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Thompson in Turn 5: A Successful Female NASCAR Driver Would Be… Oprah-Like

I would love to have a financial stake in the first woman driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that performs at the high level of skill that IRL driver Danica Patrick does. There is no secret that the nation’s top automobile racing series is sponsor driven, and a successful female driver would have a host of new companies, never before on the racing scene, clamoring for her endorsement of their products. I can see it now: multiple companies, all attempting to outbid one another to have their brand name adorning her firesuit and the hood of her car.

Fan’s View: Giving Danica Patrick Her Due… and Nothing More

Congratulations to Danica Patrick for winning her first IRL race! After three years, 50 starts and three podium finishes prior to Saturday’s Twin Ring Motegi 300, her arrival in Victory Lane has long been awaited. Altogether now: three cheers for Danica! There. Are we done patting the little lady on the back?

Best of Mike Neff: Spending Time With 1 of NASCAR’s Pioneers

During the Busch test at Charlotte on Tuesday, there was a press conference to celebrate a special anniversary. This year is the 30th anniversary of one of the first woman drivers in NASCAR, Janet Guthrie, participating in the World 600 (now the Coca-Cola 600). Guthrie was in attendance, and took a couple of laps around the track to help commemorate the occasion.

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