6 Consecutive Wins For 11-Year-Old Plott
Championship battles in the eight divisions of the Summer Shootout blossomed into full bloom Tuesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway as Metrolina Greenhouses presented the penultimate round of the 10-race series.
If a tie in athletic competition is equated to kissing your sister, then imagine what it must feel like to be tied with your brother. Despite an average finish of 1.9 through eight races, Thomas Van Wingerden, of Huntersville, N.C., entered the night deadlocked with his older brother, Michael, at the top of the Thunder Roadster points standings. But during round nine, it was their father, Tom, who may have inadvertently determined the championship outcome.
On lap two of the 20-lap Thunder Roadster feature, the patriarch of the Van Wingerden family tangled with son Michael as the pair battled for the lead exiting Turn 4. When the two sleek machines slid sideways, Thomas Van Wingerden, running third, made a remarkable move to avoid a collision and went on to record his sixth feature victory of the season. Drew Calhoun and Jim Gresham followed Thomas across the stripe, while Michael Van Wingerden recovered to finish fourth and maintain his championship hopes.
Jordan Anderson edged Thomas Hartensveld Jr. to claim his first victory of the season and take command in the championship chase for the Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club Legends Car Pro division. The 16-year-old driver from Columbia, S.C., battled with Hartensveld Jr. for the better part of the 20-lap race. The two swapped the point four times with Anderson leading the final four laps. Hartensveld settled for second while Chris Buescher earned the show money in the series' premier division. Casey Roderick entered the night with the points lead, but could do no better than 18th in a back-up car after his primary machine suffered mechanical woes in his heat race.
In the race for the Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits championship, Kyle Plott, of Marietta, Ga., continued to make the division his personal playground. When lapped traffic caused problems for Dillon Bassett on lap five, Plott slipped past for the lead and went on to record his sixth straight feature victory in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11. Davey Matthews and Bassett followed Plott across the stripe as the event was shortened to 15 laps due to the 15-minute time limit.
Jordan Penninger recorded his first victory of the season by dominating the 20-lap feature for the Legends Car Young Lions division. The 16-year-old driver from Huntersville, N.C., started from the pole and was never seriously challenged during the race for drivers ages 12 to 16. Tyler Millwood chased Penninger the entire distance, but had to settle for second with points leader Kyle Pierce third under the checkered flag.
Kendall Sellers and Christopher McKinney entered the night tied for first in the points race for the Bandolero Outlaws championship. Early in the 20-lap main event, McKinney appeared to have the edge, powering to the front of the field with Sellers close behind. But on lap seven, McKinney slid to the outside in Turn 4 just enough to open the door for Sellers. The Kannapolis, N.C., driver dipped inside and pulled ahead entering Turn 1. Sellers made the most of the clean air and cruised to victory for the fifth time in nine events. McKinney settled for second and Chris Morgan finished third in the division for drivers ages 16 and over.
Brian Weimer romped to his third victory of the season in the crash-filled 20-lap feature for the Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters division. The Cumming, Ga., resident started third in the 28-car field, took the lead on lap nine and held off points leader Clay Hair during the final eight trips around the quarter-mile oval. Hair extended his championship advantage claiming the runner-up money while John Sossoman ended up third in the division for drivers ages 40 and over.
Ryan Glenski scored his third consecutive victory and extended his points lead in the Bandolero Young Guns division. The 14-year-old, second-generation racer from Mooresville, N.C., started sixth and methodically moved to the front of the 24-car field, taking the lead on Lap 11. Glenski crossed the stripe with a comfortable advantage over second-place finisher and championship contender Ronnie Bassett Jr. Bryce Walker crossed the stripe third in the division for drivers ages 12 to 16.
Daniel Hemric's second victory of the season moved the 16-year-old Concord, N.C., driver into the points lead in the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro division. Hemric started fifth and patiently worked his way toward the front. On lap 16, he slid under Steven Ross in Turn 2 and never looked back in the 20-lap race. Ross, also a two-time winner this season, settled for second with J.R. Allen claiming the third-place trophy.
Defending CRASHCar series champion Paul Sparrow, of Gastonia, N.C., slipped his Invader machine through a multi-car tangle on the last lap to win the wild-and-wacky 15-lap finale for the entry-level stock car division. Jeremy Troiano led much of the race in Area 51, but was drop kicked into the grass on the last lap by Jerry White's White Boy entry, handing the trophy to Sparrow.
The 14th annual Summer Shootout concludes Tuesday night, Aug. 7. In addition to crowning champions in each of the eight divisions, members of SPEED's "NASCAR RaceDay" crew, including Jimmy Spencer, Hermie Sadler, John Roberts, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood, will trade paint in a School Bus slobberknocker. 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. Jordan Anderson; 2. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 3. Chris Buescher; 4. Mitchell Coble; 5. Duncan Molesworth; 6. Steven Abbey; 7. Tyler Green; 8. Garrett Lancaster; 9. Michael Van Wingerden; 10. Rich Petrucco; 11. Chrissy Wallace; 12. Thomas Van Wingerden; 13. Nick Carey; 14. Max Gresham; 15. Scott Knox; 16. Rowan Carey; 17. Paddy Rodenbeck; 18. Casey Roderick; 19. Tyler Chrisinger; 20. Jake Crum; 21. Dean Abbey; 22. Kyle Beattie; 23. Todd Adams; 24. Levi Rouster; 25. Tolliver Smith; 26. Darrell Wallace Jr.
