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Who is NASCAR’s next female superstar?

Danica’s Final Daytona 500, Who’s NASCAR’s Next Female Superstar?

BY Chris Stevens


Many female drivers have paved the way for Danica Patrick to make her final starts in racing at this year’s Daytona 500 and the Indy 500. She is reuniting with sponsor Go and Tony Eury Jr. as crew chief, teaming up with Premium Motorsports and her original #7 and Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports has a charter so she is locked into the race. Louise Smith was the first lady of racing back in the infancy of the sport that would later ban women from even being in the pits. Janet Gutherie made her mark on many forms of auto racing including NASCAR. A few other ladies took their place in history, Shawna Robinson, Tina Gordon, Tammy Jo Kirk, Patty Moise, Johanna Long, Erin Crocker and Jennifer Jo Cobb just to name a few, have all got behind the wheel and traded paint with the guys.

Few have enjoyed the star power of Danica, as she has drawn fans to the sport and will leave a void in the growing female race fan demographic. Danica came to the sport in 2010 driving for JR Motorsports under the direction of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Tony Eury Jr., then she moved over to Stewart-Haas Racing and up to the Cup Series, grabbing the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013 but after several years of bad finishes and bad luck she has decided to retire from racing. She has several other ventures including broadcasting, a clothing line and book writing that will keep her busy and still in the public eye. She has stirred both good and bad emotions on and off the track with fans and drivers cheering and jeering her. Either way, she has made a name for herself and as she turns her attention away from racing it leaves us with a question, who’s next?

Women are racing in every series across the world and the next female superstar is somewhere waiting to be found. NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity class of 2018 includes one female out of six drivers, and that is Issabella Robusto from Fort Mill South Carolina. At just 13 years old she will be driving a Legends Series car for Rev Racing. She finished 3rd in points in the Bandolero Winter Nationals and was the South Carolina Legends Young Lions Champion in 2016. Hannah Seal will be making her next step up the racing ladder this year as she will compete in the #55 Chevy Camaro in the Modified Street Stock Series at Kingsport Speedway for Paul Shull Racing. She has raced in the Winston Mini Cup Series and the Southeast Super Truck Series. As if racing cars isn’t dangerous enough, she is also a volunteer firefighter with the Clinch Valley Volunteer Fire Department, working traffic until she is old enough to run into burning buildings. Hannah is definitely a role model and is making her parents and community very proud.

Hannah Seal is an inspiration to young girls in her community. (Photo via Hannah Seal Facebook Page)

Natalie Decker has signed to one of the most successful teams in ARCA Racing history as she will be driving for Venturini Motorsports in 2018. She drove a handful of events and landed the full time ride taking her spot in a very competitive field of rising stars. Natalie was a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver in 2015 after capturing 7 limited late model feature wins and 2 super late model wins at the age of 17. As we say farewell to Danica this season there are plenty of women ready and able to take their seat at the table of history and be role models for little girls everywhere, showing them they can achieve anything they can dream.

Decker is a rising star that hopes to have much success in NASCAR. (Photo via

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