October 4, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

Story and Photo by Debbie Kuhn (


On this special night at Port City Raceway, the 9th Annual Pete Frazer Memorial, the races tonight honors the memory of a great racer from the Tulsa area and raises money for Shriner’s Hospital.  Harli White and her family were on hand for the two-night events.   Tonight was very special as she gave special recognition and awards to the men who are credited with saving her life back in April when her restrictor racecar caught fire.           

Harli is a very beautiful teenager whom is just full of life and shows it in her smile.  I had the opportunity to talk to her for a few moments and see what she has been up to since being home.  She was told back in August 2008 that she would not have to come back to see the doctor’s down at Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston for one year.  That is a huge blessing and a lot of answered prayers.          

Harli told me, “I’m back in school with my friends, making good grades, playing golf with dad and playing basketball.”  She also mentioned that she would be doing track again.  She is planning on playing softball in the spring of 2009.  The one drawback is that she has decided to not return to competitive cheerleading due to the burns and graphs that she has had to her back and ankles.            

Her mother, Michele, always told me every time I spoke with her either on telephone or email that she was very athletic and full of life.             

She is enjoying going to the races with her family to watch her dad, Charlie, racing in Modified.  On this night she was having fun hanging out with all the young girl racers that she has raced with before.             

She is very grateful for the Shriner’s Hospital and everyone and everything that was a part of her time and recovery down in Galveston at their Burn Center.  Shriner’s stepped up to help Harli because no hospital or doctor in Oklahoma was willing or able to help her when she was so badly burned.             

When we were talking about the races that were happening I did pose the question to her about racing again.   “Harli, do you want to get back behind the wheel of a restrictor?” Her reply, “The only thing I want for Christmas this year, A RACECAR!”  She wants to return to the short track scene in 2009.   



Lady Smoke

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