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 the top four ten times throughout her 133 races, which made her the top female NASCAR driver of all time.
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.
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 to participate as drivers, owners, sponsors, and crew members in NASCAR, which is largely dominated today by men.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 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.
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.