March 11, 1994 |
Shawna Robinson became the first woman to win a Grand National stock car racing pole Thursday as she led the opening round of qualifying for Saturday's Busch Light 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Robinson, the second-fastest qualifier a week ago at Richmond, Va., beat former Grand National champion Joe Nemechek for the top spot. She is the only woman to win either a race or a pole in a NASCAR touring series, having won a 1988 NASCAR Dash Series event and three Dash Series poles in 1989.
February 17, 2002 |
When Mike Skinner slowed momentarily to change ignition boxes and inadvertently set off an eight-car accident just 11 laps into Thursday's second Twin 125-mile qualifying race for Sunday's Daytona 500, Shawna Robinson readied herself for disappointment. Robinson needed a good finish, a top-15 finish in the race, to guarantee herself a starting position in Sunday's race. At that moment, her chances were slim.
April 28, 2001 |
What didn't happen overshadowed what did during Friday's Winston Cup qualifying at California Speedway. Shawna Robinson's much-publicized attempt to become the first woman driver in NASCAR's premier series in nearly 12 years ended before it started. Her hopes were dashed when the rear end broke on owner Michael Kranefuss' Ford Taurus as she came out of the second turn on her first warmup lap.
April 23, 2002 |
It has been 25 years since Janet Guthrie knocked down big-time motor racing's gender barrier by driving in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. In those 25 years, no other woman drove in the Daytona 500, stock car racing's premier Winston Cup race, until Shawna Robinson qualified last February. It's not that there were no female drivers good enough. Mostly, it was lack of sponsorship funds to finance the effort. Is it more difficult for a woman to find sponsor money than for a male driver?
February 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Daytona Beach, Fla. -- One day after a final-lap crash in her Gatorade Duels race, Danica Patrick won the pole position for the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Drive4COPD 300. Patrick drove the No. 7 Chevrolet to the front of the pack Friday with a qualifying time of 49.250 seconds at Daytona International Speedway. She averaged 182.741 mph during her run. She becomes the first woman to secure the top spot in a Nationwide Series race since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.
February 13, 1988 |
Two women, Karen Schulz of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Shawna Robinson of Des Moines, Iowa, made stock car history Friday when they finished second and third in the Florida 200 for compact sedans at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first time in NASCAR history that two women had finished in the top three of a regularly scheduled points race. Larry Caudill of North Wilkesboro, N.C., was the winner, a car length ahead of Schulz. All three drove Pontiacs.