Rufus Scores a Slam Dunk at Shootout
Instead of hitting a long drive, golf course manager Scott Knox needed only to sink a short putt in order to win the main event for the Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club Legends Car Pro division during round six of the 10-race Summer Shootout Series Tuesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
When the third yellow flag was waved after only five laps of the Legends Car Pro division feature, the 15-minute time limit forced officials to call for a one-lap dash for cash. Knox, of Cornelius, N.C., was at the point with Michael Van Wingerden on his bumper for the restart. Van Wingerden nosed underneath Knox in Turn 4, but came up just inches short at the line and had to settle for second. Points leader Tyler Green continued his string of top-five performances with a third-place finish in the top Legends Car division.
Racing's version of The Fast and The Furriest saw Rufus the Bobcat slam dunk the competition as eight area mascots battled in the annual Mascot Mania Night go-kart race. Representing the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team, Rufus lapped the field as the costumed characters traded paint in identically prepared go-karts provided by the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Homer the Dragon from the Charlotte Knights was second under the checkered flag followed by the Fractured Prune from the Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe. Lug Nut, Chubby, Sir Purr, Norm the Niner and Lug Nut's girlfriend, Lugette, rounded out the furry field.
Changing the race track wasn't even enough to stop Thomas Van Wingerden's domination of the Thunder Roadster division. With the sleek open-wheel machines running on the 1.5-mile superspeedway for the first time, the Huntersville, N.C., veteran led all but one lap en route to his fourth consecutive feature victory. Michael Van Wingerden, the winner's brother, recovered from a spin in the frontstretch chicane on lap two to claim second-place money while Rob Hall charged forward from the last starting spot to take third. The 13-lap race was slowed by only one caution flag when Thomas Clarke hit the wall in the chicane.
Kyle Plott charged to victory for the third consecutive week in the Bandolero Bandits division. The 11-year-old racer from Marietta, Ga., started fifth and quickly moved to the front, taking the lead on lap four. Matthew Linker was on Plott's rear bumper, but had to settle for second in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11. Points leader Dillon Bassett started 13th in the 28-car field and came home third in the crash-filled race that was shortened to just 15 laps due to time constraints.
Dennis White, of Pineville, N.C., moved modified racing legend Will Cagle out of the lead on lap 13 and went on to claim his second victory of the season in the main event for the Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters division. Like a majority of the events, the race for drivers ages 40 and over was filled with numerous crashes and spins, resulting in only 14 laps being completed within the 15-minute time limit. Two-time winner Brian Weimer ended up second with Cagle third after Clay Hair was penalized for bumping and moved to fourth in the final rundown.
In the only caution-free feature of the night, Kendall Sellers, of Kannapolis, N.C., claimed his third victory of the season in the 20-lap finale for the Bandolero Outlaws division. The 15-year-old Sellers took the lead at the half-way point and battled bumper to bumper with his Methodist Motorsports Evangelism teammate Chris Morgan during the closing laps. With Sellers on the point, Morgan had to settle for second for the fifth time this season. Christopher McKinney, the winner during round five, ended up third.
Steven Ross became the sixth different winner in six Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro division races as the Stanfield, N.C., resident earned his first victory of the season. The 16-year-old racer started 12th in the 28-car field, pulled ahead after a caution flag on the ninth lap and held off John Stancill. Kyle Hall claimed third for the second consecutive race and assumed command in the championship chase as previous points leader Daniel Hemric finished 18th. The caution-filled race was shortened to 19 laps due to the time limit.
The Bandolero Young Guns division featured another new winner for the sixth time this season. Dylan Pack, also of Stanfield, won the race in which most of the action took place in his rearview mirror. Pack's previous best finish was only 16th, but tonight the 15-year-old driver led the entire way as the race was shortened to just 15 laps due to time constraints. Blake Eden slipped past Bryce Walker with two laps to go to take second, forcing Walker to settle for the show money.
After a crash-filled Legends Car Young Lions feature that was shortened to just nine laps, Concord, N.C., resident Trevor Farbo celebrated his first victory of the season. The 14-year-old driver started from the pole and led every lap as five wrecks slowed the action and kept the field under yellow for most of the 15 minutes. Devin Layser avoided the carnage to record his best finish of the season in second while points leader Jordan Penninger posted his sixth consecutive top-five finish in third.
The 14th annual Summer Shootout continues Tuesday night, June 26. In addition to the eight regular racing divisions, the CRASHCars will be back in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. For information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Legends Car Pro Feature (6 laps): 1. Scott Knox; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Tyler Green; 4. Chrissy Wallace; 5. Chris Buescher; 6. Casey Roderick; 7. Thomas Van Wingerden; 8. Tyler Chrisinger; 9. Patty Rodenbeck; 10. Steven Abbey; 11. Duncan Molesworth; 12. Jordan Anderson; 13. G.E. Chapman; 14. Rowan Carey; 15. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 16. Ross Kenseth; 17. Dean Abbey; 18. Max Gresham; 19. Rich Petrucco; 20. Patrick Molesworth; 21. Kyle Beattie; 22. Garrett Lancaster; 23. John Gottsacker; 24. Steven Daniels; 25. David Ragan; 26. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 27. Mitchell Coble; 28. Brandon Thomson.
