Kelly Sutton

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Kelly Sutton
BornKelly Ranae Sutton
(1971-09-24) September 24, 1971 (age 48)
Crownsville, Maryland
AchievementsFirst female Allison Legacy Series race winner (1997)
Awards2007 Dorthy Corwin "Spirit of Life" Award
2005 Trailblazer Award
2004 Jimmy V Award
2004 Gene Autry Courage Award
2003 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
2002 NASCAR Goody's Series Most Popular Driver
1998 Pars Pro Truck Series Oral B Close Brush Award
1997 Allison Legacy Pennsylvania Series Most Popular Driver
1992–1994 Old Dominion Speedway Most Popular Driver
1993 Metropolitan Auto Racing Fan Club Of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia Award
1992 Old Dominion Speedway Hard Charger Award
1992 Old Dominion Speedway Sportsmanship Award
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
54 races run over 5 years
Best finish26th (2004)
First race2003 O'Reilly 200 (Memphis)
Last race2007 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (Milwaukee)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 22, 2010.

Kelly Renae "Girl" Sutton (born September 24, 1971)[1] is a former NASCAR driver. Sutton started 54 races, mostly in her family-owned No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado, in the Craftsman Truck Series. She was the only stock-car racer, male or female, known to race with multiple sclerosis before Trevor Bayne's diagnosis in 2013.

Beginnings[edit]

Sutton began racing at the age of 10 before her career was halted due to her diagnosis of MS at the age of sixteen. She resumed racing in 1992 at Old Dominion Speedway, driving in the Pro Mini Stock Series. During her first year of competition, Sutton won the Hard Charger and Sportsmanship awards. During her three years competing in the series, she won seven feature races and won the Most Popular Driver award all three years.

Return to racing[edit]

Sutton would not race again until 1997 in the Allison Pennsylvania Legacy Series. She won two feature races and the Most Popular Driver Award. The next year, she competed in the Parts Pro Truck Series, where she won one qualifying race and the Oral B Close Brush Award.

In 2000, she advanced to the NASCAR Dash Series, where she competed in two races and had a sixteenth-place finish. She posted her first top-ten in the division the following year, before competing full-time in 2002, winning the Most Popular Driver award and finishing third in rookie standings.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Sutton made her NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2003 at Memphis Motorsports Park, where she started 34th and finished 27th after suffering early transmission failure. She ran three more races that year, her best finish being a 19th at the season-ending Ford 200. She made her first full-time bid for the championship in 2004, with sponsorship from Copaxone. She finished seventh for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors and 26th in championship points, her best points finish to date. Her best finish that season came at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, where she finished 20th. She returned in 2005, posting a career-best fifteenth-place run at the Quaker Steak and Lube 200, despite dropping to 29th in points. She had a big accident at Kansas during the season when she went upside down in turns 3 and 4 during the O'Reilly 250 after contact with Chris Fontaine, who had wrecked in front of her earlier.

In 2006, she competed in twelve races. During the O'Reilly 250 at Kansas, the same race she flipped in a year earlier, she had another bad accident, this time losing control of her truck on the backstretch and just missing an opening on the inside wall before slamming into the wall, almost flattening the driver's side of the truck. She was extracted from the truck to a local hospital, but she survived with minor injuries. Fellow NASCAR driver Jeff Fuller would have an accident almost similar to this later in the year in a Busch series race at Kentucky when he spun to avoid a spinning Jason Leffler and slammed into an opening on the inside wall, only it was the passenger side door that was flattened, and he survived with minor injuries. Brad Keselowski was hired to drive in two races that her team was entered in, but that she could not race in due to her injury. Her best finish was a nineteenth at Gateway International Raceway.

For 2007, she drove three races in the No. 51 truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports. In June 2007, Sutton finished 20th at the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200, her last race to date.

Motorcycle accident[edit]

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Sutton was severely injured in a motorcycle accident while riding as a passenger. The person she was riding with died. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts Ref
2003 Sutton Motorsports 02 Chevy DAY DAR MMR MAR CLT DOV TEX MEM
27
MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA
23
CAL LVS
DNQ
SBO TEX MAR PHO
35
HOM
19
63rd 340 [3]
2004 DAY
DNQ
ATL
32
MAR
DNQ
MFD
20
CLT
DNQ
DOV
27
TEX
30
MEM
31
MLW
25
KAN
35
KEN
23
GTW
21
MCH
25
IRP
DNQ
NSH
28
BRI
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
24
LVS
35
CAL
25
TEX
35
MAR
34
PHO
35
DAR
36
HOM
34
26th 1432 [4]
2005 DAY
17
CAL
26
ATL
31
MAR
27
GTY
28
MFD
26
CLT
15
DOV
31
TEX
29
MCH
DNQ
MLW
DNQ
KAN
31
KEN
26
MEM
20
IRP
31
NSH
36
BRI
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
29
LVS
28
MAR
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
29th 1315 [5]
2006 DAY
29
CAL
28
ATL MAR GTY
19
CLT
27
MFD
21
DOV
36
TEX
24
MCH
25
MLW
32
KAN
36
KEN MEM IRP
25
NSH
26
BRI NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 34th 977 [6]
2007 Billy Ballew Motorsports 51 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN
33
CLT MFD
DNQ
DOV TEX
33
MCH MLW
20
MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 66th 231 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly Sutton Career Statistics
  2. ^ http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/04/08/speed-alcohol-apparent-factors-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/
  3. ^ "Kelly Sutton – 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kelly Sutton – 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kelly Sutton – 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Kelly Sutton – 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kelly Sutton – 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

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