The Fast And Fabulous Women Behind The Wheel Of NASCAR

There are countless stigmas around the way women driver, but the professional female NASCAR drivers are proof that stigmas often reflect a distortion rather than a truth. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has been around since 1948 and continues to stay popular throughout it’s more than seven decades of existence. In-terms of demographics, the fans split almost in the center between male and female viewers, with a slight bias towards men.

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Being a competent and successful NASCAR driver requires skills, determination, a lot of bravery, and a deep understanding of cars and the way they interact with the road. Today we want to go over some of the most amazing and skilled female drivers who pass all these tests with flying colors and are able to compete on the same levels as the men around them. Let’s take a look at the most talented, brave and inspiring women in NASCAR. Prepare to be seriously impressed by some of these racing chicks…

Francesca Linossi

Francesca Linossi is an avid car racer. She is often seen driving dirt bikes, or her signature Mercedes track car. Her tweaked out Mercedes AMG GT3 is one of the most intimidating vehicles currently employed in NASCAR. She  got the vehicle after racing with a Lamborghini Huracan for a while. Linossi also loves hiking and often enjoys traveling anywhere from beaches to deserts.

 

At age 27, Francesca Linossi is one of the more promising female NASCAR drivers and has accumulated four wins from 120 races entered. She’s arguably the most famous Italian NASCAR driver in the world right now, and lives quite an extraordinary life. This beautiful Italian racer was the youngest race driver in Italian history to drive four rounds of the Citroen C1 Cup and currently focuses mostly on GT racing.

Isabelle Tremblay

The Canadian born Isabelle Tremblay was born in 1972 in St. Hippolyte, Quebec, and became a female racing driver at the mature age of 35. This makes her very unique in the racing world, as most drivers, especially the female ones, end up retiring at around this age. Before transitioning into racing, she worked as a real estate agent, but couldn’t help herself from dipping her feet into the racing driver world.

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In late 2008, Isabelle Tremblay made her debut in a 200-lap endurance race alongside 97 other drivers. While she participated mostly for the fun of it, the accomplished and talented driver actually wound up winning the event. From there, she began training for a real career in the sport, and joined the first Formula 1600 race, while also becoming the only woman in history to win this challenging and unique tournament.

Angela And Amber Cope

Female drivers are quite rare in the NASCAR sport. But what’s even rarer, is two identical female driver twins who compete together in NASCAR events. Angela and Amber Cope, also known as the Twin Turbos, made history in 2010 when they both competed in three top NASCAR events together. The two are not even competition however, with Angela being a slightly better racer than her sister, Amber.

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The two have built an incredible racing career, but it took them many years to do so. They overcame many obstacles before getting the recognition they do today and had to share a racing car at an early point of their career. The beautiful and blonde twin sisters are also quite popular with men for obvious reasons, and often model for magazines like Maxim. Our next woman is considered the top female NASCAR driver of all time. Here’s how she got there…

Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie has a very interesting life story that involved a massive career transition towards her passion. It’s hard to describe what would motivate a successful aerospace engineer, which is one of America’s best-paying jobs, to switch careers and become a professional race car driver. In 1972, she decided to become a professional NASCAR driver, which was quite a feat considering that there had been no female NASCAR drivers in over a decade.

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Perhaps it was her deep knowledge of physics that helped her, but what’s clear is that Janet Guthrie was a great driver. She finished 15th on the 1976 World 600 tournament, her first-ever race, and went on to quality and complete in the challenging Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 races. Guthrie is revered in the race driving world and her race suit and helmet are displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum, and research complex.

Johanna Long

Like many other female racers on this list, Johanna Long was the daughter of an avid racing fan who helped turn his daughter into a lean, mean racing machine. Long began racing karts at the young age of five and made her NASCAR debut in 2009. Since then, she has raced in a variety of competitions and often manages to beat much older and more popular competitors.

