Natalie Sather, 27, experienced sprint car driver and up-and-coming stock car racer, will be joining MAKE Motorsports as a development driver for the 2012 season.


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Birth Date: March 12, 1985
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Series: Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series
Sponsors: K&N, Lady Eagle Safetywear/Design 500, Bell Helmets, Butler Built Seats
Chassis: Hedgecock Motor: Chevrolet Built Motor
Hobbies: Hunting, Scrapbooking, Working Out, Baking, Shopping, Volunteering
Height: 5'2''
Eye Color: Green/Hazel
Hair Color: Black
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
Favorite Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein & Twilight Series Books
Favorite TV Show: Friday Night Lights
Favorite Music: Country
Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese w/Pickles
Favorite Color: Blue & Green (its a tie)
Favorite Vehicle: Chevy Truck
Other Hobbies: Baking, Hunting, Fishing, Jet skiing, Working Out, Shopping, Scrapbooking, Volunteering, and Speaking at Schools about racing&car safety

Natalie Sather is a 25-year old race car driver from Fargo, ND. Her father is in the automobile business so she developed a natural affinity for cars and racing at an early age. She began her career racing go-karts when she was nine years old and became the first female driver to win the Duffy Trophy for the Grand National Championship on pavement.

In 2002 she made the jump to sprint car on dirt and was involved in a serious accident after only her fifth race that required several surgeries. Amazingly, she came back later that season to post two top-ten finishes. In the following off-season she went on to compete in the Miss Teen North Dakota pageant where she was voted Miss Congeniality! She has since competed in the Miss North Dakota pageant and was 2nd runner up. In 2007 she became the first woman to win a major ASCS trophy when she won the Midwest Points Championship. The 2008 season was very successful she finished Top Ten in the Knoxville Raceway Point Standings, and also became the first women to receive the Knoxville Raceway 360 Rookie of the Year Award.

Natalie aspires to become a professional race car driver and for the past 16 years, she has been working hard to achieve her ultimate goal - that of racing a stock car at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level.

Natalie has discovered it takes hard work, specialized training, determination, and support from her family and friends to become a professional race car driver. Over the years, she gained knowledge racing 360 and 410 Sprint Cars on dirt tracks and Go-karts on dirt and asphalt tracks. She attended racing schools and racing programs, some of which include:

  • Skip Barber Racing School
  • Finish Line Racing School
  • Lyn Saint James Women in Racing Program

The experiences received from this training helped her grow into the confident and well-rounded driver she is today. The skills honed through working on race cars, presenting speeches to children and young adults, training in the gym, and reading books related to her endeavors have played vital roles in preparing her for a career in the racing world. The 2009 year witnesses Natalie transitioning from a dirt track and Sprint Car into a Super Late Model race car on asphalt. From a field of 125 candidates, Natalie was one of twelve selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Having very little asphalt experience didn’t play a factor in her selection. She impressed many team owners with her self-assuredness and raw driving talent. Receiving a couple of offers, she made the superlative decision to sign on with Total Velocity Motorsports from Monroe, Washington.

With the completion of the 2009 racing season at Evergreen Speedway, Natalie wrapped up the year by placing fourth in the point standings and earned the title of Washington State and Evergreen Speedway Rookie of the Year.

For the 2010 racing season Natalie will be competing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at South Boston Speedway with an accomplished NASCAR series team by her side. Natalie and Sellers Racing Inc. have teamed up and are looking forward to a great season. Natalie has high goals for herself in this upcoming season, and has the right team behind her to achieve those goals. Every week, she will continue to learn more about the asphalt track, strategize with her crew, improve her driving skills, and nurture her dreams. Competing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series is helping to pave her way toward competing in the Camping World, the Camping World Truck, and Nationwide Series and bringing her closer to attaining her ultimate goal of racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Outlaws. 23 (Fargo, NC) from the14th class (2007-08) of the Women in the Winner’s Circle (WWC) Foundation Complete Driver Academy


Camping World Truck Series for 2012

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Natalie Sather of Fargo, N.D., will race for Total Velocity Motorsports in the Whelen All-American Series at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Sather became the first woman to win a major ASCS trophy in 2007 when she won the Midwest points championship.

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Natalie Sather (Fargo, N.D.) competes in 360 Sprint cars at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. This season she has one top-five and six top-10s.



Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award
25th in NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Points
5th in Virginia State Points
2nd at South Boston Speedway Track Points


First women to sit on front row in the 54 year history of South Boston Speedway


Washington State Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series
4th place points at Evergreen Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series
NASCAR Drive for Diversity Participant


360 Rookie of the year at Knoxville Raceway
Top 10 points in the 360 Knoxville Raceway Point Standings
4x Hard Charger Award at Knoxville Raceway
Highest finish by a female in Knoxville Raceway history with 3rd place in a 360
Graduate of the Lyn St. James Women in the Winners Circle program
Graduate of the Finish Line Racing School


ASCS Midwest Points Champion
Highest finish by a female in Knoxville Raceway history with 5th place in a 360
Qualified for preliminary A Main at 410 Knoxville Nationals
Invited to race with the World of Outlaws in Australia at Parametta Raceway


Participated in the Skip Barber School of Racing, for a TV pilot on women in racing with MTV


ASCS Hard Charger Award


ASCS Young Lion Award
11th Place in ASCS National Points
Attended The Jimmy Sills Racing School


IKF Grand National Champion on Pavement


2nd Place Tulsa Shootout/ Go-Karts


Regional Champion/ Go-Karts


Track Champion/ Go-Karts


Sportsman of the year/ Go-Karts

Articles in Speed Sports News, K&, Sprint Car Annual, Flat Out, Sprint Car & Midget

Appeared on NASCAR Sirius Satellite Radio, Fox Charlotte, Knoxville Raceway TV Show, and many local stations


Sather's feminine side shines through on 'Tyra'

There's something about a TV talk show queen asking a probing question that turns even the toughest person into pudding.

That's what happened to Natalie Sather, who races for Sellers Racing in the Whelen All-American Series, when Tyra Banks asked about a particular scar shooting down Sather's shin.

Seven years ago, when Natalie was 17 and running sprint cars at her home track, Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, N.D., she was T-boned in a violent wreck. Her leg was busted ugly in three places. Her foot was actually pointing backwards, the kind of trick you'd see from Harpo Marx to get a laugh. In reality, it made grown men sick.

Sather had been racing since she was 9, starting in go-karts, and after seven surgeries on the leg, doctors were saying she'd likely never wheel a race car again. She had a foot-long metal pin inserted into her leg from knee to ankle to hold together her fibula. Four months after the scary wreck, she was competing.

Usually, Sather will show off the battered leg with a sly smile and quick story about the golf-ball sized in infection she fought, and how she defied doctors' orders by constructing a special leg brace allowing her to return to competition -- before medical permission was granted.

Yet when she was alone on stage of The Tyra Banks Show at its Manhattan studio for a pre-taped show airing Thursday, with pictures of her leg eliciting audience gasps and cameras bearing in and Tyra wondering how such a scar affects you as a woman, an old wound was opened, and the accident took on a new context.

Her breakdown was quick and complete, and Natalie recovered like a steely veteran driver going wicked loose off a turn and transferring that bobble into greater speed. "It's a beauty flaw," she said, wiping her eyes. "I'm embracing it. It's who I am."

In the audience, Jeff Knight, Natalie's 2009 car owner with Total Velocity Motorsports, was clearly moved. He knew about Natalie's accident but never considered how it could impact a young lady away from the race track.

"At the shop, she's a regular driver," said Knight, who is also a pastor in a ministry outside Seattle. "I've only seen her in a fire suit. Watching her on the show, talking to Tyra about the accident and her scar, I've learned about a new side of Natalie."

Banks, whose show is seen by millions of young people -- contributing to her Forbes ranking as the fifth most-influential woman in America -- had invited Sather on the program to undergo a beauty "makeover." The former supermodel-turned-entrepreneur and Emmy Award-winning host was looking for a young, successful woman working in a profession that puts grease under her nails.

Sather, once a cheerleader and runner up as Miss Teen North Dakota, was an easy choice for the show. Heck, she could double for Danica when Lifetime does the movie of the week.

