Kelly Wade is a Tennessee-based writer who loves family, adventure, and really good homemade cookies.
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The Long Story
Kelly Wade knew she was going to be a writer by the time she was 13 years old. Growing up in Southern California, she was influenced by the poetic prose of her father, who was a charismatic longboard surfer, dirt-track motorcycle racer, and the guy she considers “the greatest storyteller of all time.”
Although Wade recognized creative writing as her destiny, she was also powerfully attracted to the adrenaline rush of quarter-mile drag racing. Lacking the composure necessary to succeed as a driver, she found a loophole and entered the extraordinarily fast-paced and completely addictive world of drag racing as a reporter for NHRA’s National Dragster in 2007.
In 2011, Wade conceptualized and launched WinLight Communications, a Public Relations and Social Media firm serving NHRA drag racing teams. While growing the business, she continued to expanded her reputation as a creative and driven motorsports writer, regularly contributing feature stories to Drag Illustrated and DragIllustrated.com, NHRA.com, DragRaceCentral.com, and CompetitionPlus.com. She also held the role of web editor for the dynamic online photo magazine LOOKatDragRacing.com over the course of its creation and debut in 2012.
In 2019, Wade was tapped to write the biography of one of the most prolific racecar drivers and engine builders in motorsports, Warren Johnson. The book, covering the life and career of the most winning Pro Stock driver in the history of the sport, will be available for purchase on May 20, 2021 under the CarTech Books label. You may pre-order Drag Racing’s Warren “The Professor” Johnson: The Cars, People, and Wins Behind His Pro Stock Success here.