- Won the International Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Southern Nationals in Rockingham North Carolina-Nitro Funny Car Class.
- Runner-up at the (NHRA) Southern Nationals in Rockingham, North Carolina-Nitro Funny Car Class.
- Runner-up to Marvin Graham at NHRA Spring Nationals Columbus, Ohio -- June 15. First woman to advance to the finals of an NHRA national event in a professional category.
- Broke 6.00 second barrier - first woman to do so during Popular Hot Roding Championships at Martin, Michigan, August 24, 1975. Time: 5.98 seconds.
- Voted first woman member of 10-person Auto Racing All-America team by AARWBA (American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association).
- Named Drag News Top Fuel Driver of the Year.
- Voted to Auto Racing All-American Team for a second time.
- Qualified number one with low elapsed time (6.03) and top speed (249.30 MPH) winning NHRA Spring Nationals, Columbus, Ohio-becoming the first women to win a professional 1976 tltle in national event competition-June 13.
- Qualified number one with, low elapsed time (5.77) and top speed (249.30 MPH) winning NHRA WINSTON World Finals in Ontario, California-October 10.
- Posted best elapsed time (5.77) and top speed (249.30 MPH) for the entire NHRA Season.
- Won 1977 WINSTON WORLD points CHAMPIONSHIP, becoming the first woman in history to claim drag racing's most prestigious title.
- Recipient of "Outstanding Achievement Award" from United States House of Representatives - October 14, 1977.
- Named Drag News' Top Fuel Driver of the year for the second straight season.
- Named Car Craft Magazine "Person of the Year" during annual Car Craft Awards Banquet, Indianapolis, Indiana.First Top Fuel driver to win three NHRA national events back-to-back.
- Voted to Auto Racing All-America Team for third consecutive year, polling third highest number of votes among the 10 drivers selected.
- Voted into the 250 Mile Per Hour Club, one of four members, the other members have gone 250 once, Ms. Muldowney 5 Times, posted second fastest time of the year at 255.58 MPH.
- Won 1980 WINSTON WORLD points CHAMPIONSHIP, becoming the first person in history to claim drag racing's most prestigious title twice.
- Only Top Fuel driver with more than one national event win, placed second in the AHRA 'American Hot Rod Association) World Championship.
- Won 1981 AHRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, becoming the first and only woman to do so.
- Voted to Auto Racing AIl-America team for the fourth time.
- Voted Car Craft Magazine All Star Team, Top Fuel Driver of the year.
- Won MARCH MEET in Bakersfield, California-the first women to do so.
- Won 1982 WINSTON WORLD points CHAMPIONSHIP, becoming the first person in history to claim drag racing's most prestigious title three times.
- Voted to Auto Racing All-America Team for the fifth time.
- Voted Car Craft Magazine All-Star Team, Top Fuel Driver of the Year, for the second year in a row.
- Won the Jerry Titus Memorial Award, given to the All-American team member receiving the greatest number of votes from the AARWBA membership.
- Recipient of the AARWBA "Comeback Driver of the Year" Award.
- Captured number eight position in the CRAGAR 4-second Club with all time best elapsed time of 4.97 at 284.00 MPH.
- Won NHRA Fall Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Recipient of the United States Sports Academy, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias 1992 Courage Award, Presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport.
- Set track record at Fuji International Speedway, Fuji,Japan (5.30 elapsed time at 285 MPH).
- One of only two people named to the AARWBA All-American second team.
- Set new IHRA speed record at 294.98 MPH.
- Placed second in the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Championship Series
- Voted to the United States Sports Academy's distinguished list of Top 25 Professional female athletes from the period of 1972-1997. The voting took place through CNN and USA Today on-line and the Academy's website.
- Voted to the AARWBA 2nd. Team (American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association).
- Set new IHRA speed record at 303.71 MPH.
- Placed third in IHRA National Championship Points.
- Named by the New York State Senate as one of thirty "Women of Distinction" honored during the Women's History Month Exhibit along with Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony.
- No Sponsorship - Full Match Race schedule.
- Advanced to the semi-final round-IHRA Northern Nationals at Stanton, Michigan.
- Won the Autofest 2000 New Year's Eve race against rival Don Garlits.
- Runner-up at the IHRA Performance Parts Nationals in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada.
- Qualified number 3 with elapsed time of 4.78. Set new MPH track record and new IHRA national record for speed at 310 MPH.
- Qualified number 1 at the IHRA Nationals in Cordova, Illinois, with an elapsed time of 4.74 at a career best speed of 319.22. Both marks were good for new track records.
- Returned to NHRA's U.S. Nationals and Pomona, California World Finals, qualifying at both events.
- In addition to Match Race schedule, qualified 12th at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with help from Action Performance Companies.
- Named 5th on NHRA Top 50 Drivers List.
- Ran career best of 4.64 elapsed time 320.20 MPH.
- Ran Five national events with sponsorship help from Action Performance Companies.
- Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
- Retires with" Last Pass" Tour, concluding at Pomona with a HoleShot Win over Paul Romine in the First Round before losing to Cory Mac in the 2nd Round. Shirley had the best Reaction Time of any Fuel Driver with a .023.
- Ran 6 races, including a Career Best 4.579 ET 327 MPH at Chicago's Fall Event where she advanced to the Semi-Finals.
- 9 Time Hall of Fame Award Inductee, including induction into the Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
- Named to Indy's 50th Anniversary Memorable Moment's No.2: 1982, Top Fuel final: Shirley Muldowney's victory over former crew chief Connie Kalitta.
- Named to World Finals 40th Anniversary Memorable Moment's No.5: 1980, Muldowney wins four-way Top Fuel title fight.