Girl Power: The Fastest Girl in West Texas 6/20/13
The first time Regan Webb drove a dragster, she was half the legal driving age.
"I was 8 and my dad started my sister out," Regan said. "I got interested and wanted to try it."
"I wanted something I could do with the girls that wasn't cheerleading or anything like that, and I knew this sport," said Regan's father, Larry.
Now, 10 years later at 18 years old, she has reached a high level in the drag racing community.
"Now she's running 176 miles per hour in a quarter mile," Larry said. "And this class, Top Sportsman, it's the elite door-car class for non-professionals; and, she's the only girl in Division 4."
"Not a lot like to get in door cars," Regan explained. "All girls like to go to dragsters, because they feel much safer and are a lot easier to drive, whereas this is pretty sketchy."
"They are sporadic and erratic and they are not easy to drive," Larry added.
So far, everyone has always been able to breathe easy on the track. Regan has never had an accident.
"In that 13 hundred and 20 feet, there are 13 hundred and 20 things that can go wrong," Larry shared. "We've had a few incidences but she was able to get the car back under control and finish the pass."
"The feel of it stopping, is what makes everything feel better," Regan said with a smile.
But, ironically enough, her track record on the public road is much more treacherous. Exactly three weeks ago today, a drunk driver smashed into Regan's truck, causing her to roll over twice.
"When he hit me, all I could do was just close my eyes, because I didn't want to see any of it happen!" she said.
Of course, any time a child gets into a car it's tough on a parent. Imagine your baby girl driving at over 150 miles an hour and you can understand Larry's nerves.
"That is a very hard thing, to see your little girl go away from you at 176 miles an hour," Larry said, "but when the parachute comes out, everything is okay. It's very awesome. She is my hero."
So after watching the excitement and feeling the sound rushthrough me I had to get in and see what it feels like in that seat.
I can tell you, like Regan, it is tiny but incredibly cool.