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Junior Dragster Sisters Allison & Heather Bell Have Fun at Maple Grove Dragway
They are sisters, junior drag racers and the official 2006 IHRA Best Appearing Team at Maryland International Raceway and at the 2006 NHRA Eastern Conference Finals at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. Gorgeous aside, Heather and Allison Bell are serious about racing.
Heather and Allison Bell at Maple Grove Dragway
Their home track is Maple Grove Dragway in Reading, Pennsylvania. The teens run in the 7.90 class at 85 mph. Both have solid racing resumes.
"I've been racing since I was thirteen," said Heather. "My dad was a racer and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. This season will be my last in junior dragster. I have a 1977 Chevy Camaro with a 350 cubic-inch engine that I want to race at the next level."
Junior dragster driver Heather Bell at Maple Grove Dragway
Allison is 14-years-old and has raced for 4 years. "My sister and I have raced each other in junior dragsters a couple of times," said Allison. "She beat me because I used to have the slower car. Now I have the fastest car. But we don't care who wins as long as one of us makes it to the next round."
Both girls are "A" students, and Heather carries a 4.0 grade point average. "I hope to attend Brigham Young University and continue my racing career," said Heather. "In our family we have to keep our grades up in order to race, it's a rule."
Heather organized a class project about drag racing at her high school. "There are lots of places to race in a safe environment where it's legal," she said. "You don't have to risk injury or death." She recruits drag racers at school.
In April, as part of Heather's class project, a team from her high school will race in competition for the first time against other high schools in the area. "It's supervised and safe," she said. "There are tech inspections and teens can race any car that meets the criteria. The race limit is 10.5 seconds in the quarter mile."
Her safety tips campaign has generated local media attention and a visit from Mike Dunn. Dunn won 22 national events in Funny Car and Top Fuel class races from 1981 through 2001 and is now an announcer for ESPN.
"He came to our high school and talked about being safe while driving," said Heather. "Now my class project has expanded. Together, with local law enforcement, I'm involved with NHRA Street Legal Drags. We hope to keep young drivers from speeding on streets by letting them race on the track and have fun."
Heather also helps her dad work on the cars. "I change the oil and help with the tires," she said. "I understand a lot more about how cars work."
Bell Family Racing uses K&N performance products. "The K&N Air Filters on the dragsters work great," said Heather and Allison's father Rick Bell. "At $4500.00 an engine K&N helps to protect our investments. When the girls do burn offs I don't have to worry."
"It's been a rush," said Heather. "There's nothing like speeding down the track at 80 plus miles-per-hour."
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