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Women in Grassroots Racing: Careers in Every Aspect of the Sport 

 It’s an intriguing contradiction: Grassroots racing is known as a family sport and  Motorsports racing events around the country see audiences that are almost equally split between men and women; yet fewer and fewer women are making their careers in the industry.

So if women are enthusiastic enough to attend races in such large numbers, why do such a low number choose to make motorsports their life’s work?

Contingency Connection recently interviewed three women who work in different aspects of the motorsports industry: manufacturing, driving, and track operations, as part of their continued initiative to create conversations and promote the grassroots racing industry.

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A FAMILY THING: Father and son racers find success with the help of Contingency Connection’s Racer Rewards program

Father John Sherrick, two-time champion at National Trail Raceway with “The Gambler” (S-10 Chevy Truck) and “White Lightening” (1980 Mercury Zepher), and his son Nathan Sherrick, two-time Sport Compact Champion at National Trail Raceway (2015 and 2016 stock Colbalt) talk about how Contingency Connection’s Racer Rewards program helps get them to the winner’s circle all season long.

“My name is Nathan Sherrick, son of John Sherrick, and I wanted to share a little about our family’s racing history and what programs like Contingency Connection have meant for our success.”

“I am the back-to-back Sport Compact Track Champion at National Trail Raceway. Out of 12 races this year I won 9 times, 1 no show, and 2 runner ups, which is almost a clean sweep. I also placed in a few weekend races as well and was within hundreds of a second for King of the Track”

“I also race nationwide in the Import Facebook tour, where I am a two-time bracket champion, as well as at Milan, MI and Pittsburgh, PA. I am also the runner-up in Indy and Semi’s twice at National Trails.”

“I start my 2017 season on April 2nd in Rockingham, N.C. before returning to National Trail Raceway. I will also race in Joliet, Ill and Lebanon, NY before returning home again to compete in the 2017 Import Faceoff.”

“I hope to win 3 championships in a row this year at National Trail Raceway. Not bad for only racing four full years, but having my dad as a mentor (who has been racing for 50+ years) has been a huge asset.”

“In fact, my dad is the reason I made Drag Racing my number one hobby. He has been racing since 1959 at Hyde Park and evolved to National Trail Raceway himself. Growing up watching The Gambler win so many races and he soon became a two-time champion in his S-10 Chevy Truck. After racing a fast back Mustang, he went to his new build, a 1980 Mercury Zepher, With the help of Contingency Connection, and the many sponsors who support the Racer Rewards program, the new motor is about to be finished. “White Lightening” should be in the high 9’s and hopefully consistent.”

“I also want to give a special thanks to all the Contingency Connection Racer Rewards Sponsors!  Without them I could not afford to go racing as often this coming summer. Thank you for supporting grassroots racers.  We need all the help we can get!”

  • Thanks to WILWOOD BRAKES for sponsoring Racer Rewards program.  I collected coupons at National Trail and MCIR in Ohio and could get a new brake system. 
  • CLOYES & OLIVER– love their parts, glad they are in the program– and so does my engine builder and his shop foreman!
  • Competition Products & Howards– JUST THE BEST products and best offers. I redeem every year with both companies.  I also take these coupons to my engine builder.
  • MOROSO-I am using coupons we have won from three cars to buy a new oil pan!
  • PAINLESS Performance– Will be calling in the next 30 days. Great stuff, Nathan only uses Painless period.
  • EDELBROCK & RUSSELL– I used Racer Rewards coupons and spent $1000+ at Lane Automotive/Motorstate. Plus I got shirts and hats.
  • LINCOLN ELECTRIC– AMAZING stuff—got two welding shirts and other stuff.  GREAT COMPANY to work with
  • JET-HOT –  great offer with 25% off…we are using Jet Hot on all of our cars
  • QUICK FUEL TECHNOLOGY- Bought a carburetor with coupons
  • MSD- I redeem every year. Always the best products and best service
  • FST and HOLLEY I redeemed coupons with both. Great folks to work with.
  • RACEQUIP- BEST OF ALL!  I got belts, jacket, shoes, and they threw in so much extra stuff.  I recommend Racequip to every racer out there!
  • ELGIN INDUSTRIES- I hope to win their $500 Engine Power Package Bonus next season with cam, pistons, valves, rocker arms!  Great products and great supporters of grassroots racers and shops. 
DEI launches Gra$$roots Racing $upport

DEI preseason 20% DISCOUNT for purchases made on-line at  Enter code: DEICCRACER!


This revolutionary service cleans and restores concrete without using any water and leaves concrete surfaces looking brand new without power washing or using harsh chemicals. Definitely racer approved!

“Oil Away works to clean and restore the toughest concrete stains without using any water, power washing, or harsh chemicals," Oil Away President Sal Natale said. "Therefore racers, engine shops, tracks, manufacturers, and all of the fans in the stands can benefit from our remarkable product.  We are involved in grassroots motorsports to support a key customer base—saving them time on clean up; so they have more time to go racing and have more fun."


Since 2005, FUELAB has introduced some of the most innovative fuel delivery products the automotive aftermarket has ever seen. It all started with the Prodigy line of speed controllable DC brushless fuel pumps and has grown to include the award-winning, patented 529 Series Electronic Fuel Pressure Regulator, along with over 1600 different items related to performance fuel systems

"A huge percentage of our business comes from grassroots racers; the weekend warriors that work a 9-5 during the week in order to afford their addiction to speed," said FUELAB's Josh Davis
. "By getting involved with Contingency Connection, we’re able to give back to the type of racers and enthusiasts that have supported our brand over the years."

SPA Technique is an industry-leader in fire suppression and safety products for the motorsports industry. From their premier fire suppression systems, to their tire temperature gauges and quick release steering wheels, SPA Technique takes safety seriously. 

"At SPA we support all types of racing from major events and pro drivers-- to the smallest weekly events at hometown tracks," Dan List of SPA Techniques said. "Of course we are thrilled that SPA products are used by so many pro drivers and shops in various professional series; but whether you are a national professional driver or a weekend warrior grassroots racer, you will always get the same high quality product and same respect from SPA."

Grassroots WIRED Featured Sponsor: 

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