HAMMOND: Not enough interest in women's league; jack challenges all-female crew

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Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.

Patricia from Hot Springs, N.C.: Why can't there be a women's racing league like there is for men where only women race and not men? Jeff Hammond: There are some women who are very talented and very strong and can handle doing what we're doing, week in and week out. But at the same time, I think the reason why an all-women's racing league has not developed yet is I don't know if there's really been enough interest to create one. We've had maybe a dozen or 20 women in the history of our sport at different times who have shown interest in driving. I'm not saying they're not out there around the country, but I'm just talking about the ones that I know about like , Janet Guthrie and Patty Moise. If you write down all these names, where they were at that point in their careers and what time they were coming along, there wasn't a concerted effort to start a league. If there were enough women and the talent pool was deep enough, maybe NASCAR could take a look at starting a women's league. Until that occurs, I think NASCAR will say, "Look, if you can and you want to, the door is still open in the Dash, Truck Series and Busch Series as well as Winston Cup." I think NASCAR realistically believes that to create the type of equality that they're looking for, you have to go through the necessary levels to prove your worth. I think there's enough difference between all these organizations, including ARCA, where you can find a level to perform and develop if you want to advance without having a women's league.

Jack challenges female crew

We have been contacted to possibly help the group of women who will pit 's car in the truck series race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6. One of the challenges we're going to have is with the jack, which itself is very light to carry around the car. Once you get it there, some jack manufacturers can size the cylinder -- which moves the car up -- to the individual. Depending on a female operator's size and strength, a jack's cylinder can be tailor-made to make it easier to lift the car. But if you have to back off on the cylinder size and displacement, or the volume it moves, you lose that single-stroke effort that you see the other guys use during the race. One stroke, two strokes, the car is up. A woman may have to go to a four or five-stroke jack which could slow down the stop. It doesn't mean they can't do it. It just won't be in the 14-second bracket where everybody would like them to perform. It's just going to be at a slower pace. I think the key thing to their performance and credibility is don't make mistakes. Don't leave lug nuts loose and make it look like it's a smooth stop. It may be slow, but at least make it look like it's a unit working together with some chemistry and teamwork. That's what will be important for that crew. FOX race analyst Jeff Hammond led Darrell Waltrip to two of DW's three Winston Cup championships as his crew chief. They also teamed to win the 1989 Daytona 500. For Jeff Hammond's "Real Men Work in the Pits" magnets, Hollywood Hotel hats and more, check out www.dwstore.com.

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