Shirley Muldowney, a fighter for life, left her drag-racing competitors in the dust

Shirley Muldowney Portrait
Shirley Muldowney, photographed at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., won 18 national events in the National Hot Rod Assn.’s premier top-fuel class.
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

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James F. Peltz has covered nearly every aspect of national business news – including corporate America, Wall Street and global economic matters – for more than 25 years in Los Angeles and New York.
Christina House officially joined the Los Angeles Times photography staff in 2017 after nearly 10 years as a freelance photographer. A native Southern Californian, she grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Cal State Fullerton.