Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

The Women Of NASCAR Through The Years

Women have been racing in NASCAR since 1949, but the sport’s popularity is motivating more women to hit the track. These drivers are pioneers on the track. 

Sara Christian

Her name will be forever engraved in NASCAR lore being the first woman driver on June 19, 1949 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

In Christian’s career, she made seven starts in the Sprint Cup Series.  

Her best finish was in 1949 at Heidelberg Raceway, where she finished in 5th place

Ethel Flock Mobley

She’s the second female driver in NASCAR history along with Janet Guthrie.  

Mobley is from a family of race car drivers, including  two brothers who were racers.

Throughout her career, she drove in more than 100 NASCAR events and had two starts in the Sprint Cup Series.  

Mobley raced in NASCAR’s second ever event on July 10, 1949 at the Daytona Beach Road Course and finished in 11th place.

Janet Guthrie

She was the first woman to ever qualify and race in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.  

Guthrie was an aerospace engineer before getting behind the wheel in 1963. She did not become a NASCAR driver until 1976.   

Her best finish came in 1977 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, where she placed sixth.  

Guthrie’s NASCAR career ended in 1980 and she was elected into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame

Shawna Robinson

She raced in all three of NASCAR’s Nationwide series: the XFINITY Series, CUP Series and Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series.  

In 1988, Robinson became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring Series event. 

Raced in eight Sprint Cup races, 61 XFINITY races and three Camping World Truck Series. 

In 1994, Robinson’s best finish was 10th place in the XFINITY Series at Watkins Glen.

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Both an owner and a driver in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. She drives for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing.

Cobb’s dream of driving a race car began when she was 8-years-old. Her dream became a reality in 1991, when she began racing in the 4-cylinder Pony Stock Division under the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Cobb finished a career best 16th in points in 2014 and has one career top 10 finish.

When Cobb is not on the track, she is a public speaker, entrepreneur and a corporate spokesperson.

Johanna Long 

Of the 66 starts in her NASCAR career, 42 were in the XFINITY Series and 24 were in the Grander Outdoors Truck Series.  

At only 17, Long had two races in the ARCA Menards Series.

She made her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on February 25, 2012 at just 19 years old, becoming the youngest female driver in NASCAR history to race in this series. She finished in 21st place.

Danica Patrick

She’s probably the most famous female NASCAR driver. Her love of racing started at just 10-years-old after her parents bought her a go-kart. 

After racing for many years overseas, Patrick began racing in the IndyCar series.   

In 2005, she competed in her first Indianapolis 500 and led for 19 laps, becoming the first woman to lead laps and earn a top-five finish in the Indianapolis 500. She finished 4th in the race. 

From 2013-2018, she raced in the NASCAR Cup Series, competed in 191 races and had seven top-10 finishes. She retired in 2018.

Brittney Zamora

At just 20-years-old, she’s won multiple Track Championships and on her way to becoming a household name. 

In 2018, she was named the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Washington State Rookie of the Year. 

Zamora’s ranking was 5th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with six top-five and ten  top-10 finishes through 14 races. 

In addition to racing, Zamora founded Pit Road Pals, an animal shelter and pet adoption awareness program.

Hailie Deegan 

She’s already well known in the NASCAR world at only 18, and expected to become the next big star in the sport.  

Deegan is following in her father’s footsteps. He was an American professional freestyle motocross rider and raced cars as well.  

She began her NASCAR career in 2018 after racing in the Off-Road racing Series.  

When Deegan transitioned to NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series West, she became the first woman to win a race in NASCAR West Series and won the Rookie of the Year in the same season.  

In 2020, Deegan signed with Ford Performance and plans to race in all 20 ARCA Menards Series races.

Natalie Decker

At only 22 years old, Natalie Decker is in her second season in the NASCAR Gander Truck Series.

In 2019, she drove in the Truck Series, ARCA Menard Series and K&N Pro Series East.

On February 14, 2020, Decker finished in 5th place at the NASCAR Grander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona, her best finish to date and the highest ever finish for a female driver in the series history. 

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