Former NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson diagnosed with breast cancer

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Former NASCAR driver Shawn Robinson has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Robinson became the first woman to win a pole in what is now called the Nationwide Series. She revealed on Facebook this week that she was set to begin five to six months of chemotherapy and would then require surgery.

“I’m getting ready to start a new journey that was unexpected but I am prepared to take it on as I would any challenge ..with direction and strength. I have breast cancer…when they tell you you have cancer you don’t hear the rest you just see talking and you seem to be there but your not hearing the words. But it is real, start Chemo next week for 5-6 months then surgery….there is such progress in cancer treatment…..still scared but prepared for battle. Thankful for the family and friends….I’m blessed to have….ready to go wide open and get this thing!!!”

In her career Robinson made eight starts at the Cup level and 61 in the Nationwide Series. Her best finish was a 10th place run at Watkins Glen in 1994. She made three starts in the Truck Series.