Shawna
Robinson

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Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
DOB: 11-30-64
Race driver
Single, 2 children

Highest finishing ARCA RE/MAX Series female driver in series history with 2nd place finish at Daytona Int'l Speedway '99. Also finished 6th in driver points '00 becoming first female driver to ever finish in top-10 points as well as compete in full season. In 27 career series starts since '99, has 5 top-5 finishes & 14 top-10s. Also finished 3rd at Nashville Superspeedway '01, 4th at Lowe's Motor Speedway '99, 4th at Pocono Raceway '00, 5th at Atlanta Motor Speedway '00 and 7th at Nashville '01. Polewinner at Michigan Int'l Speedway with new track record '00. Has led 86 laps in 2 races. Veteran of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series since '01. Veteran of NASCAR Busch Series '91-'95 and '01. 1st female driver to qualify for the pole in Busch Series competition at Atlanta '94. Finished 23rd in Busch points in '93. Veteran of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series '03. Also veteran of NASCAR Goody's Dash Series '88-'90. Won a Goody's Dash race becoming only female in history to win a NASCAR touring series event. Goody's Dash Rookie of the Year & 3rd in points '88. Veteran of GATR Truck Series '84-'87. GATR winner at Flemington NJ '87. GATR Rookie of the Year '84. Shawna's father, Lefty Robinson, was race promoter and fielded first ride for Shawna at age 16.

 

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Robinson, Shawna races a Ford Taurus in the 2000 ARCA Series in the USA. NASCAR Busch series. She is one of only two women to have run a full schedule in the Busch series (in the 1990's) the other being Patty Moise. Shawna had 6 starts in the 35 race Busch Series in 2005 and finished 79th out of 149 with $159,670 in winnings. Two additional women qualified for at least one race in 2005: Kim Crosby and Erin Crocker.

Biography

Shawna Robinson has proven to be ultra resilient in her efforts to establish herself in the upper levels of NASCAR racing. After an abortive attempt at the Daytona 500 in 1995, she finally made her Winston Cup debut in 2001, making one start in four attempts for MK Racing.

Robinson qualified 32nd and finished 34th at Michigan, where she set an ARCA qualifying record in 2000. She also made a limited number of starts in the NASCAR Busch Series. The BAM Racing team for which she planned to drive in 2002 failed to qualify for five Winston Cup races in 2001.

Robinson has been a race driver ahead of her time since she was a 19-year-old slinging a big-rig tractor around Midwest tracks on the Great American Truck Racing tour, where she made her debut in 1980.

After setting landmarks in the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring; NASCAR Busch Series; and ARCA RE/MAX Series Robinson is once again attempting to become the first female driver to compete in more than a couple races in more than 20 years.

After competing with GATR from 1983-88, Robinson moved to NASCAR stock cars in 1988, where she finished third in her debut race in the Goody's Dash Series at Daytona International Speedway. Later that season she became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring event when she won the Dash race at New Asheville (N.C.) Speedway. She was Goody's Dash Most Popular Driver and Rookie of the Year that season.

The next year, she became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring pole position in a Dash race at I-95 Speedway in Florence, S.C. That was a feat she repeated in 1994 at a much higher level when, after several partial schedules in the Busch Series and one full season, she won the pole for the Busch Light 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a record lap.

In 2000, after taking the better part of five years off to start a family, Robinson, the mother of a young son and daughter, became the first female to finish in the top-six of a national motorsports oval series, running among the point leaders in ARCA's premier series all season. At the same time, she became the first female to run a full season in a national stock car racing series. She has scored top-10 finishes in virtually half her ARCA starts.

"I never was a cheerleader," she said. "I'm an athlete. I'm probably not coordinated enough to be a cheerleader but that doesn't matter. I've always wanted to compete. And if I compete, I want to win. I was born competitive and that's in my blood. Whatever car I'm in, whatever series I'm running, whatever track I'm racing -- I want to be a factor. I want people to know Shawna Robinson was there."

In 2002, Robinson made seven Winston Cup starts. Her best finish was 24th at the Daytona 500 in February. She had four finishes of 40th or worse and finished the year 52nd in the Winston Cup standings.
Source: www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/srobinso00/bg/bio.html

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  • she was the youngest of five children in a racing family
  • she started racing at the age of 19
  • she acheived many accomplishments nationally including first women to finish in the top ten of a national oval-track racing series(6th in 2000), first woman to win a Busch Series Pole position with a track record (1994) and first women to win a NASCAR Touring Series event (1988)
  • started 52 Busch Series races in 1991, 1993 and 1994
  • first women to win a pole position in the NASCAR Busch Series and she achieved that with a track record of 174.33 mph in 1994
  • hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
  • has an ex-husband Jeff Clark ( an engine builder for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Jobs include jackman and tuner for Dale Jr.'s crew), has two children, Tanner and Samantha
  • started 32nd and finished 34s in the Kmart 400 in Michigan in June 10, 2001
  • competed in 7 races in 2002
  • Was in NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series
  • Would like to secure a ride in NASCAR Winston Cup.
  • Hasn't competed since 2006

Source: ca.geocities.com/womeninnascar/shawnarobinson.html

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