Woman pit crew member excels among 'boys club'

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by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 28, 2013 at 4:31 AM

CONCORD, N.C. -- It's the last boys club in the sport, NASCAR pit crews are dominated by men but Andrea Goodman looks to change all of that.

"I tried to look into racing its too expensive and I started to watch the pit stops more often and I was like that looks like a blast."

Right out of high school she began chasing her dream. She started with a K and N series team but advancing was tough, the drive was there but the opportunities weren't and frustration set in.

"I took a break for a while and I missed it," Goodman said. "I missed the adrenalin rush of going over the wall there is just something that draws you in actually it just draws you in like changing tires draws you in its like an attraction."

She found her way back to performance institute and training where Adam Merrell started whipping her into shape.

Turns out work ethic wasn't the problem, she was there each time the door opened sharpening her skills and building up her strength.

"I feel fat on the days I don't work out, seriously, I’m sitting here sucking my gut in trying not to fill the screen and you feel fat."

The hard work paid off, ThorSport racing was looking for a pit crew to work Daytona for the No.13 truck in the NASCAR Camping world truck series, and Andrea was one of the best tire changers in the mix.

"It was Daytona, just told myself hit five punch them off that is what I tell myself everytime before I go over the wall and that just calms me down and allows me to focus and allows me to do good," she said.

She can more than hold her own and been a part of the #13 truck pit crew every race since which is the best compliment in itself that she is just part of the crew.

"I feel like I am one of the guys no one holds nothing back when I am around anyway its nice and I don’t feel like an outcast which is good cause if I felt like an outcast I don't think I would be here at all," she said.

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