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Melissa Westerman Finishes 2010 Tied for First in NorCal Top Comp Association

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Westerman says she's totally ready to begin her attack on the 2011 race season at Infineon Raceway in only a few weeks.
Westerman says she's totally ready to begin her attack on the 2011 race season at Infineon Raceway in only a few weeks.
Life is fast, sweet, and jam-packed for Girl Power Racing's Melissa Westerman. And why not, she lives and works in Sonoma, California's idyllic wine country and drag races both a Super-Pro Class Mustang and a 454 Chevy big block dragster. She could very well be the poster girl for the modern, progressively accomplished woman.
Westerman says she's pumped up the old 454 Chevy big-block with 11-1 compression. A Cola crank, GRP billet alum rods, and Ross custom pistons to complete the rotating assembly.
Westerman says she's pumped up the old 454 Chevy big-block with 11-1 compression. A Cola crank, GRP billet alum rods, and Ross custom pistons to complete the rotating assembly.
Make no mistake about either, the girl is a jock, in the purest and most complimentary sense of the word. If she doesn't burn you in a quarter-mile, she can kick your butt in Taekwondo, or any number of other sports you'd care to throw down. Winning is always the goal for her, but coming in an agonizingly close second, still beats the rest.

Examining last season through her rearview mirror Westerman says, "Looking back at 2010, I feel it was an awesome year! We tied for first in points in the NorCal Top Comp Association. The GirlPowerRacing.com dragster remained consistent throughout the season which helped us win races and promote K&N Performance Filters."
The GirlPowerRacing.com dragster remained consistent throughout the season said Westerman, which helped her win races and promote K&N.
The GirlPowerRacing.com dragster remained consistent throughout the season said Westerman, which helped her win races and promote K&N.


The battle for who was going to eventually take home the first place title continued all the way until the final race of the season for Westerman.

"Something I'd rather forget about last year is that we didn't win one more round, because if we had, we would have secured a first place finish," said Westerman. "Due to the NorCal Top Comp Association's tie breaker, we ended up in second place, for the second year in a row."

What sort of preparations has she been doing to ready herself for an assault on 2011?
The Girl Power Racing Mustang had some transmission work done and a new torque converter installed.
The Girl Power Racing Mustang had some transmission work done and a new torque converter installed.


"To get ready for the new season we replaced the driver restraints and blower restraints on the dragster, because they need to be changed every two years. We've freshened up the blower, transmission and made a few improvements to speed it up a bit too," says Westerman.

"The Mustang got the transmission repaired and a new torque converter in time to take it to Southern California for Scotty Richardson's Drag Racing School. What a beneficial class that was for me, I learned some new bracket racing tools, and got one-on-one time with Scotty to work on making my reaction times more consistent for the upcoming season."

Westerman's Girl Power Racing kicks off the 2011 season bracket racing her 500-plus horsepower Mustang in the Super Pro class, at the end of January, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The NorCal Top Comp Association season starts in April at Infineon Raceway as well.

"I'm excited to start the season with both cars at my home track," adds the K&N sponsored Westerman.

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