Thomas Times Two at Summer Shootout
Thomas Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., a Hardee's Summer Shootout veteran, won the wild and crazy school bus race and then sloshed to victory in the rain-soaked feature for the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters.
With six of the behemoth school buses competing on the tight quarter-mile oval, the 10-lap race featured lap after lap of side-by-side racing that had the large crowd on its feet. When the checkered flag was waved, Van Wingerden was one bus length ahead of the Thomas Built Buses entry driven by Matt Long and the bright yellow machine guided by Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.
With rain drops beading on the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters, Van Wingerden padded his point lead with his second feature triumph of the season. Despite starting 12th, Van Wingerden powered to the front and passed two-time feature winner Kyle Beattie for the lead on lap nine. Runner-up Ryan Zeck sliced through traffic after starting last in the 17-car field while Beattie took the show money.
In a wreck-filled event featuring multiple caution flags and a green-white-checkered finish, Tolliver Smith of High Point, N.C., emerged victorious in the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division finale. On lap 17, a multi-car accident in turn three collected brothers and championship contenders Thomas and Michael Van Wingerden. The wreck forced a red flag that set up a two-lap sprint for the win. Smith held off Matt Dibenedetto and Louis Hawkins for his first feature victory of the summer.
After sharing the victory podium with Chrissy Wallace folliwng a dead heat on opening night, Jess Mattox of Waycross, Ga., finally hoisted the trophy solo following the 20-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car division. Mattox slipped around leader Trevor Bayne on lap 15 and was never seriously challenged during the final five laps. Bayne ended up second with Jake Crum next across the stripe.
Slip Sliding Away was the theme song for the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division feature as rain began to fall mid-way through the 20-lap race. With drivers tip-toeing on the rain-soaked track, Todd Laney proved best at mastering the tricky conditions as he moved up from the 23rd starting spot. Laney splashed around Clay Hair on lap 19 and went on to record his first victory of the summer campaign. Hair crossed the stripe second, but was disqualified in post-race inspection moving Ronnie Laney into the runner-up spot.
The 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandoloero Young Guns featured a NASCAR family affair. Tyler Green, son of NASCAR Busch Series veteran Mark Green and nephew of Busch Series champions David and Jeff Green, started third and needed only two laps to assume command. The Concord, N.C., resident went on to claim his first victory of the season in the division for drivers ages 12 to 15. Green was followed under the checkered flag by Josh Butler while Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and son of former NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Dillon, finished close behind in third.
Point leader Darrell Wallace Jr. of Concord, N.C., extended his advantage by notching his third victory of the season in the 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits. Wallace started sixth and fought with Nicholas Stroupe before taking the lead for the final time on lap 13. Once in front, Wallace Jr. left Stroupe to battle for second with Austin Hill, who eventually slipped by to take the runner-up money. Stroupe had to settle for third in the division for racers ages 8 to 11.
Lady racer Dawn Eagens of Charlotte, N.C., started on the pole and charged to her first victory of the season in the 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. Eagens led early, but lost the point to Randy Spencer on lap eight. Two laps later, Eagens retook the lead and never looked back. Chris Morgan moved up from the sixth-starting spot to take second with Kara Clark making it two ladies the top three with a third-place effort.
CRASHCars, the wild and wacky machines that are revolutionizing entry-level stock car racing, return to Hardee's Summer Shootout Tuesday night, July 19. More than 20 of the brightly colored cars that feature cartoon-style themes are expected to be in action along with the seven divisions of Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.
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 www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Centex Homes Legends Car Pro Feature (19 laps):
1. Tolliver Smith; 2. Matt Dibenedetto; 3. Louis Hawkins; 4. Alex Haase; 5. Chris Eggleston; 6. Brent Sealey; 7. Jesse Bunnell; 8. Tiffany Daniels; 9. Mark Whitley; 10. Chase Pistone; 11. Thomas Van Wingerden; 12. Josh Waring; 13. Tonya Cordrey; 14. Todd Adams; 15. Casey Tate; 16. Jeremy Kalina; 17. Derek Frohlich; 18. Jeremy Colangelo; 19. John Gottsacker; 20. Ben Stancill; 21. Michael Van Wingerden; 22. Chris Rogers; 23. Tim Andrews; 24. Travis Pennington; 25. Beau Slocumb; 26. Jason Reisman; 27. C.E. Falk III.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps):
1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Ryan Zeck; 3. Kyle Beattie; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Eric Harrington; 6. Chrissy Wallace; 7. Danny Keaton; 8. Terry Horak; 9. Jon Michael; 10. Jim Gresham; 11. Michael Van Wingerden; 12. Adam Welch; 13. Jim Fluharty; 14. Hunt Dyer; 15. Scott Whitaker; 16. Roger Simons; 17. David Sugg.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps):
1. Jess Mattox; 2. Trevor Bayne; 3. Jake Crum; 4. Chris Buescher; 5. Patrick McVay; 6. Brandon Weber; 7. Matt Bowers; 8. Brandon Thomson; 9. Brennan Poole; 10. Trent Newton; 11. Casey Dohm; 12. Andrew Carlsen; 13. Chrissy Wallace; 14. Corey Abbot; 15. Justin Morton; 16. Jessie Johnson; 17. Darin Coker; 18. D.J. Vanderlay; 19. James Buescher; 20. Keith Breasbois; 21. Travis Beam; 22. Alan Hunter; 23. Joshua Wimbish; 24. Bryan Silas; 25. Paddy Rodenbeck; 26. Corey LaJoie; 27. Jordan Anderson; 28. Phillip Gill.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps):
1. Todd Laney; 2. Ronnie Laney; 3. Bobby Pence; 4. John Sossoman; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Chris Carlsen; 7. Phil Sharpe; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Chuck Dohm; 10. Jan Ingram; 11. Todd Johnson; 12. Tom Hutson Jr.; 13. Ryan Wiemer; 14. John Barilka; 15. Bill Gardner; 16. Carlos Moore; 17. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 18. Jeff Turner; 19. Bill Mathers; 20. Terry Cochran; 21. Rick Little; 22. Randy Thornton; 23. George "Cotton" Spry; 24.Tony Carper; 25. Clay Hair.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps):
1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Austin Hill; 3. Nicholas Stroupe; 4. Justin Swilling; 5. Max Gresham; 6. Jordan Phillips; 7. Josh Williams; 8. Gerald White Jr.; 9. Blake Eden; 10. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 11. Landon Bullock; 12. Corey Morrison; 13. Clint King; 14. Noah Clark; 15. Casey LaJoie; 16. Evan Swilling; 17. William Nelson; 18. Tyler Reddick; 19. Tyler Pennington; 20. Matt Wallace; 21. Jacob Harrell; 22. Dillon Bassett; 23. Ryan Blaney; 24. Derrick Ramey; 25. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 26. Corey Gordon; 27. Meghan Dillner; 28. Matthew Linker.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps):
1. Tyler Green; 2. Josh Butler; 3. Austin Dillon; 4. Robbie Innella; 5. Daniel Hemric; 6. Mitchell Coble; 7. Brandon McReynolds; 8. John Stancill; 9. Kyle Lowery; 10. Cole Miktuk; 11. Megan Reitenour; 12. Sloan Henderson; 13. John Ellenburg; 14. Nick Hoffman; 15. Trevor Cauble; 16. Christopher Moore; 17. Ty Dillon; 18. J.R. Allen; 19. Trevor Farbo; 20. Rob Beasley; 21. Matthew Stover; 22. Jake Morris; 23. Daniel Goins; 24. Amanda Harrell; 25. Ryan Glenski; 26. Kendall Sellers; 27. Kenny Brown; 28. Sam McAulay.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps):
1. Dawn Eagens; 2. Chris Morgan; 3. Kara Clarke; 4. Randy Spencer; 5. Bruce Benson II; 6. Ashleigh Wilkins; 7. Duke Furr; 8. Ryan Salomon; 9. Jason Haynes; 10. Tim Kenner; 11. Charles Long Jr.; 12. Marcus Limehouse; 13. Robin Metdepenningen; 14. Eric Redmond; 15. Artie Clever; 16. Benny Mingo.