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Long is an extremely active racer and has participated in 38 events in 2009 alone. Of these 38 events, she managed to win 27 top-ten finishes, 17 top-five finishes, and 5 wins. From there, Long only improved and later crossed a major milestone in her NASCAR career when she won the Snowball Derby winner in 2010. We’re excited to see this trend continue and look forward to what Long might accomplish next as one of NASCAR’s top racing drivers.

Kristin Bumbera

Kristin Bumbera took her NASCAR career and turned it into her own successful racing brand. She signs endorsement deals, makes appearances at various events and even posts her racing schedules on her website. Unfortunately, her website was last updated more than seven years ago. Bumbera mostly retired from her once-impressive professional racing career with some incredible stats, which include 16 wins, 53 top 5’s and 97 top 10’s, at-least according to her website.

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Throughout her NASCAR career, Bumbera received two Rookies of the Year titles, and was accredited as NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity “Participant of the Year”. It’s unclear why she disappeared from both social media and the racing scene so long ago, but based on the pictures she uploads with her two young sons, we believe she eventually decided that in was time to shift her focus towards raising her family.

 Cyndie Allemann

Cyndie Allemann is one of Switzerland’s most popular female race car drivers. She competed in various racing events since her debut in 1997, including the Renault Speed Trophy F2000, Formula 3 Euro Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and most recently, the ADAC GT Masters. The veteran racer has driven some of the best cars you’ll ever see, including a Ford GT, an Audi R8 LMS, and various other impressive supercars.

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Cyndie’s career has slowed down in recent years, but she’s still very much active on social media, and has a relatively successful Instagram account with over 65,000 followers. Her last race was in Dubai, where she rode one mean looking formula car. She’s a proud mother to her son, Liam, who was born just last year. Allemann also recently participated in a media event for Mazda.

Kelly Sutton

Kelly Sutton first began racing when she was just ten years old. She obviously wasn’t driving real cars at the time and focused most of her attention on racing karts. Ever since she was little, Sutton knew that she was going to be a successful racing driver when she got older. This goal was postponed when the ambitious driver was diagnosed with at age 16 with multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord which causes a person’s immune system to attack his own body.

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Through much dedication, optimism, and hard work, the athlete eventually reached her goals. Sutton was able to begin officially racing in NASCAR a few years later when she competed in the Old Dominion Speedway race. She only raced for three years before retiring but managed to win seven feature races at the time. The inspirational racing driver quickly became an extremely popular figure but was unfortunately involved in a 2013 motorcycle accident which she never fully recovered from.

Erica Thiering

Erica Thiering is a seven-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion and began her racing career when she was just sixteen years old in the Edmonton International Raceways four cylinder class. She was last seen workin the Canadian Tire Series in 2015, and dedicates many of her races to her sister, Erica, who had passed away the following year.

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The Canadian race car driver comes from Sherwood Park, Alberta, and claims to dream of one day becoming an astronaut. It’s not every day that an unknown racer from Alberta makes it to NASCAR, which just goes to show that with enough talent, hard work and dedication — anything is possible.

Erika Monforte

Erika Monforte was born in 1989 at the Zoppola, a commune in the Province of Pordenone, Italy. She showed great promise as a racing driver from a very young age and made her first attempt to compete in the amateur tracks more than a decade ago. Her father, Maurizio Monforte, was also a professional racing driver and retired back in 1998.

 

The up-and-coming Italian race car driver got herself into a few serious races over the years, including the Abarth 500 Italia as well as the Mugello Circuit and the Superstars GT Sprint Championship with a Porsche 997. In mid-2014, Erika Monforte made her NASCAR debut and placed 9th, winning the female category. She’s also the proud mother of two daughters, Matilde and Sofia. Let’s finish things off with a handful of highly talented female race car drivers who made themselves known outside of NASCAR…

Ethel Mobley

One of the first female NASCAR drivers in the world, Ethel Mobley, has competed in over 100 NASCAR events throughout her long and successful career. She showed great promise from the start, and would often finish in the top ten when it came to car racing. One of her best-known achievements was placing 8th at the Daytona Beach Road Course. Ethel was part of a legendary Flock racing family, with three of her brothers: Tim, Fonty and Bob Flock actually helping pioneer NASCAR in the first place.

