Paige Keselowski Tops Better Half Dash Qualifying

Top qualifier celebrates on pit road

Paige Keselowski, the wife of 2013 Bank of America 500 winner Brad Keselowski, posted the fastest time in qualifying on Monday for Friday’s Better Half Dash during Bojangles’ Pole Night. Fans can donate to the 10 drivers’ charities of choice by visiting; The driver with the most donation money chooses their starting position in Friday’s race. Fans can buy tickets to the Bank of America 500 plus camping and upgrades by visiting online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267); Adult tickets also include access to the Dale Jr. Appreci88ion Brad Paisley concert presented by Wrangler and Nationwide on Oct. 7 at zMAX Dragway; Kids’ tickets to the Bank of America 500 cost just $10

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Paige Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation-sponsored Bandolero blistered Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile on Monday, posting the fastest time in qualifying for Friday’s Better Half Dash – a bumper-banging showdown of some of NASCAR’s fastest females racing for charities during Bojangles’ Pole Night.

Keselowski’s 20.24-second lap topped Jennifer Anderson’s best run by a scant .049 seconds. “That’s exciting,” said Keselowski, whose husband, Brad, won the 2013 Bank of America 500. “I really wanted to get the pole this year. I missed by just a bit last year to Katelyn Sweet, so it’s nice to get it this year. On Friday night, the plan is to stay up front. There’s some fast girls up front, so if you fall to the back it won’t be easy to get back to the front.”

Keselowski’s quick lap time won’t guarantee the No. 1 spot for Friday’s race, though. Fans can decide which Better Half Dash driver gets to pick their starting spot by donating money to drivers’ causes at

Here’s a breakdown of the 11 drivers, their chosen charities and their lap times:

Paige Keselowski, girlfriend of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (The Brad Keselowski Checkered Flag Foundation): 20.244 seconds
Jennifer Anderson, girlfriend of Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self (Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation and Motor Racing Outreach): 20.293
Kate Tomaino, wife of NASCAR mechanic Trey Tomaino (V.E.T.S, Keeping Faith and Motor Racing Outreach): 20.459
Tammy Rice, wife of Kaulig Racing crew chief Chris Rice (Motor Racing Outreach): 20.475
Chelsea Fetzer, wife of Chip Ganassi Racing tire carrier Ben Fetzer (Camp Courage): 20.653
Tati Papis, wife of MPI steering wheels founder and former driver Max Papis (Motor Racing Outreach): 20.773
Anna Baldwin, wife of Chip Ganassi Racing tire changer Cory Baldwin (Motor Racing Outreach): 21.044
Marisa Erspamer, wife of Hendrick Motorsports tire carrier Jared Erspamer (Motor Racing Outreach and Special Olympics NC): 21.120
Amanda Fischbeck, wife of Joe Gibbs Racing tire carrier Ben Fischbeck (The Kolbe Fund): 21.461
Tina Bullins, wife of Wood Brothers Racing crew chief Jeremy Bullins (Motor Racing Outreach and Rowan County Animal Shelter): 21.663
Jessica Nichols, wife of Team Penske tire specialist Dave Nichols (Joey Logano Foundation): 22.117

TICKETS: Fans can buy tickets to the Oct. 6-8 Bank of America 500 race weekend by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting All adult tickets to the Bank of America 500 are good for admission to the Oct. 7 Brad Paisley concert presented by Wrangler and Nationwide saluting the JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour at zMAX Dragway. For tickets, camping packages and upgrades, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at

KEEP TRACK: Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 11:24 PM, 10.02.2017