Five First-Time Winners During Shootout Series
In a main event marred by numerous incidents, Chris Buescher lived up to the namesake of his hometown in the Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro division. The 13-year-old driver from Prosper, Texas, parlayed a front-row start into his first victory despite five caution flags, two red flags and a paint-trading fight that ended in a photo-finish.
In a one-lap sprint to the checkered flag following a restart, fellow Texan Brennan Poole nudged Buescher just enough in Turn 4 to slip inside and they raced side-by-side to the checkered flag. In the closest finish of the summer, track officials used video replays to confirm Buescher's victory. Duncan Molesworth had the best view of the finish as he ended up third in the race that was shortened to just 16 laps due to time constraints.
With double points on the line, Pro division championship leader Casey Roderick avoided the carnage to finish sixth, padding his advantage as mechanical problems forced second-place Tyler Green to miss the main event.
The 20-lap feature for the Thunder Roadsters resembled a Van Wingerden family reunion. However, this time, there was a different family member in victory lane as Michael Van Wingerden, of Davidson, N.C., out battled his brother, Thomas, to record his first victory of the season. Thomas, whose consecutive victory streak jumped to eight straight last week when apparent round-eight winner Kyle Beattie was disqualified for a technical violation, pushed his brother out of the way and took command on lap 14. But just three laps later, Michael returned the favor and relegated Thomas to a runner-up finish. The duo's father, Tom, completed the family affair by recording his best finish of the season in third.
Championship leader Matt Bowers picked the perfect evening to record his first victory of the season in the 20-lap battle for the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division. The Mt. Dora, Fla., resident took the lead on lap five and held off numerous challenges from Jake Crum to extend his point lead over fellow Floridian Paddy Rodenbeck, who ended up sixth. Crum spun across the finish line to take second with Andrew Carlsen claiming the show money.
Clay Hair was a man on a mission in the 20-lap finale for the Legends Car Masters division. The Mt. Pleasant, N.C., veteran started ninth, emerged from a terrific battle for the lead with George "Cotton" Spry on lap 13 and went on to record his fourth victory of the season. Spry settled for second but closed the point gap on defending Masters division champion Brian Weimer, who ended up sixth. Todd Johnson rounded out the top three.
Kendall Sellers, one of the Methodist Motorsports Evangelism drivers, scored his first victory of the season in convincing fashion, leading the final 12 laps of the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns feature. The Kannapolis, N.C., racer started sixth, methodically worked his way to the front and was never seriously challenged during the last half of the 20-lap event. Daniel Hemric finished second while championship leader Ryan Glenski extended his advantage with a third-place finish.
After a season of strong finishes but no checkered flags, Amanda Harrell appeared en route to her first feature victory in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws division. Harrell took the lead on lap five and was running in clean air when she lost control in Turn 2 on the 20th and final lap. Championship contender Bruce Benson II was running second when he lost control as well, opening the door for Trevor Cauble, of Rockwell, N.C., to claim his first victory of the season. Benny Mingo was next across the stripe followed by point leader Josh Turner in the division for drivers ages 17 and over.
As the main event began for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits, Cody Blackburn led the championship chase by a nail-biting three points. That changed, however, as the youngster from Stanley, N.C., romped to his second victory of the season while his closest challenger, Ronnie Bassett Jr., ended up last in the 24-car field. Kyle Stroupe chased Blackburn under the checkered flag in the 20-lap event while Maxx Bennett was third in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
In the final crowd-pleasing show of the season for the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars, officials surprised fans and competitors by literally changing directions prior to the green flag. The 15-lap race was run clockwise on the quarter-mile frontstretch oval. When the smoke cleared, Paul Sparrow proved best at racing in the opposite direction as the Gastonia, N.C., resident drove Invader to victory lane for the fourth time this season. Shawn Mangum, aboard the Big Show entry, finished second.
Championships in each of the seven divisions will be decided Tuesday night, Aug. 8, when the curtain falls on the 13th edition of the Summer Shootout Series. In addition to the Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster action, SPEED Channel's "NASCAR RaceDay" crew, including Jimmy Spencer, John Roberts, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood, will sign autographs and trade paint in a School Bus slobberknocker.
