6:31
Good night from Charlotte. Jump on over and join us on our NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour coverage here: http://hmtk.co/18MlF2B
6:30
Speed51.com will have more on the Better Half Dash in the coming days.
6:30
Today’s Speed51.com Trackside Now has been presented by Racing Electronics.

Racing Electronics has been in the racing business for over 20 years. What began as a hobby in a condo in 1988 has grown to become the #1 Company in Race Communications Worldwide. Look around at any major racing event & you’ll see Racing Electronics everywhere helping their loyal customers – professional and amateur, racer or race fan. Racing Electronics… See Us At The Track! For more, visitwww.racingelectronics.com or call 1.800.272.7111

6:29
We encourage fans to support Motor Racing Outreach, who helped put on this great event here at Charlotte Motor Speedway and is one of the main beneficiaries of funds raised for this race: www.go2mro.com
6:27
While that will conclude tonight’s Speed51.com Trackside Now of the Better Half Dash, 51 is powering the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour UNOH Southern Slam 150 here at Charlotte. Follow along with the action as the groundpounders battle in the Queen City:http://hmtk.co/18MlF2B
6:24
Ashley and David Stremme celebrate in victory lane. (Speed51.com photo)
6:22
Wendy Venturini (20) and Amy Gordon (22). (Speed51.com photo)
6:21
Jessica Park (19), Amy Gordon (22) and Melanie Self (25) go three-wide. (Speed51.com photo)
6:19
Ashley Stremme (35) holds off Kristen Yeley (36) for the Better Half Dash victory. (Speed51.com photo)
6:17
The Better Half Dash podium (L-R) – Second-place Kristen Yeley, winner Ashley Stremme and third-place Heidi Stoddard. (Speed51.com photo)
6:16
Ashley Stremme climbs out a Better Half Dash winner. (Speed51.com photo)
6:08
It is the mission of Motor Racing Outreach to introduce the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, to growth in Christlikeness, and to active involvement in the church through relationships that provide care in times of stress, knowledge of God’s word, and assistance in the development of leadership skills.

MRO hopes to unify and mobilize believers worldwide to support the development of young people, who have a reason to face the future, singles, with a sense of fulfillment, husbands and wives, who honor one another, and peaceful resolutions to disputes rather than bitterness and regret.

5:58
UNOFFICIAL FINISHING ORDER

1. Ashley Stremme
2. Kristen Yeley
3. Heidi Stoddard
4. Wendy Venturini
5. Amy Gordon
6. Jessica Park
7. Melanie Self
8. Lyn-Z Pastrana
9. Gina Cope
10. Michelle Gilliland

