High Heel Dash; U.S. Legends All-Star Race Added to LiftMaster Pole Night as Part of 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder
Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have added even more exciting race action to an already action-packed LiftMaster Pole Night on Thursday, May 21. The better halves of NASCAR drivers and crew members are set to dash down pit road in stilettos for a High Heel Dash and the next generation of NASCAR hopefuls will compete in a U.S. Legend Car All-Star Race after LiftMaster Pole Night qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
The first annual High Heel Dash will take place in between the first and second segments of the U.S. Legends All-Star Race. Fourteen wives and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers and team members will race down pit road in their high heels, raising money for and bringing awareness to Motor Racing Outreach. Among the runners expected to participate are Brittany Logano, wife of NASCAR driver Joey Logano; Jessica Ives, wife of No. 88 crew chief Greg Ives; Erin Warchol, wife of Scott Warchol with Stewart Haas Racing; Tina Bullins, wife of Jeremy Bullins, crew chief of Ryan Blaney's No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford; and Fox Sports 1 and Performance Racing Network broadcaster Wendy Venturini.
"Usually I'm running down pit road gathering the latest information for radio and television, but I have never done it in high heels, so I am looking forward to seeing how this goes for myself and all the NASCAR ladies," said Venturini. "Motor Racing Outreach does so much for our community every week and now it's our turn to give back and bring awareness to them."
Fans can go to the MRO High Heel Dash website and donate to the runner of their choice. The runner who raises the most money will select their starting lane for the dash, which will be key. Jeff Gordon's wife, Ingrid Gordon, along with their children, Ella and Leo, will be the dash's honorary starters.
The runners are to wear a minimum of three-inch high heels and they cannot take the shoes off at any time during the 50-yard dash down pit road. Charlotte-based Run For Your Life will be on hand as the official timer. The winner will receive a trophy in Victory Lane. All of the runners, as well as Ingrid Gordon, will donate their heels to MRO, where fans can go to an online auction and bid on the coveted high speed footwear.
Bookending the High Heel Dash is a 50-lap U.S. Legend Car All-Star Race, split into two 25-lap segements. Dozens of drivers will attempt to qualify for the main event, including Dillon Faggart, Joey Padgett and ACRA driver Josh Williams, just to name a few.
The drivers will practice and qualify on Wednesday and the top 28 qualifiers, along with two promoter's choice winners, will make up the field of 30. The top five finishers will receive trophies along with the top finisher from each class being awarded a Rockwell Watch.
"I'm really looking forward to this race because, in my eyes, it's a big race. The last race had a lot of fans there, plus you have all the NASCAR teams watching you. To me that's really cool," said Faggart, a U.S. Legends Pro division racer. "I know this year is going to be a great year for me and if I do well in the All-Star Race, that will open the door and help me get a ride into the next step of my racing career, just like my father (former NASCAR driver Robbie Faggart)."
Great seats are still available for the Coca-Cola 600 and all of the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, with weekend passes starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online on our website.