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Spotlight on Speed - Tiffany Walters-Wilson

E.T Bracket Drag Racing Series

Tiffany Walters-Wilson drives her 2008 Toyota RAV4 V-6 everywhere, including the dragstrip.

"It's my daily driver,'' said Walters-Wilson, who lives in Overland Park. "It's what I drive to and from work, to the grocery store, and everywhere else.''

Beginning last racing season she decided that besides being dependable transportation her SUV also made a serviceable bracket car.

"I raced it last year for about half the year, probably about eight races,'' said Walters-Wilson, who competes in the Sportsman and Trophy classes at Heartland Park. "I haven't won any races, but I have probably four trophies from last year and have been to a couple of semifinal rounds.

"My fastest so far is about 15.06 (seconds), which is about 90 miles an hour.''

Walters-Wilson is only the latest member of her family to take up racing.

"My family all does it,'' she said. "My husband's family does it and he started a few years ago, so I had to come out and show them all how it was done.

"It's more fun than sitting on the sidelines.''

Walters-Wilson doesn't worry about risking her everyday vehicle in competition.

"It's probably safer than driving it on the highway or downtown Kansas City,'' she said.

Walters-Wilson said she enjoys hanging out at the dragstrip, but also wants to be competitive on the track.

"It's both,'' she said. "The competition isn't that fun if you're not doing well. It's the fun, it's the competition, it's the family time, being out here with our family and friends.''

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