Nancy Matter

Nancy Matter

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Nancy Matter attended her first race at the fabled San Fernando Raceway at the tender age of three. While growing up in the Southern California hotbed of drag racing, she spent countless weekends bracket racing with her mom, and traveled to numerous NHRA National and Divisional events with her step-dad. Her strong desire to further her involvement in drag racing landed the youngster a summer job at NHRA Nancy's first hands-on Funny Car experience came when she met Lou and Vicki Gasparrelli, and she crewed with their competitive Alcohol Funny Car team throughout her teenage years.

Nancy stepped away from racing in the mid-80s to raise her two children, Ryan and Jamie, and also developed a career in the music industry. In 1998 Nancy founded Moonlight Mastering, a successful music studio, earning upwards of 35 gold and platinum recordings together with mega-superstars such as Peter Gabriel, The Who, Ray Charles, Genesis, and Run DMC, just to name a few. She always kept her fundamental goal in mind however, to own and drive a competitive racecar.

After completing her licensing at the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing Nancy began competing in a Super Comp dragster. Nancy knew from the very beginning that she was destined to race a Funny Car, but realized that driving a dragster would earn her some very valuable experience. During three years of competitive Super Comp racing she also crewed on John Patton's "Foolish Money" Funny Car team, skillfully absorbing as much specialized knowledge as she could.

When Nancy sold her dragster, she buried herself in the studio for more than 18 months, churning out hundreds of albums. Her absence from the scene left fellow racers concerned, but Nancy assured them that she would return; "only this time it would be in a flopper."

In 2005, Nancy bought a turnkey 2002 Camaro Funny Car built by chassis builder Bob Massey. She earned her Top Alcohol Funny Car license at the beginning of the 2006 season, and ran TAFC for 14 years, never placing less than top 10 in Division 4, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. She transitioned to a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car in 2018, has set 2 track records, has recorded 3 wins and 3 runner up finishes with a plethora of semi final appearances. The Team continues to Represent American Valor Foundation / The Chris Kyle Legacy and 2022 will mark the 7th consecutive year for that representation. She is actively looking into a career transition from NTX Diesel Repair Facility to the world of Professional Motorsports as an owner and driver of a Top Fuel Nitro Funny Car.

To kick off the 2022 drag racing season, Matter has already been featured in the March 2022 issue of D Magazine, DFW’s Premiere Magazine. The article includes an edited version of her autobiography along with a full photo shoot of the Nostalgia car, trailer and the team. In February, Nancy took delivery of the Team’s first NHRA Camping World Series Nitro Funny Car and they will be joining the NHRA Camping World Series later in the year at select events after upgrading her license. The plan is to obtain the NHRA pristine Rookie of the Year Award in the 2023 Racing Season.

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