Discovery's Street Outlaws has amassed a huge following because it blends the thrill of drag racing while highlighting the colorful personalities of the drivers who are crazy enough to get into the make-cars-go-very-fast-in-a-straight-line-business for a living.
Kayla Morton is one of those personalities. With over 10 years of drag racing experience on both the strips and the streets, she's got the stripes and know-how to race with the best of them.
It also doesn't hurt that Kayla's father, Stanley, was a professional racer and that she grew up with him in the garage and learned how to work on engines from a very young age. In addition to being featured on Street Outlaws and drag-racing cars, Kayla also earns a living for herself by building motors, but being in the driver's seat for herself was almost like destiny.
The SO-OKC website writes, "She showed up at Big Chief and Murder Nova’s doorstep looking to Dyno a car for 'her peoples.''
It didn't take long for "The Midwest Streetcars crew [to know] something was up. Just a couple days after the guys finished the car (her car) Kayla showed up to drive it onto The List."
Kayla spoke with DragZine about her lifelong relationship with motorsport: "Really I’m the only girl in that area that races. And I’ve been doing it for a long time. Big Chief just called me one day and asked me if I wanted to participate in the show."
One of the most iconic whips Kayla's raced in is her 1993 Ford Fox Body Mustang with a 302 Chevy Small Block engine and a single nitrous plate outfitted with small car tires.
Is Kayla Morton from Street Outlaws married?
Fans of Street Outlaws have probably seen tons of photos on social media of Kayla posing happily with Boosted GT, aka Chris, from the show. While there aren't any records of the racing pair being married, they are dating, and they have two sons together: Austin and Cooper.
Judging from a few pics of Kayla interacting with her kids on Facebook, it looks like they're going to follow in her and their daddy's footsteps when it comes to racing and working on cars.
Although the two are romantically intertwined, Kayla and Boosted GT actually have raced against one another in the past, like in this clip from 2017 where the long anticipated contest finally came to fruition.
When she and Chris first met, however, they weren't immediately smitten.
"Originally, when Chris and I raced on the street, we didn’t love each other. Until that episode. Then, we started dating," she said.
Kayla's extremely grateful to be with someone who is as obsessed with racing as she is: "It’s extremely hard to find a partner who loves the sport, and is so ‘poured into’ it, as you are. So when you find somebody that understands the lifestyle and the sacrifices it takes, you hang on. Our whole life has revolved around cars, and racing. It’s our life."
Kayla Morton's net worth.
Kayla's pretty active on the drag race circuit both on and off of the show. She recently won the Outlaw Armaggedon's Big Tire Final in August of 2019, bringing in a cool $50,000 for her efforts. Thanks to a string of high-profile wins and her recent exposure on Street Outlaws, the 32-year-old's built up a decent life for herself. Her estimated net worth stands at $350,000.
One of the biggest undertakings that Kayla and Chris have done together is building a brand new car from scratch for Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings. They created the "Hot Mess Express" that carries some features from her previous build, but tuned to work with a steel roof and quarter panels, as per the races stipulations'. Kayla opted to go with a S197 Mustang made with all steel, right off of Ford's production line.
Getting the new whip to run right proved extremely difficult for Kayla's team: "We really, really struggle with the car, in [the 2019] season. We had just catastrophic failures sometimes. We hung in there, made every race and fought really hard. I’m hoping next season, that will pay off." As any drag racer will tell you, fine tuning a car takes time and patience. No matter how many practice runs you do, there's always room for improvement.
Kayla has won her fair share of races and knows what it's like to achieve success at a high level, so she has just as good of a shot at coming out on top as any of the other racers she's going up against.
If you're into Street Outlaws, you can find streaming schedules and even live event dates by visiting the No Prep Kings website here.