1950s American housewife Shirley Muldowney (Bedelia) wants to race cars professionally. Her mechanic husband Jack and their son John (Anthony Edwards) are supportive, but the sport is 100% male.
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Despite sexist opposition, she gains experience at lower levels. In 1966, she seeks a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) license, but she needs three signatures from established drivers. Connie Kalita (Bridges), after making an unsuccessful pass at her, and two others endorse her. Her ambition costs her her marriage, but she and Connie become lovers. Later, she breaks up with him because of his cheating. She eventually becomes the first two-time NHRA world champion, male or female.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's based on a true story, and the subject is interesting.
Best scene in story:
When Connie first hits on Shirley, he's only momentarily fazed when she produces her son and husband.
Opinion about the main character:
Her determination in the face of opposition from nearly all sides.