42 love the fact that she’s so well rounded. She’s on the competition cheer team, she’s on the weightlifting team, she drag races, she’s in cosmetology school through her high school, she’s done two beauty pageants through school, she plays the violin – she’s a really well rounded kid. No matter what she picks in life, she has a lot of things that can make her happy.” But Case is a pretty good race car driver, too. She’s a Junior Dragster fixture for a couple more years before moving onto bigger cars. Case just might be happiest when she’s behind the wheel at her home track in Greer, S.C. or wherever the family happens to be racing on a given weekend. “I was two weeks old when I went to my first race so it’s just something I’ve always done,” the younger Volkman said. “I’m nervous most of the time, but I know I can do it. It’s crazy because all my friends here are guys, and it’s fun when I whup ‘em!” She hopes to drive a Quick Rod car someday, but as long as She comes from Campobello, S.C. in Spartanburg County in the South Carolina upstate. The 2010 census counted just over 500 residents, but one of the town’s families has contributed several race car drivers and one gifted singer to International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) events. Meet the Volkman family: IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship drivers Emily, Mike and their daughter Case, 16, a Junior Dragster driver who sings the National Anthem at the events she attends. “A lot of patriotism comes out when I sing the Anthem,” Case Volkman said. “I sing it at basketball games at school, and it means a lot to me. You want someone to do a good job when they sing the National Anthem. The fact that Josh (IHRA Division Director Josh Peake) always wants me to do it makes me very proud that people think I do a great job doing it.” “She’s in the chorus at school and has had private voice lessons,” Super Stock driver and mother Emily Volkman said. “We’re involved with musical things through our church, and I think I mentioned to Josh sometime that she liked to sing the Anthem. Honestly, I think we were late showing up to a race one time because she had chorus concert, and Josh said, ‘What do you mean? Case is singing?’ Not a lot of people associate girls in a race car with girls in Miss Cardinal Pageant and singing in a chorus at school. “Josh said, ‘Hey let her sing the Anthem.’ Since then, when we’re at a race, it’s just kind of what goes on. I National Anthem Singer A PRETTY GOOD DRIVER, TOO BY ROB GOODMAN DRIVER SPOTLIGHT CaseVOLKMAN