5:57
CHECKERED: Ashley Stremme wins the third annual MRO Better Half Dash.
5:57
WHITE: One more lap for Stremme and Yeley at the front.
5:56
Lap 23: Yeley clears with second.
5:56
GREEN: Stremme leads to the line as Stoddard goes outside of Yeley to challenge for second.
5:56
One lap to green.
5:56
1. Stremme
2. Yeley
3. Stoddard
4. Self
5. Venturini
6. Park
7. Gordon
8. Gilliland
9. Pastrana
10. Cope
5:55
YELLOW: Caution is out for a spin by Cope off turn four.
5:54
Lap 23: Pastrana, Self and Stoddard three-wide off turn four.
5:54
Lap 22: Yeley follows Stremme by Stoddard to take second.
5:54
GREEN: Stremme looks low on Stoddard on the start and they’re side by side for the lead.
5:54
One to green.
5:53
YELLOW: Gilliland and Cope spin off turn two.
5:53
Lap 22: Off turn two, Stoddard takes the lead.
5:52
Lap 22: Stremme and Stoddard side by side for the lead and the line.
5:52
Lap 21: Stoddard gets a run off turn tow and pulls under Stremme for the lead in turns three and four.
5:52
Lap 20: Stoddard moves to the low line trying to challenge for the lead.
5:52
Lap 20: Five laps to go.
5:51
Lap 19: Stoddard all over the bumper of Stremme for the lead.
5:51
Lap 18: Pastrana under Gilliand for fifth.
5:51
GREEN: Stremme, Gilliland and Yeley pull away on the start.
5:51
One lap to green.
5:50
YELLOW: Back under caution for the spin by Gordon.
5:49
GREEN: Amy Gordon spins on the start but gets going on her own.
5:49
1. Ashley Stremme
2. Heidi Stoddard
3. Kristen Yeley
4. Melanie Self
5. Michelle Gilliland
6. Lyn-Z Pastrana
7. Gina Cope
8. Jessica Park
9. Wendy Venturini
10. Amy Gordon
5:48
YELLOW: Venturini and Gordon tangle and spin off turn four.
5:48
Lap 17: Gordon and Venturini remain side by side for fourth.
5:47
Lap 16: Yeley takes third now Venturnini battles Gordon for fourth.
5:47
Lap 16: Stoddard pulls away with second and leaves Venturini and Yeley battling for second in her mirror.
5:47
Lap 15: Venturini now to the outside of Stoddard for second.
5:46
GREEN: Venturini to the outside of Yeley on the start to take third.
5:46
Pastrana lines back up 10th.
5:46
One lap to green.
5:45
YELLOW: Pastrana makes contact with Stoddard challenging for second and spins in turns three and four.
5:44
Lap 13: Stoddard closes the door on Pastrana and sets her sights on Stremme in the lead.
5:44
Lap 13: Pastrana now on the rear bumper of Stoddard for second.
5:43
Lap 12: Stremme continues to pace the field.
5:43
Lap 11: Venturini now wants fourth from Yeley.
5:43
Lap 10: Pastrana under Yeley for third.
5:43
Lap 9: Gilliland moves under Gordon for sixth.
5:42
Lap 7: Stremme continues to lead Stoddard, Yeley, Pastrana, Venturini, Gordon, Gilliland, Cope, Self and Park.
5:42
Lap 6: Pastrana moves under Venturini for fourth.
5:41
Lap 5: Stoddard closing in on Stremme for the top spot.
5:41
Lap 4: Lyn-Z Pastrana is now up to fifth after starting shotgun on the field.
5:40
Lap 3: Yeley moves under Venturini for third.
5:40
Lap 1: Stremme leads the way as Stoddard and Venturini battle for second.
5:40
GREEN: Stremme leads into turn one with Stoddard second and Venturini third.
5:39
One lap to green.
5:37
Ashley Stremme and Wendy Venturini will lead the field to the green.
5:35
The field is now working under their initial pace laps.
5:35
Engines have fire and the cars have rolled on track.
5:32
The front row of Stremme and Venturini take their place on the grid. (Speed51.com photo)
5:23
Steve and Jessica Park share a moment to themselves before the race. (Speed51.com photo)
5:21
Melanie Self’s car is sporting a tribute to Mr. Bob Dillner, Sr. tonight. (Speed51.com photo)
5:17
David and Michelle Gilliland await the start of the Better Half Dash. (Speed51.com photo)
5:15
“I’m fine, but she’s nervous,” said David Stremme of his wife Ashley. David Stremme has enlisted friend Frank Bolter, a longtime NASCAR spotter, to do the spotting duties for Ashley in this race.
5:13
Engines have fired in the Better Half Dash garage as Modified qualifying is underway.
5:11
Thumbs up from Lyn-Z Pastrana. (Speed51.com photo)
5:08
Wendy Venturni is ready to go. (Speed51.com photo)
5:05
Frankie Stoddard helps wife Heidi get strapped in. (Speed51.com photo)
5:00
MRO’s Nick Terry shares a pre-race prayer with Amy Gordon and her family. (Speed51.com photo)
4:58
Spotter Ernie Cope works with a Racing Electronics representative to ensure all the in-car communication devices are in place on wife Gina’s car. (Speed51.com photo)
4:54
Wendy Venturini sheds her TV gear and was already wearing her drivers uniform. (Speed51.com Photos)
4:51
Wendy Venturini is on FOX Sports 1 right now working NASCAR Sprint Cup practice. (Speed51.com Photos)
4:51
The Yeley family poses for some pre-race photos. (Speed51.com photo)
4:47
Baby Pastrana is keeping the seat warm for mommy Lyn-Z. (Speed51.com photo)
4:39
Michelle Gilliland signs autographs for some fans. (Speed51.com photo)
4:38
Ashley and David Stremme. (Speed51.com photo)
4:16
The first Better Half Dash driver to report to her car is Melanie Self. She’s got her fire suit on and is ready to go. Other drivers are en route as the report time to the cars is 4:30pm.
4:03
One lucky lady will take home this big pink trophy for winning today’s #BetterHalfDash@CLTMotorSpdwypic.twitter.com/WN9hYOU31v
3:58
#lovetheseladies #BetterHalfDash prep underway! MRO Families driving for you this year! You are loved! pic.twitter.com/V9FTr6mUxi
3:42
Melanie Self’s car carries the names of the children who participate in MRO’s programs at the NASCAR races. (Speed51.com photo)
3:35
Coverage of today’s Better Half Dash is presented by Racing Electronics.

