Eastcoast Drag Times Hall of Fame announced 2015 drag racing inductees to include Della Woods an AA/FC, NHRA pro driver from 1969 – late 1980’s.
Della Woods was the first female driver in the 5 second bracket in the funny car class and the first female driver to go to the semi finals at an NHRA national event. She held the latter record for almost 22 years.
Della earned her license in 1968, signed off by Rodger Lindamood, Don Garlits, and Don Kohler. At the 1969 NHRA Winternationals Della Woods was the first women to have her entry accepted to enter a Pro Class race.
In 1985 Della Woods had a career weekend, running a career-best 6.02 in her Paul Smith-tuned Daytona and reaching the Funny Car semifinals. Woods’ accomplishment stood as the finest ever for a female driver in the class for 22 years until Ashley Force Hood reached the final of the fall Las Vegas event in 2007.
To learn more about Della Woods and her entire racing career, The Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame has put together her story.
Congratulations to Della Woods!
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