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October 25, 2012

Albritton wins CRM women’s title

Kerens mud racer clinches title in reverse

Jerrie Albritton knew all she had to do was beat Julia McGinnis to win the season points standings. When her four-wheeler stopped right off the starting line, it looked like another near miss.

Until she glanced forward.

McGinnis had broke down as well, and as Albritton was trouble-shooting her ATV, she realized it would go in reverse. So backwards she went, past McGinnis, all the way to the finish line to win the Championship Mud Racing Women’s Championship last Saturday in Cullman, Ala.

“It was unbelievable,” said Albritton, 34, who hails from Kerens and works as a compliance officer at Powell State Bank. “I’ve raced for a long time, and you’re there, and something breaks, or you have driver error, you make a small mental mistake and it costs you everything.

“It was a great feeling to finally win the overall championship.”

Championship Mud Racing (CRM) is an organization based out of Brenham, Ga. The season typically starts in March, and this year it consisted of eight races in Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Women’s Class has the same rules as the super modified class, Albritton said. She also races the Pro-B class which is a “long bike” class, which means it has a longer wheel base. As well, she races the Super Modified Class against the men. The Super Modified and Women’s classes allow large lifts (4 inches and above), nitrous, and “big bore” kits, she said.

Albritton finished in the Top 10 in both of those classes as well.

She has raced for six years, and has two four-wheelers and a side-by-side ATV. Her team consists of parents Ronnie and Linda Ford, brother Jakc Albritton, and sister Kathy Albritton, who serves as her mechanic.

“I remember my first race, it was just south of Kerens in Rural Shade, at Rural Shade ATV Park,” Albritton said, “and one of my customers came up to me as I was staged to race, and he said, ‘Is that really you? I heard them call your name, and I said to myself, that can't be my banker out there doing that.’ It was really quite funny, how amazed he was that I was out there in the mud, racing and beating the guys.”

Albritton has raced as far away as the Georgia events, and as close as Jacksonville.

She entered last weekend’s event in second place. The last race was a single lap around the track, and it did not start well. But, she adjusted and compromised. All she had to do was go farther than McGinnis to win.

“My dad and sister were on the sidelines yelling, but I can’t hear them through that thick helmet,” she said. “Then I realized it would go in reverse.

“I backed around the rest of the track.”

A lot of time, money and travel go into the racing, Albritton said. She does not have a major sponsor, like some of the racers.

“(The championship) made it all worth it,” Albritton said.

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On the Net:

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