No one has changed the world of drag racing the way Shirley Muldowney has. She broke the gender barrier, withstood discrimination, hostility, and an almost-fatal bone shattering 250 mph crash. Despite it all, Muldowney, competing in drag racing's ultimate category, Top Fuel, has achieved 18 National Championship wins and nine runner-up positions. Her reign as Queen of drag racing was temporarily interrupted in 1984 in a crash that left her near death, suffering from broken bones in all 10 fingers, a broken pelvis, and mangled legs. She endured major surgery five times, then pushed herself through 18 months of rehabilitation, just to get back behind the wheel of a 280 mph race car. Shirley has made a career of defying the odds.