Prior to Saturday night's Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the wives and girlfriends of NASCAR hit the track in the 'Better Half Dash' charity event.
Jacquelyn Butler was able to use the coaching of her boyfriend – and former Bandolero champion – David Ragan to move under Ashley Allgaier with eight laps to go to take the victory in the inaugural event.
"That was crazy," Butler said. "That was fun. I'm ready to go out and do it again next week."
Allgaier had dominated the event, leading a race-high 17 laps, until the handling of the car went away with 10 laps to go, allowing Butler to close the gap.
"Every time I'd drive down in the corner, it would start to spin out or I'm going straight to the wall," Allgaier said. "So, I'm going to blame it on the tires."
Trisha Mears was also able to get around Allgaier to finish second.
"I definitely got lucky today, just staying out of the way of all the spinning cars," she said.
The amateur drivers showed their inexperience early in the race as the event was slowed by five cautions in the first four laps. None of the incidents were as serious as Katie Kenseth's practice wreck two weeks ago, in which she broke her shoulder.
Here is how they finished:
- Jacquelyn Butler (David Ragan)
- Trisha Mears (Casey Mears)
- Ashley Allgaier (Justin Allgaier)
- Patricia Driscoll (Kurt Busch)
- Wendy Venturini (SPEED Network)
- Beth Baldwin (Tommy Baldwin)
- Sabrina Simpson (Joey Logano)
- Jami McDowell (Michael McDowell)
- Michelle Gilliland (David Gilliland)
- Kristen Yeley (JJ Yeley)
- Nan Zipadelli (Greg Zipadelli)
- Angie Skinner (Mike Skinner)
- Shannon Koch (Blake Koch)
- Melanie Self (Motor Racing Outreach)