Racing Electronics has been in the racing business for over 20 years. What began as a hobby in a condo in 1988 has grown to become the #1 Company in Race Communications Worldwide. Look around at any major racing event & you’ll see Racing Electronics everywhere helping their loyal customers – professional and amateur, racer or race fan. Racing Electronics… See Us At The Track! For more, visitwww.racingelectronics.com or call 1.800.272.7111

3:25
Media crews from all different outlets have stopped by the Better Half Dash garage area to check things out. (Speed51.com photo)
3:24
3:24
Excited about today’s #betterhalfdash at @CLTMotorSpdwy to benefit @FollowMRO I’ll be spotting for @MissMelanieMRO twitpic.com/dgt0xx
3:24
Did I mention I have Cup prac on tv 330p-5? #betterhalfdash cars roll shortly after.#NoTimeForThePotty lol
3:19
It is the biggest Super Late Model event in the country, the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Last year, Erik Jones made a bold outside pass on Kyle Busch to win his first Derby. It will be a who’s who of Late Model stars from all across North America. Make your plans now to be a part of this incredible event. For more information, visit www.snowballderby.com.
3:14
Kristen and JJ Yeley at practice Monday night. (Speed51.com Photos)
2:46
MRO’s Melanie Self is the better half of Mr. Monty Self and she wants the trophy. (Speed51.com Photos)
2:44
Joey Logano’s crew chief is Todd Gordon. His wife, Amy, will wheel the 22 in BHD. (Speed51.com Photos)
2:42
Jessica Park, wife of Steve, is running the number-19 originally made famous by her father-in-law, Modified racer Bob Park. (Speed51.com Photos)
2:02
Remember, you can listen to today’s Better Half Dash at 5:30pm ET here on Speed 51 Radio: http://bit.ly/18RWkVb
1:45
The All-American 400 is one of the most prestigious short track events in the country and it’s back in 2013 even bigger and better than before. Set for November 1 and 2 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee, the AA400 will be a return to glory for the event that has seen the biggest names in the sport go to its victory lane. Butch Lindley, Bob Senneker, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Butch Miller, Jeff Purvis, Bobby Gill, Freddie Query, Wayne Anderson and Mike Garvey have all etched their name onto the All-American 400 record books over the years. The top names in Super Late Model racing and more will be on hand to battle for the famed guitar that goes to the AA400 winner. This year’s event will be a Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Super Late Model race co-sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. More details are to be announced soon for this year’s All-American 400. Visit www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com‬‬ for more.
1:41
Lyn-Z Pastrana already has a tire donut on her #60 from Monday night practice. (Speed51.com Photos)
1:30

