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Denny Hamlin is backing NASCAR fans' plea for Tony Stewart to have an “all-female” duel in his $40 million project

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NASCAR is known for its lack of girl power. When you take part in a racing event, one thing is noticeable: the male dominance behind the wheel, in the pits and in the team trailers. Of the whopping 3,000 drivers in NASCAR's entire existence, only 20 were women. But modern racing fans are demanding improved opportunities for female drivers.

The SRX team, which belongs to Tony Stewart, has already fielded truck star Hailie Deegan. However, the 21-year-old was known to be driving under experienced drivers. With $40 million in revamped funding, SRX now has the chance to bring more women into its space. Even Cup driver Denny Hamlin is fully involved in this endeavor.

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Danica Patrick was the last driver to compete full-time in the Cup Series. She often feuded with Denny Hamlin, especially during the 2015 Duel qualifying race, and on the contrary, Hamlin also dashed her hopes of a top ten finish. Still, Hamlin had admitted that he was her biggest supporter, which was consistent with his recent view.

Couch Racer recently posted on X: “What if SRX had competed in a race… All female drivers. Would have been epic. Who can make this possible?” Denny Hamlin quickly replied: “It’s actually a great idea.”

Other like-minded NASCAR fans were very positive about the idea on Twitter.

“I like this idea, I support that, That's why I'm here This is a great idea, I support it 100%, it has to happen!”

Some fans suggested ways to reinforce the idea. “I would definitely get in touch. And maybe we could get @DirtyMoMedia to do a full speed series about it. The main question(s) is: “What type of car and what type of track?” Another fan said: “Would they be current or former drivers or both? I definitely think it’s a good race.”

The SRX Team, or Superstar Racing Experience, returns to racing with new funding. Agency giant Endeavor and hedge fund manager Jamie Dinan invested in the team at a valuation of $40 million. This opens up a variety of possibilities for the team, including an all-pink race like Denny Hamlin and his fans want.

“We have new investors, new drivers, new routes and a new network” said SRX co-founder George Pyne in a video interview. “We are entering the third year with a lot of momentum with an improved product. We now have money to invest in the off-track business. For a [young] Sports real estate, that’s unusual.”

Hopefully SRX executives will heed Couch Racing and Denny Hamlin's suggestions. Given Hailie Deegan's stellar performance in 2022, SRX may soon be planning to become an all-female company.

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The SRX co-founder marveled at Deegan's skills

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In 2021, Hailie Deegan competed for SRX in the Craftsman Truck Series at the young age of 19. She was the only female driver in a field dominated by a few veterans: Tony Stewart, Bill and Chase Elliott, Marco Andretti, Bobby Labonte and so on. And as the icing on the cake, she made history in her debut race at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

Deegan finished second behind Tony Stewart and made jaws drop. NASCAR Hall of Fame member and SRX co-founder Ray Evernham was full of praise for her. “We all saw in Knoxville how quickly Hailie adapted to these SRX cars and it was pretty obvious that she has no qualms about mixing it up with these guys. She made up positions in every heat and feature and then finished second behind one of the best racers in the world.”

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Hopefully, SRX officials will give more women the chance to achieve brilliant victories under their banner.

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