But don't get fooled by Natalie's smoky looks; she's tough as nails. She's had her share of concussions. She's jousted on the track with men old enough to be her father in taking the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Midwest points championship in 2007 and in winning 2008 rookie of the year honors at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

The attractive young driver is a self-proclaimed tomboy, who last season won a race as a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in the Whelen All-American Series and also bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie. She lists hunting and shopping as her hobbies. She calls herself "my father's son" and would rather be no place else than at the race shop, wearing jeans and T-shirts during the week and a fire suit on weekends.

After discussing Natalie's accident, Tyra began styling the driver's jet black hair, which runs thick and down the length of her back. Would she turn it into Dynasty-meets-disco? A Farrah Fawcett flip? Tyra chose for Natalie an old-style pompadour -- a 50's look brought into 2009.

The talk-show diva sprayed and pulled and combed and teased the thick mane, singing loudly the whole time. Racing stock cars, Natalie hadn't lost her hearing, but Tyra's singing may now have done the trick.

To finish the job -- on the hair, not her ears -- Natalie went backstage for the full makeover, including makeup and a new outfit: lime green shorts a young lady aiming to cause a stir might wear to the Kentucky Derby on a warm Saturday in May, along with an abbreviated fancy bolo-style jacket to be worn if bull fighting on Rodeo Drive.

She rose above the garish costume and looked absolutely gorgeous, albeit teetering ever so slightly on four-inch stilettos. Natalie had broken a bone in her foot while racing. Training for the Miss North Dakota pageant she trained herself to walk in heels despite the pain.

As a member of the NASCAR PR team based in New York, I was (gladly) serving as Natalie's PR man the day of the shooting. She flashed me a look saying, "If they really want me to wear this loud outfit right now, is it possible to flash backward in time, and when NASCAR gets a call from Tyra looking for a race-car driver to do a makeover on national TV, maybe just send them over to the open-wheel people?"

I responded with my best telepathically confident "game on" nod, as if to say, "You look simply gorgeous, girl, and when out there revealing this makeover, America will be yours."

(I normally don't interject "girl" in the middle of unsaid thoughts, but this was The Tyra Banks Show. When in Rome ...)

As an African drum brigade set down a pounding beat, Natalie strutted onto Tyra's stage. She effortlessly pivoted on those perilous heels like Edyta on Dancing with the Stars. She vogued with the attitude of an MTV dancer. The crowd went wild.

While she prefers to walk on pit road in racing shoes rather than on the catwalk in stilettos, Natalie said the experience was unforgettable and, ultimately, fun.

"Getting all 'dolled up' is something I don't do very often, let alone on national television," Natalie said. "I was asked to appear on the show since I am a female in a male-dominated sport, and most of the time I find myself wearing jeans and a T-shirt, hair in a pony, with no makeup. I have been known to say, 'I am the girliest tomboy you will ever meet.'

"But, on the same note, as much as I like to be girly, I do struggle with it. Going on the Tyra show gave me some great tips on makeup, and fashion. I would have preferred to discuss racing, how Peyton Sellers and H.C. Sellers, my crew chief, are helping me, working on the cars, and competing against guys. But let's be honest: What girl doesn't like to get a makeover!"

Here's what you need to know about Natalie Sather. An appearance like this is monumentally important in a young driver's career. Agreeing to do it as an out-of-the-comfort-zone TV stunt, can go sideways and stick with you a long time. When Natalie got off stage, she didn't want to know how she looked or sounded. She asked, "Did I represent NASCAR well?"

Natalie Sather came from Fargo, N.D., to the big city, and during the course of a few fast minutes, she laughed, she cried, she strutted her stuff, and she invited America to get to know a tough, hard-core racer with real emotions, who is a genuine young lady easy to root for.

If portraying grace and style while showing real human emotion are good for the sport, then yes, Natalie, you did well, very well.

In The Driver's Seat With Natalie Sather, NASCAR Whelen Series Racer

Gritty. Tough as nails. Driven to succeed, no matter the pain in the game.

Those are some of the characteristics that describe 25-year-old Natalie Sather, an upcoming NASCAR racer who cut her teeth in some of the finest dirt tracks of the Midwest as well as asphalt short-oval arenas of the Southeast.

On the surface, she’s congenial, very apt to discuss racing as well as her family life that has inspired her through the years.

Certainly, she values the support given to those around her, and it shows with her ambition to succeed in this competitive field of motorsports.

When it comes to her mindset just as the green flag’s about to unfurl, all that’s on her mind is how she’s going to make the most out of it.

