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Keeping the boys at bay at PBIR

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Weighing in at 112 pounds, Pro-Mod racer Kim Morrele doesn't let her XX chromosomes keep her from the 'W'. "I'm number one in points right now here at my home track," said Morrele.

But her winnings go much further than her home track at Palm Beach International Raceway. "On the Pro-Mod, I've gone 437 at a 162 which makes me the fastest woman in the country - and in history actually - to put down a time like that in an eighth mile."

So, how did she get to be so good? "Racing all these guys out here. I mean these guys are good. They don't play around. If you don't pay attention, and you're not on your toes, they have no problem with sending you home. They're out here to win, and I'm just as competitive as they are. And I'm a female, so I have to try a little harder. And I'm not letting off; it's not happening."

The guys know they better be on their toes when they line up against Kim. "You know, I sneak up on them. And as they're going down the track, they think they got me. The next thing you know, I just come right by them."

And the crowd totally digs it. "Spectators think, from my understanding, they just think it's hot. The girls love it because here I am, a female in a dominant class, with nothing but guys. And they get into it because I'm representing us. We are strong women these days, and I'm out here running just as hard as the guys do. And I guess, it's just cool. They think it's hot, sexy."

Kim says people don't realize how addictive racing is. "Once you try it once, you're going to want to go back at it again and again. And you can never go fast enough. You always want to go faster, always. So, it's a rush."

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