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McCall Gaulding Wins Better Half iRacing Dash at Texas

McCall Gaulding Wins Better Half iRacing Dash at Texas

The return of the Motor Racing Outreach Better Half Dash, and its first running as an iRacing event, took place as part of a special edition of FS1’s NASCAR RaceHub on Thursday, and it was McCall Gaulding who would take the checkered flag on the Texas Motor Speedway Legends oval. The girlfriend of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Zane Smith was one of the quickest drivers throughout practice leading up to the event, won her heat race to claim the third starting spot on the grid, and led every single lap of the feature race.

“When I asked MRO to be in the Better Half iRacing Dash, I spent three nights out of the week watching (Zane) train with Josh Wise in the Chevy simulator, and I was like ‘I want to do that so bad!’” Gaulding said after the race, admitting that she had a chiropractor appointment on the books after the sheer amount of time she spent practicing for the event. “Once they told me I was able to join, I spent hours—literally, Zane had to pull me off of this thing every night. So now I’m paying the consequences of lower back pain, but it all paid off!”

The race, organized at Charlotte Motor Speedway with bandolero cars from 2011 to 2017, allows the women of NASCAR to get behind the wheel and raise money for charity. The front row of the starting grid was reserved for the two competitors who solicited the most donations, with JR Motorsports co-owner and vice president Kelley Earnhardt Miller scoring the pole with more than $20,000 raised, and Tammy Rice, wife of Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice and runner-up in the last real-world Better Half Dash, starting on the outside of the front row.

In spite of some first-lap chaos, the race went caution-free most of the way. Gaulding would take the lead from Earnhardt Miller right away, and they’d run 1-2 for much of the race until Julia Piquet, girlfriend of Daniel Suarez, would find her way into second in the closing stages. A major pileup that blocked off most of the track caused the only caution of the event, and Gaulding got away from another frenetic restart that saw Earnhardt Miller and Marissa Briscoe, wife of Chase, make contact as both were looking for a strong launch to make the winning move.

Full results from the Better Half iRacing Dash at Texas Motor Speedway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Manufacturer

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1 3 21 McCall Gaulding US Legend Cars 38 38 16.185
2 4 99 Julia Piquet US Legend Cars 38 -0.848 0 16.196
3 6 12 Jenna Petty US Legend Cars 38 -1.197 0 16.332
4 2 11 Tammy Rice US Legend Cars 38 -2.611 0 16.780
5 9 25 Kristin Labonte US Legend Cars 38 -5.970 0 16.277
6 7 22 Jennifer Self US Legend Cars 38 -14.733 0 16.536
7 1 38 Kelley Earnhardt Miller US Legend Cars 37 -1 L 0 16.439
8 10 14 Marissa Briscoe US Legend Cars 37 -1 L 0 16.653
9 5 23 Kennedy Gaulding US Legend Cars 37 -1 L 0 16.359
10 11 15 Karissa Flores US Legend Cars 37 -1 L 0 16.758
11 8 20 Morgan Bell US Legend Cars 36 -2 L 0 16.579
12 13 17 Megan Smith US Legend Cars 34 -4 L 0 16.761
13 12 8 Alexa De Leon US Legend Cars 34 -4 L 0 17.470

 

For more information on the event and Motor Racing Outreach, click here. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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