Top 17 Best Female NASCAR Drivers

Are you looking for the fast and fabulous women in the racing field? Then, keep on reading our list of best female NASCAR drivers.

Stereotypically, women’s driving skills are a standing joke, among others. People tend to assume women are lacking physically and have no road sense of direction. Therefore, they believe women can’t drive, let alone race.

But here we have brought you 17 Best Female NASCAR Drivers of all time who prove they are here to change the stereotype. These women have made history in their field and continue to do so. 

17 Best Female NASCAR Drivers of all time

Before we get to know the drivers better, let us look at an overview of the list. 

Additionally, this isn’t a ranked list. We believe that these NASCAR drivers are best in their way and working their way up to the top. More power to them!

NameCountry
Jennifer Jo CobbUnited States
Tammy Jo KirkUnited States
Tina GordonUnited States
Erin CrockerUnited States
Kim CrosbyUnited States
Angela CopeUnited States
Danica PatrickUnited States
Hailie DeeganUnited States
Dominique Van WieringenCanada
Johanna LongUnited States
Shawna RobinsonUnited States
Patty MoiseUnited States
Gracie TrotterUnited States
Angela RuchUnited States
Natalie DeckerUnited States
Brittney ZamoraUnited States
Tony BreidingerUnited States

Jennifer Jo Cobb

On our list of the top female NASCAR drivers, we shall talk about Jennifer Jo Cobb. Born in 1973, Cobb has been an active name in the industry. She started her career in 2004 through the Xfinity Series, where she managed to make 27 total starts.

Moreover, she finished off at 29th position back in 2011, which is also her best. In 2008 at the Camping World Truck, Jennifer made her debut and 92 starts in total.

However, she is still a racer to watch out for who drives for a team named after Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing and rides a Number ten.

Tammy Jo Kirk

Born and raised in Georgia, Tammy started as a racer in the Xfinity series in 2003. There she made 15 starts and ended up in the 45th position. In 1997, Kirk also raced for the Camping World Truck Series and received her best points in the twentieth position.

In her career in the NASCAR Xfinity series, she won 15 races in just a year and won 32 races in the Camping World Truck.

Tammy Jo Kirk smiling
Tammy Jo Kirk NASCAR Racer (Source: Wikimedia)

As of 2022, Tammy is happily retired and makes her living as a motorcycle dealer.

Tina Gordon

Born in 1969, Tina Gordon is one of the top female NASCAR drivers in the history. Her love for racing began in her husband’s short-track stock car. In 1998, her full-time career as a racer began and flourished to the NASCAR Pro series by 1999.

Her first race was at the 2003 Florida Dodge Dealers and last 2004 Infineon 200.

Besides racing, she runs a business currently named Tina’s Dream Ranch and is also active politically.

Erin Crocker

Born in Massachusetts, Erin made her beginning in the NASCAR field in 2005, where she created ten starts and received 67th best finish the following year. In 2005, she also raced in the Camping World Truck, where she made 29 starts in conclusion.

Her awards include Quarter Midgets of the American Female Driver of the year continuously from 1993 to 1995.

In 2003, she bagged the Knoxville award for the Best Rookie. Although Erin never competed in the Sprint Cup, she made history as the top Female NASCAR Driver of all time.

Kim Crosby

Kim Crosby, born in 1964, is 57 years old talented NASCAR female driver who has won 10 races over three years.

Before starting her career as a racer, she was a principal of a Louisiana Middle School, where she ended her tenure in 2004.

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Leading to her first race in 2004 at the Aaron’s 312. The same year she signed with Black Cat Racing but ended her tenure during Speedweeks. Then she started working for GIC-Mixon in 2005.

Currently, she drives for Monster Jam and is sponsored by the same. Kim shared her further plans to enter the NASCAR when the time is right.

Angela Cope

Born and raised in Washington, Angela Cope is one of the famous NASCAR drivers of this time. Cope made her beginning in this field through the Xfinity Series back in 2011.

She managed to grab the 55th position in the race, making her a solid contender to watch out for. But it was in 2010, and she earned a total of one start achieving her record of World Truck Series at the Camping World Truck, where she finished at 111th place.

Although she hasn’t participated in the Sprint Cut Series, she is someone to keep an eye on.

Danica Patrick

A former NASCAR driver, Danica is one of the most successful women in the open-wheel race history. She bagged the 2008 Indy Japan 300, being the only woman in the scene.

Born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, her go-karting fascination started at the age of ten, and it only started to grow further.

Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick in 2019 Camping World 500 (Source: Wikimedia)

Patrick bagged numerous winnings for women in the auto racing field, including the IndyCar, NASCAR cup, Indianapolis 500, and Daytona 500. Some of her other awards are the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie and the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Although, now retired Danica has successfully won 191 races for seven years of her career.

Hailie Deegan

Hailie Deegan, born and raised in Temecula, California, is a 21 years old female NASCAR driver to have dominated the scene.

Deegan debuted in 2018 through NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and has 18 races in her bag in just under three years.

She made history being the first female driver to win West Series races in both 2018 and 2019.

