NASCAR Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

08/17/14
 

AJ Allmendinger's Ex-Wife Lynne Kushnirenko and Girlfriend Tara Meador

 

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AJ Allmendinger's ex-wife Lynne Kushnirenko has had a long and successful career as a model and sometimes Playboy bunny. She managed to find the time between photo shoots to earn herself a chiropractor license, which I guess makes her a doctor? On College of Chiropractors of Ontatrio website, she is referred to as Dr. Lynne M. Kushnirenko, so yeah-- she's a doctor.

Of all the chiropractors in the world, AJ's ex-wife has gotta be high up on my list if I had to get my bones and back cracked or whatever it is they do to your spine. She's a looker, and she managed to really work her way up the ladder as far as getting into Playboy. First, she attended some kind of golf event and won the right to go to the Playboy golf finals in LA in 2005. From there, she again won the prize of getting a Playboy photo shoot, becoming the cyber girl of the week and then cyber girl of the month. Way to look good in front of a camera, Lynne.

Before becoming a bunny (or cyber bunny if you like), she also had a history of being named different titles in Canada, where she's from. Which leads me to wonder why AJ is divorcing her, and are they actually divorced yet? No information is available but it's likely she is officially his ex-wife, as divorce proceedings usually don't all that long, and AJ is dating Tara Meador now.

So AJ Allmendinger's girlfriend Tara Meador is also a bit of a spicy dish. She has a real job doing real stuff-- in this case being a District Manager and Independent Consultant for Arbonne, a company that makes beauty products. She graduated from the University of Lincoln Nebraska with a Masters in architecture, so what the hell is she doing managing beauty products? I guess it doesn't matter all that much since she's hooked up with AJ, who rakes in some serious dough.

08/15/14
 

Kevin Ward Jr.'s girlfriend Mercedes Fruin

 

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In the aftermath of the tragic accident that cost Kevin Ward Jr. his life when struck by Tony Stewart in Canindagua, NY on August 9, 2014, emotions have run high. For Kevin Ward Jr's girlfriend Mercedes Fruin, the emotions one might expect any senior in high school to experience have been expressed in a very public forum.

At 20 years old, Kevin Ward Jr is fresh out of high school, and unsurprisingly still has ties to the place he spent four pretty important years of his life. An anonymous friend of Kevin Ward and girlfriend Mercedes Fruin told the New York Daily News

I know she had a ring from Kevin that was supposed to be a pre-engagement ring. She’s just starting her senior year of high school. It’s so sad.

Fruin has posted multiple pictures of her and Ward to her Facebook account and while making no comments publicly made, one can only imagine the mourning she is currently experiencing.

Fruin wasn't the only one touched by the tragedy to hit social media. Kevin Ward's aunt Wendi Ward took to Facebook to not only mourn her nephew, but also go after the man responsible for Ward's death:

My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy. Thanks for thinking of my family tony Stewart when you decided to be a dick.

Ward has since removed the post from her Facebook page.

Ward's funeral services occurred Thursday with hundreds of friends, family and mourners from the racing community in attendance.

02/23/14
 

Denny Hamlin's girlfriend Jordan Fish

 

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When the checkered flag waves at today's Daytona 500, and all the wives and girlfriends make their way to meet their drivers, will Denny Hamlin's girlfriend Jordan Fish need to find her way to Victory Lane?

If things hold on like Hamlin has all season, it sure looks that way.

The last time we checked in on Denny Hamlin's girlfriend in 2009, we only knew about an ex-girlfriend Kristin Buntain with whom he broke up with in 2007. While little has changed from his winning ways across the Sprint Cup Series in the past five years, plenty has changed for Hamlin off the track.

Denny Hamlin and Jordan Fish met in 2007 at a Charlotte Bobcats game, where Fish was then working as a dancer for the basketball squad.  An article in USA Today describes them meeting by the courtside seated Hamlin making eye contact with Fish during one of her on court routines.  The couple first spoke that night, but only began dating months later, and apparently after Hamlin's ex was in the rearview mirror.   Fish took Hamlin out to dinner after he later sponsored her to be the South Carolina representative in the Miss USA pageant, and the couple has been together since.

In January, 2013, Hamlin went to Twitter to announce the couple's first child.

"Introducing Taylor James Hamlin!!! Born Jan 20 at 20:20! Weighting 6lb 5oz and 20 inches in length @dennyhamlin

Both Denny and Jordan are prolific Tweeters showing love and support for one another and their daughter. They keep a regular photo journal of their travels and interactions with fans. The couple has embraced the fanbase that embraced them first, making them one of the many lovable NASCAR couples.

With seven years of dating and a young one under their belt, we'll keep an eye out for a personal announcement to see if Denny Hamlin's girlfriend becomes Denny Hamlin's wife.