List of female NASCAR drivers

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The following is a list of female NASCAR drivers since the association's inception in 1949, along with their stat totals in their NASCAR careers. As of 2013, no drivers have won a race, except for unofficial races, with Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick being the only ones to earn the pole position. As of 2012, no female driver has won a race (In 2010, Johanna Long won the Snowball Derby, which frequently attracts various NASCAR drivers, being the second woman to do so, following Tammy Jo Kirk who won the event in 1994). Most female drivers have started their careers in various open-wheel racing leagues, like the IndyCar Series (Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie), as well as ARCA (Patrick, Erin Crocker, Tina Gordon). Most female drivers have also raced in either the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series or the Drive for Diversity program. Betty Skelton Erde wasn't technically a NASCAR driver, but she drove the pace car at Daytona in 1954, and was clocked at a speed of 105.88 mph (170.40 km/h) on the sand, setting a stock car speed record for women.[1]

History[edit]

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to race on a superspeedway after racing in the World 600 in 1976
Danica Patrick clinched the pole position in the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300, the season-opening race,[2] along with the 2013 Daytona 500

Unlike in the Indianapolis 500, where female participation during the early days were discouraged, NASCAR has allowed female drivers since its start in 1949. The first female driver was Sara Christian, racing in the inaugural NASCAR race at Charlotte Speedway, even though she had Bob Flock finish the race.[3] In the second official race at Daytona Beach and Road Course, Christian was joined by Ethel Mobley and Louise Smith, with Mobley finishing ahead of the 3, at 11th.[4] After 1949, female racers had been dormant until 1976, when Janet Guthrie participated in the 1976 World 600,[5] finishing 15th, ahead of Dale Earnhardt.[6] In 1986, Patty Moise would become the first woman to lead in a Busch Series race.[7]

In 1989, Shawna Robinson would be the first woman to earn the pole position in any NASCAR Series, earning it in the Goody's Dash Series. In 1994, Robinson would eventually become the first female driver to clinch the pole in any of the 3 major series, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 1988, Robinson became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring Series event. Also that year, she would win the "Rookie of the Year" and "Most Popular Driver" honors in the Goody's Dash Series.[8]

21st century[edit]

In the new millennium, female NASCAR drivers reached a surge with the founding of the Drive for Diversity program in 2004.[9] However, before the program's founding, Shawna Robinson was still one of the few female drivers. In 2001, Robinson would be the first woman to finish a race in the Winston Cup Series since Janet Guthrie in 1980.[8] In 2003, Robinson would also have the first all-female pit crew for a race at Texas Motor Speedway.[10]

In 2010, IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick joined NASCAR, racing part-time in the K&N Pro Series East and the Nationwide Series.[11] Patrick would record a major milestone by clinching the pole position in the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300, being the first female driver to clinch it since Shawna Robinson.[2] However, Patrick would finish 38th after a crash.[12] In 2012, Patrick would eventually race part-time in the Sprint Cup Series.[13]

In 2011, Snowball Derby winner Johanna Long[14] entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 19 years of age, being the youngest female driver to race in the series.[15] Long would eventually race in the Nationwide Series, making her debut in the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300, finishing ahead of Patrick by 17 places.[12][16]

In 2012, Danica Patrick was voted NASCAR's Most Popular Nationwide Driver, becoming the first woman to receive that award in NASCAR's top three divisions.[17]

In 2013, Patrick became the first woman in Sprint Cup history to have a full-time ride in the series (with Stewart-Haas Racing),[17] and eventually the first female driver to clinch the pole position and lead a lap, both occurring at the 2013 Daytona 500. Patrick later finished the race in 8th, the highest finish for a woman in the Sprint Cup Series.[18]

Drivers[edit]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Formerly Strictly Stock, Grand National, Winston Cup and Nextel Cup Series

Driver Nationality # First Season Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Best Points Finish
Beckers, ChristineChristine Beckers[19] Belgium Retired 1977 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bunselmeyer, AnnAnn Bunselmeyer[19] Retired 1950 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chester, AnnAnn Chester[19] Retired 1950 2 0 0 0 0 N/A
Christian, SaraSara Christian United States Retired 1949 7 0 0 2 0 13th (1949)
Guthrie, JanetJanet Guthrie[20] United States Retired 1976 33 0 0 5 0 23rd (1977)
Lombardi, LellaLella Lombardi[19] Italy Retired 1977 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
McCall, RobinRobin McCall[19] Retired 1982 2 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mobley, EthelEthel Mobley[21] United States Retired 1949 2 0 0 0 0 52nd (1949)
Moise, PattyPatty Moise[22][23] United States Retired 1987 5 0 0 0 0 59th (1988)
Parsons, GoldieGoldie Parsons Retired 1955 2 0 0 2 0 N/A
Patrick, DanicaDanica Patrick[24][25] United States 10 2012 71 0 0 4 1 27th (2013)
Ragan, MarianMarian Ragan[19] Retired 1954 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
Robinson, ShawnaShawna Robinson[26][27] United States Inactive 1995 8 0 0 0 0 52nd (2002)
Scott, FifiFifi Scott[19] Retired 1955 2 0 0 0 0 N/A
Smith, LouiseLouise Smith[28][29][30] United States Retired 1949 11 0 [a] 0 0 0 63rd (1949)

