School Bus Slobberknocker Highlights Wild Week 1 of Bojangles' Summer Shootout
School principals and the future stars of motorsports came to play on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as an action-packed Bojangles' Summer Shootout opening doubleheader concluded with a school bus slobberknocker and hotly contested Legend Car battles.
After a rain delay, Mount Pleasant Middle School Principal Tim Farrar dominated the slam-bang, paint-swapping school principal bus race, but a late caution period erased his lead and enabled David Cox Road Elementary School Assistant Principal Charlie Copeland to escape with the victory and the championship belt.
"We were all nervous out there with the rain but thanks to everyone for staying," Copeland said. "We had a lot of fun. This is the first year Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has ever won this award so we're excited to be here."
Rain forced Tuesday's Bandolero racing to be postponed, but the Legend Car features offered plenty of entertainment. Bojangles'-sponsored Dawson Cram paced the first 10 laps of an eventful Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division race before two-time and defending champion Jordan Black assumed the top spot on Lap 11 of 25 when Cram pushed high off Turn 2. Black's lead didn't last long. Austin Green - Monday night's winner - dove under Black with six laps left and sped to his second win in as many tries this season. Carson Ferguson was second with Black third, Gus Dean fourth and Kaden Honeycutt fifth.
"I just need to get better (at racing) in the rain," Green said. "It was nice to win coming from farther back, though."
During the Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters division feature, Mark Green clinched his first win of the season in a wild, rain-delayed race. Robby Faggart started on the front row after an invert and had his hands full from the green flag with John Sossoman directly behind him. Green, who started third after the invert, stalked the leaders as they battled it out and took advantage of mistakes to launch to the lead. After several cautions and restarts, Green held off Sossoman and Faggart for the victory.
No one was more surprised than Craig Biryla after he stole the victory in VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro competition. Vincent Midas dominated the race with Wes Burton at his heel, but nobody else in the field seemed to be able to challenge him. Biryla, who started third, claimed the second spot from Burton in the closing laps, but he was running out of laps to try and catch the leader. Only two laps from victory, Midas tried passing a slow car high and ran off the track into the track. Biryla took advantage of the misfortune and collected the win.
"I haven't prepared my victory speech," Biryla said. "This is the most competitive Legend Car racing in the world, so to win here beats anywhere, We're working on moving up the ladder and this is a big step toward that."
Sam Mayer led the way in the early going of the K1 Speed Young Lions feature, but an untimely spin robbed Mayer of a shot at victory. Josh Kossek assumed the lead after Mayer looped his car around in Turn 1, but Kossek lost the top spot soon after when he was involved in a five-car accident on the frontstretch. Harrison Halder took over the point and held off Isabella Robusto in a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Green, with sights set on a Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division championship at season's end, began the season with a strong performance and a trip to Victory Lane. Green passed Dillon Faggart on the sixth lap of the 25-lap feature and outpaced Faggart and Jordan Black to claim the early-season win. Ferguson, who was fastest in time trials but started fourth after the invert, and Kaden Honeycutt rounded out the top five.
Todd Midas dominated in a caution-free, action-packed Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters division's season-opening race. After an invert start, international champion John Sossoman, who was fastest in qualifying, started in sixth place, forcing him to fight his way to the front of the pack. Midas, who took the lead on Lap 2, was able to hold off the competitors and create a significant gap by mid-race. Sossoman was able to close the gap, but ran out of time before he could steal the lead. Carl Cormier, Robby Faggart and Bruce Silver rounded out the top five.
The Bandolero Bandits season opener was dominated by Landon Rapp, before Parker Eatmon raced to the lead on Lap 16 and never looked back. Rapp led most of the first 15 circuits, with Leland Honeyman and Eatmon chasing, before contact between heat race winners Honeyman and Eaton opened the door for Eatmon to earn his first win of the season.
Carson Ramsey (Beginner Bandits), Isaak Love (Outlaws), Gracie Trotter and (K1 Speed Young Lions); Zach Miller (VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro) also claimed victories in the opening night of Bojangles' Summer Shootout action.
Tuesday's Unofficial Results:
K1 Speed Young Lions (5 laps): 1. Harrison Halder; 2.Isabella Rubusto; 3.Nicholas Sandchez; 4. Holt Halder; 5. Sam Mayer; 6. Sammy Smith; 7. Josh Kossek; 8. Bryson Ruff; 9. George Hayes; 10. Steve Chapman; 11. Daniel Silvestri; 12. Ryan Heim; 13. William Robusto; 14. Jak Crawford; 15. J.R. Weidman; 16. Gracie Trotter; 17. Dean Lambros; 18. Josh Stark; 19. Tristan Lesik; 20. D.J. Canipe; 21. Jason Alder; 22. Will Lambros; 23.Sam Cornman.
VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Craig Biryla; 2. Scott Joy; 3. Ryan Miller; 4. Dustin Rumley; 5. Zack Wells; 6. Zach Miller; 7. Wes Burton; 8. Hudson Halder; 9. Vincent Midas; 10. Sam Platt; 11. Connor Mosack; 12. Chris Honeycutt; 13. Brad Lowmaster; 14. Dollar Andrew; 15. Carson Poindexter; 16. Jessica Dana; 17. Garrett Manes.
Lead 2 Real Estate Pros (25 laps): 1. Austin Green; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Jordan Black; 4. Gus Dean; 5. Kaden Honeycutt; 6. Dawson Cram; 7. Corey Heim; 8. Daniel Wilk; 9. Jordan Stillwell; 10. Alex McCollum; 11. Brody Pope; 12. Dillon Faggart.
Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters (25 laps): 1. Mark Green; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Robby Faggart; 4. Todd Midas; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Craig Bruce; 7.Jan Ingram; 8. Bruce Silver; 9.Chip Ferguson; 10. Jon Craig; 11. Todd Shockman; 12. Charles Parker; 13. Danny Cisson.
Monday's Unofficial Results:
Beginner Bandits (20 laps): 1. Carson Ramsey; 2. Emily Hedstrom; 3. Adam Eades; 4. Luke Cooper; 5. Lucas Vera; 6. Sean McElearney; 7. Christopher McKeitchan.
Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. Parker Eatmon; 2. Landon Rapp; 3. Conner Jones; 4. Leland Honeyman; 5. Kade Brown; 6. Jacob Putnam; 7. Stanley Hayes; 8. Jaiden Reyna; 9. Zac Fowler; 10. Truett Miranda; 11. Santiago Hill; 12. Justin Campbell; 13. Jacob Bradley; 14. Zack Miracle; 15. Max Hennebaul.
Bandolero Outlaws (17 laps): 1. Isaak Love; 2. Cameron Bolin; 3. Justin Gareis; 4. Tommy Good; 5. Trevor Wester; 6. Ethan Norfleet; 7. Josh Speas; 8. Blaise Maddox; 9. Jonathan Lesik; 10. Andrew Faircloth; 11. Cameron Johnson; 12. Luke Akers; 13. Franklin Caricofe; 14. Cameron Murray; 15. Benjamin Johnson; 16. Brandon Gantz; 17. David Sullivan; 18. Jake Waltman; 19. Ashton Whitener; 20. Jaydn Daniels; 21. Ethan Johnson; 22. Garin Mash; 23. Nick MacMillan; 24. Autumn Weaver; 25. Roy Hayes; 26. Garrett Lowe; 27. Matt Emery.
K1 Speed Young Lions (5 laps): 1. Gracie Trotter; 2. Sam Mayer; 3. Nicholas Sanchez; 4. Josh Kossek; 5. DJ Canipe; 6. Isabella Robusto; 7. Ryan Heim; 8. Harrison Halder; 9. Tristan Lesik; 10. Daniel Silvestri; 11. Jak Crawford; 12. Sammy Smith; 13. Josh Stark; 14. Sam Cornman; 15. William Robusto; 16. Will Lambros; 17. Jason Alder; 18. George Hayes; 19. Dean Lambros; 20. Holt Halder; 21. JR Weidman; 22. Liz Montgomery.
VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Zach Miller; 2. Ryan Miller; 3. Hudson Halder; 4. Vincent Midas; 5. Dustin Rumley; 6. Zack Wells; 7. Garrett Manes; 8. Jessica Dana; 9. Wes Burton; 10. Craig Biryla; 11. Connor Mosack; 12. Sam Platt; 13. Andrew Dollar; 14. Chris Honeycutt; 15. Carson Poindexter; 16. Brad Lowmaster; 17. Dustin McClure.
Lead 2 Real Estate Pros (25 laps): 1. Austin Green; 2. Dillon Faggart; 3. Jordan Black; 4. Carson Ferguson; 5. Kaden Honeycutt; 6. Dawson Cram; 7. Brody Pope; 8. Daniel Wilk; 9. Jordan Stillwell; 10. Corey Heim; 11. Alex McCollum; 12. Gus Dean; 13. Andrew Brown.
Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters (25 laps): 1. Todd Midas; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Robby Faggart; 5. Bruce Silver; 6. John Craig; 7. Chip Ferguson; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Danny Cisson; 10. Craig Bruce; 11. Scott Wessel; 12. Todd Shockman; 13. Charles Parker; 14. Mark Green.
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