When NASCAR Attempted to Showcase Women Drivers

In 1977, three ladies arranged to take the green banner at the NASCAR Cup Series' Firecracker 400, a race held at Daytona International Speedway. 

American open-wheel veteran Janet Guthrie, Formula One driver Lella Lombardi, and perseverance racer Christine Beckers were welcome to contend as a method

for featuring worldwide female ability — or, less liberally, to see it squashed by NASCAR's well known male stars.

The last time three ladies began a similar NASCAR occasion was in the series' most memorable year of contest. 

Ethel Mobley, Louise Smith, and Sara Christian participated in the 1949 Strictly Stock race on the Daytona Beach street course.

From that point forward, NASCAR had turned into a to a great extent male-ruled scene, one where ladies were regularly banned from getting to the pit or carports.

Since its most memorable running in 1959, and up to 2019, the Firecracker 400 was a Fourth of July festivity race.

While it was a focuses race, it frequently became something of a show, where one-off drivers could bounce in and contend on an enormous NASCAR stage.