"This all started when Madison was eight-years-old, and she saw top fuel run at Pomona, and she said 'that's what I want to do,'" explained her dad, Doug, who works in the race shop at K&N. Last weekend Madison Whitten went three rounds deep on Sunday and won the 2011 Fontana Dragway Track Championship for 13 to 14 year-olds.
Madison proudly displays the Wally she just won at Fontana Dragway.
In 2010 Madison had five wins, this season she already has four wins, a track championship, and three more championships in her sights.
From the get-go, the weekend started off on a sweet note as the Corona, California teenager qualified with two .004 RT passes for the number two spot.
"First round we had a better light and backed it in for the win, second round the other car went red, third round we got the bye with the .004," commented Doug. "It got a little tougher in the fourth round, we where second off the line but closer to the dial and took the win by .0001."
The number one qualifier had a perfect light to win their semi race, so the final set-up with the number one and two racers dueling for the Wally. Madison had a perfect light and RJ Karl went red by.007, and the Wally was Madison's. The win Madison also gave her the lock on track points, and the track championship.
"Madison didn't even know she won until I told her after the second round on Sunday," adds dad. "You have never seen a face like that - she was stoked. We started racing last year in April, so this is our first full year of racing, and we try to race every week if there's a race with-in 500 miles."
Even in an incomplete 2010 race season Madison still managed to notch five victories, and so far this year she already has four wins. "We are going to Arizona this weekend and try to win the Arizona State Championship, which is contested between Speedworld and Firebird Raceway," Doug continues, "We are in first by two-hundred points. We are also trying to win the Speedworld Track Championship and Division Seven Championship; we stand in the number two spot in both of those."
Madison's car runs 7.90 at 85 mph. She is also got licensed in Jr. Comp this year at 6.90 and 105 mph in the 1/8 mile. Madison hopes to do a lot more Jr. Comp runs this season too.
"It's all about the great racers and families we have met along the way," Doug says. "We still have a lot of racing to go this year, and we take it one round at a time. All this kid thinks about is running top fuel someday."
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