Three rookies rounded out the top three at the 7th annual Better Half Dash at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Jennifer Anderson, girlfriend of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self, celebrated in Victory Lane after topping Tammy Rice, wife of No. 11 Blake Koch crew chief Chris Rice, and Kate Tomanio, wife of NASCAR mechanic Trey Tomanio.
“That was a tough, race” Anderson said following her win. “It’s been really fun getting to know these ladies throughout the past month and a half that we’ve been doing this. … The race was tough. It didn’t come easy. It was good that we were able to raise awareness for the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation.”
In a 25-lap competition, drivers bumped and shoved their way to the finish line. Paige Keselowski, wife of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski, led most of the race after winning the pole.
Jennifer Anderson, who is also the younger sister of Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson, joked that she locked in her first victory before her boyfriend AND her older brother. Self was her spotter for the Better Half Dash.
— Jordan Anderson (@j66anderson) October 6, 2017
“The first thing I said over the radio was I got a win before you (Self) and Jordan this year,” Jennifer Anderson said. “I’ll hold that over them, too.”
The 11 women raised more than $40,000 for the Motor Racing Outreach, Speedway Children’s Charities and the other charities selected by each competitor. The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation will receive $10,000 thanks to Anderson’s victory.