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According to Tim Flock, one of Mobley’s NASCAR racing brothers, Ethel was named after the gasoline her father used in his car. In 1949, she became the first female racing driver to ever compete against men in the state of Georgia. Mobley was the top woman driver in the southeastern United States and regularly placed first in all-women races.

Natacha Gachnang

Natacha Gachnang is as great at racing as she is beautiful. She has been in 16 races since her debut in 2009. Her best one yet was when she finished at the 23rd place in 2009, making her a highly accomplished female racer. Gachnang is also the cousin of former Formula One driver, Sébastien Buemi. Perhaps car racing is a family thing… or not. Either way, she’s that good!

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At age 22, Gachnang found herself the victim of a dramatic car accident when trying to qualify for the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship race at Abu Dhabi. Luckily, she didn’t require any surgery and recovered quite fast. That same year, she became a member of the world’s first all-female crew, and raced at the Le Mans 24 hours in 1991 and again in 2013. There’s no doubt that Gachnang had to face many obstacles on her path to becoming an accomplished NASCAR driver, but that just makes her respectable record even more impressive.

Chrissy Wallace

Chrissy Wallace’s racing credentials begin with her immediate and extended family. As the daughter to Mike Wallace, the accomplished NASCAR driver, and also the family member of Rusty, Kenny, and Steve Wallace, Chrissy has been firmly established in the racing culture right from birth. In 2007, she became the first female driver to ever win the Hickory Motor Speedway race in North Carolina. Her NASCAR debut occurred in 2008 when she participated in their Craftsman Truck Series and finished in the 18th place.

 

Since then, Wallace has managed to secure other victories and records, such as being the first woman to win an American Speed Association Late Model track championship at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway. This was the same track where her father, Mike, won the championship more than two decades before.

Natalie Decker

In 2015, Natalie Decker joined NASCAR thanks to their Drive for Diversity program. By age 9 she was already a go-kart racer, and by age 11 she had already won 4 championships. Decker began racing 4-cylinder modified stock cars as early as age 12 and began winning various awards from there. In 2013, she took home the Rookie of the Year award by finishing third in the competition. Natalie kept winning various tournaments in the following years, before being picked up by NASCAR in 2015.

 

Natalie Decker has a much better record than her two cousins. At the young age of 22, she is already shaping up to be a promising and award-winning racer. Since then, Decker has participated in three ARCA races for Venturini Motorsports (Elko, Toledo, and Pocono), and finished eleventh on the lead lap. We’ll have to keep up with her fast-paced racing career and see where she ends up in the next few years.

Nicole Behar

Nicole Behar loves using her Instagram to feature various photos of her impressive NASCAR career. She drives a custom modified Toyota Camry and has her own team called the “Nicole Behar Racing” team. She’s quite an accomplished NASCAR driver, and finished 10th in 2016, as well as 3rd at the Evergreen Speedway race the following year. She’s a fifth-generation racer and began racing full-bodied cars at age fourteen.

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Nicole Behar has been racing since 2014, but as of 2017, she has slowed down in her NASCAR career after giving birth to her first child. Since then, her focus has gone primarily to one of her business ventures, the Fueled Coffee Company, a coffeehouse in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Kim Crosby

In 2004, Kim Crosby made perhaps one of the most impressive and amazing career transformations, when she went from a full-time Louisiana school principal into a full-time race driver. She originally started out as a drag racer but found herself transitioning again, this time into a monster truck driver for Monster Jam. At age 55, she’s been in ten races over the past three years, and her best finish was 72nd in a 2004 race.

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Kim Crosby is quite an impressive woman and claims to also love hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and camping. She’s undoubtedly the coolest school principle of all time if there ever was one. Crosby is currently semi-retired, but continues to race occasionally and plans to return to NASCAR if the right opportunity happens to come along.

