Alexis DeJoria to retire from NHRA racing at end of season


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Alexis DeJoria, the first woman to break the 4-second barrier in a Funny Car, will retire from NHRA competition at the end of the season to spend more time with her family. DeJoria announced her retirement Monday, calling it "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make." The 40-year-old DeJoria is ranked 11th in the Mello Yello Funny Car standings while driving for Kalitta Motorsports. She has five career wins, including a victory in August at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.