Whitley and Weimer Sizzle in Round 3
Stock broker Whitley made the winning trade as the 30-year-old Charlotte, N.C., resident topped the 18-lap finale for the Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro division. Running third, Whitley had a ringside seat when Scott Knox and Ben Stancill tangled and crashed on lap 13 while battling for the lead.
Whitley inherited the point and went on to record his first victory since round three of last year's Summer Shootout as the clock ran out after just 18 of the scheduled 20 laps. Texas racer Brennan Poole nipped Kyle Fowler at the stripe to claim the runner-up pay. Point leader John Gottsacker, who won the first two rounds, had a tough evening and was scored 24th after being black flagged for intentionally causing a caution flag.
In a hotly contested Legends Car Masters division feature, Weimer of Cumming, Ga., made the Peach State proud as he held off two Tarheels to claim the victory. The defending Summer Shootout Series champion dipped inside of Eddie Harwell on lap nine and later avoided a seven-car pileup to take the win in a race that was shortened to 12 laps due to time constraints. Point leader George "Cotton" Spry finished second followed by Dr. Mark Moskowitz among the drivers ages 40 and over.
After being punted off the track while leading the previous week, Darrell Wallace Jr. marched to a convincing victory in the 20-lap feature for the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division. Wallace, a 12-year-old racer from Concord, N.C., who starred in the Bandoleros Bandits last year, started from the pole and went wire-to-wire in the caution-free event. Continuing an impressive string of finishes that has yet to see him outside the top three, Paddy Rodenback claimed second with Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, home third.
Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., made it two in a row in the 20-lap feature for the Thunder Roadsters. Van Wingerden took the lead when his brother Michael spun while leading on lap eight and never looked back. Ryan Zeck gave chase over the final 12 laps but was a distant second at the checkered flag. Jim Gresham recorded his best finish of the season in third.
Ryan Glenski, the 13-year-old son of former Upstate New York modified racer Randy Glenski, was the class of the field in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns main event. Glenski took the lead on lap five in the caution-filled event and pulled away following the final restart to win the time-shortened race. Austin Hill chased Glenski under the checkered flag with John Stancill next across the stripe.
In the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits division, Ronnie Bassett Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C., was as steady as his nickname, "The Rock", leading all 20 laps en route to his first triumph of the season. The highlight of the race was an 11-skirmish on lap two from which all drivers quickly recovered and the yellow flag was not unfurled. Clint King cruised to a second-place finish with Maxx Bennett claiming the show money in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
At the start of the evening, three drivers were tied for first place in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws point standings. At the end of the 20-lap feature for drivers ages 17 and older, 2004 national champion Bruce Benson II had separated himself from Chris Morgan and Josh Turner by grabbing his second victory of the season. After a caution flag bunched the field on lap 17, Benson pulled away from Morgan to win by three car-lengths. Morgan held on for second with Amanda Harrell taking third. Turner kept the point race tight with a fourth-place finish.
The Invader, driven by Paul Sparrow of Gastonia, N.C., sliced through the field like a hot knife through butter en route to winning the 15-lap feature for the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars. Sparrow started 13th in the 19-car field, took the lead on lap nine and cruised to his second consecutive victory in the division that puts the stock back in stock car racing. Area 51, with Matt Dillner behind the wheel, led early and survived a last-lap challenge from Dave Hutchinson's Ruby Rhino to claim runner-up honors.
The first Monday night event in Summer Shootout history is up next when Metrolina Greenhouses hosts an evening of fireworks both on and off the track Monday night, July 3. In addition to the seven divisions of Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters, the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars will be back for more fender-bending action and a giant fireworks extravaganza rounds out the evening..
Fireworks will light up the sky again Tuesday night, July 4, when the 10-race Summer Shoot reaches its half-way point. More than 200 Legends Cars, Bandolero and Thunder Roadsters are expected to fill the pit area and the crowd-pleasing School Buses make their second appearance of the season.
Admission is just $5 for adults with children 6-12 admitted for $3 and kids under 6 free. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. The fireworks are scheduled for approximately 10:30 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday.
Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro Feature (18 laps): 1. Mark Whitley; 2. Brennan Poole; 3. Kyle Fowler; 4. Chrissy Wallace; 5. Duncan Molesworth; 6. Jason Reisman; 7. Mark Green; 8. Michael Van Wingerden; 9. Daniel Moskowitz; 10. Chris Eggleston; 11. Patrick Molesworth; 12. Andy Diggs; 13. Steve Abbey; 14. Adam Gay; 15. Thomas Van Wingerden; 16. Cole Miktuk; 17. Jordan Anderson; 18. Josh Gross; 19. Casey Roderick; 20. Patrick McVay; 21. Scott Knox; 22. Ben Stancill; 23. Ryan Lawler; 24. John Gottsacker.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Ryan Zeck; 3. Jim Gresham; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Kyle Beattie; 6. Eric Harriington; 7. Michael Van Wingerden; 8. Johanna Godinez.
National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Paddy Rodenbeck; 3. Austin Dillon; 4. Matt Bowers; 5. Jake Crum; 6. Drew Denham; 7. Justin Lloyd; 8. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 9. Steve Daniels; 10. Mitchell Coble; 11. Max Gresham; 12. Michael Brown; 13. Tyler Chrisinger; 14. J.R. Allen; 15. Jake Dallenbach; 16. Zach Stroupe; 17. Kory Blevins; 18. Trey Edison; 19. Tony Whittier; 20. Daniel Hemric; 21. Scott Ward; 22. John Ellenburg; 23. Dennis Lambert; 24. Charles Kiser.
Legends Car Masters Feature (13 laps): 1. Brian Weimer; 2. George "Cotton" Spry; 3. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 4. Chuck Dohm; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Phil Sharpe; 7. W. Gary Shannon; 8. John Sossoman; 9. John Barilka; 10. Todd Johnson; 11. David Denham; 12. Bruce Sawicki; 13. Bill Gardner; 14. Bruce Little; 15. Clay Hair; 16. Dennis White; 17. David Sugg; 18. Keith Breasbois; 19. Jeff Turner; 20. Jan Ingram; 21. Eddie Harwell; 22. Ronnie Laney; 23. Bobby Pence; 24. Tony Grams.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Bruce Benson II; 2. Chris Morgan; 3. Amanda Harrell; 4. Josh Turner; 5. Chris Honeycutt; 6. Dawn Eagens; 7. Trevor Cauble; 8. Kara Clarke; 9. Nathan Rogers; 10. Duke Furr; 11. Marcus Limehouse; 12. Benny Mingo; 13. Ashleigh Wilkins; 14. Jordan Penninger; 15. Charles Long Jr.; 16. Tim Keener; 17. James Parson.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (12 laps): 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Austin Hill; 3. John Stancill; 4. Ryan Blaney; 5. Ryan Rust; 6. Kendall Sellers; 7. Kenny Brown; 8. Trevor Farbo; 9. Christopher Moore; 10. William Cunningham; 11. Nick Hoffman; 12. Bailey Daniels; 13. Zac Kittle; 14. Cameron Collins; 15. Dylan Pack; 16. Tyler Fedrizzi; 17. Robert Poole; 18. Brett Pepicelli; 19. Daniel Hemric; 20. Ty Dillon; 21. Matthew Stover; 22. Kyle Pierce; 23. Sam McAulay; 24. Jordan Coker.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 2. Clint King; 3. Maxx Bennett; 4. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 5. Nicholas Stroupe; 6. Cody Blackburn; 7. Jacob Harrell; 8. Matthew Linker; 9. Dillon Bassett; 10. Kyle Benjamin; 11. Mason Massey; 12. Corey Gordon; 13. Bodie Bellinger; 14. Dylan Presnell; 15. Hayden Reeves; 16. Corey LaJoie; 17. Andrew Lloyd; 18. Landon Bullock; 19. Joshua Lambert; 20. Noah Clark; 21. Grayson York; 22. Meghan Dillner; 23. Judson Kittle; 24. Justin Crider.
CRASHCars (15 laps): 1. Invader, Paul Sparrow; 2. Area 51, Matt Dillner; 3. Ruby Rhino, Dave Hutchison; 4. Krashy The Klown, Walter Pecora; 5. Fast Ball, Jeff Blackwelder; 6. Big Show, Kenneth Deese; 7. No Insurance, Larry Henderson; 8. Vigilante, Rusty Drye; 9. USA1, David Hargget; 10. Kill O'Bite, Jake Brown; 11. Miss DeMeanor, Jennifer Petrea; 12. Milkman, Jeff Plott; 13. White Boy, Jerry White; 14. Land Shark, Bobby Wallace; 15. Saddle Tramp, Lynn Patterson; 16. Chowderhead, Dave Knight; 17. Nightmare, Daryl Delapp; 18. Outlaw, Lee Rice; 19. High Voltage, James Grider.