Thunder Roadster Feature (13 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Rob Hall; 4. Brian Weimer; 5. Matt Lassiter; 6. Ed Evans; 7. Tom Van Wingerden; 8. Thomas Clarke; 9. Jordan Sims; 10. Jim Gresham.
Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters Feature (14 laps): 1. Dennis White; 2. Brian Weimer; 3. Will Cagle; 4. Clay Hair; 5. Charles Kiser; 6. George "Cotton" Spry; 7. Bobby Pence; 8. Tony Carper; 9. Jeff Turner; 10. Todd Johnson; 11. Dave Winston; 12. Bill Gardner; 13. Ronnie Laney; 14. Jimmy Gurley; 15. Mark Moskowitz; 16. Scott Anderson; 17. Glenn Aikenhead; 18. Gary Shannon; 19. Tom Van Wingerden; 20. Jan Ingram; 21. Dean Lyons; 22. Eddie Harwell; 23. Brad Taylor; 24. Bruce Silver; 25. Chip Ferguson; 26. Phil Sharpe; 27. Danny Williams; 28. Carlos Moore; 29. John Barilka.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (19 laps): 1. Steven Ross; 2. John Stancill; 3. Kyle Hall; 4. Josh Williams; 5. Ryan Blaney; 6. Chad Hackenbracht; 7. Jake Dallenbach; 8. Matthew Stover; 9. Christian Pahud; 10. Zach Zimmerly; 11. Luke Fleming; 12. Michael Brown; 13. Trey Poole; 14. Jordan Webb; 15. Trey Eidson; 16. Kara Clarke; 17. Mike Alcaro; 18. Daniel Hemric; 19. Kevan Combs; 20. Justin Swilling; 21. Sam McAulay; 22. Austin Hill; 23. J.R. Allen; 24. Charles Evans Jr.; 25. Dennis Kiser; 26. Ty Dillon; 27. Jonathan Ross; 28. Parker Hammons.
Legends Car Young Lions Feature (9 laps): 1. Trevor Farbo; 2. Devin Layser; 3. Jordan Penninger; 4. Tyler Kivett; 5. Bailey Freeman; 6. Kyle Pierce; 7. Nick Hoffman; 8. Wyatt Dallenbach; 9. Jimmy Heavlow; 10. Andrew Lloyd; 11. Justin Ashley; 12. Gene Kirila III; 13. Chris Moore; 14. Chase Fleming; 15. C.J. Faison; 16. Landon Bullock; 17. Tyler Millwood; 18. Dylan Presnell; 19. Scott Hubler.
Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Kyle Plott; 2. Matthew Linker; 3. Dillon Bassett; 4. Matt Wallace; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr. 6. Chase Elliott; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Blake Jones; 9. Chandler Levan; 10. Sean Shalvoy; 11. Jeffrey Abbey; 12. Trevor Collins; 13. Evan Brown; 14. Tyler Lester; 15. T.J. Michael; 16. Justin Crider; 17. John Holleman; 18. Charlie Gresham; 19. Nicholas Drake; 20. Bayley Currey; 21. Jesse Kirila; 22. Kayla Marshall; 23. Reid Wilson; 24. Brock Newsom; 25. Jordan Stillwell; 26. Nicholas Drake; 27. Corey Gordon; 28. Myatt Snider.
Bandolero Young Guns Feature (15 laps): 1. Dylan Pack; 2. Blake Eden; 3. Bryce Walker; 4. Tyler Hill; 5. Ryan Glenski; 6. Nicholas Stroupe; 7. Benji Hicks; 8. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 9. Cameron Collins; 10. Brett Pepicelli; 11. Clint King; 12. Devin Jones; 13. Brandon Lynn; 14. Kenzie Ruston; 15. Meghan Dillner; 16. Chad Finchum; 17. Justin Grimes; 18. William Cunningham; 19. Kyle Nelson; 20. Joshua Langley; 21. Chase Ferguson; 22. Dylan Barbrian; 23. Daniel Gobeille; 24. Jordan Coker; 25. Timmy Hill; 26. Jeremy Birch; 27. Hayden Reeves; 28. Tripp Ellis.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers; 2. Chris Morgan; 3. Christopher McKinney; 4. Josh Turner; 5. Chris Honeycutt; 6. Dawn Eagens; 7. Marcus Limehouse; 8. Jeremy Troiano; 9. Dave Furr; 10. Charles Long Jr.; 11. Nathan Rodgers; 12. Kayla Turner; 13. Tim Keener; 14. Jake Morris; 15. T.J. Hicks.