The first female racecar driver to compete in NASCAR was Janet Guthrie, who qualified and competed in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, and the 1976 World 600 before that. Since then, women have taken the sport by storm, much to the chagrin of male drivers and some viewers.
For the most part, though, the beautiful women and talented drivers who've joined NASCAR have been great for such a male-centric sport. Viewers, especially, love to see a hot chick beat a man “at his own game,” so to speak.
When Danica Patrick first hit the scene, audiences were stunned. Here was a little firecracker who competed at the highest level and took down guys left and right. And there are plenty of fine women who are following in her footsteps. But they have big shoes to fill, no doubt.
Here are 20 smoking hot pics of the ladies of NASCAR.
20 Natalie Decker
At the young age of 22, Natalie Decker currently competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. She drives for Toyota, and also races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Menards Series.
She started racing at 9-years-old when she begged her father for a Go Kart. She’s of the new generation of drivers: a celebrity with 112,000 Instagram followers and 70,000 Facebook fans, where she shows off her killer looks.
19 Amber Balcaen
Amber Balcaen is a gorgeous brunette who also happens to be a great racecar driver. At the age of 27, the Canadian driver has always dreamed of racing in a NASCAR Cup series. She even started an Indiegogo campaign at 22 years old for her “Road to NASCAR,” raising money to test ARCA cars at Daytona.
The “Racing Wives” star has a bright future ahead of her, and her 50,000 Instagram fans already know all about it.
18 Toni Breidinger
Toni Breidinger might be young, but she has her eye on the prize – she has ever since she was younger. She qualified for the W Series finals as a teen, and is considered one of the next big females in pro racecar driving.
She still has a modest Instagram and Facebook following, but the track record speaks for itself: she’s already finished in the top 10 at an ARCA Menards race.
17 Maryeve Dufault
Canadian racecar driver Maryeve Dufault is another model and advertising spokeswoman turned driver. She’s raced in Formula Renault, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and more.
Though she hasn’t had a win in her 20 starts, the 37-year-old is still going strong in the circuit. She first competed in NASCAR back in 2013 when she competed in twelve NASCAR Nationwide Series events for Go Green Racing.
16 Angela Ruch
Angela Ruch made history on October 23, 2010 when she and her twin sister, Amber Cope, became the first twins to compete in one of NASCAR’s top three series. That day, they competed in the Camping World Truck Series, debuting in the No. 6 Dodge, finishing 30th (behind her sister’s 26th).
The twins began racing Go-Karts at the age of nine and quickly gained attention (pretty easy to see why). By 15, they had stepped up to late-model race cars before they even had driver’s licenses.
15 Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is the most successful female racecar driver in the history of American open-wheeled racing. Her victory at the 2008 Indy Japan 300 was the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race. She might be retired now, and many might remember her as the GoDaddy girl, but she's one of the trailblazers of the sport for women.
She’s always been very easy on the eyes, but don’t let that fool you—she’s a fierce competitor, showing that women can compete with the boys.
14 Hanna Zellers
Hanna Zellers got her first taste of racing at just 6-years-old. Now, she’s well on her way to celebrity status, with 19 races under her belt, a following of 40,000 Facebook fans and 64,000 Instagram followers, and a workout regime that is definitely impressive. Plus, she looks so good while she’s doing it.
13 Milka Duno
The Venezuelan beauty Milka Duno has a long tenure as a racecar driver. She first competed in the IndyCar Series and ARCA Racing Series before entering NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014.
She's best known for holding the record of highest finish for a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007, with a second-place finish. She eclipsed fellow Venezuelan driver Ernesto Soto’s 5th-place finish from 1982.
12 Johanna Robbins
Johanna Robbins, formerly known as Johanna Long in the racing circuit, is a young professional stock car driver and the winner of the 2010 Snowball Derby.
She started her career in NASCAR in 2009 at the tender age of 17 when she raced in a variety of series, such as ASA Late Model Series, Pro Late Model, and ARCA. Out of 38 events, she had 27 top finishes, 17 top fives, and five wins, which is incredible for the 27-year-old.
11 Nicole Lyons
In 2013, Nicole Lyons became the first black woman in the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Sportsman Division, and she’s also an engine-building expert.
