Fireworks On and Off The Track at Shootout
Five drivers visited the winner's circle for the first time while three more earned repeat victories Wednesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway as there were fireworks on and off the track during a special Independence Day edition of the Summer Shootout Series.
The pit area was filled with 227 race cars and a large crowd enjoyed the giant fireworks extravaganza that followed the racing program on Hanes ComfortZone Night.
Darrell Wallace Jr., of Concord, N.C., capped his Independence Day celebration with a wire-to-wire victory in the main event for the Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Legends Car Pro division. Wallace spent nearly the entire race driving with his rearview mirror as Thomas Hartensveld Jr. camped on his rear bumper for the first 18 laps and Paddy Rodenbeck held down third-place. Hartensveld appeared to be ready to make his move, but fell off the pace after the caution flag was waved with two laps to go. Wallace then cruised to his first victory of the season with Rodenbeck and Jordan Anderson next across the stripe. After such a strong run, Hartensveld Jr. finished a disappointing 21st.
The Thunder Roadster feature resembled an episode of "Survivor" with Thomas Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., emerging with his third consecutive victory. The race was a slam-bang affair that saw the eventual winner survive a three-car tangle on the opening lap and then work his way back to the front, taking the lead on the final lap when Brian Weimer slid high in Turn 2. Justin Long finished second and Tom Van Wingerden, the patriarch of the racing Van Wingerden family, finished third. Ryan Zeck led 12 laps, but was eliminated in an accident and two-time feature winner Michael Van Wingerden's evening was finished following the opening lap skirmish.
The main event for the Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters division turned into a demolition derby that resulted in a pile of damaged race cars. When the smoke finally cleared on the numerous incidents, veteran Eddie Harwell, of Terrell, N.C., had claimed his first victory of the season in a race that went only five of the scheduled 20 laps before the 15-minute time limit expired. Harwell started from the pole and led every lap while George "Cotton" Spry finished second and two-time feature winner Brian Weimer was third.
Daniel Hemric, of Concord, N.C., started fifth in the 20-lap finale for the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro division and drove to victory after taking the lead on lap six. The triumph was the first of the season for the 16-year-old racer, making him the fifth different winner in five races in the division that features drivers new to Legends Car racing. Christian Pahud recorded his best finish in second and Kyle Hall was third under the checkered flag.
Tyler Millwood, of Kingston, Ga., claimed his first victory of the year in the 20-lap main event for the Legends Car Young Lions division. Millwood took command on the restart after a wreck eliminated the top three cars on lap four. Once in front, the 16-year-old racer led the rest of the distance in the 20-lap race. Wyatt Dallenbach, the 15-year-old son of former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Wally Dallenbach, moved around Dylan Presnell on the final lap to record his best finish of the season in second. Presnell settled for the third in the division for racers ages 12 to 16.
Ryan Glenski, of Mooresville, N.C., continued to dominate the Bandolero Young Guns division, romping to his second consecutive victory and third of the season in the division for drivers ages 12 to 16. The 14-year-old, second-generation racer took the lead on lap four and pulled away following each of the four caution periods. Clint King finished second for the fourth time in a row while Bryce Walker, of Weatherford, Texas, equaled his best finish in third.
Despite several incidents that resulted in caution flags, Kyle Plott, of Marietta, Ga., made it look like child's play in the main event for the Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits, capturing his second victory in two nights. The 11-year-old driver moved to the point on lap seven of the 20-lap race and never relinquished command despite a spirited charge during the final two laps by second-place finisher Matthew Linker. Matt Wallace moved around Dillon Bassett on the final lap to finish third in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Christopher McKinney, of Maynardville, Tenn., topped the 20-lap feature for the Bandolero Outlaws division, claiming his first victory. McKinney, 17, started from the pole and led every lap of the caution-free race despite a serious challenge from Kendall Sellers in Turn 4 of the last lap. Sellers settled for second while his Methodist Motorsports teammate, Chris Morgan, took the show position in the division for racers ages 16 or older.
Legends Car and Bandolero racing continues during round six of the Summer Shootout Series on Tuesday night, July 10, while the Thunder Roadsters battle for the first time on the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. Mascot Mania also returns with Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot, hosting a unique cast of furry characters including Rufus, Homer, Chubby, Sir Purr and Norm the Niner.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. For information, call the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Paddy Rodenbeck; 3. Jordan Anderson; 4. Tyler Green; 5. John Gottsacker; 6. Mitchell Coble; 7. Steven Daniels; 8. Thomas Van Wingerden; 9. Brandon Thomson; 10. Duncan Molesworth; 11. Chris Buescher; 12. Dean Abbey; 13. Casey Roderick; 14. Patrick Molesworth; 15. Steven Abbey; 16. Michael Van Wingerden; 17. Tyler Chrisinger; 18. Chrissy Wallace; 19. Kyle Beattie; 20. Garrett Lancaster; 21. Thomas Hartensveld Jr. 22. Nick Carey; 23. Wesley Thompson; 24. Ryan Bird; 25. Jake Crum; 26. Max Gresham; 27. Rich Petrucco; 28. Chelsea Schilling.
