David Ragan's Better Half, Jacquelyn Butler, Tops Practice Charts For Better Half Dash at Charlotte Motor Speedway
After two practice sessions for the inaugural Better Half Dash at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jacquelyn Butler, the girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, topped the charts at the conclusion the second session, held Wednesday.
"It feels good to be the quickest right now, because I'm a very competitive person," said Butler. "David always drags me with him to Summer Shootout and I think it definitely helps having watched a lot of Legend and Bandolero racing."
Butler has been preparing for this event with the help of Ragan and even has some previous racing experience.
"I practiced on an iRacing simulator with Legend Cars around the same track we'll race on, I've asked Chris Dilbeck and David a lot of questions and I've raced karts in the past. I think every little bit probably helps."
Butler completed her fastest lap in 20.63 seconds on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Sabrina Simpson, girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano, was second in practice, just four one-hundredths of a second off of Butler's time.
"After Monday's session I thought there were a few girls with experience that would have a big advantage, but after watching everyone last night, a lot of these girls were really good, and that surprised me a little," said Butler.
Below is the complete list of fastest times from Wednesday night's practice:
1. Jacquelyn Butler - 20.63 sec.
(Girlfriend of NASCAR Driver David Ragan)
2. Sabrina Simpson - 20.67 sec.
(Girlfriend of NASCAR Driver Joey Logano)
3. Beth Baldwin - 20.77 sec
(Wife of NASCAR Team Owner Tommy Baldwin)
4. Kristen Yeley - 20.87 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Driver J.J. Yeley)
5. Wendy Venturini - 20.89 sec.
(SPEED television personality)
6. Michelle Gilliland - 21.07 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Driver David Gilliland)
7. Jamie McDowell - 21.20 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Driver Michael McDowell)
8. Ashley Allgaier - 21.26 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Driver Justin Allgaier)
9. Angie Skinner - 21.57 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Driver Mike Skinner)
10. Melanie Self - 21.83 sec.
(Women and Children's Ministry Coordinator, Motor Racing Outreach)
11. Nan Zipadelli - 21.96 sec.
(Wife of NASCAR Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli)
Shannon Koch, wife of NASCAR driver Blake Koch; Trisha Mears, wife of NASCAR driver Casey Mears; and Patricia Driscoll, girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, did not participate in Wednesday's practice session.
The Better Half Dash, which will take place on Oct. 15, prior to the start of the Bank of America 500, is a charity race supporting Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). The race will pit the women of NASCAR against each other in equally prepared Bandolero cars provided by U.S. Legend Cars International.
The race 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. Starting order will be determined by random draw prior to the race.
The purse for the Better Half Dash 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.
For more information on the Better Half Dash or to make a donation, visit the MRO website at www.motorracingoutreach.com.
Fans with a ticket to the Bank of America 500 will be able to watch the Better Half Dash as part of pre-race festivities. Tickets start at just $39.75 a person with the purchase of a Coca-Cola Family Four Pack that includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola drinks. Tickets for the Bank of America 500 can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.