Van Wingerden Nabs Third Shootout Win
In the 20-lap feature for the Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro division, Dallas, Texas, resident John Gottsacker took the lead on lap four and appeared en route to his third victory. However, his hopes went spinning off the track just two laps later when he was hit from behind by Ben Stancill, a move that earned Stancill a black flag for rough driving.
Once the dust settled, Casey Roderick of Lawrenceville, Ga., took command and led the final 15 laps around the frontstretch quarter-mile oval to claim his first victory of the season. Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR driver Mark Green and a rookie in the Legends Car Pro division, posted his best finish of the summer in second with Patrick Molesworth next under the checkered flag. Gottsacker rebounded and moved through the 24-car field to finish 10th.
The 20-lap feature for the Thunder Roadsters was a Van Wingerden family affair as Thomas out fought older brother Michael to claim his third consecutive victory and extend his advantage in the championship chase. Michael Van Wingerden was on his brother's bumper at the checkered flag, but had to settle for the runner-up pay while Ryan Zeck finished third for the third time in four races.
In a crashfest otherwise known as the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro feature, Mitchell Coble of Mt. Airy, N.C., made the smooth move of the night. With Andrew Carlsen dominating the race, Coble took advantage of the "choose" rule on a lap-nine restart and advanced to the outside of the front row from the middle of the pack.
When the green flag reappeared, Coble used his newfound position to steal the point before oil on the track brought the field to a standstill. In a green-white-checkered finish, Coble withstood a furious push from Carlsen to take the victory. Zachary Stroupe grabbed the show money in the 11-lap event that was shortened due to time constraints.
Veteran Clay Hair brushed aside early leader Danny Williams and cruised to victory in the 20-lap feature for the Legends Car Masters division. Once in front, the Mt. Pleasant, N.C., racer took only two laps to build a 12-car length lead and captured his second feature win in three weeks. Eddie Harwell was next under the checkered flag followed by 2005 champion Brian Weimer in the division for drivers ages 40 and over.
Matthew Stover of Gastonia, N.C., needed a bit of last-lap heroics to record his third victory of the season in the 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns. Stover dove inside Sam McAulay moments after the white flag was waved and then held off a last-turn charge by early leader Kendall Sellers to claim the trophy. McAulay settled for third.
Point leader Bruce Benson II continued to dominate the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws division, scoring his second straight victory. Following a lap-12 restart, the Lexington, N.C., racer took the lead from Marcus Limehouse and held on for his third triumph in four races. Josh Turner charged forward from the 10th starting spot to take second with Limehouse third.
Nicholas Stroupe of Iron Station, N.C., emerged victorious in the caution-filled finale for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits which features drivers ages 8 to 11. Stroupe, who also won during week two, started ninth, methodically worked forward and took the lead just two laps before the checkered flag was unfurled in the time-shortened race. Early leader Corey Gordon finished second and Ronnie Bassett Jr. was next across the stripe.
Paul Sparrow provided the fireworks in the 15-lap CRASHCar feature as the Gastonia, N.C., resident romped to his third consecutive victory driving the Invader machine. Kirby Allen, piloting Create-A-Scape, finished second in the bumper-banging event.
Fireworks will light up the sky again Tuesday night, July 4, when the 10-race Summer Shootout reaches its half-way point. More than 200 Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters are expected to fill the pit area and the crowd-pleasing School Buses will make their second appearance during the Circle K-sponsored night of racing.
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.
Peach Auto Body Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Casey Roderick; 2. Tyler Green; 3. Patrick Molesworth; 4. Jordan Anderson; 5. Duncan Molesworth; 6. Brennan Poole; 7. Ryan Lawler; 8. Michael Van Wingerden; 9. Chrissy Wallace; 10. John Gottsacker; 11. Rob Hall; 12. Thomas Van Wingerden; 13. Patrick McVay; 14. Kyle Fowler; 15. Jeremy Kalina; 16. Steve Abbey; 17. Daniel Moskowitz; 18. Chris Eggleston; 19. Chris Buescher; 20. Mark Whitley; 21. Jason Reisman; 22. Tolliver Smith; 23. Scott Knox; 24. Ben Stancill.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Ryan Zeck; 4. Kyle Beattie; 5. Jim Gresham; 6. Roger Simons; 7. Tom Van Wingerden; 8. Johanna Godinez; 9. Eric Harrington; 10. Mike Ferre.
