Hall and Pierce New Winners at Shootout
Kyle Hall and Kyle Pierce added their names to the roster of Summer Shootout feature winners Tuesday night as Dollar General presented round eight of the 10-race series on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
In the 20-lap feature for the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro division, Hall, of Bushwood, Md., followed the old adage if at first you don't succeed, try again. After being penalized and moved back two positions for jumping a lap-16 restart, the 16-year-old racer pulled ahead on a lap-18 restart and went on to record his first feature victory of the season. Hall started 16th in the 28-car field and methodically worked his way to the front, skillfully using the choose rule and the outside groove to his advantage. Justin Lloyd recorded his best finish of the year in second while Christian Pahud was third across the stripe.
Pierce, of Statesville, N.C., earned his first victory of the season after a hard-fought battle in the 20-lap feature for the Legends Car Young Lions division. Pierce started second in the 18-car field and claimed the lead following a side-by-side battle with Trevor Farbo on lap 19. Farbo settled for second with Jimmy Heavlow third under the checkered flag. The complexion of the race changed on lap 15 when Jordan Penninger and Tyler Millwood tangled while battling for the lead. Millwood went spinning into the grass and had to restart at the rear of the field while officials sent Penninger to the back for spinning his rival.
Casey Roderick, of Lawrenceville, Ga., proved patience pays in the 20-lap feature for the Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club Legends Car Pro division. Roderick rode Mitchell Coble's rear bumper throughout the main event for the premier Legends Cars division before finally making the winning move just two laps from the checkered flag. Roderick inched into the coveted inside groove exiting Turn 4 to take the lead from Coble and went on to score his second victory of the year.
Thomas Hartensveld Jr. slipped into second on the final lap as Coble settled for the show money. Points leader Tyler Green avoided two early wrecks, but spun out in Turn 4 midway through the race. Despite moving to the rear of the field for the restart, the second-generation racer sliced through the 28-car field to earn a respectable 11th-place finish.
Clay Hair assumed command in the Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters championship chase as the Mt. Pleasant, N.C., veteran romped to his second consecutive victory in the 20-lap feature for drivers age 40 and over. After starting fifth and taking the top spot on lap four, Hair held off defending series champion George "Cotton" Spry as the pair sliced through lapped traffic during the closing laps. Tom Van Wingerden, the patriarch of the racing Van Wingerden family, started from the pole, but had to settle for third in the 30-car field.
The latest episode of racing's "Family Feud" took place in the 20-lap feature for the Thunder Roadster division as the Van Wingerden brothers again finished first and second, but the order was reversed for the first time in five weeks. Brothers Thomas and Michael started side-by-side on the second row, but Michael, of Davidson, N.C., moved to the point on lap two and never looked back en route to his third victory of the season. Younger brother Thomas played bumper tag with his brother for the final three laps, but was unable to pull ahead as his streak of five consecutive wins was broken. In the race for best of the rest, Nick Tucker came in third.
Ryan Glenski, of Mooresville, N.C., came out firing in the 20-lap feature for the Bandolero Young Guns. It took only four laps for the 14-year-old racer to take command, but after pulling away to a 10-car length advantage, a yellow flag bunched up the field on lap 17. After the restart, Glenski wiggled just enough in Turn 2 to allow Clint King to momentarily pull alongside, but Glenski responded to the challenge and went on to take the checkered flag for the fifth time this season. King finished second for the sixth time in eight races while Ronnie Bassett Jr. was next under the checkered flag in the division for drivers ages 12 to 16.
Eleven-year-old Kyle Plott scored his fifth consecutive victory and extended his points lead in the main event for the Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits division. The Marietta, Ga., driver moved to the front on lap 14 following a terrific four-car battle at the head of the pack. Once in front, Plott never looked back and cruised to the checkered flag as the caution-filled race was shortened to 19 laps due to the 15-minute time limit. Davey Matthews claimed the second-place trophy while Bayley Currey was third in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
In the caution-free finale for the Bandolero Outlaws, Christopher McKinney nabbed his second victory of the season. The 17-year-old resident of Maynardville, Tenn., assumed command on the opening lap and held off the Methodist Motorsports duo of Kendall Sellers and Chris Morgan throughout the 20-lap run. Sellers and Morgan took second and third respectively in the division for drivers ages 17 and older as Sellers extended his points lead.
In a 15-lap CRASHCar race where the second car across the finish line earned the winner's trophy, Walter Pecora, of Kannapolis, N.C., was victorious driving Krashy the Klown. Defending CRASHCar champion Paul Sparrow, wheeling the Invader entry, led every lap, but was scored second in the final rundown.
