DRO: HOW IS THAT GOING?
AS: I'm scared about it. It's going to be tough -- just like (in) racing, I'm afraid of failing. But I'm going to go about it in the steps that I went about winning the championship. Focus on how to make it work and not focus on what can make it fail. I'd like to win another championship -- I'd like to win two or three more championships. But I do know that my racing career isn't going to last forever. It could end anytime.
DRO: IS YOUR HUSBAND NICKY GOING TO HELP RUN THE DEALERSHIP?
AS: We have a charter fishing business, but he's going to help. I'm going to use racing to promote it. That's why I want to have that banner that says, "Two-time world champion."
DRO: WHAT WAS SO APPEALING ABOUT BIKES?
AS: I have no idea what it is. My brother was always my idol. I wanted to do everything he did. My dad had him motocross racing when I was about four or five, so I was at the race track. I remember going to the races in the back seat of the car and hiding under a blanket so my mom and aunt wouldn't have to pay to get us in, me and my brother and my cousins. The day I was interested in it was when I got my street bike and wanted to go to the local drag strip to see how fast it would go.
DRO: HOW DID YOUR RACING CAREER TAKE A DETOUR THROUGH NURSING SCHOOL?
AS: This was first. This has always been first. I started racing dirt bikes when I was six years old. My parents tried everything in their power to get me off the bike when I was about 13 years old. They thought it was fun and cute when I was a little kid, but when I was coming home with cuts and bruises and scrapes on my legs, my mom said, "That's it. I've had enough. We have a son. We want a daughter." I kept doing it. I kept riding on the weekends, on the trails. I actually sneaked my bike away when my mom and dad weren't home and would go ride. When I was old enough to get my own street bike, I started taking that to State Capitol Dragway in Baton Rouge and started drag racing there. I realized that this was something I could do, despite my size and gender. Motocross racing was my first love, but it's such a physical sport that I couldn't keep up.
DRO: SO WHEN AND HOW DID THE IDEA OF BECOMING A NURSE POP UP?
AS: I started drag racing, but it's very expensive. I had no career. I was in college. I was actually going to be a television production camera person. I realized that was a very competitive career and I'd have to devote my life to doing that and not be able to race much. I sat and thought, "What could I do that I was going to get a job immediately after school that's flexible?" Little did I know that the hours of nursing are not very flexible. But it was a good career, and I did finish nursing school. And wanting to race is actually what got me through it. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. But I pushed myself, knowing that when I graduate, I can buy whatever I need to go racing. And I did.