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 (16 laps): 1. Chris Buescher; 2. Brennan Poole; 3. Duncan Molesworth; 4. Chrissy Wallace; 5. Jason Reisman; 6. Casey Roderick; 7. Jordan Richardson; 8. Michael Dabney Jr.; 9. Dean Abbey; 10. Daniel Moskowitz; 11. Steven Abbey; 12. Jeremy Kalina; 13. John Gottsacker; 14. Jordan Anderson; 15. Brandon Weber; 16. Chris Eggleston; 17. Kyle Fowler; 18. Thomas Van Wingerden; 19. Brandon Thomson; 20. Patrick Molesworth; 21. Scott Knox; 22. Michael Van Wingerden; 23. David Ragan; 24. Josh Gross.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Thomas Van Wingerden; 3. Tom Van Wingerden; 4. Roger Simons; 5. David Ragan; 6. Ryan Zeck; 7. Todd Adams; 8. Dana White; 9. Ed Evans; 10. Jim Gresham.
National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Matt Bowers; 2. Jake Crum; 3. Andrew Carlsen; 4. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 5. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 6. Paddy Rodenbeck; 7. Josh Williams; 8. Drew Denham; 9. Austin Dillon; 10. Mitchell Coble; 11. J.R. Allen; 12. Steve Daniels; 13. Daniel Hemric; 14. Justin Lloyd; 15. Trey Edison; 16. Michael Brown; 17. Kory Blevins; 18. Robby Innella; 19. Matt Walraven; 20. Brett Butler; 21. Ryan Jernigan; 22. Tony Whittier; 23. Tim Varnadoe; 24. Tyler Chrisinger.
Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. George "Cotton" Spry; 3. Todd Johnson; 4. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Brian Weimer; 7. Eddie Harwell; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Dennis White; 10. Chuck Dohm; 11. Jason Sossoman; 12. Phil Sharpe; 13. W. Gary Shannon; 14. Jeff Turner; 15. John Barilka; 16. Dave Winston; 17. Keith Breasbois; 18. Bill Gardner; 19. Jimmy Gurley; 20. Bruce Sawicki; 21. Ronnie Laney; 22. James Stanton; 23. Bruce Little; 24. Tony Carper; 25. Terry Cochran; 26. Tim Lightfoot; 27. Todd Laney; 28. Bobby Pence; 29. Danny Williams; 30. Carlos Moore.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers; 2. Daniel Hemric; 3. Ryan Glenski; 4. Matthew Stover; 5. Cameron Collins; 6. Austin Hill; 7. Ryan Blaney; 8. Ty Dillon; 9. Jordan Coker; 10. Kyle Pierce; 11. John Stancill; 12. Timmy Hill; 13. William Cunningham; 14. Sloan Henderson; 15. Ryan Rust; 16. Jimmy Heavlow; 17. Enrique Rubio; 18. Luke Marr; 19. Zac Kittle; 20. Kenny Brown; 21. Brett Pepicelli; 22. Dylan Pack;.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Cody Blackburn; 2. Nicholas Stroupe; 3. Clint King; 4. Maxx Bennett; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 6. Kyle Benjamin; 7. Dillon Bassett; 8. Evan Bell; 9. Bodie Bellinger; 10. Landon Bullock; 11. Noah Clark; 12. Benji Hicks; 13. Matt Wallace; 14. Brock Newsom; 15. Andrew Lloyd; 16. Tyler Hill; 17. Matt Dooley; 18. Blake Jones; 19. Grayson York; 20. Charlie Gresham; 21. Mason Massey; 22. Justin Crider; 23. Layne Clifton; 24. Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Trevor Cauble; 2. Benny Mingo; 3. Josh Turner; 4. Dawn Eagens; 5. Chris Morgan; 6. Bruce Benson II; 7. Jake Morris; 8. Duke Furr; 9. Bailey Freeman; 10. T.J. Hicks; 11. Marcus Limehouse; 12. Kara Clarke; 13. Tim Keener; 14. Amanda Harrell; 15. Charles Long Jr.; 16. Ellen Pratt; 17. Nathan Rodgers.