Duffy Girls Racing celebrate solid season on the track

 

Duffy GirlsBy Ron Giofu

 

A local sister combination has been tearing up the racetrack in Grand Bend and elsewhere the last couple of years.

Chelsie and Carlie Duffy of Amherstburg racked up the trophies competing in Grand Bend this past season – their first actual participation in the Grand Bend point system – with Carlie, 10, placing third in the 8-12-year-old category while Chelsie, 17, took fifth in the 13-17-year-old age division.

Older sister Jordan is part of the pit crew.

Chelsie said her father Brad bought a car from a friend, whose daughter used to race. She was given the opportunity to drive it and has been hooked ever since. When Carlie started, she got the car as another car was purchased for Chelsie.

“Carlie got the hand-me-down,” joked Brad.

After watching racing, Chelsie said she wanted to try it.

“I want to go faster every time I go down the track,” she said.

Chelsie can go as fast as 7.9 seconds at 85 miles per hour in the 1/8 mile category while Carlie has clocked 8.9 seconds at 73 miles per hour at the 1/8 mile. Both are in junior dragsters but Chelsie also drives in street class, clocking as fast as 105 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile in a Mustang.

Carlie came close to capturing rookie of the year honours, but narrowly missed out.

“Not one time was there more than one point between us,” said Carlie.

The racing season runs from April through Thanksgiving. Chelsie said it will be a long winter as they prepare for the 2014 racing season as both can’t wait to get back on the track.

The Duffy Girls also compete at St. Thomas, Milan Michigan and in Martin, Michigan while representing the Grand Bend Motorplex. They would like to get more sponsors and eventually hope that a larger organization or a racing company will take note of them.

“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do (without the sponsors),” said Chelsie.

Sponsors include D&D Excavating & Drainage, Tim “Crunchie” Ferguson, Integrity Tool & Mold, Briadco Fixture & Gauge, Goggin Mold, Delisle Signs, Big Al & Leslie, Brown Dog, Grandma Barbara and Rick Walters.

“We’ve met so many people,” said mother Sandy, with Brad adding that the racing community is “a tight knit family.”

“Even though we all race against each other, we all work together when something breaks,” said Chelsie, adding she had issues with her dragster earlier in the 2013 season.

“Towards the end of the season is when I picked up points,” she added.

The girls have earned over 20 trophies so far and won money at other races and have also won awards at both the Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy show and the Can-Am Nationals in LaSalle.

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