Thunder Roadster Feature (19 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Drew Calhoun; 3. Jim Gresham; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Jordan Sims; 6. Matt Lassiter; 7. Jerry Lambert; 8. Justin Long; 9. Brennan Poole; 10. Brian Weimer; 11. Roger Simons; 12. Ed Evans; 13. Tom Van Wingerden; 14. Nick Tucker; 15. Thomas Clarke.
Fractured Prune Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Brian Weimer; 2. Clay Hair; 3. John Sossoman; 4. Dennis White; 5. Gary Shannon; 6. Jan Ingram; 7. Mark Moskowitz; 8. Jimmy Gurley; 9. Tom Van Wingerden; 10. Ronnie Laney; 11. Eddie Harwell; 12. George "Cotton" Spry; 13. Jeff Turner; 14. Will Cagle; 15. Carlos Moore; 16. Todd Johnson; 17. Dean Lyons; 18. Chip Ferguson; 19. Matt Willingham; 20. Bruce Silver; 21. Brad Taylor; 22. Tony Carper; 23. Bobby Pence; 24. Charles Kiser; 25. Glenn Aikenhead; 26. Bill Gardner.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Steven Ross; 3. J.R. Allen; 4. Ryan Blaney; 5. Austin Hill; 6. Josh Williams; 7. Chad Hackenbracht; 8. Trey Poole; 9. Matthew Stover; 10. Ronnie Milroy; 11. John Ellenburg; 12. Zach Zimmerly; 13. Christian Pahud; 14. Justin Lloyd; 15. Parker Hammons; 16. Kevan Combs; 17. Sam McAulay; 18. Gene Kirila II; 19. Mike Alcaro; 20. Ryan Flores; 21. Justin Morton; 22. Zack Alspach; 23. Trevor Alspach; 24. Jake Dallenbach; 25. Zach Stroupe; 26. Kyle Hall; 27. Jonathan Ross; 28. Rob Sanders.
Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Jordan Penninger; 2. Tyler Millwood; 3. Kyle Pierce; 4. Trevor Farbo; 5. Devin Layser; 6. Dylan Presnell; 7. Wyatt Dallenbach; 8. Landon Bullock; 9. Andrew Lloyd; 10. Tyler Kivett; 11. Nick Hoffman; 12. Chris Moore; 13. Madison Snyder; 14. Jimmy Heavlow; 15. Bailey Freeman.
Fisher-Price Bandolero Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Kyle Plott; 2. Davey Matthews; 3. Dillon Bassett; 4. Chase Elliott; 5. Matthew Linker; 6. Blake Jones; 7. Sean Shalvoy; 8. Evan Swilling; 9. Bayley Currey; 10. Corey Gordon; 11. Caleb Calvaresi; 12. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 13. Layne Clifton; 14. Jordan Stillwell; 15. Justin Crider; 16. Charlie Gresham; 17. Brock Newsom; 18. Jeffrey Abbey; 19. Tyler Lester; 20. Jesse Little; 21. Chandler Levan; 22. Reid Wilson; 23. Jesse Kirila; 24. Riley Halverson; 25. Kayla Marshall; 26. Clayton Weatherman; 27. Trevor Collins; 28. Matt Wallace.
Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 3. Bryce Walker; 4. Nicholas Stroupe; 5. Brandon Lynn; 6. Timmy Hill; 7. Kenzie Ruston; 8. Jeremy Birch; 9. Benji Hicks; 10. Chad Finchum; 11. William Cunningham; 12. Brett Pepicelli; 13. Tyler Hill; 14. Chase Ferguson; 15. Daniel Gobeille; 16. Dylan Pack; 17. Justin Grimes; 18. Hayden Reeves; 19. Cameron Collins; 20. Dylan Barbrian; 21. Tripp Ellis; 22. Devin Jones; 23. Clint King; 24. Casey LaJoie; 25. Gregory Lang.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers; 2. Christopher McKinney; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Nathan Rodgers; 5. Chris Honeycutt; 6. Josh Turner; 7. Jake Morris; 8. Jarod Hicks; 9. Charles Long Jr.; 10. Jake Speed; 11. Marcus Limehouse; 12. Adrian Williamson; 13. Tim Keener; 14. Kayla Turner; 15. Dawn Eagens; 16. Bruce Benson.
CRASHCars Feature (15 laps): 1. Paul Sparrow; 2. Jennifer Petrea; 3. Kenneth Deese; 4. Jeremy Troiano; 5. Walter Pecora; 6. Jerry White; 7. Rusty Drye; 8. Jake Brown; 9. Jason Campbell; 10. Chris James.