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Mud hops, MOPAR, and Me Maw's blue Nova

In her early years, Carol Luken kept her addiction a secret from her family. It wasn't beer, whiskey, or heavy petting. She was hooked on something that even the so-called "women's libbers" wouldn't touch: drag racing. Getting behind the wheel of a tricked-out roadster in a poodle skirt and grinding around a hard-packed dirt track was no way for a lady in her teens to spend her Friday nights back in those days. But Luken proved them all wrong. She was ahead of her time and had a hankering for the wind and rush that could only be sated by a speeding, souped-up automobile shooting through the humid summer darkness. Now, at 74, the Loch Raven native is the matriarch of...

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