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Holly Clarke and her 1968 Nova

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Drag racer Holly Clarke signs on with Torklift International
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Champion Drag Racer Holly Clarke is attending SEMA with her newest sponsor Torklift International.

Clarke caught the racing bug at an early age.

"My first race, I was 8 years old," she said. "I was up at about four or five in the morning in my parents room trying to wake my dad because I couldn’t control my excitement. I was the slowest car and I was out first round but I hardly cared. I had waited for what felt like forever I was just thrilled to go down the track."

Twelve years later, the British Columbia native has several championships under her belt including six annual championships in a row.

Clarke races a 1968 Chevy Nova with a 468 big block engine. Her chassis is rated for 8.5 level ETs but she has not yet raced that fast. Her fastest quarter mile so far is 10.15. 

She took a brief break in 2011 to earn her automotive service technician certificate and now she is back on the drag.

"The rush of racing and especially winning is very addicting," Clarke said. "It is a feeling that you really crave. I think a regular adrenaline rush is very healthy. Even as a kid I loved anything that gave me that drop feeling in my stomach, I like to feel a little frightened and push myself. Racing gives me that, especially during competition."

She looks forward to building a career out of racing.

"The race track has always been home for me and I believe you should take what you love and make a career out of it," Clarke said. "It’s awesome because away from the track I’m a real girly girl who loves heels and chick flicks, so it’s awesome to be able to embrace my inner tom-boy!"

Holly's 68' Chevy Nova that runs a whopping 114 MPH! Holly’s many accomplishments include:

  • 2006- 1st place in points at Mission
  • 2007- 1st place in points at Mission (2nd consecutive year- never been done by a Jr. Dragster)
  • 2008- 1st place in the Jr. Dragster category, overall highest points winner for all categories at Ashcroft (also a Jr. Dragster first!), Highest points winner in Div.6 national open points in the Jr. lightning category
  • 2009- 1st in the High School division, 5th in Pro division
  • 2010- Goal: speeding Holly’s car up to the low 10/ high 9’s

Today, Holly is starting her 10th season of driving has decided to make a career of drag racing. "I’m starting to pursue my dreams. I am addicted to the adrenaline!" Holly says when asked about her racing career. Holly’s long range goals include racing and modeling full time as a career. She also enjoys working out, boating, sea dooing, learning about new cultures, languages, nutrition and music.

West Coast Torklift fans can watch Holly race at: Mission, Ashcroft, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Bremerton, Medicine Hat, Woodburn, Yakama, and Medford Raceway. Wear your Torklift Pride- Holly does!

To find out more about Holly and the rest of the team at their website.

Holly Showing off her
sponsorship from Torklift

Holly's Nova onthe way to
a typical 114 MPH run!