Xfinity Series[edit]

Formerly Busch Series and Nationwide Series

Driver Nationality # First Season Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Best Points Finish
Mackena Bell United States 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Jennifer Jo Cobb[31] United States 13 2004 27 0 0 0 0 29th (2011)
Amber Cope[32] United States Inactive 2011 2 0 0 0 0 82nd (2010)
Angela Cope[33] United States Inactive 2011 7 0 0 0 0 55th (2011)
Erin Crocker[34] United States Retired 2005 10 0 0 0 0 67th (2006)
Kim Crosby[35] United States Inactive 2004 10 0 0 0 0 72nd (2004)
Maryeve Dufault[36] Canada 79 2011 2 0 0 0 0 77th (2011)
Milka Duno Venezuela 29 2014 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tina Gordon[37] United States Inactive 2001 14 0 0 1 0 51st (2004)
Tammy Jo Kirk[38][39] United States Inactive 2003 15 0 0 0 0 45th (2003)
Johanna Long[40][41] United States Inactive 2012 41 0 0 0 0 20th (2012)
Patty Moise[22][23] United States Retired 1986 133 0 0 4 0 22nd (1990)
Danica Patrick United States 34 2010 61 0 1 7 1 10th (2012)
Mara Reyes[42] Mexico Inactive 2005 1 0 0 0 0 35th (2005)
Shawna Robinson United States Retired 1991 61 0 0 1 1 23rd (1993)
Chrissy Wallace United States Inactive 2010 2 0 0 0 0 106th (2008)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Formerly SuperTruck Series by Craftsman and Craftsman Truck Series

Driver Nationality # First Season Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Best Points Finish
Jennifer Jo Cobb United States 10 2008 92 0 0 1 0 17th (2010)
Amber Cope United States Inactive 2010 1 0 0 0 0 104th (2010)
Angela Cope United States Inactive 2010 1 0 0 0 0 111th (2010)
Erin Crocker United States Inactive 2005 29 0 0 0 0 25th (2006)
Kim Crosby United States Inactive 2008 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gabi DiCarlo[43] United States Inactive 2007 3[44] 0 0 0 0 54th (2007)
Milka Duno Venezuela 1 2014 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tina Gordon United States Inactive 2003 16 0 0 0 0 25th (2003)
Tammy Jo Kirk United States Inactive 1997 32 0 0 0 0 20th (1997)
Johanna Long United States Inactive 2010 24 0 0 0 0 21st (2011)
Teri MacDonald Canada Inactive 2002 7 0 0 0 0 55th (2002)
Alli Owens[45] United States Inactive 2011 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Deborah Renshaw[46][47] United States Inactive 2004 38 0 0 0 0 24th (2005)
Shawna Robinson United States Inactive 2003 3 0 0 0 0 72nd (2003)
Natalie Sather[48] Inactive 2012 2 0 0 0 0 N/A
Caitlin Shaw United States Inactive 2009 2 0 0 0 0 88th (2009)
Kelly Sutton United States Inactive 2003 54 0 0 0 0 26th (2004)
Michelle Theriault[49][50] United States Inactive 2008 6 0 0 0 0 68th (2009)
Chrissy Wallace United States Inactive 2008 7 0 0 0 0 42nd (2008)
Angie Wilson[51][52] United States Inactive 2002 4 0 0 0 0 51st (2002)

Other series[edit]

Whelen Modified Tour, Whelen Southern Modified Tour, K&N Pro Series East/West, Canadian Tire Series, Toyota Mexico Series, Whelen Euro Series, Goody's Dash, etc.

Driver Nationality # Rookie Year Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Best Points Finish Series
Sherry Blakley United States Inactive N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series
Kristin Bumbera[53] United States Inactive 2009 8 0 0 0 0 26th (2009 East) NASCAR Camping World Series East/West
Maryeve Dufault Canada Inactive 2010 2 0 0 0 0 44th (2010) NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Isabelle Tremblay Canada 07 2010 17 0 0 1 0 12th (2011) NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Toni Marie McCray[54] United States Inactive 2010 2 0 0 0 0 48th - 2010 K&N Pro Series West
Mara Reyes Mexico Inactive 2004 28 0 8 20 1 5th - 2005 NASCAR Toyota Series
Leslie González Mexico Inactive 2005 1 0 0 0 0 NASCAR Toyota Series
Estefanía Reyes Mexico Inactive 2007 17 0 0 0 0 NASCAR Toyota Series
Angie Wilson United States Inactive 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Goody's Dash Series[55]
Ashley Taws Canada Inactive 2008 1 0 0 0 0 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Kenzie Ruston United States 96 2013 28 0 7 13 0 6th (2013 East) K&N Pro Series East
Melissa Fifield[56] United States 01 2014 12 0 0 0 0 21st (2014) Whelen Modified Tour
Cassie Gannis United States Inactive 2011 8 0 0 0 0 22nd (2011) K&N Pro Series West
Jessica Brunelli United States 88 2011 9 0 0 1 0 29th (2012) K&N Pro Series West

: Deceased

Notes[edit]

  • a1 Smith had 38 wins, which were unofficial.
  • b1 MacLeod is currently working on a deal with NASCAR Canada.

See also[edit]

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