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Christy Georges-Barnett: Racing Icon Hits Huge Jackpot in Las Vegas

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Christy Georges-Barnett: Racing Icon Hits Huge Jackpot in Las Vegas
Christy Georges-Barnett: Racing Icon Hits Huge Jackpot in Las Vegas

Christy Georges-Barnett, a celebrated 63-year-old race car driver, won a staggering $1,185,599 at the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas. With a modest investment of just $25 in a slot machine, she secured a life-changing win. The monumental moment, captured in a video by the hotel, showcased Georges-Barnett's astonishment as she enthusiastically exclaimed her win to her spouse, Sherman Barnett.

Racing aficionados would recognize Georges-Barnett as a titan in the sport. Her illustrious career, which began with a humble dirt bike at 20, spans over four decades. The tally of her racing accolades is impressive: 450 race wins, 35 championships, and being the sole female recipient of a UMP Dirt National Championship in U.S. history. Moreover, her prowess isn't limited to the racetrack; in 2007, she made headlines by setting the world record as the fastest woman in NASCAR at the Bonneville Salt Flats, clocking a jaw-dropping speed of 208mph.

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Recounting a memorable episode to KLAQ radio, Georges-Barnett shared how she was approached to drive for a NASCAR team aiming to break the land speed record. Turning this opportunity into a charitable endeavor, she had local businesses sponsor and individuals sign the car, with proceeds benefiting a children's literacy initiative.

Sherman Barnett, Christy's husband, matches her fervor for racing, competing across various categories, from stock cars to Super Trucks. Notably, even after undergoing spinal surgery in 2019, Georges-Barnett's spirit remains unquenched. She demonstrated her undying passion by participating in all 20 events of the Johnstone Supply Southwest Super Truck Track Championship in October 2022, clinching victories in half of them. This recent windfall in Las Vegas just adds another thrilling chapter to her already storied life.