PERRY MOVES UP MOD LADDER AFTER MAKING HISTORY AT STAFFORD by Denise DuPont
Female Racer Follows In Her Father's Footsteps
Shelly Perry made history at Stafford Motor Speedway in a few different ways during the 2006 season. Winning the inaugural SK Light championship at the track was enough to put her name in the history book. Even more significantly though was the fact that in doing so, she became the first female Modified champion in the history of the track.
the big bucks for motors. I am lucky that my brother can build my motors, so I save a lot of costs there. But if we go crate, it would definitely even out the playing field quite a bit.”
Perry is entered in the SK Modified portion of next month's Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway.
For 2007, she has even bigger plans.
“We are looking to move up to an SK at Stafford and a Sunoco Modified at Thompson. We are going to try to run both tracks. I know that is crazy but we are going to see what we have for resources and go for it.
“It is a little intimidating, but my Dad [Modified racer Butch Perry] has always run a modified or an SK. So we have the experience. They are just looking to get me in the car now at the higher levels.”
After securing the Stafford championship, Perry did a little traveling. She competed in the SK Light/SK Crate
Shelly Perry in Stafford' victory lane. (Jim DuPont Photos)
division in the North vs. South Shootout at Concord Motorsport Park (NC) and finished second to race winner Danny Bohn.
Perry found racing at the tricky Concord track to be just as much fun as her more familiar haunts – Stafford and Thompson.
“Oh yes, it is right up there with them and just as much fun. This was the most challenging. Going down there and figuring out the line and not lifting when you see a turn coming up. It was pretty cool.”
If not for a late race spin at Concord, Perry might have pulled off a big win down South. She recovered to finish as the race runner-up, but couldn’t quite catch Bohn.
“It would have been pretty close. I do not know if I would have caught him. I really got myself good. I was getting real loose off of turn three and I was trying to drive right through it but I lost it a couple of times. But I think maybe if we had another restart I might have been able to get him.”
With crate engines becoming more popular in racing, Perry has found that they can go a long way in equalizing the competition.
“If more tracks ran them, it would definitely equal the playing field a little bit. There are guys there that can pay