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BETTER HALVES: Despite a scary crash involving Matt Kenseth’s wife, a Bandolero race featuring the wives and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers will again be held during the October Cup event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 25-lap charity event, dubbed the “Better Half Dash,” will be held on the quarter-mile track along the frontstretch and feature defending champion Jacquelyn Butler, the fiance of David Ragan.

There will be some changes to the format, including a competition caution on lap 15 and a pre-race qualifying session.

“Last year so much fun, and I think we’ve come up with so many great ideas to shake things up a little bit and try not to have so many cautions,” Butler said. “We’re already trash talking.”

It was no laughing matter when Katie Kenseth wrecked her car, which resembles a full-bodied go-cart, while practicing for the inaugural event. She smashed into the wall and broke her shoulder blade.

She won’t be participating this time around.

The winner of the race gets $10,000 to donate to the charity of her choice, plus a 7-foot-tall trophy.


AILING LOGANO: Joey Logano had to sit both Cup practice sessions Saturday because of an illness.

Michael McDowell, who failed to qualify for the AdvoCare 500, was still in Atlanta and agreed to take over behind the wheel for Logano to put a few miles on the No. 20 car.

“I got some kind of stomach virus or food poisoning,” Logano tweeted. “I’m hoping to be good enough to practice later.”

Logano added a hashtag with the phrase “nofun.”

The 22-year-old driver expects to be behind the wheel in the race, no matter what. He needs another win to possibly claim one of the two wild-card spots in the Chase for the championship.

Logano won at Pocono but is only 18th in the point standings.

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