KRISTEN YELEY WINS BETTER HALF DASH
Thursday, Oct. 9
KRISTEN YELEY WINS BETTER HALF DASH - Kristen Yeley, the "better half" of NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley, held off the field to win the 4th annual Better Half Dash race Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race was supposed to be a 25-lap event but was shortened due to time constraints after a caution-filled event, ending with a green-white-checkered finish after eight laps.
"It feels pretty good," said Yeley. "I've been doing this for four years, so it is really special. The foundation I am racing for is really close to me heart. My dear friend lost a child this past May and my girlfriend started the foundation to raise awareness for organ donation for children."
The "better halves" were thrilled to learn they had raised nearly $70,000 for charities including Motor Racing Outreach, Speedway Children's Charities and a charity of the winning driver's choice.
Heidi Stoddard, wife of NASCAR team owner Frankie Stoddard, finished second, and Melanie Self of Motor Racing Outreach was third.
"I made a promise to Sherry Pollex and Shawna Robinson that I would see them in Victory Circle," said Self. "This was for these ladies who are fighting cancer."
Rounding out the top five were Ashton Bayne (wife of Trevor Bayne) and Adriene Pattie (wife of crew chief Brian Pattie).
Bayne started from the pole by virtue of her having the highest donation total, but she slipped to second when Yeley overtook her on lap four. Bayne was charging hard to retake the lead late in the race when she spun, relegating her to fourth.
The remaining competitors finished as follows: Jenna Robinson (sixth), Jordan Fish (seventh), Karlee Hensley (eighth), Ashley Allgaier (ninth), Ashley Stremme (tenth) and Amy Reimann (11th).
Kristen Yeley (Winner, No. 28 Yantz's Son Is Back Foundation, wife of driver J.J. Yeley) - "This is special for me with the foundation Yantz's Son Is Back on the car. I'm glad it's out there now for all the world to see … I am so, so excited to finally be in Victory Circle in P1.The foundation I am racing for is really close to my heart. My dear friend lost a child this past May and my girlfriend started the foundation to raise awareness for organ donation for children. Those who need and maybe cannot afford it."
Heidi Stoddard (Second Place, No. 32 C&J Energy, wife of team owner Frankie Stoddard) - "It was a good run, and we were close. Kristen (Yeley) was fast and had the lead, so she was definitely deserving. It was a fun race for me. It was very competitive out front. There just weren't enough laps. It was much more intense than last year. But I learned a lot last year and that transferred to this year."
Melanie Self (Third Place, No. 00 No More Cancer, representing MRO) - "I made a promise to Sherry Pollex and Shawna Robinson that I would see them in Victory Circle. Those girls were riding with me … It's been a lot of fun to race and getting to know these ladies. If you don't know the wives in NASCAR, you need to go and check them out. They are the unsung heroes, and that's why we're running and they have the chance to shine. I am proud to share this spot with these ladies. I have known Sherry Pollex since she was little and before she became Martin Truex's girlfriend, and Shawna Robinson back when she was racing. This was for these ladies who are fighting cancer."
RYAN PREECE WINS SOUTHERN SLAM 150 POLE - Up-and-coming driver Ryan Preece will start from the pole in Thursday's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Southern Slam 150 race. The 150-lap event will take place on the frontstretch quarter-mile immediately after NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying.