The third generation driver Chelsea Blevins makes history as the second woman in 18 years to take first at Silver Dollar Speedway. Photo by Scott Ramsey

Local racing legend in the making

Putting the pedal to the metal usually just means to go fast, but in the case of Chelsea Blevins, it’s a way of life.

The 19-year-old third generation driver has made racing her lifestyle and she hasn’t rested on her laurels while living the fast life.

Recently, Blevins made a huge accomplishment being the second ever woman to take first place at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

Not since Destiney Hays won in 2001, has a women taken a first at the Silver Dollar Speedway. While she was trailing in points before the race, things have shifted and she now sits first in the points bracket and if she wins she will be the first woman to win the Championships at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Blevins has had an already storied racing career. In 2011, when she was just 10 years old, she finished first in the box stock race and the 250cc event at Cycleland Speedway in Chico, California.

At 14, Blevins started driving sprint cars; at 16 she jumped up to 360s.

Blevins has also dealt with her bumps in the road in 2017 she endured a crash. While racing at Petaluma she crashed and sustained multiple injuries such as a torn spleen, a concussion, three broken ribs and internal bleeding.

It was six months before she was back on her feet and back on the track.

During a previous interview with the Times, Blevins said, “It actually made me a stronger driver. It made me realize anything can happen at any moment.”

But Blevins muscled on coming back to win the David Tarter Memorial Rookie of the Year award in the 360 Sprint Car division in August of 2017.

After her big first, first place win at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Blevins is looking ahead to two more big races one at the Tulare, California Thunderbowl Raceway.

Lori Blevins, mother to Chelsea, described this as her daughter’s favorite track, with its thick concrete walls and mile-long track.

Then Blevins will be heading to the capital of sprint car racing, Knoxville, Iowa where she hopes to compete in the Knoxville Nationals, the largest 360 sprint car race in the world.