Kristen Yeley, J.J.’s wife, wins ‘Better Half Dash’ at Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kristen Yeley, wife of NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley, kept the pedal to the metal to win the fourth annual Better Half Dash Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It feels pretty good,” Kristen Yeley said after celebrating in victory lane. “I’ve been doing this for four years, so it is really special (to win).

“The foundation I am racing for (Yantz’s Son Is Back Foundation) is really close to my heart. My dear friend lost a child this past May and my girlfriend started the foundation to raise awareness for organ donation for children.”

Nearly $70,000 was raised for several charities, including Yantz’s Son Is Back, Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities.

Heidi Stoddard, wife of NASCAR team owner and NASCAR America analyst Frank Stoddard, finished second, while Melanie Self of Motor Racing Outreach finished third.

“I made a promise to Sherry Pollex and (former NASCAR driver) Shawna Robinson that I would see them in victory circle,” Self said. “This was for these ladies who are fighting cancer.”

Ashton Bayne, wife of NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne, finished fourth, while Adriene Pattie, wife of crew chief Brian Pattie, was fifth.

The rest of the finishing order was Jenna Robinson (sixth), Jordan Fish (seventh), Karlee Hensley (eighth), Ashley Allgaier (ninth), Ashley Stremme 10th) and Amy Reimann (11th).

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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