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Mattie Whitten Featured in Denver Post

The following feature appeared in the Denver Post Newspaper on Friday, March 24, 2006.  Click here to link to the original story, which is copied below.

Future young female NASCAR driver
Contributed by: Joe Chaplik on 3/24/2006

Hi my name is Mattie Whitten. My life's ambitions is to become a champion NASCAR driver.

I started racing quarter midgets when I was 11 years old. The unique part of this story is none of my family or friends have ever raced or been racing. I played soccer like most girls from 4-11. Then one day I told my Mom and Dad that I didn't want to play soccer anymore. My Mom proceeded to put me in every other sport and somehow we ended up at Centennial Airport in Centennial, CO trying out a quarter midget race car. After doing a couple of laps people said I was a natural.

The next thing you know I'm racing quarter midgets and my Mom and I are driving to places like Ellicot CO, Pueblo CO, Erie CO, Billings MT, and finishing my Last season with a race in Las Vegas NV where I qualified 3rd in the A Main.

All of the people that follow and read this will understand how racing can change your whole outlook on life. For me competitive racing is an opportunity to learn and experience how to deal with rapid change, adversity, defeat and success.

My racing experience has helped to develop personal skills that I will need for the rest of my life. Most important my racing experience has taught me to appreciate all the supportive people in my life. For without their unwavering support my ambitions would never have the chance to become a reality

In recognition of all the support that I have received while racing competitively for the past 8 years and to those who will support me in the future, I dedicate this web page.

I have to start with my Mom and Dad, Wayne & Kyle Rayburn, Steve Carpenter, Joe Bellm, Rory Mallo, Joe Starr, Andy Sbravatti, Steve Saykelly, Allan Duncan, Adam Shrove, Dave & Don Worster, Steve and Andre Wright, and all the people that I have missed there is a place to say hi on the the Web site... Thank you!

To all my sponsors that have kept the "Check Her Racing" Team going; Metro Link Mortgage, Events by Dina, American Humane Association, Asmus Auto Sales, P-(J) Ranch, YiaYia, Economy Greek Foods, DBC Racing, and Progressive Signs.

Thanks to everyone that has helped me get here to this point in my quest for a racing career. In closing I would like to invite everyone to come watch a will be a thrill that will be hard to forget. Hope to see you at the track.

I will be driving this year 2006 for the American Humane Assocication. See my website to donate at

American Humane Association Release