Shootout Series Averages 200 Cars Per Week
Stock Car Steel and Aluminum will present the 10th and final round of the 13th annual series Tuesday night on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at the legendary motorsports facility. This season's Summer Shootout has generated an array of statistics:
- Weekly car counts have ranged from a high of 220 on Monday night, July 3, to a low of 187 on Tuesday night, July 11. On average, 200 Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters have filled the Summer Shootout pit area each week.
- Thirty-five drivers have celebrated in victory lane following 63 main events. Thomas Van Wingerden is the most prolific winner. The 24-year-old racer from Huntersville, N.C., won seven consecutive Thunder Roadster races before his older brother, Michael, snapped the streak during round nine.
- Even though drivers from 22 states and two foreign countries have competed in the Summer Shootout, a vast majority of the first-place trophies stayed in the Tar Heel state. Feature victories by state: North Carolina, 48; Florida, 5; Georgia, 4; Texas, 3; New Jersey, 2; and South Carolina, 1.
- Thomas Van Wingerden and his father, Tom, are the only family members to record feature victories on the same night. On Tuesday, July 11, Tom captured his first career triumph in the Legends Car Masters division while Thomas topped the Thunder Roadsters.
- The National Guard Legends Car Semi-Pro division is the most popular with competitors, averaging 45 cars per week. The division features drivers who have a limited amount of Legends Car experience.
- More than a half century separates the youngest and oldest feature winners. Evan Bell, a 9-year-old racer from Buford, Ga., is the youngest Summer Shootout feature winner this season, while 60-year-old Tom Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., is the oldest.
- Cody Blackburn, of Stanley, N.C., who will celebrate his 11th birthday later this month, has posted nine consecutive top-eight finishes, including two victories, in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits division.
On the Summer Shootout championship front, the closest title fight is in the Legends Car Masters division where defending titlist Brian Weimer, of Cumming, Ga., leads two-time division champ George "Cotton" Spry, of Salisbury, N.C, by just six points.
The Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns championship will be decided Tuesday night among three competitors. Matthew Stover, of Gastonia, N.C., leads Austin Hill, of Winston, Ga., by 15 points while Daniel Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., is just two points behind Hill.
In addition to the seven championship-deciding races, SPEED Channel's "NASCAR RaceDay" crew, including Jimmy Spencer, John Roberts, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood, will compete in a winner-take-all School Bus slobberknocker that is sure to leave metal mangled and hearts broken.
Summer Shootout adult admission is just $5 while 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 10:30. For information, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.