National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (11 laps): 1. Mitchell Coble; 2. Andrew Carlsen; 3. Zach Stroupe; 4. Max Gresham; 5. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 6. J.R. Allen; 7. Matt Bowers; 8. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 9. Jake Crum; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Paddy Rodenbeck; 12. Josh Williams; 13. Justin Lloyd; 14. Robby Innella; 15. Kara Clarke; 16. Garrett Lancaster; 17. Beau Browning; 18. Kyle Hall; 19. Trey Edison; 20. Drew Denham; 21. Dennis Lambert; 22. Tyler Chrisinger; 23. Michael Brown; 24. Steve Daniels.
Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. Eddie Harwell; 3. Brian Weimer; 4. John Sossoman; 5. Danny Williams; 6. George "Cotton" Spry; 7. Tom Van Wingerden; 8. Phil Sharpe; 9. Chuck Dohm; 10. Keith Breasbois; 11. Jeff Turner; 12. W. Gary Shannon; 13. Todd Johnson; 14. Bill Gardner; 15. Tony Caper; 16. Jimmy Gurley; 17. Jan Ingram; 18. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 19. Carlos Moore; 20. Dave Winston; 21. David Denham; 22. Bobby Pence; 23. Bruce Sawicki; 24. Bruce Little.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Matthew Stover; 2. Kendall Sellers; 3. Sam McAulay; 4. Ryan Glenski; 5. Ryan Blaney; 6. Christopher Moore; 7. Trevor Farbo; 8. Dylan Pack; 9. Kyle Pierce; 10. Zac Kittle; 11. Kenny Brown; 12. Ryan Rust; 13. Sloan Henderson; 14. Ty Dillon; 15. Bailey Daniels; 16. Currie Pierce; 17. Austin Hill; 18. Timmy Hill; 19. Jordan Coker; 20. Gerald Campbell; 21. Tyler Armstrong; 22. John Stancill; 23. Ty Bennett; 24. Daniel Hemric.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (16 laps): 1. Nicholas Stroupe; 2. Corey Gordon; 3. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 4. Clint King; 5. Bodie Bellinger; 6. Dillon Bassett; 7. Jacob Harrell; 8. Dylan Presnell; 9. Cody Blackburn; 10. Mark Hoover; 11. Shawn Hoover; 12. Blake Jones; 13. Judson Kittle; 14. Dylan Ames; 15. Mason Massey; 16. Tyler Hill; 17. Meghan Dillner; 18. Grayson York; 19. Daniel Gobeille; 20. Peyton Durflinger; 21. Kyle Benjamin; 22. Noah Clark; 23. Landon Bullock.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Bruce Benson II; 2. Josh Turner; 3. Marcus Limehouse; 4. Trevor Cauble; 5. Amanda Harrell; 6. Chris Morgan; 7. Kara Clarke; 8. Tim Keener; 9. Dawn Eagens; 10. Jennifer Spain; 11. Bailey Freeman; 12. Nathan Rodgers; 13. Benny Mingo; 14. Charles Long Jr. 15. Ashleigh Wilkins; 16. Chris Honeycutt; 17. Duke Furr; 18. James Parson; 19. Jake Morris.
CRASHCar Feature (15 laps): 1. Invader, Paul Sparrow; 2. Create-A-Scape, Kirby Allen; 3. Got SPEED, Matt Dillner; 4. Krashy the Klown, Walter Pecora; 5. Chowder Head, Dave Knight; 6. Ruby Rhino, Dave Hutchinson; 7. Big Show, Kenneth Deese; 8. USA 1, David Hargget; 9. Vigilante, Rusty Drye; 10. Rimer Rocket, Bob Dillner; 11. White Boy, Jerry White; 12. Miss DeMeanor, Jennifer Petrea; 13. Area 51, Jeremy Troiano; 14. Fast Ball, Jeff Blackwelder; 15. Kill O' Bite, Jake Brown; 16. Black Widow, Sam Nail; 17. Cherry Bomb; 18. No Insurance, Larry Henderson; 19. High Voltage, James Grider; 20. Milk Man, Jeff Plott; 21. Land Shark, Bobby Wallace; 22. Saddle Tramp, Lynn Patterson; 23. Nightmare, Daryl Delapp; 24. C&D's Salvage, Gene Loden; 25. C&D's Crusher, Dustin Doster.