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NASCAR’s Female Drivers Finally Have an Opening

In 2001, long before the emergence of Danica-mania, the sport was in a similar frenzy as the first female driver since 1989 had qualified for a Cup event. In the coming weeks, it was announced that Shawna Robinson would attempt to run two-thirds of the races in the 2002 season for upstart BAM Racing. As fate would have it, Robinson would run only seven races before being released. Since 2002, no woman has attempted to qualify for a cup race. Despite Robinson's failed attempt, it was her venture in the sport that has helped open the door for Danica Patrick and others. But while the media focuses on Danica, there is another movement occurring that is receiving very little attention. During Speedweeks there was not one, not two, but multiple...

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