Van Wingerden Adds Two More Scores
In the 20-lap run for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division, Van Wingerden started 12th in the 27-car field, used the choose rule to his advantage on restarts and took the lead two laps from the end of the 20-lap race.
While Van Wingerden was extending his point lead in the series' premier division, a tangle in the final corner sent several cars crashing and title contender Chase Pistone was black flagged for rough driving. When the smoke finally cleared, John Gottsacker of Dallas, Texas, had finished second and Alex Haase, driving a car owned by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Kyle Busch, was third.
The 20-lap feature for the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters saw Van Wingerden post his third victory of the season in the sleek machines that are based on the legendary Watson roadster Indy Cars. Just like in the Pro division, the victory extended Van Wingerden's point lead as he beat two-time winner Kyle Beattie and Chrissy Wallace, daughter of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup veteran Mike Wallace, to the checkered flag.
In a Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division race that featured more caution laps than green flag trips around the quarter-mile frontstretch oval, Trent Newton of Concord, N.C., may have been the biggest winner of the night even though he did not take the checkered flag. Newton barrel-rolled down the backstretch before finally landing outside of turn three and walked away unscathed from the most spectacular crash of the year. Jordan Anderson of Columbia, S.C., started on the outside of the front row, claimed the lead on lap three and held on through the crashfest to take the victory. Kory Abbot and Chris Buescher followed Anderson across the stripe as the race was shortened to just eight laps due to time constraints.
Veteran Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., bounced back from being disqualified during post-race inspection the previous week to win the 20-lap feature for the Verizon Wireless Legends Cars Masters division. Hair started ninth in the 28-car field, methodically sliced through the pack and took the lead with just four laps remaining in the caution-filled race. It was Hair's second victory of the season as he beat Brian Weimer and early leader Eddie Harwell under the checkered flag in the division for drivers ages 40 and over.
Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark Green, started third in the finale for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns and cruised to his second consecutive victory in the division for drivers ages 12 to 15. The Concord, N.C., racer made his move on the opening lap and never looked back in the race that was shortened to 19 laps due to time constraints. Mitchell Coble lined up on the pole, but was no match for Green and settled for second. Point leader Cole Miktuk, who started 20th after having to qualify for the feature through the last-chance race, charged around Brandon McReynolds for third on the final lap.
Eleven-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr. romped to his second consecutive feature victory in the 20-lap run for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits. Wallace started fourth and emerged from a three-car battle early in the race to claim his fourth victory of the season. Nicholas Stroupe appeared en route to a runner-up finish when a multi-car tangle in the final corner of the last lap sent several cars spinning and shuffled the finishing order. Jordan Phillips avoided the melee to take second with Max Gresham earning third-place honors for the third time this summer.
After five consecutive top-eight finishes but none better than second, Ryan Salomon of Huntersville, N.C., finally broke the ice and won the 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. The victory moved Salomon around Randy Spencer into the point lead as Spencer exited early. Dawn Eagens, the previous week's winner, led the opening laps but had to settle for runner-up honors and Pennsylvania resident Eric Redmond was third.