The young phenom started racing in the NASCAR Whelen Series in 2013, which is a points championship for short track racing. She’s not only the first black woman to finish a Whelen race, but she’s also the first woman to ever compete in NASCAR and NHRA in the same season.
10 Madalena Antas
Portuguese driver Madalena Antas has been stunning people with her looks over in the US, while in Portugal, she’s just known as another female racecar driver (which is more common over there).
Besides racing, she also doubles as a model, having posed for numerous publications in risqué outfits and pretty racy photo shoots. It’s hard not to keep your eyes off her.
9 Hailie Deegan
Hailie Deegan has over half a million Instagram followers, and she’s only 18 years old. Many consider her the next Danica Patrick on the track, because of her expert driving skills, her beauty, and her aggressiveness.
She grew up off-road racing before transitioning to asphalt in 2016 to pursue a career in stock car racing. Her NASCAR career began in 2018 at the K&N Pro Series level, and she’s the only female to have won races in the K&N Pro Series, doing so in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
8 Kenzie Ruston Hemric
Kenzie Ruston Hemric is a 28-year-old stock car driver who last competed in NASCAR in 2015, in the K&N Pro Series East. She’s married to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Hemric. She began her career in professional stock car racing in the 2011 ARCA Racing Series.
Though she’s young and sweet looking, she’ll tear you new one on the racetrack!
7 Candace Muzny
Candace Muzny is a pretty blonde, but she’s obviously more than just that. She’s also a strong competitor, and the 38-year-old competed in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East in 2011 and 2012, and in NASCAR’s K&N Series West in 2007.
Besides being beautiful and being a regular competitor in NASCAR’s Late Model series, too, she also loves water skiing, according to her Facebook page.
6 Erin Crocker
Erin Crocker has been in the game for a long time—since 2004 for NASCAR and ARCA. The 38-year-old driver from Massachusetts is not only a driver, but she’s also a broadcaster with the Motor Racing Network’s Winged Nation.
The multitalented looker played soccer, tennis, and varsity lacrosse in her past, and her motorsports career has unfortunately stalled because of poor performance and a personal relationship with her current husband and team owner, Ray Evernham.
5 Brittney Zamora
Brittney Zamora is only 20-years-old, but she’s already competing full-time in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West, and part-time in the K&N Pro Series East. She drives for Bill McAnally Racing in both series, and has two poles to her name in 12 starts.
At the age of 19, she signed with Bill McAnally Racing for the 2019 season, and told the Tri-City Herald, “I dreamt of it.”
4 Amber Cope
While both Angela Ruch and Amber Cope debuted in NASCAR in the same race, they’re fierce competitors on the track, and have said that they see each other as competition when racing, not sisters.
In 2012, Amber was involved in an incident with Kevin Harvick during the final stages of a Nationwide Series, where she forced Harvick down the racetrack and slowed his momentum enough to give Brad Keselowski the win.
3 Julia Landauer
Julia Landauer is another young up-and-coming driver who’s made waves in the NASCAR world with her beauty and prowess on the track.
She’s raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, driving for Billy McAnally Racing and Sunrise Ford Racing. In 2016 she became the highest-finishing female ever in the season-long points tally, finishing 4th, and she was also a contestant on Survivor: Caramoan in 2013. She currently drives part-time in NASCAR Pinty’s Series for DJK Racing, too.
2 Cassie Gannis
Cassie Gannis is a 28-year-old stock car racing driver who started in the quarter midgets in 1999, where she recorded 15 top fives in 18 races. She was named a member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program from 2009 to 2011, and a year later, she started racing in the K&N Pro Series West for Greg Rayl with her best finish coming in 16th place.
1 Caitlin Shaw
Caitlin Shaw has the distinction of being the second-youngest woman to compete in NASCAR’s top three series (behind Johanna Long mentioned earlier), and is the only woman from the state of New Mexico to ever compete in any of NASCAR’s top three series.
She was also the inaugural United States spokeswoman for the International Online Magazine GirlRacer.co.uk, and she’s a huge advocate and promoter of the sport, often visiting children’s hospitals, schools, and seminars.
References: wikipedia.com, NASCAR.com, driverdb.com