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Central Florida student among ‘Cure’ racers

Norway Speedway’s ‘Race for a Cure’ 100 takes place Friday night

August 1, 2012
The Daily News

NORWAY - A University of Central Florida student races at Norway Speedway this week before heading to the classroom.

Amanda Ferguson, who began her racing career in a quarter midget when she was just seven years old, will join other late model drivers in the "Race for the Cure 100" on Friday.

A full time college student and double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Ferguson and the MK Motorsports team will donate all winnings to the Dickinson County Healthcare System's cancer program.

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Amanda Ferguson, a 19-year-old college student from Florida, will challenge Norway Speedway late model drivers Friday in the “Race For A Cure 100.”

Last year, 2011, was her first season in a super late model. During the past 12 seasons, the 19-year-old has earned three track championships, four regionals and won numerous feature races.

In 2009, she became the youngest female in the nation to win a wingless 360 sprint car race on asphalt.

"Amanda's short term goal is to improve her performance in a late model," her Web site reported. "Her long term goals are to pursue a racing career in NASCAR while earning a degree in mechanical engineering."

Ferguson, who was alerted to Norway Speedway by a sponsor and former Dickinson County Racing Association official, races Saturday in Marquette and returns to Orlando, Fla., for school on Monday.

She is also a national spokeswoman for Racing Against Drugs.

The Boss Snowplow Race for a Cure 100 already shows 35 late models pre-registered from several different states.

For more information on the supporting the cure, go to or call (906) 361-0597.



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