Julia Landauer

At just 28 years old, Julia Landauer is already both an accomplished race car driver and a motivational speaker. She has raced in the popular NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition and was the highest finishing female ever in 2016. Outside of driving, Landauer uses her outdoorsy champion skills as a contestant on the 26th season of the popular CBS reality show, Survivor.

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Like many of her female NASCAR peers, Landauer had shown a knack for racing from a very young age. At just 10 years old little Julia used to compete in go-kart competitions and would bring home the victory more often than not. In 2017, the accomplished racer was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list under the category of sports.

Tina Gordon

There seems to be a recurring theme with female racing drivers that includes them leaving high-paying, respectable positions in-order to become down-and-dirty race car drivers. Tina Gordon (who is not related to legendary NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon), left her successful position as an insurance agency owner by selling the business in order to follow her passion and become a NASCAR race car driver.

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Despite her previous success, this was a completely new territory for the new racing driver, and she had to build her way up and lift herself up by her bootstraps. Just one year after joining NASCAR, she managed to finish in 20th place in the NASCAR All-Prof Series. The racer has made 16 starts so far and even finished in the top ten once.

Diane Teel

Diane Teel began her career as a school bus driver and moved into the NASCAR racing scene in 1977, after being the courier for another race car driver. She has since raced eleven times in the series with two top-ten finishes. Teel is known as a female NASCAR pioneer, and has helped make women feel a lot more accepted in the racing arena.

 

Diane Teel’s granddaughter, Macy Causey, is an amateur female racing driver as-well. Teel’s legacy is clear by now, and in 2015 her racing equipment was placed on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Teel retired in 1986 after racing in the Hampton 200. She currently spends a lot of her time raising awareness of the risks of distracted driving.

 Shannon McIntosh

Despite being 30 years old and debuting just a few years ago, Shannon McIntosh has already managed to secure herself a couple of impressive scores and victories. Her two best finishes were both in the eighth place: one in the 2011 USF2000 National Championship and another one in the same series. She recently partnered with popular Shark Tank billionaire, Mark Cuban, and helps him with his new app, Cyber Dust.

 

Outside of racing, McIntosh frequently writes for eBay Motors Blog and has recently been named “Someone to Watch” and a racing Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. We’re definitely looking to see more of what this talented and dedicated driver does with her career, both in terms of racing and in her business ventures. There’s no doubt in our minds that she’ll manage to impress us on both accounts.

Tia Norfleet

Shauntia Latrice “Tia” Norfleet is one of America’s most prominent African-American race car drivers. As the daughter of former NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet, she had already shown an interest in the racing profession from the age of seven. Tia claims that she began competing in kart racing events at age 14, and by 24 she was already competing in entry-level Bandolero racing competitions. After that, Norfleet became the world’s first African-American driver to purchase a NASCAR racing license, but this is where things get a little freaky.

 

According to a 2013 article in the New York Times, Norfleet has many inconsistencies in her claims. First, Tia never actually raced in NASCAR, with her only official race being a low-level event where she ran one lap and then parked her car. Secondly, she has a lengthy criminal record, and her written age is different than the one she claims to be. The case of Tia Norfleet is currently set with a big question mark, and it looks like it’ll be staying that way for the foreseeable future.

Paige Decker

Paige Decker, Claire’s sister, also joined NASCAR at about the same time. Decker was named as a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver in 2014. Prior to that, she became the first woman and rookie to win the TUNDRA Super Late Model Tour at the Golden Sands Speedway event. Although she fared a bit better than her sister at the whole NASCAR experience, her time in the sport was also short-lived and ended in the same year as well.

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The two sisters were joined by their cousin, Natalie Decker, who also managed to get into the NASCAR races through their Drive for Diversity program. Natalie was the most successful one of the three family members and continues racing to this day.

Erin Crocker

Erin Crocker began racing at just 7 years old and was winning Mini Sports competitions by the time she hit her first teen years. When Crocker transitioned into professional racing, her first race was the World of Outlaws. She was quickly noticed and after winning five races she earned a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Outstanding Newcomer Award.

