Competitors Double the Excitement on Double Points Night at Summer Shootout
Double Points Night meant double the excitement for fans who witnessed drivers battle it out for the top spot in their divisions during round five of the Summer Shootout Series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Daniel Hemrick, Scott Hensley and Justin Carroll were among the night’s feature winners.
An early crash in the Bath Fitter Legends Car Pro feature took points leader Steven Ross out of contention, and left the door wide open for second-place Hemrick to erase the 17 point margin separating the two drivers.
Hemrick did just what he needed, taking the lead from pole-sitter Jimmy Heavlow on lap 14 before cruising to the checkered flag. The win is the second of the season for the Kannapolis, N.C., resident and is the sixth of his career in the series.
John Freeman followed Hemrick across the line finishing second while Tyler Green came home in the third position.
The closest championship battle heading into the night was in the Legends Car Young Lions division, where Travis Braden led Hensley by just one point. After Braden was forced to go to the garage with mechanical issues on lap 12, it was up to Hensley to capitalize with double points at stake.
Hensley, of Olive Branch, Miss., did just that as he started the feature in the 20th position and slowly picked his way through the field. He took the lead on lap 14 and never looked back, claiming his second victory of the season.
The win is Hensley’s fourth in the Summer Shootout Series. Jake Morris finished second with Chad Finchum following closely behind in third.
In the Bandolero Young Guns/Outlaw feature, Carroll, of Concord, N.C., started third but quickly went to the front and led the race flag-to-flag unchallenged. Carroll claimed his first career Summer Shootout Series victory, while Austin Langenstein finished second and Luke Demis rounded out the top three.
Evan Bell came into round five with the largest lead of the Summer Shootout Series, 40 points, over Demis. However, he was unable to take advantage of Double Points Night as he lost ground to Demis, who finished one position ahead.
In the inaugural race of Media Mayhem at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte-area media went head-to-head in an intense school bus slobberknocker, where WSOC-TV’s Alan Cavanna emerged victorious. Finishing closely behind in the second position was Herman Towe, of News Channel 36 in his behemoth racing machine and coming home in third was Fox Charlotte’s Bruce Snyder.
This was the first of three races that will be held over the course of the next three months where local media will be vying for the soon-to-be coveted “Majestic Microphone of Motorsports.”
Other feature winners include Hoyt Demis, of Archdale, N.C., in the Legends Car Masters division; Tyler Kivett, of Kannapolis, N.C., in the Briggs Collision Legends Car Semi-Pro feature; and Dalton Sargeant, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., in the Bandolero Bandits division.
The 16th annual Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday night, July 14. In addition to Legends Car and Bandolero racing, Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s crazy CRASHCars make their third of four Summer Shootout appearances. Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30 p.m.
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Bath Fitter Legends Car Pro Feature (19 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. John Freeman; 3. Tyler Green, 4. Austin Hill; 5. Andrew Smith; 6. Steven Ross; 7. Mike Alcaro; 8. Steven Cantrell; 9. Michael Van Wingerden; 10. Justin Lloyd; 11. Matthew Stover; 12. Baiden Heskett; 13. Zac Kittle; 14. Brecken Snow; 15. Samuel McAulay; 16. Trey Eidson; 17. Brandon Thomson; 18. John Hickler; 19. Bylan Kwasniewski; 20. Rette Causey; 21. Jimmy Heavlow; 22. Scott Knox; 23. Jordan Webb; 24. Will Prance; 25. Dustin Ash; 26. Taylor Hull; 27. Brian Ouimette; 28. Ronnie Bassett.
Briggs Collision Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (11 laps): 1. Tyler Kivett; 2. Dennis Kiser; 3. Andrew Carlsen; 4. Zach Weaver; 5. Jeffrey Bolen; 6. Hunter Bledsoe; 7. Kenzie Ruston; 8. Brett Coon; 9. Houston McCoy; 10. Zach Zearfoss; 11. Kodi Sunley; 12. Robert Kuczmarski; 13. Bailey Freeman; 14. Gregory Lang; 15. Jerry Lambert; 16. Andrea Hans; 17. Duke Furr; 18. Kyle Pierce; 19. Cody Iltis; 20. R.S. Senter; 21. Brandon McKenzie.
Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Hoyt Demis; 2. Clay Hair; 3. John Sossoman; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Eddie Harwell; 6. John Davis; 7. Tom Van Wingerden; 8. Dennis White; 9. Charles Kiser; 10. Christian Chapman; 11. Larry Friddle; 12. Jackie Ryan; 13. Gary Shannon; 14. Bruce Silver; 15. Todd Adams; 16. Phil Sharpe; 17. Carlos Moore; 18. Kevin Aube; 19. Glen Aikenhead; 20. Jamie Smith; 21. Scott Anderson; 22. Chip Ferguson; 23. Phil Thompson; 24. Jimmy Gurley; 25. Buddy Goody.
Legends Car Young Lions Feature (16 laps): 1. Scott Hensley; 2. Jake Morris; 3. Chad Finchum; 4. Cody Humphreys; 5. Justin Grimes; 6. Kyle Plott; 7. Blake Jones; 8. Hayden Reeves; 9. Zachary Hausler; 10. Chris Young; 11. Jesse Little; 12. Dillon Bassett; 13. Justin Thomas; 14. Tyler Mullins; 15. Aaron Moyer; 16. Noah Triplett; 17. Dusty Summers; 18. Matt Wallace; 19. Josh Morris; 20. Jordan Stillwell; 21. Timmy Hill; 22. Joey Herques; 23. Sean Shalvoy; 24. Austin Burton; 25. Tyler Lester; 26. Harrison Rhoades; 27. Corey Gordon; 28. Travis Braden.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (16 laps): 1. Dalton Sargeant; 2. Kyle Weatherman; 3. Ray Beebe; 4. Logan Sargeant; 5. John Holleman; 6. Clayton Weatherman; 7. Trey Smith; 8. Brandon Bassett; 9. Dalton Hill; 10. Kason Plott; 11. A.J. Davis; 12. Layton Sullivan; 13. Kodie Conner; 14. Tyler Dayton; 15. Rachel Marks; 16. Daniel Bedford; 17. Jordan Plummer; 18. Austin Green; 19. Paxton Parker; 20. John “Matt” Murphy; 21. Hayden Humphrey; 22. T.J. Michael; 23. Gray Gaulding; 24. Austin Cindric; 25. Jon Meeks; 26. Brae Allen; 27. Noah Dunn; 28. Cole Timm.
Bandolero Young Guns/Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Justin Carroll; 2. Austin Langenstein; 3. Luke Demis; 4. Evan Bell; 5. Annabeth Barnes; 6. Dillon Spain; 7. Andrew Brown; 8. Ben Klatt; 9. Matthew Linker; 10. Heather Lynn; 11. Myatt Snider; 12. Dillon Latour; 13. Craig Biryla; 14. Austin McKee; 15. Brandon DeBrakeleer; 16. Josh Lippard; 17. Brandon Gordon; 18. Chris Morgan; 19. Tyler Hill; 20. Coty Hartson; 21. Reid Wilson; 22. Ryan Mackintosh; 23. Tanner Rumburg; 24. Scott Beaver; 25. Joshua Plummer; 26. Kayla Marshall.
Media Mayhem School Bus Challenge (15 laps): 1. Alan Cavanna, WSOC-TV; 2. Herman Towe, News Channel 36; 3. Bruce Snyder, Fox Charlotte; 4. Tim Baier, News 14 Carolina; 5. David Whisenant, WBTV; 6. Brentson Buckner, WFNZ; 7. Lug Nut.