Fast women, fast trucks heading to LVMS


By Jeff Motley


            Don¿t call this race team a powder puff crew.

            One of the most liberating moments in NASCAR history will occur this evening when the Aaron¿s Dream Team, an all-female race team led by driver Shawna Robinson, starts the Las Vegas 350.

The race team, which is owned by the Team Texas High Performance Driving School, will attempt to make its second start of the season Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team¿s first race was at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

¿It¿s my job to drive the truck ¿ it¿s their job to get the truck out of the pits as quickly as possible,¿ said Robinson.  ¿If we all do our jobs and run a good race, then we have a chance of being one of the top teams on the track.  I believe that and I know everyone else associated with this team believes that.  We¿re not doing this just for the fun of it; we want to go out and work hard to win just like everyone else. It¿s going to be special to compete at two outstanding speedways like Las Vegas and Texas.¿

And in a town known much more for showgirls than racegirls, this team should be quite a hit.

The seven members of the pit crew and one alternate, who were recruited through fitness facilities from the Fort Worth-Dallas area, say they are up to the challenge.

¿We are completely dedicated to this effort,¿ said crew member Gina Tomaseski.  ¿I know a lot of people are probably skeptical but we are working hard and know we¿re capable of competing with the other teams.  We just have to stay focused and do the job we¿ve been trained to do.¿

Qualifying is at noon and the Las Vegas 350 starts at 7 p.m. Saturday night. The Aaron¿s Dream Team and many drivers will be signing autographs in the speedway¿s midway at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.