Time Warner Cable News' Matthew East Wins Media Mayhem School Bus Race at Week 3 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout
Tuesday night, Time Warner Cable News meteorologist Matthew East finally collected a Media Mayhem School Bus Slobberknocker trophy during Week 3 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series. Other feature winners of the night included Daniel Hemric, Jensen Jorgenson and Josh Turner, among others.
After starting shotgun on the field, East made his way to the front after a late race field inversion and collected his first Media Mayhem school bus race victory after trying for several years. Otis, of Kiss 95.1, jumped out to an early lead, while East, NBC Charlotte meteorologist Brad Panovich, WCCB sports anchor Brandon Davidow and Fox 46 meteorologist Rob Eicher tried to go four-wide into the first turn.
Speed51's Bob Dillner made contact with the bus of WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin, who in turn spun Otis' bus to bring out the caution on lap 4. Officials inverted the field and East started the final three-lap sprint from the front row holding off a hard-charging Dillner. As the checkered flag flew, it was East with the victory, Dillner in second, WKKT's Kris Stevens in third, Eicher in fourth, Otis in fifth, Conklin in sixth, Davidow in seventh and Panovich in eighth.
Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., won his third race of the season in the Legend Car Pro feature, charging from a starting position in mid pack during the 25-lap race. Jordan Black took the lead early after starting on the front row, but by the third lap, Kason Plott had overtaken him for the top spot. Greg Lang and Michael Torres also wanted a piece of the action and joined Black in a battle for second, while Hemric slowly made his way through the field. On lap 17 the caution flag flew for Lang, who spun in turns 3 and 4, and on lap 19 for Steven Cantrell.
On the restart, Hemric chose the outside lane alongside Plott and was able to pull away to collect the win. William Byron was also able to get by Plott and finished second, Plott finished third, Black finished fourth and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.
After losing his father this week, Turner raced his way to victory lane in the rain-soaked Quaker Steak and Lube Legend Car Semi Pro feature. While pitting on lap 2 for an oil line coming off his car, Turner, the Concord native, swapped his regular race tires for rain tires in preparation for an incoming shower. As the rain started to fall on lap 7, Turner rapidly made his way to the front, eluding wrecks that drew caution flags on four straight laps. The saturated track caused countless spinouts and difficulties that forced three cars to the garage including points leader, Riley Halverson.
Turner however was unfazed by the wet track, taking the lead on lap 13 and never looking back, finishing a whopping 11.863 seconds ahead of the previous week's winner, Devin O'Connell. Despite spinning out, Josh Brimecombe made his way to a podium finish for the third time this season with a third place. Connor Pyle finished in fourth, edging out John Holleman, who led the race before getting involved in a wreck on lap 10, by just 0.175 seconds.
The Bandolero Outlaws battled through a rough and tumble race riddled with cautions on Tuesday night. Pole sitter Jorgenson, of Stockbridge, Ga., was sent back due to an inversion but fought hard to ultimately take the checkered flag. Trevor Rizzo led the field starting out but after several back-to-back cautions Jorgenson took first, with Chase Purdy following close behind. Purdy and Jack Fread battled for second place but Purdy managed to maintain his position. Fread later attempted to fend off Ashton Winger, who ended up stealing third from him on lap 12.
After yet another caution on lap 15, Austin Powell made his way to fifth place. Before the restart could begin, the race time limit was reached and Jensen Jorgensen claimed the win early. Purdy followed in second, Winger took third, Fread finished fourth and Powell finished fifth.
Other winners included Tom Pistone, of Mooresville, N.C.; in the Legend Car Security Force Masters division; Michael Womack, of Fallbrook, Calif., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Chandler Smith, of Talking Rock, Ga., in the Bandolero Bandits; and Elijah Todd, of Spartanburg, S.C., in the Beginner Bandits.
The 21st annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, July 1, with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza and the Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels race, in addition to regular Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions.
Fans can also enjoy an autograph session with Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers Nelson Piquet Jr., and Steve Arpin.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
New this year, fans can now watch recaps on television—nationally on MAVTV and locally on WCCB Charlotte. A 30-minute recap show will air in the Charlotte area on CW-affiliate WCCB, channel 11 on Time Warner Cable, at 1 p.m. on the Saturday following the Tuesday-night event. Nationally, fans can see a 30-minute recap show on popular cable TV network MAVTV.
For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
For live updates during the Summer Shootout Series, follow hashtag #SummerShootout on Twitter. To join in on the conversation simply include #SummerShootout in your tweet.
The unofficial results:
Legend Car Pro Feature (25 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. William Byron; 3. Kason Plott; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Zane Smith; 6. Joey Padgett; 7. Steven Cantrell; 8. Evan Swilling; 9. Gregory Lang; 10. Jared Irvan; 11. Trey Jarrell; 12. Michael Torres.
Security Force Legend Car Masters Feature (25 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Robby Faggart; 3. Bruce Silver; 4. Carl Cormier; 5. Robbie Woodall; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Ron Mander; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Shawn Geisel.
Quaker Steak and Lube Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (25 laps): 1.Josh Turner; 2. Devin O'Connell; 3. Josh Brimecombe; 4. Connor Pyle; 5. John Holleman; 6. Jordan Stillwell; 7. Jake Tretow; 8. Sheldon Crouse; 9. Dylan Faggart; 10. Craig Biryla; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Brian Henderson; 13. Robby Lyons; 14. Casey Brown; 15. Riley Halverson; 16. Tyler Truex; 17. Enrique Limon.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (13 laps): 1. Michael Womack; 2. Stefan Parsons; 3. JJ Haley; 4. Matt Thomas; 5. Carson Ferguson; 6. Seth Werner; 7. Ryan Millington; 8. Dawson Cram; 9. Alex Reece; 10. Scott Joy; 11. Amber Burchette; 12. Jacob Heafner; 13. Mason Diaz; 14. Austin Green; 15. Stevie Johns Jr.; 16. Walter Thomas; 17. Alex Murray; 18. Christian Eckes; 19. Joseph Graf; Zachary Dabbs.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (14 laps): 1. Jensen Jorgenson; 2. Chase Purdy; 3. Ashton Winger; 4. Jack Fread; 5. Austin Powell; 6. Eric Brown; 7. Hannah Bell; 8. Matt Mead; 9. Nick MacMillon; 10. Trevor Rizzo; 11. Matthew Emery; 12. Joe Redmond; 13. Matthew Davey; 14. Miguel Cesar Jr.; 15. Kamera McDonald; 16. Jackson Combis; 17. Kayla Lyons; 18. Jordan Plummer; 19. Nate Tretow; 20. Justin Taylor.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits Feature (19 laps): 1. Chandler Smith; 2. Eddie Fatscher; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Daniel Wilk; 5. Ryan Israel; 6. William Robusto; 7. Liz Montgomery; 8. Josh Kossek; 9. Ashton Higgins; 10. Kyle Campbell; 11. Brayde Miranda; 12. Austin Geer; 13. Richie Kuty; 14. DJ Canipe; 15. Blake Cisneros; 16. Ryleigh Lemonds; 17. Braydn Mander; 18. Mini Tyrell.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Elijah Todd; 2. Carson Kvapil; 3. Roy Hayes; 4. Ashley Pantoulas; 5. Brandon Grants; 6. Dylan Notaro; 7. Josh Speas; 8. Autumn Weaver; 9. Dom Redmond; 10. George Hayes; 11. Cameron Bolin; 12. Bryson Ruff; 13. Isabella Robusto; 14. Carson Poindexter.