Krista Voda and Wendy Venturini: A NASCAR Girl's Inspiration

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 16: Moderator Krista Voda of Speed watches chase Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet as he speaks with reporters during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase Contenders Press Conference at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa on November 16, 2006 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

As a young woman wanting to get into NASCAR, it's good to see women in the sport that I love. Although they are not racing cars or working in pit crews, they are right there talking to drivers and recapping races.

Two of my favorite female NASCAR broadcast journalists are Krista Voda and Wendy Venturini. They worked their way from the bottom, and do a great job every race.

Krista Voda didn't start out wanting to be a NASCAR brodcast journalist. In 2001, she started as a weekend anchor for sports on WLEX in Lexington, KY. There, she covered NCAA tournaments, College bowl games, the NFL, World Series playoffs, and was the co-anchor of The Kentucky Derby.

Krista already knew the sports, mainly baseball and football, and turned it around once she found out about a job opening in Charlotte, NC. She became the host of the popular show Totally NASCAR

Today Krista is part of the Fox Broadcast crew working her craft on pit road pre and post race talking with the drivers.

She also can be seen on the Speed Network as part of the broadcast team for the Camping World Truck Series, were she hosts the prerace Set-Up Show and lends a hand helping Adam and Ray keep up with all the action on pit road.  

Wendy Venturini is becoming known and more popular in the NASCAR circuit on the SPEED channel.

She is a corespondent on NASCAR Raceday alongside Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer. In 2007, Wendy became the first woman to call an entire race broadcast from the booth.

Wendy was born and raised into a family of dedicated drivers. Her father is Bill Venturini, who is a two time ARCA champion and a retired Winston Cup competitor.

Wendy was once the producer of NASCAR Victory Lane on SPEED, until she went in front of the camera and became the youngest Pit Reporter in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Wendy Venturini has worked her whole life to get the "dream job" she has right now.

Though I want to be a journalist in a magazine, these women are inspirations for me in all aspects of their jobs. They both are truly amazing at what they do.