Summer Shootout Title Fights Heat Up
While each of the championship battles is far from decided, the most intriguing is being fought in the National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division which primarily features young racers with limited Legends Car experience.
Semi-Pro is the only Summer Shootout division that has yet to see a repeat winner and the championship storyline resembles that of the tortoise and the hare.
Matt Bowers, a 15-year-old from Mt. Dora, Fla., has used consistency to open a 30-point advantage over fellow Floridian, 15-year-old Paddy Rodenbeck. While Bowers has yet to visit victory lane, the teenager has recorded three third-place finishes and has not crossed the finish line outside the top six.
Rodenbeck claimed the winner's trophy during week three and has four additional top-10 finishes, but his failure to qualify for the main event on the Fourth of July has him scrambling to make up lost ground. Jake Crum, a 14-year-old from Statesville, N.C., is the most recent National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division feature winner and sits third in the standings just one point behind Rodenbeck.
In addition to the seven traditional divisions, the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars will be back in action Tuesday night. Inspired by John Lasseter, producer of the hit animated movie "CARS," CRASHCars are an entry level stock car division where each car features a cartoon-style theme.
Summer Shootout admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:30 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 10:15. For information, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.