Female Race Car Driver Makes History At Raceway

By Vanessa Remmers
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Lauren Edgerton says that since the first time she hit a dirt go-kart track, she hasn’t stopped. Edgerton says she’s never been able to get over the adrenaline rush that comes with crossing the finish line first, though she won’t show it when she wins.

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.

Wherever Lauren Edgerton goes, a lug nut dangles from her neck. It’s a necklace she bought in a North Carolina store that sold items related to her favorite NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon.

Her thumb is wrapped where she says her car “bit” her the previous week, and a finger-shaped burn is visible on her palm from an incident with a tire iron.

“My car bites me all the time,” she said.

Her car is her life, she said. The self-described loner works as a mechanical engineer during the day, but spends much of the rest of her time in her garage or on the track. The 26-year-old’s best friend is a guy on another racing team who is her dad’s age, she said.

The Caroline County resident is one of five women who compete at Southside Speedway in Midlothian. There are 85 racers total at Southside, General Manager Jennifer Mullis said.

Edgerton recently made history, becoming the first woman to win in a modified race in the speedway’s nearly 60-year history.

She can’t remember how old she was when she first drove. She was 13 or 14 years old, she says, when her father went to a neighbor’s dirt track to try out some go-karts. But she does remember how her father soon stepped aside when he realized how well his daughter was handling the track by herself.

“That’s when I fell in love,” she said.

On the track, her mind can go blank.

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