The better halves took to the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway last night for their first practice session in advance of the inaugural Better Half Dash, 25-lap Bandolero race during the Bank of America 500 pre-race show.

The women of NASCAR will compete in the inaugural Better Half Dash, a charity race that will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and Motor Racing Outreach, at 2:30 on Oct 15.

SPEED personality Wendy Venturini was one of the drivers who practiced on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway Monday night and was excited about the upcoming race.

“I'm honored to be participating and hope we can help the family of MRO that helps us so much,” she tweeted after the practice session.

Venturini’s Better Half Dash crew chief, fellow SPEED personality Bob Dillner, also took to Twitter to rave about her on-track skills.

“We got a driver,” he said of Venturini’s performance during practice.

Katie Kenseth, wife of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, had on on-track incident during the practice session. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.

The second Better Half Dash practice session will take place Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 pm.

Better Half Dash competitors include:

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
Katie Kenseth  Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Matt Kenseth
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
Nan Zipadelli Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli