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NASCAR Women To Race for Charity In Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway announced on Saturday that the track will host the “Better Half Dash,” a 25-lap charity event that will pit wives, girlfriends, and television personalities against one another in Bandolero cars before the Bank of America 500 on October 15. The race will be held on the quarter-mile track located in the speedway’s tri-oval. U.S. Legen Cars International will provide the cars. The wome will have two half-day practice sessions to shake the cars down, but adjustments will not be permitted. The women’s husbands and significant others may act as crew chief or spotter, however. Proceeds from the race will support Speedway Children’s Charities and Motor Racing Outreach.

Confirmed participants so far include Katie Kenseth, Angie Skinner, Nan Zipadelli, Ashley Allgaier, Trisha Mears, and Wendy Venturini. Kelley Earnhardt will wave the green flag to start the event. The top three finishers will receive donations to the charity of their choice. Tickets to the Bank of America 500 are available at Charlotte Motor Speedway or online.

No Penalty For Busch Following Truck Altercation at Bristol

Kyle Busch was not penalized for an incident at Bristol Motor Speedway in which Busch, after wrecking off the nose of Elliott Sadler, waited on track for Sadler and spun Sadler’s No. 24 in the Camping World Truck Series event. NASCAR chose not to penalize Busch, whose truck was too damaged to continue, further after the race. In the past, the sanctioning body has responded to similar incidents by immediately parking the offending driver for a number of laps. Since Busch’s team was unable to repair his truck, NASCAR didn’t have that option and chose not to penalize rather than to create a new policy.

Jeff Gordon Paces Final Practice In Atlanta

Jeff Gordon led the way in the final Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday afternoon with a top lap speed of 182.392 MPH. Gordon, who has clinched a Chase berth already, set his fast time on the first lap of the session. The rest of the top 5 was made up of Chase hopefuls Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Greg Biffle. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top ten.

Jimmie Johnson was the slowest of the title contenders, landing 33rd on the chart.

Kahne Snares AdvoCare 500 Pole

Kasey Kahne won the pole as Team Red Bull put on a show in qualifying. Kahne took the No. 4 to the top spot with a lap time of 29.775. His teammate, Brian Vickers put his No. 83 in the top five; he’ll start fourth on Sunday night. Clint Bowyer will share the front row with Kahne. Points leader Kyle Busch wound up third. Jeff Gordon rounds out the top five.

The rest of the top 10 is made up by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, last week’s runner-up Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch.

Drivers in current Chase positions not in the top ten on the grid include Jimmie Johnson (starts 17th), Kevin Harvick (21st), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (29th), Tony Stewart (20th), Brad Keselowski (14th), and Denny Hamlin 13th).

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