SARA CHRISTIAN

Women also raced in the good old days. In 1949, her rookie season, Sara Christian of Atlanta competed in the first NASCAR strictly stock (now Winston Cup) race at Charlotte Speedway. She qualified 13th for the 200-lap race -- one place above Sam Rice, a pre-war winner of the Daytona beach race. She drove a '49 Oldsmobile, prepared by her husband Frank, to a 13th place finish in a field of 33.

In September 1949 Sara started 21st in a field of 44 at Langhorne, PA. She finished sixth and Curtis Turner invited her to join him in victory lane.

Sara ran six of the eight strictly stock races in 1949 and finished 13th in the point standings. Her best finish was fifth in the October race at Heidelberg, PA. It is the only top five NASCAR finish for a woman. Sara also had two top ten finishes and was named Woman Driver of the
Year in 1949.