With the advent of Danica Patrick about to drive the full schedule of NASCAR’s premier division (Sprint Cup), this is a good time to take a look at other women in the NASCAR ranks who are currently running in one of the three major divisions of the sport (Cup, Nationwide & Truck). Negotiations, sponsorships and business arrangements are still being produced so this list may not be exactly correct but is the latest compilation to date. And no, we're not talking about the 2013 Miss Sprint Cup lineup.
Jennifer Jo Cobb -- Certainly the veteran of this group, the 39 year old has been racing mainly part-time in NASCAR for the past nine seasons. Jennifer Jo’s best finish is a sixth in Trucks two years ago at Daytona.
Amber Cope -- Usually partnered with her twin sister Angela, Amber is 29 years old and has started twice in the Nationwide series and once in Trucks, where she earned her first start back in 2010. Her best finish is a 26th.
Angela Cope -- She also had one start in Trucks like her sister back in 2010. Angela has seven starts in Nationwide with a best finish of 25th. Note: The twins uncle is Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope.
Johanna Long -- She’s only 20 but may have already proved to be the best of the bunch although she has no Top 10s. In 24 starts in Trucks back in ’10 and ’11, she produced an 11th; and then in the Nationwide series last year, Johanna earned two 12th place finishes.
Chrissy Wallace – The daughter of veteran driver Mike Wallace, Chrissy is 24 and ran seven Truck races back in ’08 and ’09 and two Nationwide events in 2010. Her best finish is a 13th. Chrissy has been out of the major series’ the last couple years but will be back to start the Nationwide year at Daytona.
Tia Norfleet has never raced in any major division but is rumored to be working on a ride; however, nothing has been finalized or is official at this point. Long looked competitive at times last season in the Nationwide series and should be one to watch. It has to be said that except for Danica Patrick, none of these women have had top-notch equipment.
Additional sources: NASCAR, Racing Reference
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