Retrieved May 22, A Ride Into Racing History. Perhaps most impressive, she finished among the top 10 in all 19 of her races, among the top five in all but three. But a woman determined to compete week in and week out? She was only 38, and a full-time Busch Series ride seemed within reach. And, she was already 33 years old! Where did she learn her interview skills?

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Among them is Orvil Reedy from out Daleville way. In her nawcar, she competed in eleven Nationwide Series events and earned two top-tens. Teel insisted then and maintains now that Slayton spoke to her from the grave, offering encouragement, suggesting strategy and forecasting victory.

I don’t believe I ever actually saw Daine race but if you, Dave, think she was good, then I’m buying it. Retrieved from ” http: She has one sister, Betty. I remember all three of these ladies.

When the guys washed the race car, Diane, a York County school-bus driver, air-dried it by turning laps around a local peach orchard. Clearly, she was comfortable behind naascar wheel, and when she won a county school-bus rodeo parking maneuvers, obstacle courseTeel strutted around the race team “proud as a peacock. Just don’t try to convince me of that with Sparkle Pony.


The New York Times. Starting positions in the field of forty are unknown, but Teel kept out of trouble for the most part and finished 26th.

Retrieved from ” https: Teel subsequently battled with breast cancer for three years which was cured after extensive chemotherapy treatment. Neither Carver nor Teel terl deterred, and they hatched plans for Teel to compete full-time the following year in the Limited Sportsman division.

Local teen makes history as youngest female to race at Langley Speedway’s Hampton Heat

Slayton died of a heart attack on Dec. Diane, you see, always yearned to race at her sport’s Mecca: Starting 21st in the field of thirty-two, Teel had early overheating woes and finished 31st. Any doubts about Teel’s intent came the night she collided with Bubba Nissen and landed in Hampton General Hospital, where doctors believed she had a broken back. This was, after all, Here’s a couple of quotes that disne sparkle:.

The promoter considered her nothing more than a gimmick. If you got in the way, she banged you.

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If she got in the way, she got banged. She cited a long travel schedule as her reason. The years, not to mention four grandchildren, erased any misgivings. Later that season, Teel says, she and Crews shared the front row of the starting grid.


She retired from racing in to spend more time with her family and continued as a school bus driver. Just stroll around the Teels’ home, the same one in which Diane was raised. But a woman determined to compete week in and week out?

Two laps later, Teel inherited the lead when Billy Smith wrecked. She was the first female driver in series history.

Driver Diane Teel NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series Results –

Thanks for the post Dave. After that, she still finished in the top-twenty in each and every outing that year, also enjoying finishes of 12th at Martinsville and 15th at Langley. Perhaps most impressive, she finished among the top 10 in all 19 of her races, among the top five in all but three.