Meet the Writers

It takes a team to make Skirts and Scuffs successful. The women who call Skirts and Scuffs home are from all walks of life, but are connected through their love of NASCAR. These are their stories:

Katy Lindamood
Columns: Xfinity Files/ Weekly TV Schedule

From the moment she saw Rusty Wallace barrel roll through the infield at Daytona in 1993, Katy Lindamood has been hooked on NASCAR. While most teenagers had posters of the latest heartthrob on their walls, she had posters of the Winston (now All-Star) lineup plastered on hers. She dreamed of being able to watch a race from the stands. It took nearly 15 years for her to get to the track for the first time, but it was everything she expected and more.

Katy's love of the sport and an idea to give female fans a voice sparked Skirts and Scuffs, a site where female fans were given a platform to dispel the common misconception that women only follow racing because the drivers are attractive. 

Over the last ten years Katy has led the Skirts and Scuffs team and made many great friends along the way. She currently authors our new column, Xfinity Files which looks at Xfinity Series regulars racing for series points and the title. Katy also co-authors the weekly TV schedule with Rebecca Kivak, who has been the Watson to her Sherlock for the last decade.

By day Katy calls herself a "babyfood wrangler and folder of tiny clothing" which is a clever way of saying she's the Department Manager for Infants and Girlswear at a major retailer. By night she's a college student working towards the degree she started 20 years ago. Katy expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership from Bellevue University in March 2020, just one month before her 40th birthday.

Katy and her husband Ryan reside in Ashland, Kentucky and enjoy spending their time hanging out with their dog, Bean and just enjoying some rare downtime. 

Stacey Owens
Columns: Right Sides Only

Stacey Owens lives just outside Music City USA. Her love of NASCAR and her skills as an editor make her a natural fit as a support editor and columnist for the sport she's adored since 2002. 

This self-admitted grammar nerd loves Jesus, spending time with her three daughters, reading mysteries,  playing with her dogs, and binge-watching programs with her husband. 

Stacey writes the weekly column “Right Sides Only: Notes from a Winning Crew Chief.” She believes that just as much of the spotlight should be shown on the guy who sits atop the war wagon because even though the driver gets the attention, NASCAR is most definitely a team sport, and no driver can win without a genius calling the shots from above.

Beth Bence Reinke
Columns: Faith on the Frontstretch

Beth became a NASCAR fan when her sons started playing with toy stock cars. When the boys wanted to watch their first race on TV, she watched, too - the 2001 Daytona 500. After that heartbreaking initiation into racing, she became intrigued by the sport that values faith, family and fans. 

Now a NASCAR enthusiast, Beth is the author of Race Fans’ Devotions to Go, a devotional book geared toward female fans. She also writes children’s books and uses her background as a registered dietitian to pen magazine articles about health and nutrition. Beth's professional affiliations include The National Motorsports Press Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Her column, “Faith on the Frontstretch,” explores the role of faith in motorsports.

Courtney Horn
Columns: Trackin' Trucks

Before she even knew what NASCAR was, Courtney watched the races while sitting in her father’s lap. When she attended her first race at Talladega, her love for the sport grew even stronger.

In addition to her Trackin’ Trucks column for Skirts and Scuffs, Courtney runs her own blog, She is a receptionist for a daycare headquarters and enjoys attending country music concerts whenever one is in town. 

Carol D'Agostino
Columns: NASCAR Fantasy Fusion

Carol D’Agostino is a church-going, NASCAR-loving fan who wields fantasy-racing superpowers. Each week during the NASCAR season, Carol researches statistics and combs through her personal racing notes to provide fans with fantasy racing advice through a column called NASCAR Fantasy Fusion, which she has written for Skirts & Scuffs since October 2011. Carol also does race coverage for Skirts & Scuffs at Richmond Raceway, and occasionally at her home track, Dover International Speedway.

When she isn’t crunching numbers, you’ll find Carol in business meetings or hammering out a news release or creating a marketing strategy at a small niche public relations firm she founded called Purple Cat.  She also does downtown revitalization projects for a small town in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.

