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Tammy Kirk Tammy Kirk

Champion racer.

Tammy Kirk was born in Dalton, Georgia, in l962. She began riding motorcycles at the age of 3, began to compete as an amateur at 9, and received a professional racing license at the age of 16. On June 25, 1983, Tammy Kirk became the first woman to qualify for a starting position in an AMA Grand National Final, one of the most competitive, strenuous and challenging events sanctioned by the AMA. Two weeks later she proved it no fluke by becoming the first woman to earn championship points in a final held at the 100-plus-mile-per-hour Syracuse Mile. Kirk retired from AMA Grand National racing in 1989. Since that time she has managed a motorcycle dealership and in 1997, drove in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks series.