The wild and crazy 15-lap finale for the CRASHCars turned into a slam-bam affair with Walter Pecora of Kannapolis, N.C., driving Krashy the Klown to his first victory of the season. Jeff Blackwelder finished second in the Fast Ball entry and Road Rage, driven by Pete Kenney, ended up third when the smoke finally cleared.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will present CRASHCar racing during round seven of the 10-week Hardee's Summer Shootout on Tuesday night, July 26. More than 20 of the brightly colored CRASHCars, which feature cartoon-style themes, are expected to be in action along with the seven regular divisions of Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. Adult tickets are just $5 with children 6-12 admitted for $3. Kids under 6 are free and there is no charge for parking. Call 1-800-455-FANS for information or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Centex Homes Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. John Gottsacker; 3. Alex Haase; 4. Jesse Bunnell; 5. Tolliver Smith; 6. Jeremy Kalina; 7. Ben Stancill; 8. Louis Hawkins; 9. Jason Reisman; 10. Chris Eggleston; 11. Matt Dibenedetto; 12. Duncan Molesworth; 13. Tiffany Daniels; 14. Mark Whitley; 15. Daniel Kraus; 16. Todd Adams; 17. Jeremy Colangelo; 18. Michael Van Wingerden; 19. Derek Frohlich; 20. Johnny Sutton; 21. Tonya Cordrey; 22. Josh Waring; 23. Beau Slocumb; 24. Brent Seeley; 25. Tim Andrews; 26. Chase Pistone; 27. Brian Litwiler.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Kyle Beattie; 3. Chrissy Wallace; 4. D.J. Krentz; 5. David Sugg; 6. Danny Keaton; 7. Scott Whitaker; 8. Ryan Zeck; 9. John Michael; 10. Terry Horak; 11. Tom Van Wingerden; 12. Roger Simons; 13. Adam Welch; 14. Michael Van Wingerden; 15. Eric Harrington; 16. Hunt Dyer; 17. Jim Gresham.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (8 laps): 1. Jordan Anderson; 2. Kory Abbot; 3. Chris Buescher; 4. James Buescher; 5. Patrick McVay; 6. Casey Dohm; 7. Corey LaJoie; 8. Steven Daniels; 9. Jake Crum; 10. Darin Coker; 11. Keith Breasbois; 12. Jess Mattox; 13. Matt Bowers; 14. Collier Jones; 15. Bryan Silas; 16. Phillip Gill; 17. Brennan Poole; 18. Patrick Molesworth; 19. Brandon Thomson; 20. Trevor Bayne; 21. Andrew Carlsen; 22. Paddy Rodenbeck; 23. D.J. Vanderlay; 24. Travis Bare; 25. Brandon Weber; 26. Kyle Fowler; 27. Chrissy Wallace; 28. Trent Newton.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. Brian Wiemer; 3. Eddie Harwell; 4. Don Sossoman; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Phil Sharpe; 7. Todd Laney; 8. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 9. Dennis White; 10. Sam McCullough; 11. Bruce Sawicki; 12. Chris Carlsen; 13. Ronnie Laney; 14. Todd Johnson; 15. Jeff Turner; 16. Jan Ingram; 17. Randy Thornton; 18. Chuck Dohm; 19. Bill Mathers; 20. Bill Gardner; 21. Rick Little; 22. Tony Carper; 23. Brent Fields; 24. Bobby Pence; 25. Terry Cochran; 26. Carlos Moore; 27. George "Cotton" Spry; 28. John Barilka
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr., 2. Jordan Phillips, 3. Max Gresham; 4. Gerald White Jr.; 5. Clint King; 6. Blake Eden; 7. Justin Swilling; 8. Derrick Ramey; 9. Corey Gordon; 10. Tommy Hill; 11. William Nelson; 12. Peyton Durflinger; 13. Landon Bullock; 14. Noah Clark; 15. Josh Williams; 16. Evan Swilling; 17. Nicholas Stroupe; 18. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 19. Corey Morrison; 20. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 21. Austin Hill; 22. Tyler Hill; 23. Casey LaJoie; 24. Matthew Linker; 25. Trey Ridley; 26. Ryan Blaney; 27. Bodie Bellinger; 28. Jacob Harrell.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (19 laps): 1. Tyler Green; 2. Mitchell Coble; 3. Cole Miktuk; 4. Brandon McReynolds; 5. J.R. Allen; 6. Nick Hoffman; 7. Matthew Stover 8. Ryan Gandee; 9. Kyle Lowery; 10. John Ellenburg; 11. John Stancill; 12. Bailey Freeman; 13. Rob Beasley; 14. Austin Dillon; 15. Robby Innella; 16. Sloan Henderson; 17. Kendall Sellers; 18. Amanda Harrell; 19. Trevor Farbo; 20. Josh Butler; 21. Ty Dillon; 22. Sam McAulay; 23. Tyler Ridley; 24. Clay Winters; 25. Daniel Goins; 26. Scott Menlen; 27. Christopher Moore; 28. Daniel Hemric.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Salomon; 2. Dawn Eagens; 3. Eric Redmond; 4. Benny Mingo; 5. Derrick Long; 6. Jason Haynes; 7. Jennifer Spain; 8. Chris Morgan; 9. Ashleigh Wilkins; 10. Duke Furr; 11. Tim Keener; 12. Charles Long Jr.; 13. Tyler Winters; 14. Marcus Limehouse; 15. Kara Clarke; 16. Robin Metdepenningen; 17. Bruce Benson II; 18. Randy Spencer; 19. Artie Clever.