K&N sponsored drag racer Michelle Furr is living a dream. Just past the halfway mark in the season, Furr has already won multiple Wally's, the world-famous trophy awarded to event winners at NHRA competitions. The most surprising part of it all, though, might be Furr's experience, or relative lack thereof.
"What most people don't realize is the National Event in Charlotte was just my eighth National, and the Divisional in Atlanta was only my fourth Divisional race," Furr said. "To have finally reached this level of racing in the NHRA and to have done so well, so quickly, feels good."
Caption Michelle Furr is racking up the NHRA victories in both Super Street Camaro and Super Comp dragster classes.
Furr has been on a hot streak of late. In her last 5 events Furr has three wins and a runner-up while racing both Super Street in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Super Comp in a dragster. Her daughter, Madi, also found victory lane at a Junior Dragster event in Charlotte.
"The last five events have been a drag racers dream," Furr added. "If I had to pick my favorite moment this season, it would have to be when they handed me the brass National Event Wally to go along with the pewter one. I've dreamed about that Wally since I was a little girl, and now thanks to a lot of hard work and support from an awesome husband, Rick, my children, Madi and Adiayn, and the very best companies like K&N Filters and Ohio Crankshaft, we've done it three times now."
Furr isn't done yet, either. Following her Lucas Oil Division 2 win in Atlanta, the family has already set their sights on a return trip to Charlotte, where she has won the last two events.
"I kind of like that place," Furr said, with a hint of sarcasm. "Seriously, it's going to be neat to go back there and see if we can do three in a row. Do I think we can do it? Absolutely. I wouldn't show up at any track if I didn't think we could win. You have to believe in yourself. Sometimes life doesn't work out the way we want it to, but I'll be there and I'll be ready to give it all I've got."
Furr was conflicted when asked which car she prefers to drive.
"That's a hard question. I love the pro mod-style burnouts I get to do in the Camaro, and it's so much fun to get to drive one of the coolest cars Chevrolet ever made. But there is nothing like feeling yourself being pushed back into the seat and the upward pressure at one hundred and eighty miles per hour in the dragster is wicked."
Furr said K&N Filters' support has been instrumental in her success.
"K&N is just the best. We were so excited to partner with K&N; we have honestly used K&N products since the early '90s with confidence. When you know something works, you stick with it. We had so much confidence in K&N that when they asked us to try the new K&N carbon fiber dragster scoop, we bolted it on between the two Charlotte wins and didn't even go test. We made the first qualifying pass and were thrilled with the results of added miles per hour, great performance and the added bonus of having an air filter protecting our engine while giving optimum performance. K&N is on everything we own, from the racecars to our personal cars, the tow vehicle, and even the generators."