Texas teen stuck on stock cars
At 15, Lauren Chamberlain became the only female to win a track championship at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, winning the mini stock races.
By 16, she was competing in the street stocks, taking the muddy curves at 90 mph with the 50-80 other adult racers, mostly men, at Shady Oaks Speedway.
"There is this adrenaline rush — you can't explain it. Only racers know that feeling, hoping your car will stay in the turn," said Lauren, now 18 and a college student.
"It is something you can't experience any other way, but the biggest thing I love about all this is the relationship with my dad. We are so close." she said.
When Monty Chamberlain started racing in 2005, he expected his 14-year-old son to get into the cars and the engines with him. He was somewhat surprised when it was his 10-year-old daughter who followed him around endlessly Saturday nights at the track.
After only five years of racing, Chamberlain said he gave the sport up to support Lauren, who was quickly excelling in the adult division.
"I was like, 'Wow, no one is passing me. I'm the one passing people. I'm a threat here.' And that was my epiphany — I'm actually good. I'm actually a threat here against all of these men," Lauren said, remembering a night when she placed fourth out of 45 cars.
And one of the owners of the track, Rosemary Stacy, said Lauren is recognized as just that — a threat.
"You wouldn't look at her and see a racer. You look at her and see a little, angelic face, a pink-cheeked and freckle-faced little girl. And then she puts on the race suit and a helmet and gets after it like a little devil," Stacy said. "She is out there competing just as hard as she can and does a good job of it.
Critical thinking challenge: How is Lauren a “threat?”
- Posted on April 14, 2013
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