Ask for 100 percent, she’ll give you 110, making her way to the front with the precision and cunning of some of sport's most clutch drivers like the Labonte brothers or Jeff Gordon, the latter who has inspired her in her career.

Stumbling upon her when reading about this year’s Drive for Diversity class, I took notice of her racing record, which at first seemed to be filled with glowing highlights and statistics that couldn’t be tangibly appreciated.

However, when I read how she’s triumphed in her dreams despite setbacks, it showed me the kind of hunger and willpower she has to make it in this sport.

While others out there are all talk and just appear at the track for television time, Sather embodies that old Wrangler jeans motto of being “one tough customer.”

In a highly competitive game that involves high risk with one’s health and psyche, it seems as if nothing can derail the young gun from realizing her goal of becoming a full-time winner on the Sprint Cup circuit.

I interviewed Natalie Sather recently, getting her thoughts on her career, as well as her observations about her experiences in auto racing. You’ll see what I mean by her giving 110 percent in all she does, trying hard but not too much in making the most of her opportunity.

Without a doubt, she wants to make it badly in NASCAR, knowing she has to give it her all in a sport that requires sacrifices here and there to make it to the top.

Strap in, put on your driving gloves, and get ready for some short-track racing, when I put you in “The Driver’s Seat with Natalie Sather, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racer!”

Rob Tiongson : Some people get a thrill out of their need for speed, be it in their street cars, video games, or taking up auto racing in some shape or form as a means of recreation. What compelled you to embark on a career in motorsports, particularly with stock cars?

Natalie Sather : Growing up, my dad sponsored his best friend’s race car. No one in my family actually raced, so I didn't necessarily grow up around it. However, I loved going to watch (races) much more than anyone in my family.

After years of watching the local sprint cars at the dirt track, the friend my dad sponsored saw a flyer for a local go-kart race and told my parents they needed to take me and that they should get me a go-kart.

After the race, we were all hooked, and so began my racing career starting in karts.

I grew up racing go-karts and eventually made the jump in to a sprint car on dirt. Growing up around the Mid-West, there are only dirt tracks in the area, so asphalt racing wasn't an option. So the asphalt dream seemed pretty far-fetched when I first started.

RT : Did you have any particular hero growing up in Fargo, N.D., at least, when it came to racing, or in particular, with your life?

NS : Growing up in Fargo, N.D., I looked up to a sprint car great named Donny Schatz. I would go to the World of Outlaw races sporting his t-shirt and a homemade sign, saying “I’m going to race against him someday.”

Well, that day did eventually come, and more to follow (oh and P.S., I have beaten him), and I will never forget it.

Another racer that I looked up to was Jeff much that my whole room as a teen-age girl was Gordon, and I even did my senior English project on him.

He grew up racing go-karts, and then moved up to Sprints and pursued his dream and made the transition to asphalt and has proved many wrong. His path is one I would like to follow myself.

I say one day I will race against Jeff, as well. One down (Donny Schatz), one to go (Jeff Gordon)!

RT : Now, like so many of NASCAR's hottest stars in Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne, you cut your teeth in sprint cars on some of the finest dirt tracks in America.

How much of an asset is it for you to know that particular brand of vehicle, as well as go-kart cars, in terms of driving the heavier stock cars on various asphalt arenas?

NS : Competing around the country at countless dirt tracks has played a huge role in my asphalt career. A great racer once told me dirt keeps you sharp, you have to be quick, always on your toes, and it’s 30 laps of wheel-to-wheel action.

I have been able to take a lot of what I have learned on the dirt and relate it to the asphalt. For example, when my car (late model) is loose, it is like driving on a dry slick dirt track, and it takes a lot of finesse.

I can't tell you how many times I have been watching the NASCAR greats like Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, and Clint Bowyer, and see them get loose and they catch their car and the announcer will say, “Oh, look at that save, that’s their dirt background coming into play!”

So many of them go back and race on the dirt and I truly think that it helps with their asphalt driving.

RT : You've been a part of some excellent programs in racing, from the Skip Barber Racing School to your current team, Sellers Brothers Racing.

How much have those contingencies helped Natalie Sather, the racer and person? It's had to help you get your name out there to places across the States that's given you some great opportunities.