Born and raised above the Mason Dixon line in Pennsylvania, her journey with NASCAR began shortly after the death of Dale Earnhardt. Like many women she watched her first NASCAR race on television on the sofa next to her now former significant male. From the time she experienced her first race at Dover International Speedway, it was clear to her that racing would be a life-long passion. In addition to Dover International Speedway, she has seen races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway), and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next on her racing bucket list is dirt racing.

Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Penn State University. She lives in Chester, Maryland.

Stephanie Stuart-Landrey

After falling in love with racing literally by accident, Stephanie Stuart-Landrey joined the Skirts and Scuffs team in 2013 after penning an independent racing blog for two years.

Finding her niche in opinionated, fact-filled pieces, Stephanie enjoys the challenge of inviting readers to think deeper about hot topics in and out of the garage. Her highlighted pieces include “The Dangers of Playing the Blame Game,” written in the hours after it was announced that Tony Stewart had been involved in an on-track incident in upstate New York, “Dear Matt Kenseth: An Open Letter to a Champion,” a piece written after former Cup Champion Matt Kenseth announced his retirement, and “The Alarming Disappearance of the Written Word in NASCAR,” penned after becoming frustrated with the decline of written pieces on many NASCAR related sites. She has also contributed to the popular Five Questions column, among others.

Stephanie recently completed her RN, and is currently on the hunt for a job that will allow her to specialize in pediatric critical care. She and her husband reside just outside Tampa, FL, but will soon become residents of Austin, TX. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her dog and two cats, frequenting Tampa’s many craft breweries, planning her next vacation and cheering on the Florida Gators. She also holds a degree in Public Relations, and considers both Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway her home tracks. 

Janine Cloud

Janine Cloud, aka LJ, has been a NASCAR and motorsports fan for over 20 years and joined the Skirts and Scuffs team in 2011 as a writer, editor, media rep, and photographer. A native Texan and Houston resident, Janine has covered all three NASCAR touring series and the Verizon IndyCar Series on a regular basis at her home track, Texas Motor Speedway. That means she's seen Jimmie Johnson win the guns and cowboy hat six times, was at the last race the late IndyCar star Justin Wilson won, and was close enough to touch the ponies that the track gave Jeff Gordon for his retirement. 

When she's not at the track, Janine can be found giving lectures or taking photos around the country as she travels for her day job at FamilyTreeDNA, or digging through genealogical records and building her family tree or reading a book. 

Rebecca Kivak
Columnist/Lead Editor
Column: Weekly TV Schedule

Rebecca Kivak lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, about an hour away from Pocono Raceway. Though residing near one of the sport’s most unique tracks, Rebecca didn’t become a NASCAR fan until 2006. Once racing got into her blood, it was impossible to ignore. She has attended races at various tracks on the circuit and visited the heartland of the sport, Charlotte, North Carolina, many times.

Rebecca is an award-winning news copy editor and page designer at The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Since 2011, she has been covering NASCAR races at Pocono. In 2018, she added IndyCar to her motorsports coverage for the paper at the Long Pond track.

As the Watson to Skirts and Scuffs creator Katy Lindamood’s Sherlock, Rebecca uses her journalism experience to work with staff writers on story ideas and edit their work. She also co-compiles the weekly TV schedule with Katy.

She graduated from Penn State University in 2004 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics. In addition to NASCAR, Rebecca reviews movies and sounds off about film on Take 2 Blog.

Lisa Nellis

Lisa Nellis ("Laweez")  is relatively new to NASCAR fandom, getting hooked on stock car racing in 2008 thanks to her husband Chuck, who has been a fan since the Sixties.

She graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She currently lives in North Carolina (close to SO MANY tracks) with her husband, three dogs, three cats, and six chickens.  

Meet the Writers Meet the Writers Reviewed by Katy Lindamood on Saturday, February 09, 2019 Rating: 5