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KRISTIN BUMBERA RISES TO THE CHALLENGE IN A HISTORY MAKING 2007
Houston, TX � 2007 was definitely one for the history books as Kristin Bumbera � the driver of the #00 TXI-MAXIMIZER Concrete ASA Pro Late Model - broke records, set fast times, won races and came close to winning not one but two championships.
Bumbera�s initial plans for 2007 were to run a limited schedule at Houston Motorsports Park - her home track, and spend more time competing out of state in various late model series�. However just a few races into the season she was sitting on top of the points charts. Word quickly got around about the first female driver in the history of Texas auto racing who was leading a point�s championship. Last year at the age of 18 she had already become the first female to ever win a late model race in Texas with two wins. For nine straight weeks at mid-season Bumbera held the points lead against a field of 38 men. The decision was made to finish out the season in Houston and go for the championship. At the end of the 13-race schedule Bumbera earned a hard-fought 2nd place in the points championship behind veteran driver, Ralph Burris, Jr.
Bumbera also drove in the Pro Stock Car class each week, which often required her to climb out of one racecar and be shuttled to her late model where she would race another 75 laps back to back. Driving another #00 for fellow competitors in the same class, James and Janette Huff, Bumbera posted three wins during the season and many fastest times. She wrapped up 4th in the points standings and only 43 points out of the championship after being forced to sit out the final two races of the season.
On one off-week Bumbera was offered a ride in a dirt track stock car, which she was quick to accept. In her first outing ever on dirt she placed 2nd in her heat race, started 20th in the feature and brought home a 5th place finish. �Dirt was a totally different experience but I think it will only help me as a driver. That was a lot of fun sliding around like that and staying in the gas. I couldn�t see too well � totally forgot about the tear-offs!� said Bumbera.
Two other notable events during 2007 for Bumbera included an invitation from NASCAR and the Drive for Diversity Program to participate in the search for their 2008 drivers. She was selected as one of the 24 finalists from over 200 applicants worldwide to compete at a test and combine at South Boston Speedway in October. Bumbera had a very impressive run and is still awaiting NASCAR�s decision on which eight drivers will be selected to drive for NASCAR Cup team owners next season.
Another esteemed invitation came from the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program and the Women In The Winner�s Circle Foundation. Bumbera was one of a few women drivers selected to participate in this yearlong program for 2007-08, which is the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind. Bumbera will begin this month and graduate in November 2008.
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