NS : Throughout the last few years, I have had some great opportunities to attend some amazing programs. Finish Line Racing School in Florida is one that has played a huge role in my asphalt career. Mike and Krystal Loescher, who own, run, and operate the school, have an amazing program.

They have taught me so much about the asphalt side of racing. Mike, who I call "my driving coach," is always there for me if I need any advice and has even come to a few races to help me along in my career.

Another great program that I have had the privilege of being a part of is the Lyn St. James, Women in Racing Program. Through Lyn's program, I had the opportunity to learn the "behind the scenes" aspect of racing.

From Media Training, Money/Sponsor Management, Physical and Mental Training…and also attending Finish Line Racing School (through Lyn’s program for a second time), these programs have given me a great establishment into my asphalt career.

RT : Having accessibility to your fans is paramount in establishing your popularity in the grandstands, not only in the tracks you've competed at, but at places where you just might be at when you advance in your career.

Would you say that having a presence online, via Facebook, your website, etc., has helped draw in some new fans with your racing, as well as help you attract potential sponsors/teams in joining your efforts?

NS : Fans in my eyes are a huge part of this sport. I have always had amazing fans, and always take the time to talk to all my fans.

With the social network sites on the rise, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites, I have tried to have as many ways as possible for the fans, potential sponsors, etc., follow my career.

It’s hard to keep up with everything and I try my best - I do all the networking side myself from designing my race cards to creating and updating my website.

Since creating a Facebook and Twitter, I have been amazed at the response in friends and support. I even have hit my limit on Facebook, so I had to create a fan page, and group page called Natalie "Speed" Sather! It’s been overwhelming to see all the support.

RT : Competing in any sport means the possibility of getting hurt out there in the playing field, be it a premier soccer stadium or a hometown short track.

Having dealt with some injuries during various times in your career, how have you dealt with it and is it truly mind over matter in dealing with pain, both physically and emotionally?

NS : Throughout my career, I have sustained some pretty serious injuries that could have ended my career.

When I was 17, I was racing at my local dirt track in a sprint car when I was involved in a incident where I was t-boned at over 110 mph and it broke my leg in three places, requiring seven surgeries and sitting out the season.

It was a time in my life where I was just starting out in my sprint car career and where I really had to take a step back and ask myself if this is something I really wanted to do. “Am I willing to risk getting hurt, even my life for this sport?”

It was a challenging time in my life but I knew that this is what I wanted to do. From then on, I dedicated my entire life to racing. Over the years, I have had some severe concussions, neck, and shoulder injuries, but nothing has stopped me.

This year, I sustained an injury that I thought for sure would end my career. April 17 was an ultimate high and low for me in my career.

It was a double-header and I scored my first top ten at South Boston with a ninth-place finish. The second race, the Sellers Brothers team and I were fired up.

On lap eight, I was tagged from behind, sending me spinning down the front straightaway. Once I came to a stop, I realized I was hurt pretty bad, thinking I broke my wrist.

After the initial shock, the adrenaline was still pumping and I ignored the pain and continued on with the race till lap 68, when another accident hurt my car, ending my night.

My wrist was super swollen and I found out the next day that indeed I had broken my wrist. How do you drive with one arm? It was a hard time for me and I wasn’t sure what my future held.

I was determined not to let this affect, let alone end my career. I flew back home to Fargo, ND to have surgery on my wrist where they placed a fairly large screw in my wrist.

The doctor in town was very supportive in helping me get back in the seat as soon as possible. After a special brace was made, I headed back to Virginia to get back in the seat.

It was pretty difficult getting used to racing with a big bulky brace on. I really had to relearn how to drive, it was hard, but it didn’t stop me. I needed to have the strength, courage, and motivation to keep on pursuing my dream. My team and family also motivated me.

It’s really hard sustaining any injury and being able to bounce back, but I have always told myself, “Never, ever give up.” And I don’t plan on it anytime soon!

RT : When you're at the track, strapped up and geared up to go, do you have a particular pre-race ritual or superstition that you follow? Or are you more like, "OK Natalie, this is our race to win?"

Ok, well, I do have a few rituals that I do, have to wear, etc. Some are more personal than others, but I will let you in on the secret.

