Katelyn Sweet tops Paige White for Better Half Dash win
CONCORD, N.C. -- Last year's Better Half Dash runner-up Katelyn Sweet said last year she didn't want to nab a win before her boyfriend Kyle Larson nabbed his first Sprint Cup victory. Larson's first win at Michigan in August presented an opportunity for Sweet to dominate and win Thursday's sixth annual Better Half Dash race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The event, which featured 10 competitors, raised more than $70,000 for the Motor Racing Outreach, Speedway Children's Charities and the other charities selected by each competitor. "It's pretty awesome. I'm glad that we let him get the win before I did," Sweet said with a smile on Larson in Victory Lane. "… Now I can kind of trash talk him and tell him to how to drive the car." Driving the No. 42 Nature Made Chevrolet, Sweet led the majority of the event after starting from the pole position. She passed Paige White, Brad Keselowski 's girlfriend, in the final laps for the lead. White held on to finish second, while Ty Dillon ’s wife, Haley Dillon, came up third. Anna McAllister, fiancée of Roush Fenway Racing tire changer Cory Baldwin, and Kinsley Parsons, fiancée of NASCAR official Patrick Marrill, rounded out the top five finishers. Larson, who spotted for Sweet , was on site in Victory Lane with the couple's young son Owen, who rocked a coordinating Nature Made fire suit to his mom's pink one. "Lots of fun, MRO does a good job with it," Larson said on the event. "I know Katelyn has looked forward to it for the last few years. She did good, she was really good." Third-place finisher Dillon was impressive in her No. 3, as she aggressively weaved from the back to the front twice in the event after getting caught up in minor spins. She couldn't quite make it all the way up front, but said she'll be back next year. "Absolutely," Dillon said. "They can't keep me from doing this. It's been so much fun and I will gladly accept the invitation. It was a blast." And it appears Sweet , whose brother Brad Sweet drives sprint cars and previously competed in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, may have caught the racing fever. "Yeah I do," Sweet said when asked if she wanted to race on a more regular basis. "Maybe not every weekend, that sounds a little bit much." "Both Charlotte races," White offered. "Yeah, both Charlotte races. Because I am not going to run in high heels," Sweet said, referencing the High Heel Dash in May. You heard it: Wheels over heels. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;<span _rtetemp="spchk" style="background-color: #ffffaa;" _rtespchksugg="Lt"alt"ult"flt"let"lit"lat"lot"ltd"t">am</span>p;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Danica Patrick, Brad Sweet spin on Lap 1
James Buescher wiggles going into Turn 3 and as Danica Patrick checks up, the No. 7 spins along with the No. 38 of Brad Sweet .
Danica Patrick spins for the third time while battling Brad Sweet
Danica Patrick gets loose while racing alongside Brad Sweet and spins for the third time in the race.
Early trouble for Swindell and Sweet
Trouble strikes early for Kevin Swindell and Brad Sweet as they get caught up in a crash in Turn 1.
Sweet smashes into Gase during practice
Brad Sweet plows into Joey Gase during NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice at Bristol.
Sweet spins on qualifying attempt
Brad Sweet spins on his qualifying attempt for the Dollar General 300.
Contact leads to flames for Sweet
Jeb Burton makes contact with Brad Sweet ending in a shower of flames.
Bliss narrowly avoids spinning Sweet
Mike Bliss has to jump on the brakes and avoid a spinning Brad Sweet in Turn 2.
Turn 2 is not so sweet
Brad Sweet finds that Turn 2 is more difficult than he thought, sending him spinning around twice.
NASCAR.com reporters make national series predictions
RELATED: Key changes in NASCAR " Fast facts on race enhancements NASCAR.com's Kenny Bruce, Holly Cain, Zack Albert and Jonathan Merryman make their predictions for the 2017 NASCAR season: KENNY BRUCE NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion: Timothy Peters . Rebounds from winless '16 to ride the Red Horse to the title. NASCAR XFINITY Series champion: Elliott Sadler . So close a year ago; his JRM team is rock solid. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year: Daniel Suarez . Stepping into a title-contending car; just needs seat time to become a challenger. Surprise playoffs qualifier: Daniel Suarez . There will be hurdles for last year's XFINITY Series champ, but he's proven to be a quick study. Daytona 500 pick: Kyle Busch . It's one of the few accomplishments left for one of NASCAR's best. Championship 4: Kevin Harvick : Switch to Ford proves to be a non-issue for 2014 champion. Joey Logano : Simple game plan: Get to the front and stay there. Kyle Busch : Bad-fast car. Extremely talented driver and team. Martin Truex Jr .: Team makes silly speed; gotta be there at the end, though. 2017 Monster Energy Series champion: Joey Logano . Can win a slew of races or be crazy consistent. This year he could do both. HOLLY CAIN NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion: John Hunter Nemechek . My repeat pick from 2016, but hoping the right (generous) sponsor sees this young talent and he gets the backing to match his potential. NASCAR XFINITY Series champion: Elliott Sadler -- The veteran has been oh-so-close and this is the year it all comes together for him. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year: Erik Jones . The Furniture Row Racing 's newest team member is super-talented, highly motivated and knows how to shine even among such fantastic first-year talent. Surprise playoffs qualifier: Kasey Kahne . This will be a resurgent year for the talented 17-time Cup winner who is ready to remind people of his place in the sport. Out front. Daytona 500 pick: Denny Hamlin . Daytona has been Hamlin's playground and he's poised to be the first back-to-back 500 winner since Sterling Marlin in 1994-95. Championship 4: Jimmie Johnson , Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch and Joey Logano will decide the Cup after hugely competitive playoffs that ends in a history-making moment. 2017 Monster Energy Series champion: Jimmie Johnson . Reigning champ makes history with his eighth title. ZACK ALBERT NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion: Christopher Bell . The 22-year-old standout bookends a season that started with a Chili Bowl victory with his first national series crown. NASCAR XFINITY Series champion: William Byron . A hotshot rookie for the title? Gobs of talent and JR Motorsports resources go a long way. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year: Daniel Suarez . First-year driver steps into a well-established team that contends for victories. Surprise playoffs qualifier: AJ Allmendinger . Planets align for the No. 47 team at one of the series' two road-course visits. Daytona 500 pick: Brad Keselowski. Team Penske 's strength shows, with one of the best in the restrictor-plate biz leading the charge in the "Great American Race." Championship 4: Kevin Harvick , Denny Hamlin , Jimmie Johnson , Brad Keselowski . The cream rises, with four organizations and all three manufacturers represented in the final bracket. 2017 Monster Energy Series champion: Denny Hamlin. He's been on the podium three times before. In 2017, Hamlin should make it to the top step. JONATHAN MERRYMAN NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion: Matt Crafton . Great, consistent racer. That style will fit the new format. NASCAR XFINITY Series champion: Elliott Sadler . Coming off of a solid 2016, the No. 1 JRM team should be in position to win it all. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup NASCAR Series Rookie of the Year: Erik Jones . Seat time in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car in 2015 should help the rookie seal the deal. Surprise playoffs qualifier: Erik Jones . I think the rookie wins a race in 2017 clinching a playoff berth. Daytona 500 pick: Brad Keselowski , with four wins at Talladega and one win at Daytona in the summer of 2016, Keselowski has quickly become one of the best plate-racers in NASCAR. Championship 4: Kevin Harvick , Joey Logano , Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch . All four consistently finish races and have multiple win seasons. 2017 Monster Energy Series champion: Kevin Harvick . Mr. "Where did he come from?" has turned in to Mr. Consistency over the past few seasons. Consistency combined with the new points format should complement Harvick well.
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