The matching cars of JJ Yeley (left) and his wife Kristen’s Better Half Dash Bandolero in the CMS garage.   (Shaun Johnson, Charlotte Motor Speedway photo)

1:27
Proud of my wife @lynzskate. She qualified 1st 4 the #betterhalfdash. It’s tonight at 530pm est. u can listen live on speed51.com
1:25
David Stremme’s wife Ashley will start on the pole. (Speed51.com Photos)
1:22
Husband Jarrad Egert installs an in-car camera on Wendy Venturini Egert’s #20. (Speed51.com Photos)
1:20
Several Better Half Dash drivers have been to their cars to check out the custom decal job. Not all cars were decaled earlier in the week during practice sessions, but all are sleek racing machines now.
12:50
ABOUT MRO…

It is the mission of Motor Racing Outreach to introduce the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, to growth in Christlikeness, and to active involvement in the church through relationships that provide care in times of stress, knowledge of God’s word, and assistance in the development of leadership skills.

MRO hopes to unify and mobilize believers worldwide to support the development of young people, who have a reason to face the future, singles, with a sense of fulfillment, husbands and wives, who honor one another, and peaceful resolutions to disputes rather than bitterness and regret.

12:33
Some notes from the drivers’ meeting:

– Drivers are to report to their cars at 4:00pm.  They are to be strapped in and ready to roll at 5pm.  Modified qualifying begins at 5:05 and has traditionally taken about 20 minutes to complete, so the Better Half Dash cars will roll out as soon as the final Modified has taken time.

– The initial start will be double-file.  All restarts thereafter will be single file.

– Drivers are not to dip below the yellow line going into turn one and turn three to “dive bomb” the driver ahead of them.

–  Tonight’s event features a $10,000 charity purse for the winner.  $2,500 will go to  Motor Racing Outreach, $2,500 to Speedway Childrens Charities and $5,000 to the charity of the winning driver’s choice.

– With the additional bounty purse put up by Speed51.com and now Wendy Venturini, there is now an additional $1,102 available for Better Half Bounty drivers Lyn-Z Pastrana and Michelle Gilliland if they win from the rear.

12:28
NASCAR driver David Gilliland and his better half, Michelle. (Speed51.com Photos)
12:28
THIRD ANNUAL BETTER HALF DASH
STARTING LINEUP
(Post-Better Half Bounty Re-Draw)

