Saturday, Oct 16

Sweet Wins Better Half Dash

Thursday, Oct 06 2102

In a very entertaining race on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Katelyn Sweet dominated to win Motor Racing Outreach’s Better Half Dash. Paige White finished second and Haley Dillon finished third.

"I had so much fun. I told Kyle [Larson] this week that I wish I could do this a little more often," said Sweet. 

The race saw numerous cautions. Candice Smith, wife of Chris Smith of Red Horse Racing, wrecked into turn 1 bringing out the first caution. The caution flew for a spin on the backstretch.. The caution flew again for Julie Mauldin and Smith. Tati Papis spun, but the field remained green. Maluldin, who wrecked earlier, brought out the caution after stalling on the backstretch. After a few laps of green flag racing, Wendy Venturini went for a spin in turn 2.  After the restart, Paige White took the lead from Katelyn Sweet, but the caution flew for a spin by Dillon. Under caution, there was a spin by McAllister. However, Sweet went on to win the race.

Before the start of the event, Motor Racing Outreach raised a total of $58,000. The top fundraiser of the event was Mauldin with a total of $20,790. She had the chance to pick where she wanted to start, but chose to remain in the same position she qualified in because she wanted everyone to start where they qualified. Over the six years of this event, over $300,000 has been raised for charities. This has become the biggest fundraiser for MRO. This event brings the ladies of NASCAR for fun and excitement. After the race, MRO announced this race raised over $70,000 this year. 

The Better Half Dash was made possible by Racing Electronics, US Legends Cars International, MRO, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Performance Racing Network.

Caleb Whisler

I am 19 years old from Atlanta, GA. I have been following motorsports since I was born. Motorsports has been "passed down" in my family. I am named after NASCAR Hall of Famer, William Caleb Yarborough, also known as Cale. Growing up in the southeast, racing was something that was a Sunday tradition after church. What an honor it is to share that passion with others.

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