Hailee Deegan
NASCAR Driver Hailee Deegan (Source: Wikimedia)

Her passion for racing began at the tender age of seven, inspired by her father, Brian Deegan. But it was in 2016, she changed her tracks towards asphalt races and made her asphalt professional beginning in 2017.

In 2016, she became a NASCAR Drive for Diversity team member and got awarded a Young Racer category prize.

In 2018, Hailee started driving full time and won the West Series Championship, making history. Deegan also has a family YouTube channel called The Deegan’s, where she posts her everyday life and beyond.

Dominique Van Wieringen

Dominique Van Wieringen is a Canadian stock car racer racing part-time at the ARCA Menards for Rette Jones. Born in Ontario, she got her degree in Mechanical Engineering. This 26-year-old bagged her first win at the Spartan Speedway in Mason.

Moving forward in her career, after concluding the 2016 NASCAR K&N, she debuted at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2020, she competed at the ARCA’s Daytona.

Johanna Long

Johanna was born on May 26, 1992, and is a historical name in NASCAR history. Loving the racing karts when she was 5, she started to race at the age of 8. As her father used to run late models, Long got her inspiration from him.

Johanna Long
NASCAR Driver Johanna Long (Source: Facebook)

At the age of 12, she progressed to legends car races. Then in 2009, she debuted into NASCAR races, namely ASA Late Model Series, ARCA, and more. During the Camping World Races of 2010, Long was booked to race only three races but racing seven instead.

In 2011, she started driving No 20 Toyota, owned by her family. Then in 2015, Long joined Obika Racing.

Shawna Robinson

Born and raised in Iowa, now retired, Robinson started her career for the Spring Cup Series in 1995. But she officially started racing in 1993 from the Xfinity Series and then made her Camping World Truck debut in 2003.

In addition, she has competed in the complete NASCAR national touring series, ARCA Bondo and Daytona.

Shawna is one of the top 16 females to compete in the NASCAR cup. Robinson is known as a competent racer who left a legacy in the male-dominated industry.

Although diagnosed with cancer in 2014, Robinson underwent several treatments and finally became cancer-free in 2015.

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Patty Moise

Making her Sprint Cup beginning in 1987, the Jacksonville superstar Patty Moise is one of the 17 best female NASCAR drivers in the history. Started at the age of 16, driving road course races, she debuted through Busch Series.

She had further raced at the Xfinity Series and Road Atlanta in 1986. From the year 1987 to 1989, Moise has bagged 5 Winston Cups.

Her last race was back in 1998, and she is now happily retired, leaving her legacy behind.

Gracie Trotter

Born August 27, 2001, Gracie Trotter is the 2nd female to win a West Series Race. Starting with her love for go-karting at the tender age of 8 later progressed to compete in legends cars.

Gracie Trotter
NASCAR Driver Gracie Trotter (Source: Wikipedia)

In 2007, she earned the title of the first female driver winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Then in 2018, Trotter was chosen as one of the 12 racers for NASCAR’S Drive for Diversity. Later, she was signed by Rev Racing both in the years 2019 and 2020.

For the 2021 ARCA Menards Series, Grace has decided to race ten races in total but as a part-time driving Number 15 and 25.

Angela Ruch

Ruch is a professional racer who competed for NASCAR Gander RC, Xfinity Series, and ARCA Re. From her family, she was the 3rd generation to enter the racing industry. 

Ruch was given a go-kart from the early age of 9 and continued to drive for the next seven years. Then when Angela turned 15, she started to race in the late models.

After leaving her home town Washington, she moved to Charlotte, where most NASCAR races take place. Angela has been active ever since, and recently, in 2020 drove Number 00 Toyota for Reaume Brothers Racing.

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Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker is a young and upcoming racer who is competing part-time at the NASCAR Xfinity. Decker has competed at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series and in 2015 participated at the Drive for Diversity.

Regardless of having the talent, she had to beg her father to buy her a go-kart when she was nine years old. Yet, if she had not pursued her passion, she would not see her days where she had bagged numerous wins and awards.

Brittney Zamora

Britany is a young stock car racer competing part-time at the ARCA Menards Series. She used to drive as a full-timer at Bill McAnally Racing in the ARCA West and part-time in ARCA East.

Zamora was a super late model racer even before she started competing for NASCAR. Driving in the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2017 and 2018, Zamora was the 1st female winner.

In 2018, she won Washington State Rookie and was selected as one of the invitees to Drive for Diversity.

Tony Breidinger

There is no stopping to Tony Breidinger, and she became the first NASCAR driver of the Arab-American heritage in the NASCAR national series. She made her debut through the Daytona International Speedway.

Tony Breidinger
1st Arab-American NASCAR Racer Tony Breidinger (Source: Wikimedia)

Similarly, her determination to become a NASCAR racer built up since she was a kid and racing behind the wheels of a go-kart.

During her teens, she slowly moved up to the Auto racing ranks and is now at the age of 21, being the only woman with 19 United States Auto Club Wins.

Tony stands out among the male-dominated sports, being just one of the four women to star in the Auto Menard Series this year.

Conclusion

From the 20th Century, female drivers have been leaving their mark in the NASCAR history. Female NASCAR drivers are the proof that stereotypes are often distorted. Moving forward, they will continue to pave their way in the male-dominated field. 

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