Female drag racer makes 'turbo' impact in racing community

Seeing drag races can be fun if you like speed, power, and adrenaline. In a world full of male-dominated drag racers, only one stands out.

19-year-old Allex Nelson has been driving ever since she was 12.

"2016 and 2017 were definitely the best years for it though," Nelson said. "Getting experience under my belt. I started in an 18 second F-150 before I got this car and it wasn't fun, but I kind of learned the rhythm of it."

The driver often races at the Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton. She said out of the dozens of drag racers, only a handful of them are women.

"You don't know what's gonna happen. You don't know if somebody's going to hit the wall next to you and come in to your lane. You have to be prepared for everything. It teaches you how to drive, it teaches you how to focus."

She explains what it's like being a female drag racer.

"Being a girl in drag racing is one of the coolest things because people don't expect it," Nelson said. "You see the car drive by and you think 'it'll be a dude' and then they see a chick and everybody's heads turn and it kind of throws them off. But the support you get for being a girl is so much different than being a guy just because people want to talk you about it. It's interesting to them. But the guy racers around me want to see you succeed as much as you want to see them succeed."

Nelson  encourages young kids to learn and participate in the sport in hopes that it will teach them not only how to become  a great driver, but a great person as well.

"The advice I'd give them is to learn how to lose which sounds kind of weird but it's very important because you're not going to win everything."

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