Female racers break traditional stereotype of "drag racer"

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- When you think of drag racing you may think men in fast cars and screaming fans in the stands.

A couple of female racers are breaking the stereotype at Gatornationals this weekend.

Cherissa Smallwood is a top alcohol racer and is hoping for a big win this weekend.

She also says it's great seeing younger girls look up to women in racing.

" I feel like there's a lot more women in the sport now, when I first started it was male dominated but there's quite a few girls. I think there's five other girls in our class this weekend which is huge,” Smallwood said.

When you think of dragracing you may think men in fast cars and screaming fans in the stands.

A couple female racers are breaking the stereotype at Gatornationals this weekend.

Cherissa Smallwood, is a top alcohol racer and is hoping for a big win this weekend.

She also says it's great seeing younger girls look up to women in racing.

" I feel like there's a lot more women in the sport now, when I first started it was male dominated but there's quite a few girls. I think there's five other girls in our class this weekend which is huge,” Smallwood said.

Another female drag racer started racing at the age of 8.

Erica Enders was the first Female World Champion in 2014 and 2015. On Friday, she completed one of her qualifying rounds at Gatornationals.

"It's pretty surreal cause I remember when I was a little kid I was standing on the other side of the ropes getting my favorite female drivers autograph so it's kinda a full circle deal. It's really surreal as a big honor to be something important in their eyes,” Enders said.