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(MULDOWNEY RETIREMENT)--On Weds July 9,2003--Former World Top Fuel Champion Shirley Muldowney blasts off from the starting line at Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park in Old Bridge for the last time while racing her oldest rival Don "Big Daddy" Garlits. Muldowney the first woman to win a NHRA World Championship is retiring at the end of this season from competitive drag racing.   Raceway Park was the were the two met, and  were Garlits signed for her Top Fuel license when she was starting out in drag racing.(MARK R. SULLIVAN)