"Cotton" Spry Survives As "Yellow Fever" Hits
Whitley started second in the Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro division and chased early leader John Gottsacker for eight laps before taking command. Once in front, the Charlotte, N.C., driver never looked back en route to his second victory of the season in the 20-lap event. Kyle Fowler made a late charge to take second while point leader Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR driver Mark Green, extended his advantage with a third-place effort.
The Pro division main event was one of only four on the night that went the scheduled distance due to numerous spins and accidents.
Spry rebounded from a 23rd-place finish the previous week to claim his second triumph of the season in a hard-fought Legends Car Masters division feature. The Salisbury, N.C., veteran emerged unscathed from a multi-car tangle on lap three that brought out the red flag and then made a daring move by selecting the outside groove on a lap-five restart.
Back under the green flag, Spry battled wheel-to-wheel with Jan Ingram before taking command on lap seven. Spry led veteran Johnny Sossoman and point leader Brian Weimer under the checkered flag as the race was shortened to just 12 laps due to time constraints. Perennial contender Clay Hair's championship hopes may have been scalped after a tangle with Eddie Harwell on the frontstretch. In a wreck that sent sparks flying, Hair lost a wheel on his way to a disappointing 20th place finish.
Despite starting on the last row, Van Wingerden continued his mastery of the Thunder Roadster division. The Huntersville, N.C., driver claimed his sixth straight feature victory after patiently working through the 10-car field and taking the lead from his father, Tom Van Wingerden, on lap 14. Hard-charging Ryan Zeck finished second with Jim Gresham third in the caution-free 20-lap event. The elder Van Wingerden faded to fourth.
Paddy Rodenbeck became the first repeat winner in the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division. It appeared as if the Odessa, Fla., racer would have to settle for second when Austin Dillon jumped to the lead from the outside of the front row on a green-white-checkered restart. But Rodenbeck skillfully moved Dillon out of the way in Turn 2 on the final lap and went on to victory in the caution-filled race that was the shortened to just six laps. Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, settled for second with Justin Lloyd next under the checkered flag.
The Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns division had been a two-horse race with only Matthew Stover and Ryan Glenski climbing the victory podium. But tonight, two different thoroughbreds galloped to the front. Daniel Hemric of Kannapolis, N.C., used a daring three-wide pass at the start-finish line to take the point on lap 12; then thrilled the crowd with a back-and-forth battle for the lead over the next several laps with Kendall Sellers.
A late-race caution flag bunched the field, but Hemric found the point to his liking on the restart and celebrated his first triumph of the season with a backflip in victory lane. Glenski slipped past Sellers on the last lap for second while championship contender Stover came in fifth.
Josh Turner, a 20-year-old racer from Concord, N.C., was running third when the white flag was unfurled on the 15-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. But when leader Chris Honeycutt and second-place Bruce Benson II tangled on the backstretch, Turner dove to the inside, missed the carnage and claimed his first victory of the season. The accident moved Dawn Eagens up to second with Amanda Harrell third.
Evan Bell survived a caution-filled race to take the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits feature. The 9-year-old racer from Buford, Ga., started on the pole and held off a late charge from second-place finisher Judson Kittle to claim his first victory of the season. Steven Burg took home the third-place trophy in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
The CRASHCar finale was truly a "nightmare" as Daryl Delapp of Mooresville, N.C., driving Nitemare, scored a wire-to-wire victory. Point leader Paul Sparrow's Invader gave chase throughout the 15-lap event, but had to settle for second behind the badly smoking Nitemare. Matt Dillon finished third in the Area 51 machine.
Summer Shootout continues Tuesday night, July 25, when Dollar General presents round eight of the 10-race series. In addition to seven divisions of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing, the wild-and-wacky 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 (20 laps): 1. Mark Whitley; 2. Kyle Fowler; 3. Tyler Green; 4. John Gottsacker; 5. Scott Knox; 6. Josh Gross; 7. Thomas Van Wingerden; 8. Michael Van Wingerden; 9. Duncan Molesworth; 10. Brandon Thomson; 11. Chris Eggleston; 12. Jordan Anderson; 13. Casey Roderick; 14. Ryan Lawler; 15. Cole Miktuk; 16. Chrissy Wallace; 17. Jordan Richardson; 18. Patrick McVay; 19. Brennan Poole; 20. Jeremy Kalina; 21. Jason Reisman; 22. Ben Stancill; 23. Patrick Molesworth; 24. Chris Buescher.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Ryan Zeck; 3. Jim Gresham; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Kyle Beattie; 6. Michael Van Wingerden; 7. Roger Simons; 8. Eric Harrington; 9. Ed Evans; 10. Dana White.
National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (6 laps): 1. Paddy Rodenbeck; 2. Austin Dillon; 3. Justin Lloyd; 4. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 5. Matt Bowers; 6. Parker Hammons; 7. J.R. Allen; 8. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 9. Andrew Carlsen; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Josh Williams; 12. Casey Dohm; 13. Matt Walraven; 14. Garrett Lancaster; 15. Max Gresham; 16. Kara Clarke; 17. Jake Crum; 18. Brett Butler; 19. Dennis Kiser; 20. Casey Callaway; 21. Scott Ward; 22. John Stancill; 23. Mitchell Coble; 24. Jake Dallenbach.
Legends Car Masters Feature (13 laps): 1. George "Cotton" Spry; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Brian Weimer; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Todd Johnson; 7. Dennis White; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Keith Breasbois; 10. Phil Sharpe; 11. Bill Gardner; 12. Danny Williams; 13. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 14. Chuck Dohm; 15. David Denham; 16. Bruce Sawicki; 17. James Stanton; 18. Jimmy Gurley; 19. Tony Carper; 20. Clay Hair; 21. John Barilka; 22. Bobby Pence; 23. Jeff Turner; 24. W. Gary Shannon.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Ryan Glenski; 3. Kendall Sellers; 4. Cameron Collins; 5. Matthew Stover; 6. Zac Kittle; 7. Sam McAulay; 8. Trevor Farbo; 9. Austin Hill; 10. Dylan Pack; 11. Ryan Blaney; 12. Sloan Henderson; 13. Timmy Hill; 14. Ty Dillon; 15. Christopher Moore; 16. Kenny Brown; 17. Ryan Rust; 18. Jordan Coker; 19. Jimmy Heavlow; 20. Tyler Fedrizzi; 21. Brett Pepicelli; 22. John Stancill; 23. William Cunningham; 24. Kyle Pierce.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (15 laps): 1. Josh Turner; 2. Dawn Eagans; 3. Amanda Harrell; 4. Marcus Limehouse; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Chris Morgan; 7. Charles Long Jr.; 8. Bailey Freeman; 9. Benny Mingo; 10. Nathan Rodgers; 11. T.J. Hicks; 12. Bruce Benson II; 13. Ashleigh Wilkins; 14. Chris Honeycutt; 15. Kara Clarke; 16. Duke Furr; 17. Trevor Cauble; 18. Tim Keener.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (8 laps): 1. Evan Bell; 2. Stephanie Beane; 3. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 4. Kyle Benjamin; 5. Corey Gordon; 6. Cody Blackburn; 7. Clint King; 8. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 9. Maxx Bennett; 10. Andrew Lloyd; 11. Mason Massey; 12. Dylan Presnell; 13. Bodie Bellinger; 14. Tyler Hill; 15. Blake Jones; 16. Jacob Harrell; 17. Joshua Langley; 18. Landon Bullock; 19. Grayson York; 20. Brock Newsom; 21. Hayden Reeves; 22. Corey LaJoie; 23. Layne Clifton; 24. Noah Clark.