NASCAR wives will take to the track at Charlotte Speedway for a 25-lap “Better Half Dash” on October 10th to raise money for the Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway’s Children’s Charities.
The women will be competing in bandolero cars (aka kids’ stock cars), equipped with tube frames that are welded with a solid overhead protection and extra support on the drivers’ side, as well as steel bumpers to protect the vehicles’ fiberglass bodies. Powered by 30 hp 570cc Briggs & Stratton engines, bandoleros reach a maximum speed of about 70mph.
Those competing this year will be defending champ Lyn-Z Patrana (wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana); Gina Cope (married to crew chief Ernie Cope); ); Michelle Gilliland (married to David Gilliland); Any Gordon (wife of crew chief Todd Gordon); Jessica Park (better half of driver Steve Park); Melanie Self (representing Motor Racing Outreach); Ashley Stremme (married to driver David Stremme); Heidi Stoddard (better half of team owner Frank Stoddard); TV motorsport analyst Wendy Venturini; and Kristen Yeley (spouse of driver J.J. Yeley.
The husbands will serve as crew chiefs and spotters during the charity event.
Note: Those interested in learning more about bandolero racing can contact 600 Racing Inc., 5245 NC Hwy. South Administration Office, Harrisburg, NC 28075 704 455-3896.