1 35 Ashley Stremme
2 20 Wendy Venturini
3 32 Heidi Stoddard
4 33 Gina Cope
5 36 Kristen Yeley
6 22 Amy Gordon
7 19 Jessica Park
8 25 Melanie Self
9 38 Michelle Gilliland
10 60 Lyn-Z Pastrana
12:19
In practice the Monday night, it is pointed out that Heidi Stoddard completed nearly 90 laps.
12:17
The leader will start the race. On restarts the leader will still begin the process. CMS’ Shaun Johnston sad the flag will be thrown when the leader goes.
12:13
NASCAR team owner Frank Stoddard will be guiding his better-half Heidi in this evening’s race. (Speed51.com Photos)
12:10
Billy Mauldin of MRO speaks at the drivers meeting. (Speed51.com Photos)
12:09
Just about $26,000 was raised in online donations for this event. Ashley Stremme got the most donations and will start from the pole.
12:08
Wendy Venturini has not taken the bounty, but she will match the Speed51.com bounty money if either Pastrana or Gilliland win the race from the rear.
12:07
Ashley Stremme will not take the bounty. She will stay at the front of the field.
12:07
Michelle Gilliland will also go for the bounty from the rear.
12:07
Lyn-Z Pastrana has elected to take the bounty challenge.
12:05
51’s Bob Dillner has taken over and soon the top four qualifiers will have a chance to elect to the rear for the Better Half Bounty.
12:04
MRO’s Billy Mauldin welcomes drivers to the event next to the winner’s prize. (Speed51.com photo)
12:03
Wendy Venturini is the better-half of TRD Engine Tuner Jarrad Egert. (Speed51.com Photos)
12:01
The drivers meeting is about to begin for the 3rd annual Better Half Dash. (Speed51.com Photos)
11:58
Ernie Cope (NASCAR crew chief) & his wife Gina Cope are ready for the drivers meeting. (Speed51.com Photos)
11:56
Steve Park takes some photos of his son Jayden next to Jessica’s car. (Speed51.com photo)
11:45
Despite a qualifying effort more than three-tenths of a second ahead of second place, Pastrana won’t know until later today if she’ll be sitting on the pole when the 25-lap charity race supporting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities goes green. That honor will be determined by fan donations, which closed yesterday. The driver with the most individual donations will have the option of starting on the pole
11:43
The drivers’ meeting for the Better Half dash is scheduled for 12pm ET, in just about 20 minutes. In that meeting, the top four qualifiers from Monday’s qualifying round here at Charlotte will have the option of starting at the rear to be eligible for the Better Half Bounty put up by Speed51.com. If any of the top-four qualifiers, Lyn-Z Pastrana, Michelle Gilliland, Ashley Stremme and Wendy Venturini, choose to start at the rear of the 10-car field and go on to win the race, they will get a $551 bonus fromSpeed51.com to be split between Motor Racing Outreach, the main charitable beneficiary of the Better Half Dash, and the charity of the winning driver’s choice.
11:39
Lyn-Z Pastrana won the Better Half Dash last year. (Speed51.com photo)
11:36
Tonight’s better Half Dash will also air live on Speed 51 Radio tonight. At 5:30pm, NASCAR on FOX broadcaster and Speed51.com founder Bob Dillner will be joined on the broadcast by his better half, Angie, on the live broadcast of the main event. Save this link to access the broadcast, which begins at 5:30pm ET. http://bit.ly/18RWkVb
11:32
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11:31
The Better Half Dash is scheduled for a 5:30pm green flag here at Charlotte, which will follow NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying.

Live coverage of the NWSMT race can be found in the Speed51.com-powered NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live coverage, linked here:http://hmtk.co/18MlF2B

11:27
BETTER HALF DASH DRIVER ROSTER

19 Jessica Park (Wife of NASCAR driver Steve Park)
20 Wendy Venturini (Wife of TRD Engine Tuner Jarrad Egert)
22 Amy Gordon (Wife of NASCAR crew chief Todd Gordon)
25 Melanie Self (Wife of Monty Self, Motor Racing Outreach)
32 Heidi Stoddard (Wife of NASCAR team owner Frank Stoddard)
33 Gina Cope (Wife of NASCAR crew chief Ernie Cope)
35 Ashley Stremme (Wife of NASCAR driver David Stremme)
36 Kristen Yeley (Wife of NASCAR driver JJ Yeley)
38 Michelle Gilliland (Wife of NASCAR driver David Gilliland)
60 Lyn-Z Pastrana (Wife of NASCAR driver Travis Pastrana)
11:08
The Bandoleros that the ladies of NASCAR will race later today sit in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield. (Speed51.com photo)
11:03
Coverage of today’s Better Half Dash is presented by Racing Electronics.

Racing Electronics has been in the racing business for over 20 years. What began as a hobby in a condo in 1988 has grown to become the #1 Company in Race Communications Worldwide.  Look around at any major racing event & you’ll see Racing Electronics everywhere helping their loyal customers – professional and amateur, racer or race fan. Racing Electronics… See Us At The Track!  For more, visitwww.racingelectronics.com or call 1.800.272.7111

10:59
Good morning and welcome to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where later today the ladies of NASCAR will battle in the Third Annual Better Half Dash.
10:59
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Trackside Now – Third Annual Better Half Dash – Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) – 10/10/13