Big Shootout Night For Van Wingerdens
Thomas Van Wingerden, a 24-year-old resident of Huntersville, N.C., continued to dominate the Thunder Roadster division, winning his fifth consecutive main event for the sleek machines that resemble the legendary Watson roadsters that once ruled the Indianapolis 500. Van Wingerden started seventh, took the lead from Kyle Beattie at the half-way point and never looked back. Michael Van Wingerden chased his brother under the checkered flag for the third straight race while Beattie settled for the show money.
Tired of watching his sons climb the victory podium, Tom Van Wingerden, the ageless patriarch of the racing family, climbed the fence after recording his inaugural victory in the 20-lap finale for the Legends Cars Masters division. Van Wingerden, also of Huntersville, N.C., passed Danny Williams for the lead on lap 15 and held off Brian Weimer at the stripe in the division for drivers ages 40 and over. Three-time feature winner Clay Hair took out three barrels that line the turns on the opening lap, but brushed aside his troubles to claim a third-place finish.
Brandon Thomson of St. Cloud, Fla., romped to his second consecutive triumph in the Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro division feature that was shortened to 15 laps due do a massive nine-car wreck that brought out the red flag on lap one.
Thomson restarted on the outside of the front row, took the lead from polesitter Nick DeBruijn on lap three and was never challenged during the remaining laps. Casey Roderick finished second with Jordan Anderson home third. Point leader Tyler Green struggled en route to his worst finish of the season, a ninth-place effort.
Jake "The Snake" Crum of Statesville, N.C., inherited the triumph in the 20-lap feature for the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division. The winner's trophy changed hands when apparent victor Darrell Wallace Jr's car was disqualified during post-race inspection for what officials described as a height issue. Crum slithered forward from the seventh starting spot and was on Wallace Jr.'s rear bumper at the checkered flag. The disqualification moved early leader J.R. Allen up to second with Matt Bowers claiming third-place money.
Ronnie Bassett Jr. used a gutsy last-lap move around Kyle Benjamin and Cody Blackburn to win the caution-filled Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits feature that was shortened to 12 laps due to time constraints. The victory was the second of the season for the Winston-Salem, N.C., racer who entered the night ranked fourth in the championship standings. Point leader Blackburn and Landon Bullock survived contact in the final turn to finish second and third respectively.
Ryan Glenski led only one lap in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns division, but he made sure it was the most important. The Mooresville, N.C., racer battled Daniel Hemric side-by-side from Turn 4 to the finish line and claimed his second checkered flag in the evening's closest finish. A disappointed Hemric led 16 laps on his way to second place with Kendall Sellers finishing third among the drivers ages 12 to 16.
The Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws feature was an old-fashioned shootout with Benny Mingo of Kannapolis, N.C., holding off championship contenders Bruce Benson II and Josh Turner. Mingo took the lead on lap two, but Benson sliced through the field and grabbed the point with just two laps remaining in the 20-lap event.
His advantage was short-lived, however, as Mingo slipped back in front a half lap later and celebrated his victory by climbing the fence at the start-finish line. The battle between Turner and Benson ended in a side-by-side dash to the checkered flag with Benson's No. 2 machine nosing ahead at the stripe.
Shawn Mangum, a former late model champion at Concord Motorsports Park, earned his inaugural CRASHCar triumph as the Monroe, N.C., resident drove defending champion Kenneth Deese's Big Show entry to the checkered flag. Daryl Delapp, driving Nitemare, set the early pace, but lost the lead on lap 13 and could only watch as Mangum drove away in the 15-lap event. Mr. Big Shot, with Jim Cook behind the wheel, finished third.
Summer Shootout continues Tuesday night, July 18, when I.H. Caffey Distributing Co. presents round seven of the 10-race series. In addition to the seven divisions of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing, the CRASHCars will be back for another night of fender-banging excitement.
Admission is just $5 for adults with children 6-12 admitted for $3 and kids under 6 free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30.
Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Brandon Thomson; 2. Casey Roderick; 3. Jordan Anderson; 4. Thomas Van Wingerden; 5. Scott Knox; 6. Brennan Poole; 7. Jason Reisman; 8. Nick DeBruijn; 9. Tyler Green; 10. Chris Eggleston; 11. Duncan Molesworth; 12. Chrissy Wallace; 13. Jeremy Kalina; 14. Rob Hall; 15. Steven Abbey; 16. Kyle Fowler; 17. Michael Van Wingerden; 18. Ben Stancill; 19. John Gottsacker; 20. Ryan Lawler; 21. Patrick Molesworth; 22. Daniel Moskowitz; 23. Chris Buescher; 24. Jordan Richardson.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Kyle Beattie; 4. Ryan Zeck; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Roger Simons; 7. Dana White; 8. Ed Evans; 9. Jim Gresham; 10. Eric Harrington.
National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Jake Crum; 2. J.R. Allen; 3. Matt Bowers; 4. Paddy Rodenbeck; 5. Drew Denham; 6. Max Gresham; 7. Daniel Hemric; 8. Jake Dallenbach; 9. Josh Williams; 10. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 11. Garrett Lancaster; 12. Kara Clarke; 13. Tyler Chrisinger; 14. Michael Brown; 15. Ross Kenseth; 16. Luke Fleming; 17. John Ellenburg; 18. Matt Walraven; 19. Trey Edison; 20. Justin Lloyd; 21. James Hansen; 22. Kory Blevins; 23. Austin Dillon; 24. Darrell Wallace Jr.
Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Tom Van Wingerden; 2. Brian Weimer; 3. Clay Hair; 4. John Barilka; 5. Danny Williams; 6. Phil Sharpe; 7. Chuck Dohm; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 10. John Sossoman; 11. Jeff Turner; 12. Bobby Pence; 13. Bruce Sawicki; 14. Ronnie Laney; 15. James Stanton; 16. Jimmy Hillard; 17. Carlos Moore; 18. Jimmy Gurley; 19. Bruce Little; 20. Todd Johnson; 21. Gary Shannon; 22. Keith Breasbois; 23. George "Cotton" Spry; 24. David Denham.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Benny Mingo; 2. Bruce Benson II; 3. Josh Turner; 4. Duke Furr; 5. Tim Keener; 6. Bailey Freeman; 7. Kara Clarke; 8. Marcus Limehouse; 9. Dawn Eagens; 10. Chris Honeycutt; 11. Jake Morris; 12. Amanda Harrell; 13. Nathan Rogers; 14. Trevor Cauble; 15. Charles Long Jr. 16. Chris Morgan; 17. Ashleigh Wilkins; 18. T.J. Hicks.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (12 laps): 1. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 2. Cody Blackburn; 3. Landon Bullock; 4. Clint King; 5. Corey Gordon; 6. Dylan Presnell; 7. Kyle Benjamin; 8. Joshua Langley; 9. Tyler Hill; 10. Andrew Lloyd; 11. Bodie Bellinger; 12. Noah Clark; 13. Charlie Gresham; 14. Joshua Lambert; 15. Matt Wallace; 16. Grayson York; 17. Evan Bell; 18. Mason Massey; 19. Corey LaJoie; 20. Jordan Stillwell; 21. Jacob Harrell; 22. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 23. Justin Crider; 24. Judson Kittle.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Daniel Hemric; 3. Kendall Sellers; 4. Matthew Stover; 5. Christopher Moore; 6. Sloan Henderson; 7. John Stancill; 8. Ty Dillon; 9. Ryan Rust; 10. Jordan Coker; 11. Timmy Hill; 12. Zac Kittle; 13. Austin Hill; 14. Sam McAulay; 15. Ryan Blaney; 16. Kyle Pierce; 17. Robert Poole; 18. Dylan Pack; 19. Cameron Collins; 20. Kenny Brown; 21. Tyler Fedrizzi; 22. Brett Pepicelli; 23. William Cunningham; 24. Trevor Farbo.