By – JJ Andrews
Last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hoosier Mama Powder PuffÃ¢â‚¬Â/beauty pageant/race for women drivers of small block supermodifieds was a great show.Ã‚Â The intrigue, the muscle, the drama, and the skill of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“boys raceÃ¢â‚¬Â was all there, wrapped up in a pretty pink bow.
Intrigue:Ã‚Â race organizer Kathy Harrington did a lot of finagling to put this deal together.Ã‚Â But when it came time to draw for starting position, only four of the nine entries were allowed to participate in the draw for the top four starting positions.Ã‚Â It was decided that only the four drivers who competed in the previous yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event were ready to start up front.Ã‚Â So who drew the pole?Ã‚Â Kathy did.Ã‚Â Things that make you go Ã¢â‚¬Å“HMMMM.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Muscle: Janine Regan and Jayne Danzer intimidated the rest of the field during a special Ã¢â‚¬Å“hot chickÃ¢â‚¬Â practice session earlier in the day, where all of the girls were allowed to turn some laps, two at a time.Ã‚Â They made the cars very loud, both causing their teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regular drivers to look very embarrassedÃ‚Â – and ashamed.
Drama: When Jamie Whitford saw Kim Brown passing her in the J.J. Andrews #93, her drama level went right off the charts. She looked just like Rob Pullen, nailing KimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left rear tire with her right front, sending Kim spinning.Ã‚Â Apparently it was some type of grudge that Jamie was harboring from the 80Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s (before she was born), when I called her father, Chuck Whitford, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chuckles.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Skill:Ã‚Â Although they have very limited driving experience, you would have thought it was Bentley Warren and Randy Ritskes out there, slicing through traffic, swapping the lead back and forth.Ã‚Â Winner Samantha Todd and 2nd place finisher Janine Regan put on an epic battle for the ages, bringing out all of the emotions to the fans that were standing on their seats watching the race. I laughed Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I cried Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ it became a part of me.
Almost as much fun as the racing was the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Firesuit Competition,Ã¢â‚¬Â where each model/driver walked the catwalk to the interview stand to draw for their starting position.Ã‚Â I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know that they made fireproof high heels.
The Q and A portion was quite entertaining as well, just like the Miss America pageant.Ã‚Â I was surprised to hear the ladiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ opinions on such subjects as gun control, the economy, global cooling, and whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hotter – Pat Furlong or Steve Gioia?
And finally, the talent competition.Ã‚Â Coincidentally, almost EVERY woman in the pageant chose Ã¢â‚¬Å“racecar drivingÃ¢â‚¬Â as their talent.Ã‚Â It was unprecedented.Ã‚Â The only one who did something different was Jayne Danzer, who decided to leave the car parked, and play the oboe for the listening pleasure of the judges.Ã‚Â (That wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t her first choice for the talent competition, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“sextingÃ¢â‚¬Â was disallowed.)
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the final order of finish for the Hoosier Mama Powder Puff race, followed by whose car they drove: 1. Samantha Todd (Barry Kingsley), 2. Janine Regan (Shawn Walker), 3. Kathy Harrington (Rob Pullen), 4. Kim Brown (JJ Andrews), 5. Debbie Bond (Terry Solazzo – Mike BondÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ride), 6. Jamie Crosset (Dennis Rupert/Louie LeVea Jr.), 7. Sara Wygant (Gnomey Racing #36), 8. Tracy Hardter (Terry Solazzo – Rob PullenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ride) and Jamie Whitford (Gnomey Racing #06).Ã‚Â Jayne Danzer (Dave Danzer) and Bonnie Litchison (Mark Castiglia), both missed out due to wrecks/car problems.
So, according to my calculations, that would be ELEVEN Superstars – maybe the most ever!Ã‚Â Congratulations, ladies!Ã‚Â Please feel free to shower the judges (me) with thank-youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next time you see me.Ã‚Â And I think you know what I mean by Ã¢â‚¬Å“thank-youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ .