Not to be left out of the weekend’s festivities, ten WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends of NASCAR stars) took to the infield track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a 25 lap race Thursday afternoon. The competition was fierce and when the pink checkered flag waved, Ashley Stremme, the wife of driver David Stremme, was a wire-to-wire winner in the third annual Batter Half Dash.
Stremme, in her first BHD, held off Kristen Yeley, J.J. Yeley’s wife, and Heidi Stoddard, the wife of crew chief Frank Stoddard. They would finish second and third, respectively, with Fox Sports 1 racing reporter Wendy Venturini coming in fourth.
"All of us are here because someone we love is in this sport," Stremme said, who won a trophy that was taller than she was. "But for us to be out here and be the ones in the cars, to do something we all love and to do it for charity, that's even better."
Stoddard had a chance to take over the lead on lap 22, but made a mistake in the waning moments. "I just screwed up the restart," said Stoddard, who earned $10,000 for charity. "That was a little frustrating and disappointing, but I didn't wreck and I didn't disappoint my husband, so it was a good night.”
Yeley was competing in her third Better Half Dash and thought she had a shot at the win.
"It was a lot more fun this year, starting up front a little bit more," Yeley said. "I was stuck in third a long time, but when we had that last caution, I was like, 'Great, this is my opportunity.' I made it up to second, but I didn't quite have the laps to pass (Ashley). Maybe, if I'd had two more."
Notes: A Winston-Salem resident was the winner of a new Toyota Camry as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Bojangles’ Pole Night Roadtrip Sweepstakes. Chelsea Lewis, a North Carolina-Greensboro student, said she just happened upon the promotion when getting breakfast on campus.
“I said, ‘I’m probably not going to win, but let me try anyway,’” said Lewis. “The next thing, I get a phone call.”