The most female drivers in professional categories to compete in a single Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event is 11, and the contingent of female pro racers at this Dodge Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ties the record.
The first time was at the 2017 Chicago race, followed by this fall Las Vegas race. It occurred twice again in 2018, at Atlanta and the Finals at Pomona, Calif. Most recently, 11 women pros raced at this March’s Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle class accounts for eight of them: Kelly Clontz, Andie Rawlings, Jianna Salinas, Angelle Sampey, Angie Smith, Karen Stoffer, Katie Sullivan, and Melissa Surber. The Top Fuel class includes two females, Brittany Force and Leah Pritchett. Erica Enders is the lone woman in Pro Stock, and the Funny Car class at the moment is all-male. Perhaps in 2020, with the return of Alexis De Joria, the group will rewrite the record.