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In 2006, she began racing full-time for NASCAR. Crocker has an impressive record which includes over 39 races in both stock car and truck races. Crocker is currently married to former auto racing crew chief Ray Evernham, who was her former boss and team owner. Needless to say he had a major impact on her and her racing career. She has since retired from racing and became a broadcaster for SPEED in 2008.

Sara Christian

Imagine being a professional NASCAR driver at a time where women were expected to stay at home and take care of the children. For Sara Christian, this was not an option. She spent years working hard to become the world’s first female NASCAR driver. By 1949, she drove her Ford at the Charlotte Speedway and finished at 13th place. She raced for a total of two years, starting in 1949 and finishing her racing career in 1950.

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In 1949, the first female NASCAR driver competed in six out of eight events during her first and only full year. She came out at 13th place in the finals for that year. Also in 1949, Christian received the United States Drivers Association Woman Driver of the Year award. Later in 2004, Sara Christian was inducted into the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame. Our next driver actually began her career as a model, and became a NASCAR driver when she discovered her passion for racing…

Claire Decker

Clair Decker actually comes from a family of snowmobile racers. However, the athlete managed to get herself into the prestigious NASCAR sport through its Drive for Diversity program. The program’s purpose is to attract females and other minorities in to participate as drivers, owners, sponsors and crew members in NASCAR, which is largely dominated today by men.

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Decker has participated in two major NASCAR events throughout her career. These include the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. In 2016 she finished in the 105th position during her only year in the sport, and eventually stopped attending after her achievements were not where she wished they could be.

Danica Patrick

When it comes to sacrifices, hard work and making it big, no female success story in the sport of NASCAR quite compares to that of Danica Patrick. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing and is the only woman to ever win an IndyCar Series race. Patrick was born in 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin to a working-class family, and showed an interest in the sport since age ten.

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In 1998, she made an extremely bold move and dropped out of high school to pursue a NASCAR career. By 2005, she was named the IndyCar Series’ “Rookie of the Year.” Just five years later, Danica Patrick already began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She officially retired last year and left behind her a legacy that will inspire many women for years to come. Patrick is also a highly successful business owner, which makes her a true superwoman. Our next driver is one of the most highly awarded NASCAR drivers of all time, and achieved that and more despite having multiple sclerosis…

Patty Moise

In every competitive sport, you have certain rare individuals who stand shoulders above the rest. Rare athletes exist in each and every different sport such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Tom Brady, each in their respective fields. In the NASCAR female racing gang, the clear winner is Patty Moise. She began racing at age 16 and made her official debut at age 26 in the Busch Series. Moise won top four ten times throughout her 133 races, which made her the top female NASCAR driver of all time.

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Patty Moise is married to former fellow NASCAR driver, Elton Sawyer, who is currently Vice president of a division in NASCAR. Back in her glory days, Moise was one of the most sought after race drivers in NASCAR, and was often photographed leaning out of her car with her beautiful curly hair and dazzling smile.

Caitlin Shaw

American NASCAR driver Caitlin Shaw is the world’s second woman to ever compete in NASCAR’s top three series. She’s also the only woman from New Mexico to ever compete in any of NASCAR’s top three series. In 2008, Shaw gained widespread recognition when she was invited to her first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Test. So far, the young driver had participated in two major NASCAR events, the 2009 and 2010 Camping World Truck Series, where she placed 24th and 30th respectively.

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Caitlin Shaw has quite an interesting career in her field of racing, and even became the inaugural United States Spokeswoman for the International Online Magazine GirlRacer.co.uk. She’s an avid supporter of women’s rights and equality, and advocates for women to participate in sports. Shaw is currently working part-time at Michael Waltrip Racing, a stock car racing team, where she is in charge of their Communications and Marketing divisions.

Jessica Brunelli

Jessica Brunelli is one of the most stunning women in NASCAR and has one of the more promising careers out of the sport’s many younger female drivers. She began her infatuation with car racing at a very young age, when she would drive anything she could get her hands on, from quads to modified vehicles. By age seven, she was already racing in amateur competitions and proceeded to win two regional championships.

