Angelle Sampey, Star Racing reunite for 2015 NHRA season
ADEL, GA (WALB) - Since her 1996 debut in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Series, Angelle Sampey has won 41 races, making her the sports winningest female of all time.
But after 13 seasons, she walked away from racing to pursue a different challenge.
"In retired in 2009," said Sampey. "Decided to quit drag racing, go home and start a family, which I did. I have a beautiful little girl who's turning 4 years-old next month. "
But after Sampey's six years away from the track, Americus based Star Racing decided to make a splash for the 2015 season.
Choosing to bring home the racer who won three championships with their team.
"George Bryce and Jackie Bryce who own Star Racing are going to be celebrating their 35 year anniversary this year," said Sampey. "So, they wanted to do something special. So, they called and talked me into coming out of retirement. I don't know what I was thinking. I must be crazy to get back on these motorcycles again."
Sampey admitted that becoming a mother changed her perspective a bit on racing.
"It's totally different coming back after my retirement, especially now that I'm a mother," said Sampey. "So, I look at the whole safety aspect a lot more seriously than I did before."
As Sampey trains for her comeback, she's also glad to see how the sport has grown while she's been away.
"I really respect and appreciate the level of competition now because the harder you have to train, the harder you have to work, and the tougher it is to win, it makes you that much more proud of winning a race."
And Sampey isn't just back to win, she's out to make more history.
"I'm the winningest racer in history in pro stock motorcycles right now, that's alive," said Sampey. "Dave Schultz, who's number one, passed away. But, I want to beat him. I want to be the winningest racer, not just the winningest female. And, the winningest racer of all time."
Sampey is currently five wins behind Dave Schultz.
The season begins March 12-15, with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
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