Fireworks lit up the sky and sparks flew on the race track as Charlotte Motor Speedway's Hardee's Summer Shootout kicked off the Independence Day celebration Tuesday night with a record 236 cars battling during the Amoco Ultimate-sponsored program.

When the fireworks smoke cleared and the final checkered flag waved on round three of the 10-week series, four drivers had secured their first wins and four others were repeat visitors to victory lane.

After failing to crack the top 20 in the first two rounds, Mark Whitley of Charlotte, N.C., posted a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap main event for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division. Whitley started from the pole and cruised to victory after his most serious challenger, Scott Knox, was knocked out of contention early by mechanical woes.

Tiffany Daniels notched the best finish of her Legends Car Pro division career in second while Michael Van Wingerden moved from ninth on the grid to claim third-place money.

Point leader Thomas Van Wingerden padded his advantage as the Huntersville, N.C., veteran notched his first Duragloss Thunder Roadster feature victory of the season. Van Wingerden emerged from a side-by-side battle for the lead with David Sugg on lap eight and never looked back. Van Wingerden's brother, Michael, claimed runner-up honors while Sugg settled for third in the caution-filled race that was shortened to just 12 laps.

Brennan Poole made the long tow from the Lone Star State pay off with a victory in the 18-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division. The Woodlands, Texas, resident captured his first win of the season in a caution-filled event. Casey Dohm started 11th and finished a strong second with Keith Breasbois making an even more impressive run from the 23rd starting spot to third.

John Sossoman extended his point lead in the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division as the New London, N.C., veteran recorded his second consecutive feature victory. Sossoman used the choose rule to his advantage, took command on an early race restart and held off opening week winner Randy Thornton during the closing laps. Defending series champion Clay Hair finished third for the second straight week.

Cole Miktuk stretched his point lead in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns division, posting his second consecutive victory in the 20-lap feature. Miktuk started 12th, steadily sliced through the field and assumed command with just two laps remaining. Eighth-starting Nick Hoffman charged forward to take second with early leader Matthew Stover settling for third.

Eleven-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr. emerged from a tussle with Gerald White Jr. to win the 20-lap finale for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits. It was the second victory of the season for the Concord, N.C., racer who also won on opening night. White Jr. settled for second while Justin Swilling lined up 12th and passed nine cars en route to a third-place finish.

Randy Spencer of Hillsborough, N.C., inherited the victory in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws feature after apparent winner Benny Mingo's car was found to be illegal during post-race inspection. The disqualification moved Ryan Salomon up to second with Bruce Benson II third. Eric Redmond, winner of the first two rounds, was a distant fifth at the flag.

Ken Deese of Monroe, N.C., notched his second consecutive victory in the wild-and-crazy CRASHCar feature. Deese's black No. 3 Big Show machine nipped Jeremy Troyano's Area 51 entry at the stripe. Point leader Gene Loden's title hopes took a hit when a multi-car tangle early in the race put his Salvage machine on its roof. No injuries resulted, but Landis, N.C., driver ended up 20th.

Dollar General will host round four of the 10-week Hardee's Summer Shootout Tuesday night, July 5. The action-packed program will include seven divisions of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing along with the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars.

Spectator gates opens at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. Adult tickets are just $5 with children 6-12 admitted for $3. Kids under 6 are free and there is no charge for parking. Call 1-800-455-FANS for information or visit

The unofficial results:

Centex Homes Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Mark Whitley; 2. Tiffany Daniels; 3. Michael Van Wingerden; 4. Beau Slocumb; 5. Jeremy Colangelo; 6. C.E. Falk III; 7. Derrick Shumaker; 8. Travis Pennington; 9. Thomas Van Wingerden; 10. Tim Andrews; 11. Jason Reisman; 12. Tolliver Smith; 13. Josh Waring; 14. Ben Stancill; 15. Daniel Kraus; 16. Matt Dibenedetto; 17. Louis Hawkins; 18. Jeremy Kalina; 19. John Gottsacker; 20. Derek Frohlich; 21. Chris Rogers; 22. Chris Eggleston; 23. Jesse Bunnell; 24. Brent Seeley; 25. Johnny Sutton; 26. Alex Haase; 27. Scott Knox; 28. Todd Adams.

Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (12 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. David Sugg; 4. Danny Keaton; 5. Andrew Rogers; 6. Kyle Beattie; 7. Scott Whitaker; 8. Adam Welch; 9. Chrissy Wallace; 10. Eric Harrington; 11. Tom Van Wingerden; 12. Jon Michael; 13. Roger Simons; 14. Hunt Dyer; 15. Jim Gresham; 16. Terry Horak; 17. Ryan Zeck; 18. Ashleigh Wilkins; 19. Jim Fluharty; 20. D.J. Krentz.

Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (18 laps): 1. Brennan Poole; 2. Casey Dohm; 3. Keith Breasbois; 4. Trevor Bayne; 5. Brandon Weber; 6. Chrissy Wallace; 7. Trent Newton; 8. Kory Abbot; 9. Travis Beam; 10. James Beuscher; 11. Collier Jones; 12. Ryan Jernigan; 13. Darin Coker; 14. Joshua Wimbish; 15. Bryan Silas; 16. Brandon Thomsom; 17. Jess Mattox; 18. Dennis Williams; 19. Josh Sell; 20. Matt Bowers; 21. Andrew Carlsen; 22. Jordan Anderson; 23. Matt Dillner; 24. Patrick McVay; 25. Jake Crum; 26. Wesley Falk; 27. Alan Hunter.

Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. John Sossoman; 2. Randy Thornton; 3. Clay Hair; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Eddie Harwell; 6. Dennis White; 7. John Wachter; 8. Brian Wimer; 9. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 10. Chuck Dohm; 11. Bruce Sawicki; 12. Chris Carlsen; 13. John Barilka; 14. Roger Hefner; 15. Ronnie Laney; 16. Rick Little; 17. Jeff Turner; 18. Bobby Pence; 19. Bill Mathers; 20. Tom Van Wingerden; 21. Todd Johnson; 22. Tony Carper; 23. Bill Gardner; 24. Phil Sharpe; 25. Terry Scherz; 26. George "Cotton" Spry.

Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Gerald White Jr.; 3. Justin Swilling; 4. Blake Eden; 5. Clint King; 6. Casey LaJoie; 7. Jordan Phillips; 8. Corey Morrision; 9. Corey Gordan; 10. Noah Clark; 11. Tyler Reddick; 12. Landon Bullock; 13. William Nelson; 14. Matt Wallace; 15. Max Gresham; 16. Josh Williams; 17. Robert Poole; 18. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 19. Derrick Ramey; 20. Ryan Blaney; 21. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 22 Jacob Harrell; 23. C.J. Faison; 24. Nicholas Stroupe; 25. Matthew Linker; 26. Dax Triplett; 27. Austin Hill.

Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Cole Miktuk; 2. Nick Hoffman; 3. Matthew Stover; 4. John Stancill; 5. Robby Innella; 6. Ryan Gandee; 7. Brandon McReynolds; 8. Austin Dillon; 9. Josh Butler; 10. Christopher Moore; 11. Mitchell Coble; 12. Trever Farbo; 13. Justin Kraemer; 14. Megan Reitenour; 15. Trevor Cauble; 16. Amanda Harrell; 17. Clay Winter; 18. Ty Dillon; 19. Sloan Henderson; 20. Kendall Sellers; 21. Daniel Goins; 22. Bailey Freeman; 23. John Ellenburg; 24. Sam McAulay; 25. Daniel Hemric; 26. Tyler Green; 27. Rob Beasley; 28. William Cunningham.

Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Randy Spencer; 2. Ryan Salomon; 3. Bruce Benson II; 4. Duke Furr; 5. Eric Redmond; 6. Kara Clarke; 7. Marcus Limehouse; 8. Jennifer Spain; 9. Tim Keener; 10. Asheligh Wilkins; 11. Charles Long Jr.; 12. Kayla Hontz; 13. Artie Clever; 14. Chris Morgan; 15. Derrick Long; 16. Tyler Winters; 17. Dawn Eagens; 18. Jason Haynes; 19. Benny Mingo (disqualified).

Amoco Ultimate CRASHCar Feature (12 laps): 1. Ken Deese; 2. Walter Pecora; 3. Jeremy Triano; 4. Pete Kenney; 5. Randy Spivey; 6. Tony Springer; 7. Rusty Drye; 8. Jerry White; 9. Bobby Wallace; 10. Stephen Runion; 11. Kristi Springer; 12. Jeff Blackwelder; 13. Matt Fernandex; 14. Terry Plott; 15. James Crider; 16. Marty Williams; 17. Ashley Long; 18. Chris James; 19. Brian Spivey; 20. Gene Loden; 21. Larry Henderson; 22. Casey Callaway.