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When Jessica Brunelli debuted in 2009 at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified division in Roseville, California, she managed to win third place with ten top-fives and thirteen top tens. This excellent debut earned her the Rookie of the Year title, which is hopefully just the start of a very long, exciting and empowering NASCAR racing career.

Susie Wolff

Former Scottish race car driver Susie Wolff has driven everything from Formula One cars to Mercedes racing vehicles. She was most active as a go-kart racer in 1997, when she began competing in karting categories and winning most of them. Wolff was quite popular from a very young age and was named British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the year twice. She made the leap to Formula Renault racing from 2001 to 2004 and graduated to Formula Three in 2005.

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From there, Susie Wolff’s career kept going up and up, and she joined the Venturi Formula E Team last year, while also becoming a shareholder of the team. In 2013, Wolff was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh for “her role as an ambassador for women in sport.” In 2017, She was also honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire on the 2017 New Year Honours list for services to Women in Sport. She announced her official retirement in late 2015 and gave birth to her first son in 2017.

Mara Reyes

Mara Reyes is not only a female NASCAR driver, but she’s also one of their first Latino racers. After finding success in NASCAR Mexico Series, she joined the American NASCAR Xfinity Series for one race in 2005. Since then, she has been racing in the Super Copa Telcel with Arris Group sponsorship. Mara’s racing career started when she was just 10 and became official at the young age of 14.

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By 2005, Mara Reyes became the world’s first Latin Woman ever to drive in the NASCAR Busch Series. Her latest race also occurred that same year, when she placed eighth in the Mexican NASCAR Series with the TELMEX team. Mara is undoubtedly one of the more beautiful and elegant racers, and we hope that she finds success in whatever ventures she picks up after her racing career.

Shawna Robinson

In 1988, Shawna Robinson didn’t just break the glass ceiling, she destroyed the entire building. Robinson was the first female to ever win a NASCAR Touring Series tournament and instantly became a celebrity for it. The talented, award-winning driver first began racing cars when she was just a child. She debuted as a NASCAR driver in 1988 and immediately showed promise with her incredible performance.

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These victories got her awarded the 1988’s “Most Popular Driver” and “Rookie of the Year” awards. She then went up to the Busch Series, where she didn’t quite do as well as her first try. Over time she lost some of her momentum and began shifting her focus towards raising a family instead. However, Shawna eventually got the itch to get back into racing and returned to the sport. She continued in NASCAR until 2005 when she retired for good.

Robin McCall

Like so many female racers on our list, Robin McCall was primed to become a successful racing driver from a very young age. She began by competing in small races, and quickly built a name for herself as a top racing contender. By 1982, she had already joined NASCAR and even got a chance to compete in the Winston Cup Series, making her the youngest woman to ever qualify for the competition.

 

In 1985, Robin McCall married a fellow racing driver, Wally Dallenbach Jr. They ended up having three children together, which led McCall to transition out of racing slowly, but surely. McCall has since been working as a driving instructor for auto manufacturers in driving events. The retired NASCAR driver also co-authored a book titled Portrait of NASCAR.

Milka Duno

They say that immigrants have the most motivation and passion to succeed out of any American, Milka Duno is definite proof of that. She was originally born in Venezuela and became an academic after arriving in the United States. She learned Marine Biology, Naval Architecture, Organizational Development, and Maritime Business, and went on to receive a master’s degree in all these!

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During her time studying, Milka Duno was also a mildly successful model. This strange mix of professions created much attention when she decided to officially become a race car driver and compete in NASCAR. She currently holds the record for the highest finish by a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Duno also wrote a Latin-English kid’s book titled “Go, Milka, Go!”, which won the Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation Book award in 2009.

Mackena Bell

Mackena Bell was also a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program but had only one official NASCAR race in the sport. She too began her love story with racing by racing go-karts at age five, moving up to Legend cars at age fourteen, and then officially car racing by age eighteen. In 2010, she competed in six NASCAR races during their Xfinity Series and failed to finish with a proper score, making it hard to consider her a serious.driver.