The 14th annual Summer Shootout continues Tuesday night, July 31, and the racing will be in full bloom as Metrolina Greenhouses presents the penultimate round of the 10-race series. In addition to the eight regular divisions, the wild-and-crazy CRASHCars will make their final Summer Shootout appearance of the season. Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. For information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Casey Roderick; 2. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 3. Mitchell Coble; 4. Jordan Anderson; 5. Garrett Lancaster; 6. Max Gresham; 7. Scott Knox; 8. Nick Carey; 9. Steven Daniels; 10. Duncan Molesworth; 11. Tyler Green; 12. Jake Crum; 13. Paddy Rodenbeck; 14. Brennan Poole; 15. Michael Van Wingerden; 16. Rich Petrucco; 17. Chris Buescher; 18. Rowan Carey; 19. Thomas Van Wingerden; 20. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 21. Kyle Beattie; 22. Chrissy Wallace; 23. Dean Abbey; 24. Todd Adams; 25. Steven Abbey; 26. Tyler Chrisinger; 27. Brandon Thomas.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Thomas Van Wingerden; 3. Nick Tucker; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Brian Weimer; 6. Matt Lassiter; 7. Justin Long; 8. Jordan Sims; 9. Ed Evans; 10. Roger Simons; 11. Thomas Clarke; 12. Jim Gresham; 13. Drew Calhoun.
Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. George "Cotton" Spry; 3. Tom Van Wingerden; 4. Dennis White; 5. John Sossoman; 6, Mark Moskowitz; 7. Tony Carper; 8. Jimmy Gurley; 9. Charles Kiser; 10. Matt Willingham; 11. Will Cagle; 12. Todd Johnson; 13. Jeff Turner; 14. Bobby Pence; 15. John Hugate; 16. Eddie Harwell; 17. Chip Ferguson; 18. Dean Lyons; 19. Bruce Little; 20. Carlos Moore; 21. Bill Gardner; 22. Dave Winston; 23. Bruce Silver; 24. Gary Shannon; 25. Brian Weimer; 26. Jan Ingram; 27. Brad Taylor; 28. Ronnie Laney; 29. Glenn Aikenhead.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Hall; 2. Justin Lloyd; 3. Christian Pahud; 4. Daniel Hemric; 5. Steven Ross; 6. Trevor Alspach; 7. Michael Brown; 8. Dennis Kiser; 9. Mike Alcaro; 10. John Ellenburg; 11. J.R. Allen; 12. Matthew Stover; 13. Gene Kirila III; 14. Trey Poole; 15. Kory Blevins; 16. Justin Swilling; 17. Scott Ward; 18. Kara Clarke; 19. Austin Hill; 20. Chad Hackenbracht; 21. Jeff Bolen; 22. Ronnie Milroy; 23. Parker Hammons; 24. Rob Sanders; 25. John Davis; 26. Josh Williams; 27. Jake Dallenbach; 28. Sam McAulay.
Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Pierce; 2. Trevor Farbo; 3. Jimmy Heavlow; 4. Andrew Lloyd; 5. Dylan Presnell; 6. Landon Bullock; 7. Chris Moore; 8. Tyler Millwood; 9. Devin Layser; 10. Dusty Summers; 11. Nick Hoffman; 12. Bailey Freeman; 13. Chase Fleming; 14. Jordan Penninger; 15. Jeremy Mullinax; 16. Tyler Kivett; 17. Wyatt Dallenbach.
Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits Feature (19 laps): 1. Kyle Plott; 2. Davey Matthews; 3. Bayley Currey; 4. Matt Wallace; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 6. Blake Jones; 7. Dillon Bassett; 8. Chase Elliott; 9. Jordan Stillwell; 10. Tyler Lester; 11. Brock Newsom; 12. Sean Shalvoy; 13. Corey Gordon; 14. Evan Brown; 15. Charlie Gresham; 16. Jeffrey Abbey; 17. Trevor Collins; 18. Reid Wilson; 19. Chandler Levan; 20. Matthew Linker; 21. Jordan Plummer; 22. Jesse Little; 23. John Holleman; 24. Caleb Calvaresi; 25. Kayla Marshall; 26. Justin Crider; 27. Kate Dallenbach; 28. Riley Halverson.
Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Clint King; 3. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 4. Dylan Pack; 5. Bryce Walker; 6. Devin Jones; 7. Brandon Lynn; 8. Timmy Hill; 9. Tyler Hill; 10. Casey LaJoie; 11. Chad Finchum; 12. William Cunningham; 13. Brett Pepicelli; 14. Cameron Collins; 15. Justin Grimes; 16. Benji Hicks; 17. Kenzie Ruston; 18. Jeremy Birch; 19. Tripp Ellis; 20. Daniel Gobeille; 21. Nicholas Stroupe; 22. Chase Ferguson; 23. Gregory Lang; 24. Hayden Reeves.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Christopher McKinney; 2. Kendall Sellers; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Josh Turner; 5. Marcus Limehouse; 6. Nathan Rodgers; 7. Adrian Williamson; 8. Chris Honeycutt; 9. Dawn Eagens; 10. Jake Morris; 11. Charles Long Jr.; 12. Kayla Turner; 13. Tim Keener; 14. Jarod Hicks; 15. Jake Speed.
CRASHCars Feature (15 laps): 1. Walter Pecora; 2. Paul Sparrow; 3. Jennifer Petrea; 4. James Crider; 5. Jake Brown; 6. Rusty Drye; 7. Jeremy Troiano; 8. Chris James; 9. Jason Campbell; 10. Jerry White; 11. Kenneth Deese.