As more women get engaged in auto racing, both on the track and behind the scenes, a new generation of drivers is rising, taking control and demonstrating what they’re capable of to the fans and competitors. With so much focus on Danica Patrick in the world of stock car racing, these three women strive to carve out a niche for themselves in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series. If you want to show your support for these strong, independent women who are making a name for themselves in racing, all you have to do is play online and bet on their races.
Chrissy Wallace is the daughter of Mike Wallace, niece of Rusty and Kenny, and cousin of Steven. She is part of the next generation of racing Wallaces. At the age of nine, Wallace started racing and progressed from Bandoleros, Legends, go-karts, and Late Models to NASCAR and ARCA. Since 2008, she has competed in the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series, and the ARCA Racing Series, becoming the first female driver to win in Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in 2007. Wallace and her father were the first father-daughter team to start a Nationwide Series race on February 13th, 2010.
Alli Owens — Owens began racing on two wheels at eight, competing in BMX bike races. At 13, the Daytona Beach, Florida native switched to quarter-midgets and Pure Dirt Stocks at Volusia Speedway Park, where she won twice and finished sixth in points. Owens quickly rose through the ranks at New Smyrna Speedway, racing in Mini Stocks and Late Models before joining the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2007. Owens was sponsored by ElectrifyingCareers.com and transferred to ARCA in 2008. Venturini Motorsports, the ARCA frontrunner, will benefit from her support in 2010.
Jennifer Jo Cobb, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, began racing in 1991 at Lakeside Speedway and then competed at I-70 Speedway in the Kansas City region. She made her ARCA debut in 2002 at Kansas Speedway and has continued to race in the series regularly since then, including the 2010 Daytona 500, where she was one of six women competing. She debuted in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2004 and competed in the Truck Series for the first time in 2008. Cobb will compete in the Truck Series full-time in 2010 and is in the process of purchasing a Nationwide car. She also has a clothing brand for women called Driver Boutique, which she occasionally sponsors.