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Four years later, Bell crashed out during two races. She only had one top ten finish in all her career. Needless to say, she didn’t return to NASCAR after that, and instead, she began raced for Rick Ware Racing at the Phoenix International Raceway where she placed 29th. That was her last official race as of November 2014.

Tammy Jo Kirk

In addition to being a highly celebrated and accomplished NASCAR driver, Tammy Jo Kirk is also a huge fan of motorcycles. She began racing these two-wheeled vehicles at the young age of nine and fell in love with the sport. Despite being very talented, Kirk faced a great deal of sexism and wasn’t allowed to race in the male-dominated motorcycle competitions. The race driver was so frustrated that she decided to transition into car racing.

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Tammy Jo Kirk was quickly picked up by NASCAR, and in 1991 she joined the All-American Challenge Series. Just three years later, she was already crowned as the world’s most popular driver. The talented NASCAR competitor kept racing until 2003 when she decided to hang her helmet and open up a motorcycle dealership. Find out next about the second-ever female NASCAR driver, and an interesting pair car-racing twins…

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Famous African-American motivational coach and speaker, Eric Thomas, once said that in order to become successful, “You have to want it as bad as you want to breath”. Pro NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb is a fantastic example of that, as she became one of the world’s top female race drivers of all time through years of obsession with the sport.

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Her first experience racing was in 1991 when her father, Joe Cobb, helped her get started as a racer. By 2002, she was already competing in racing competitions, leading her to become an official NASCAR driver just two years later. Everything about Jo Cobb’s life is related to cars and racing, which is why she holds the record for the woman with the highest points in any major NASCAR series. The veteran racing driver also owns her own successful clothing line, Driver Boutique.

Hailie Deegan- The Rising Star

Despite being a teenager, Hailie Deegan is already shaping up to become one of the most popular female drivers in NASCAR. She first made history by competing and winning the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 race. In-fact, Deegan was the first driver to ever win that race. Female NASCAR drivers must be pretty popular as this one has an active Instagram channel with over 500,000 followers.

 

Deegan is the only female to have ever won a race in the K&N Pro Series, doing so in 2018 and 2019 seasons. She’s the daughter of Brian Deegan, the first freestyle motorcycle rider to ever manage a 360 flip during a competition. Deegan was primed from a young age to become a successful NASCAR driver, as she began riding dirt bikes at the extremely young age of seven. Her future is extremely promising, and we can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out a few years from now.

Natalie Sather

Natalie Sather was a star from a very young age. She was the second runner-up in 2003’s Miss North Dakota Teen USA pageant and was also the captain of the cheerleading squad in her high school. Sather got her moment of fame as a NASCAR racer when various media publications began propping her up. For example, The Heralds had an article about her titled: “Evergreen Speedway driver shows you can still be feminine and succeed in a male-dominated sport.”

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Sather’s claim to fame happened in 2007. At the time, she was the first female to ever win the American Sprint Car Series. Natalie also won the ASCS Midwest championship and received the Knoxville Raceway Rookie of the Year award. She was later invited to join NASCAR just two after her big win. Unfortunately, she failed to qualify for various races and crashed her car during the practice of one of the laps. Natalie Sather never competed in car racing after that. The only silver lining to her story is that in 2014, Natalie got hired by the National Sprint League as their Marketing Director.

Louise Smith

Whenever a discussion about legendary NASCAR racers starts, the name Louise Smith gets mentioned at least once. This incredible female driver began her career with NASCAR in 1949, when she decided that nothing was going to stop her from joining the sport. She didn’t only make that dream come true but went on to become one of the best race car drivers of all time.

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Louise Smith, the second female NASCAR driver ever, won 38 races in her six-year career at the sport. She returned in 1971 as a sponsor for other drivers and even helped Ronnie Thomas when he was just getting started. Smith was truly the Princess Diana of NASCAR, which is why she received her iconic nickname, the “First Lady Of Racing.”