Niagara Gazette —
”We call ourselves ‘a picnic where a race breaks out,’ “ said Mary Cedano, a spokesperson for the drag racing group.
“It’s old time racing,” she added, noting that the name “Gasser” in the Gasser Series defines cars that race on good old fashioned gasoline rather than more contemporary fuels. And they can’t have electronics or computer chips either. “We don’t allow any of that,” Cedano said.
Brian had been drag racing vintage cars for years by the time he met Lisa. He had a pretty good reputation for himself so when his new bride expressed an interest in driving last year, he had no problem putting her behind the wheel. And then, she started winning. She even beat him in a jovial “grudge match” last year. But, her husband is more proud than begrudging. “She’s my sweetheart,” he says.
The key to her success? “She listens,” her husband says. Potential problems? “She just wants to keep going faster.”
With her drag racing husband, her own 69 Chevy Nova race car, and a growing stream of wins, including her fastest time of 146 mph in 9.23 seconds, Lisa still can’t quite believe that her dreams have so fully come true. “When you have a dream you just kind of put it aside like it’s never going to happen — and then all of a sudden you have an opportunity ... it’s a good time.”
She’s certainly making the most of the opportunity. She and Brian are racing this weekend at the Gold Cup at the Empire Dragway. They have several more races there in September but then, Lisa says, “it will be a sad thing when we can’t race until next year.”
In the meantime, she will happily keep her eyes on the road. “It’s an adrenalin rush. The power you have — it’s an awesome feeling,” she said, adding “We’re living the dream.”