America’s Junior Drag Racing Championships The Observer Teen off-road racer proves herself in male-dominated sport Shannon Koontz, 17, finished her performance with victory in the final of the first night of the Texas Speedway Motorcross competition. Photograph: Thomas Ware Pool/Getty Images
The American teenager Shannon Koontz proved she has all the right stuff on the dirt on Thursday in a motorcycle dirt sprint ahead of today’s final at the Australian racing stadium, Texas Speedway.
The Texan, who competes in the off-road racing professional division of the US-based Junior Drag Racing Championships, claimed victory in the first night of action on the dirt at the track, near Fort Worth.
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She finished on a time of eight seconds and 14.6 seconds, then climbed on her car for victory in the next race, beating American Karen Crampton by 1.9 seconds.
In the championships, there are four divisions. A 15-19-year-old category is underwritten by US race promoters. They pay entry fees, advance kitty funds, and goods and services. Race dates and dates of finals are listed in the calendar.
Junior Drag Racing is a program run by the US’s Auto Racing Association, under whose auspices are US motocross championship races, US rally racing, US motocross, US 4×4 truck races, US Pro Freestyle, and US freestyle BMX.
In other events on Friday night, Portugal’s Marcela Giraldo won the first and fourth runs of the women’s circuit. France’s Kimberly Poutre, Spain’s Joriz Vilhér, Belgium’s Alexander Mann and the Netherlands’ Robert Ohsvat added to the wins.