Thunder Roadster Feature (18 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Justin Long; 3. Tom Van Wingerden; 4. Nick Turner; 5. Todd Burlingame; 6. Roger Simons; 7. Thomas Clarke; 8. Jordan Sims; 9. Jerry Lambert; 10. Brian Weimer; 11. Ryan Zeck; 12. Drew Calhoun; 13. Ed Evans; 14. Matt Lassiter; 15. Michael Van Wingerden.
Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters Feature (5 laps): 1. Eddie Harwell; 2. George "Cotton" Spry; 3. Brian Weimer; 4. Dennis White; 5. Phil Sharpe; 6. Gary Shannon; 7. Jeff Turner; 8. Bruce Little; 9. Randy Gallagher; 10. Tony Carper; 11. Bill Gardner; 12. Dean Lyons; 13. Carlos Moore; 14. Ronnie Laney; 15. Chip Ferguson; 16. Donnie Tilley; 17. Jimmy Gurley; 18. Jan Ingram; 19. Will Cagle; 20. Mark Moskowitz; 21. Brad Taylor; 22. Stephen Mitcham; 23. Kevin Yates; 24. Todd Johnson; 25. David Denham; 26. Bobby Pence; 27. Charles Kiser; 28. Tom Van Wingerden.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Christian Pahud; 3. Kyle Hall; 4. Steven Ross; 5. John Ellenburg; 6. Rob Sanders; 7. Justin Lloyd; 8. Parker Hammons; 9. Jake Dallenbach; 10. Ryan Blaney; 11. Matthews Stover; 12. Brandon McKenzie; 13. Josh Williams; 14. Sam McAulay; 15. Ryan Flores; 16. Kara Clark; 17. Zach Zimmerly; 18. Zach Stroupe; 19. Jeff Bolen; 20. Kory Blevins; 21. Justin Morton; 22. John Stancil; 23. Scott Ward; 24. Tyler Kivette; 25. Ty Dillon; 26. Jonathan Ross; 27. Chad Hackenbracht; 28. Luke Fleming.
Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Millwood; 2. Wyatt Dallenbach; 3. Dylan Presnell; 4. Jordan Penninger; 5. Chris Moore; 6. Tyler Kivett; 9. Jimmy Heavlow; 10. Gene Kirila III; 11. Andrew Lloyd; 12. Justin Ashley; 13. Kyle Mitchell; 14. Bailey Freeman; 15. Saughn McCormick; 16. Scott Hubler; 17. Kyle Pierce; 18. Trevor Farbo; 19. Joey Matlis; 20. Landon Bullock.
Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits Feature (19 laps): 1. Kyle Plott; 2. Matthew Linker; 3. Matt Wallace; 4. Dillon Bassett; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 6. Corey Gordon; 7. Blake Jones; 8. Nicholas Drake; 9. Justin Crider; 10. Zoey Guignardi; 11. Caleb Calvaresi; 12. Chandler Levan; 13. Bayley Currey; 14. Layne Clifton; 15. Sean Shalvoy; 16. Brock Morris; 17. Jeffrey Abbey; 18. Riley Halverson; 19. Reid Wilson; 20. Jesse Kirila; 21. Sammy Jasper; 22. Brock Newsom; 23. Jordan Stillwell; 24. John Holleman; 25. Jesse Little; 26. Trevor Collins; 27. Ryan Luza; 28. Tyler Lester.
Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Clink King; 3. Bryce Walker; 4. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 5. Nicholas Stroupe; 6. Benji Hicks; 7. Tyler Hill; 8. Chad Finchum; 9. Brandon Lynn; 10. Brett Pepicelli; 11. Justin Grimes; 12. Hayden Reeves; 13. Brandon Nelson; 14. Derrick Ramey; 15. Kenzie Ruston; 16. Timmy Hill; 17. Eric Sloan; 18. Gerald Campbell; 19. Jeremy Birch; 20. Daniel Gobeille; 21. Donovan Ponder; 22. Ken Van Wickle; 23. Dylan Pack; 24. Robert Poole; 25. Cameron Collins; 26. Casey LaJoie; 27. Meghan Dillner; 28. Devin Jones.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Christopher McKinney; 2. Kendall Sellers; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Josh Turner; 5. Chris Honeycutt; 6. T.J. Hicks; 7. Marcus Limehouse; 8. Nathan Rodgers; 9. Charles Long Jr.; 10. Kayla Turner; 11. Dave Furr; 12. Gregory Ostander; 13. Dawn Eagens; 14. Tim Keener.