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Alexis DeJoria chasing a dream in drag racing

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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) -

She’s a mother, a step mother, the wife of a TV personality and the daughter of a billionaire, yet she has created her own unique winning image.  Alexis DeJoria is a Funny Car driver on the NHRA circuit, and she’s in town for the Four Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord.

On Friday afternoon fans gathered to see the team unload Alexis DeJoria’s funny car.  The same car she drove to a win last week, and the car she’s so proud of that she personally wipes the pollen off the shell.

“We’ve been doing really well in the fairly short amount of time that we’ve been out here," DeJoria said.

DeJoria has been enjoying success on the track, winning the most recent NHRA event at the Las Vega Strip.

"That win was long overdue...our team did a fantastic job," DeJoria said.  "We changed chassis two races ago. It took one race to get acclimated and figure it all out and by the next race we had our hot rod back."

It's the most recent in an impressive run of success over the last few seasons.  DeJoria recently clocked her fastest speed, 325.14 mph, and became the first female Funny Car driver to finish a race in less than four seconds.

“Yeah, a lot has happened in the last few years, we’ve won Indy, Vegas twice now, we won Arizona, and had some number one qualifiers along the way, a lot of semi final finishes, track records," DeJoria said.

Her racing career is a balancing act. DeJoria is the daughter of billionaire hair care entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, and the wife of television star and motorcycle customizer Jesse James, but she’s become a star in her own right.

"Probably the way I grew it up makes it a lot easier for me to get used to the whole scene, the fans and the PR and all the things that come along with being a race car driver," DeJoria said.  "It's not just about getting in the car and going down the race track.  There's a lot of other things attached to it that you need to do as well, and just trying to balance everything and still have like a home life, a family life with friends and everyone, you know it's something I had to get used to, it didn't happen overnight, but I think the way I was raised really helped do that better."

For DeJoria it’s about keeping that balance and chasing the dream, all at more than 300 miles an hour.  

The Four Wide Nationals run through Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord.

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