A Life Centered Around Drag Racing
After 25 trips around the sun, I can’t say I’m getting any smarter when it comes to what I spend my free time doing. I was born on the day of the NHRA Division 1 Banquet in January 1994 and from there on, my parents never had a chance at having what most families would call a normal daughter.
When I wasn’t in school, I spent most of my time traveling the east coast with my dad and his 1992 Pontiac Firebird Super Stocker that I now race today. I played rec league softball for about 7 years until I said, “I’m going racing” and quit.
At 13 years old, I pushed my dad into taking me to Maple Grove Raceway for one of their Friday night test-n-tunes so I could see the junior dragsters in action and that was it. The next week, my parents took me to look at a junior dragster and they made me the happiest kid in the world.
Over the years racing juniors, I had the time of my life. I got to learn what it takes to become a winner and how to be a loser too. I won several events and finished in the top 10 in Maple Grove’s points every year I raced. Some years, we even doubled up and drove down to Cecil County Dragway on Sunday mornings to run their points series too.
In 2014, I runnered-up at the Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, TN helping my track secure the team championship. I got to race, spend time with my parents and I made tons of friends which I never really had much time for before.
Once I aged out of juniors at 18 years old, my dad started getting the Firebird back together after sitting in the garage while I raced juniors for 6 years. The 2013 season was my first year in a big car and called for lots of adjustments.
For instance, the seat had to be moved as far up as possible and we added a block of wood to the pedal so my foot won’t slip off the gas mid-wheelie since I’m only 5’2” on a good day. On another note, when they said “welcome to the big leagues kid,” they weren’t joking.
Racing in Division 1 is tough no matter who you are and no matter where you come from and I will be the first one to admit, going from winning races in junior dragsters can turn depressing quickly once you get into a big car.
I struggled with consistency at first, going through the car replacing old parts that were starting to fail on us. After gaining a little momentum, I won my first race in the Firebird in July 2016 at an East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association race.
I’ve been working hard to improve in every aspect of my driving and finished my best in 2018 as number 6 in Division 1 Super Stock and 42nd in national points so you can catch me at the track this year proudly displaying a big number 16 on my window.
When it comes to life outside of drag racing, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing Concentration) from Millersville University and work as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for Weis Markets where I absolutely love what I do.
I also run a side business called Platinum Promotional Products. I started the business about 3 years ago for a little extra income where I could work directly with racers helping them promote their own racing operations and businesses. You can find my business on the internet at facebook.com/platinumpromotional or platinumpromotional.com.
It wouldn’t be a proper introduction to what I’m all about without getting sappy for a quick minute because my life wouldn’t be near as fabulous if I didn’t have the special people in my life that I do. I hit the jackpot in the boyfriend department and get to spend almost every weekend racing with my best friend and boyfriend. You may know him as the 2018 Division 1 Stock Champion or maybe as “Hemi” Jimmy Daniels but I have to brag for a minute and say that he’s basically the bomb.com in simple terms.
Lots of people say it but I doubt anyone means it as much as me when I say I have the absolute best mom and dad on the planet. It might be their own fault for raising me mostly at a race track with a bunch of guys and loud cars but they have supported me in every aspect of my life to the very best of their abilities.
Every day I am so thankful for this life I get to live and the people I get to experience it with.
This year is bound to be an exciting racing season hopefully full of lots of ups and only a few downs. I look forward to bringing exciting coverage and great stories about my travels along the east coast as a second-generation female Super Stock racer and what I’ve learned over the years.
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About the Author: After growing up around drag racing, Brittany Boltz began racing Jr. dragsters at 13. Just six years later she took over her father’s Super Stock Firebird. Brittany currently races her 1991 Firebird in NHRA Division 1 Super Stock. In addition to her racing efforts, Brittany is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and also operates Platinum Promotional Products.
For the 2019 season, Brittany will represent sponsors Cam D Machine Shop, Mickey Thompson Tires, Lupo’s Dynamic Converters and Transmissions, VP Racing Fuel, Daniels Racing, Biondo Racing Products, and Odyssey Batteries.
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