I have a racing angel pin that must be on my suit. I also do have a lucky pair of undergarments that I do wear most of the time (laughter). Also, once I’m strapped into my car, I always say a lil’ prayer and then tell myself that I can do this, and also ask my Grandma, who was one of my biggest fans, to cheer me on and give me the strength and courage I need to finish the race.

RT : Alright, so it's down time, race isn't for a few days. What's a typical week in the life for you, during a race week? How about during a true off-week?

NS : A typical race week for me, well honestly, it’s been a lot different this season due to the fact that I broke my wrist at the beginning of this season so it has limited how much I can do. But normally, I would help out in the shop.

I had started working on the shock dyno this year and really enjoyed it. Otherwise, I work out as much as I can and get prepared for the next race, whether it’s washing my suit, cleaning my car, etc.

On an off-week, I usually try to go home to spend time with my family and friends. I go to the lake, hang out with my puppies, and work on my hunting cabin.

RT : What's been your favorite track that you've competed at thus far in your career? Any particular track that you're absolutely floored to compete at some day?

NS : My all-time favorite place to race would hands down be Knoxville, Iowa! It’s a half-mile dirt track located in a small town outside of Des Moines.

From the staff to the facility, to Dingus (a lil’ bar across the street), everything about that place, I just love.

My favorite part is the track, as it is where I really found out what I could do in a race car. From the high speed, the intense wheel-to-wheel racing, to the slide jobs, there is never a dull moment. I hope to one day go back and race a sprint car there!

A track that I someday hope to compete at is Daytona, the birthplace of NASCAR. This is where the legends made a name for themselves. To be able to race where the founding generation drove would be such a privilege!

RT : Free Association time for you, Natalie! No pain, no gain...this will be child's play. Tell me the first thing that comes into your mind with the following, all right? Here we go! Green flag.

NS : "¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!" (Speedy Gonzalez)

RT : Three wide.

NS : My favorite way to pass.

RT : Starting position.

NS : Outside pole.

RT : Family.

NS : Support.

RT : Confidence.

NS : Most of the time.

RT : A real racer's track.

NS : South Boston (asphalt) and Knoxville, Iowa (dirt).

RT : Your ideal street car.

NS : Chevy Truck!

RT : If I could organize a music concert, I'd have...

NS : Country music.

RT : Best motto ever given to you.

NS : “Save your fork - the best is yet to come.” My Grandma told me that.

RT : Faith.

NS : Christian.

RT : Where you see yourself down the road...

NS : Racing, or anything to do with racing.

RT : When it comes to distinguishing yourself amongst your peers, what are some qualities or factors that make you such a special, unique racer to fans out there who may be looking for the next big star to follow?

NS : I am the “girliest” tomboy you will meet. I can work in the race shop, hunt, shingle a roof, and don’t even mind a lil’ dirt under my nails. On the other hand, I own about 30 pairs of high heels and love putting on a fun dress and going shopping at the mall.

I carry a hand gun and lip gloss in my purse. I am an energetic, outgoing person, passionate about what I do and that comes out on the track.

I am always myself, and tend to show a lot of emotion, but it’s who I am. If I didn’t love this sport and put everything I had in to it, I would have nothing to lose…but I do.

I am also passionate about the opportunities to help out in my community that racing has presented. I have had the chance to meet many strong kids at the local hospitals that have opened my eyes, and taught me how to be a stronger, better person.

This I hope to continue on throughout my career and help these young kids work towards their dreams for the future.

I have faced a lot of difficulties in my career from breaking my leg (in ‘02) and my wrist (just this season) to being scrutinized in my career, giving many reasons for one to quit or give up. All of these things have only made me stronger and shaped me into the woman I am today.

RT : Say I'm your team owner...and we're competing for the long haul of a season. How would you impress me, as far as proving yourself out there? Would you go all out for wins or go for top-10s, gradually working your way to becoming a race contender as a season goes on?

NS : I am a very competitive person, but you have to be realistic. This is only my second season racing asphalt, but I still tend to set my goals very high.

Consistency is key…I would go for the top fives, top 10’s, and of course I will take a win.

In order to win championships, you have to use your head and be consistent. In 2007, I won the American Sprint Car Championship and didn’t win a single race (although I came very close a few times) but I was always in the hunt, finishing every race, and making sure I made smart decisions which paid off in the end.

I am always looking to improve every race, learning something new every time I hit the track.


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