The ladies will put on the firesuits for an all-out, girls-have-at-it battle when the inaugural Better Half Dash gets underway at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Bank of America 500 pre-race activities on Oct. 15.

The charity race, supporting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), will pit the women against each other in Bandolero cars provided by U.S. Legend Cars International on the speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

Visit the Motor Racing Outreach website to purchase Better Half Dash gear or to donate.

The Better Half Dash will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. and will be 25 laps in length, with a competition caution set for Lap 15. There will be two chances at a green-white-checkered finish. Caution laps will not count. Starting order will be determined by random draw prior to the race.

While the better half is toiling away in the driver’s seat, the other half has the option to serve as crew chief or spotter for the race, but drivers and crew members are not permitted to make any engine, chassis or suspension modifications.

The Better Half Dash purse will be paid to the driver’s charity of choice, with $5,000 going to the winner’s charity, $3,000 for the second place finisher and $2,000 for third. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $10 to MRO and SCC through the completion of the Bank of America 500 by texting “MOTOR” to 20222.

SPEED will carry Better Half Dash highlights on “NASCAR RaceDay,” at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 15, prior to the Bank of America 500.

Two Better Half Dash practice sessions are scheduled for Sept. 26 and 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Better Half Dash Entry List

Ashley Allgaier Wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Justin Allgaier
Beth Baldwin Wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin
Jacquelyn Butler  Girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver David Ragan
Patricia Driscoll  Girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Kurt Busch
Michelle Gilliland Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver David Gilliland
Shannon Koch  Wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Blake Koch
Jami McDowell  Wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Michael McDowell
Trisha Mears Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Casey Mears
Melanie Self    Women and Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Motor Racing Outreach
Sabrina Simpson Girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Joey Logano
Angie Skinner Wife of Camping World Truck Series Driver Mike Skinner
Wendy Venturini

SPEED television personality

Kristen Yeley Wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver J.J. Yeley
Nan Zipadelli Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli