El Campo woman competes in Hallettsville Truck Pull with the men
July 17, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
Updated July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.
It's not often that a woman is allowed to play a man's sport. In 2005, Danica Patrick drove her way to the front of the pack in open-wheel racing and, four years later, placed third in the Indy 500.
In 2008, around the same time Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, another female driver was making her name known - at least closer to the Crossroads.
Enter Amber Huvar.
The 21-year-old Texas A&M manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology student from El Campo steered her way onto the track and into the spotlight in 2011 when she claimed her first win in her division Hallettsville Truck Pull.
After studying how the other drivers' trucks are handling the track, Huvar will take the helm behind the wheel of her '99 Chevy 2500 and attempt to pull the mechanical sled as far as she can on the 300-foot dirt track.
"You gotta watch the other trucks to see how they're driving," Huvar said. "You want to make your own tracks in the dirt."
Before pulling with her Chevy, she was competing with tractors alongside her dad and her younger brother.
"I was really nervous," she said about her first time pulling with her truck. "My heart still races every time I go up there."
Fellow truck puller Allen Machicek, 34, said she's one of just a few women who compete in the truck pull. She may not be the next Patrick, but she is definitely making a name for herself.
"She puts on a good show," he said. "The crowd loves when a lady comes out and pulls with the rest of us."
She'll be ready in the white Chevy for her chance to push the pedal to the floor and blow the rest of the competitors in the stock division out of the arena.
Her advice for newbies who want to give their truck a shot at pulling the sled: "Don't worry. Come out and have a good time."