and the smell of racing fuel immediately drew me in. As we were sitting in the stands waiting for a race, the UMP Sport Compact class came out. My mother jokingly said, “Hey, look Shannon. We should get you one of those!” Little did she know that I would take her seriously. A month later I had a car, another month passed and I was racing for my first time at Lasalle Speedway.

After wrapping up my third year in UMP Sport Compacts this September, I have gathered numerous wins and awards. My rookie year I was named Most Improved Driver by Kankakee Speedway, followed by being featured in an article in Circle Track magazine the following year. My 2011 season was capped off with 2 heat wins, 15 consecutive Top 10’s and 5 Top 5’s, with also finishing 31st in National Northern UMP points and 108th in National UMP points.

So where is my fourth year taking me, you ask? I recently announced that I am moving up to the highly acclaimed class of UMP Modified. A move from a 4cyl to a V8 engine will be a big transition. I am proud to also have the chance to represent Race4Girls this year. I am so thankful for all of my family’s hard work and dedication to help me achieve my dreams!
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