Youth and Experience Share the Spotlight!
Youth and experience shared the spotlight in the headline divisions Tuesday night during the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway as 17-year-old Steven Ross and 49-year-old John Sossoman were among the nine feature winners.
The pit area was filled with 236 race cars as Dave and Buster's at Concord Mills presented round two of the 10-week series. In the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro division, Ross threw caution to the wind and made the move of the night during the only caution flag of the 20-lap race. The Stanfield, N.C., driver chose the outside lane on a double-file restart and powered around NASCAR Sprint Cup star David Ragan to take the lead.
Roush Fenway Racing's youngest Cup driver gave chase for the final 12 trips around the quarter-mile oval, but couldn't close the gap. Ross won by two car lengths while Ragan, who honed his racing skills in Bandoleros and Legends Cars during the early years of his career, settled for second.
Polesitter Daniel Hemric claimed third-place money in the division that showcases the nation's best Legends Car racers. Sossoman led only one lap of the Coke Classic Legends Car Masters feature, but it was the one that counted as the Concord, N.C., resident scored his second consecutive victory in the division for drivers ages 40 and over.
Sossoman was running second to long-time rival George "Cotton" Spry when the white flag was unfurled. The two first made contact in Turn 2 on the final lap and then tangled again in Turn 3. The last bump sent Spry to the outside of Turn 4 while Sossoman drove by on the inside as the checkered flag was waved.
Dirt-track legend Will Cagle slipped between Sossoman and Spry in the final turn to take second-place money while Spry recovered to finish third. The crash-filled race was shortened to just nine of the scheduled 20 laps due to time constraints.
Zachary Alspach, of Willingboro, N.J., was declared the winner of the Coke Zero Semi-Pro Legends Car division feature that was more like a demolition derby than a race.
Alspach took command at the green flag, but the race was soon stopped for a massive tangle that resulted in oil being dumped around the entire track. The race came down to a one-lap shootout between Alspach and Jordan Penninger with Alspach leading at the white flag. Heading into Turn 3, Penninger bumped Alspach out of the way and went on to an apparent victory.
However, officials penalized Penninger for rough driving, giving the victory to Alspach. Jonathan Ross ended up second when the dust cleared and Austin Hill was third.
Bryce Walker, of Weatherford, Texas, spun across the finish line for his first victory in the Vault Legends Car Young Lions feature. The 14-year-old Walker started second and quickly swapped positions with pole winner Dylan Sawyer, taking the lead on lap one.
Sawyer ran second the remaining 19 laps while Justin Grimes finished third in the division that features drivers new to Legends Car racing.
Brett Pepicelli scored his first career Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout victory in the 20-lap feature for the Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws. The York, S.C., resident started third in the 13-car field and took the lead on a lap-eight restart.
Despite several challenges from Bailey Daniels during the waning laps, Pepicelli held on for the victory with Daniels and Scott Beaver following him under the checkered flag. Other feature winners were Thomas Van Wingerden, of Huntersville, N.C., who nipped his brother Michael, in the 12-lap Thunder Car feature on the superspeedway; 11-year-old Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, N.C., in the POWERade Bandolero Bandits; 13-year-old Chad Finchum, of Knoxville, Tenn., for the second consecutive week in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns; and two-time defending series champion Paul Sparrow, of Gastonia, N.C., in the CRASHCars.
The 15th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout continues Tuesday night, June 24. In addition to the eight regular racing divisions, Charlotte Motor Speedway's wild and wacky CRASHCar division will be back in action.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Steven Ross; 2.
David Ragan; 3. Daniel Hemric; 4. Nick Carey; 5. Thomas Van Wingerden; 6.
Michael Van Wingerden; 7. Jordan Anderson; 8. Mitchell Coble; 9. John
Ellenburg; 10. Scott Knox; 11. Dusty Davis; 12. Chris Buescher; 13.
Christian Pahud; 14. Garrett Lancaster; 15. Jesse Bunnell; 16. Drew Calhoun;
17. Parker Hammons; 18. Andrew Smith; 19. Jeremy Wood; 20.Troy DeCaire; 21.
Josh Williams; 22. Taylor Hull; 23. Matthew Stover; 24. Tolliver Smith; 25.
John Gottsacker; 26. James Kennedy; 27. Baiden Heskett; 28. Trey Poole.
Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (12 laps): 1. Thomas Van
Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Adam Gay; 4. Tad Segars; 5. Tom
Clarke; 6. Matt Lassiter; 7. Kara Clarke; 8. Tom Van Wingerden; 9. Tim
Pafford; 10. Jim Fluharty.
Coke Classic Legends Car Masters Feature (9 laps): 1. John Sossoman;
2. Will Cagle; 3. George "Cotton" Spry; 4. Bobby Pence; 5. Bruce Sawicki; 6.
Tom Van Wingerden; 7. Gary Deitz; 8. Charles Kiser; 9. Chuck Dohm; 10. Todd
Adams; 11. John Davis; 12. Todd Johnson; 13. Stephen Carter; 14. Dr. Gary
Shannon; 15. Jeff Turner; 16. Chip Ferguson; 17. Clay Hair; 18. Ronnie
Laney; 19. Jimmy Gurley; 20. Bill Gardner; 21. Dennis White; 22. Bruce
Silver; 23. Hoyt Demis; 24. Bill Bradford; 25. Glenn Aikenhed; 26. Carlos
Moore; 27. David Denham; 28. Phil Sharpe; 29. Jan Ingram.
Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (3 laps): 1. Zachary Alspach;
2. Jonathan Ross; 3. Austin Hill; 4. Ronnie Bassett Jr. ; 5. Brecken Snow;
6. Jeffery Bolen; 7. Roger Coss; 8. Trevor Alspach; 9. Ronnie Milroy; 10.
Chase Elliott; 11. Currie Pierce; 12. Karl Forman; 13. Kara Clarke; 14. Sam
McAulay; 15. Landon Bullock; 16. Michael Cooper; 17. Justin Swilling; 18.
Brock Baldwin; 19. Phillip Bell; 20. Cody Blackburn; 21. Dennis Kiser; 22.
Zach Zimmerly; 23. Jimmy Heavlow; 24. Chad Hackenbracht; 25. Bailey Freeman;
26. Michael Brown; 27. Mike Alcaro; 28. Jordan Penninger.
Vault Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Bryce Walker; 2.
Dylan Sawyer; 3. Justin Grimes; 4. Dylan Presnell; 5. Devin Jones; 6. Evan
Swilling; 7. Travis Braden; 8. Kyle Resco; 9. Gunther Beam; 10. Hayden
Reeves; 11. Austin Leitner; 12. Harrison Rhodes; 13. Timmy Hill; 14. Jordan
Stillwell; 15. Kenzie Ruston; 16. Nick Gill; 17. Kyle Morris; 18. Robert
Kuczmarski; 19. Derrick Hill; 20. Scott Hensley; 21. Hunter Bledsoe; 22.
Mitchell Taylor; 23. Sean Shalvoy.
POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (18 laps): 1. Dillon Bassett; 2.
Layne Clifton; 3. Jesse Little; 4. T.J. Michael; 5. Mason Massey; 6. John
Holleman IV; 7. Brady Boswell; 8. Kyle Weatherman; 9. Bayley Currey; 10.
Clayton Weatherman; 11. Mason Hudson; 12. Kason Plott; 13. Brian Kolb; 14.
Grayson Massey; 15. Dillon Spain; 16. Ray Beebe; 17. Tanner Rumburg; 18.
Cole Timm; 19. Ben Klatt; 20. A.J. Davis; 21. Trevor Collins; 22. Dillon
Latour; 23. Carson Ferguson; 24. Heather Lynn; 25. Kasey Hillenburg; 26.
Micah Wever; 27. Briggs Dorman; 28. Reid Wilson.
Sprite Bandolero Young Guns Feature (12 laps): 1. Chad Finchum; 2.
Justin Thomas; 3. Blake Jones; 4. Robert Poole; 5.Tyler Hill; 6. Matthew
Linker; 7. Corey Gordon; 8. Jeremy Birch; 9. Chase Ferguson; 10. Casey
LaJoie; 11. Chandler LeVan; 12. Gregory Lang; 13. Myatt Snider; 14. Matt
Wallace; 15. Luke Demis; 16. Riley Halverson; 17. William Cunningham; 18.
Justin Carroll; 19. Timmy Hill; 20. George Blaney; 21. Cody Humphreys; 22.
Brandon Nelson; 23. Zachary Dunn; 24.Daniel Gobielle; 25. Derrick Ramey; 26.
Noah Triplett; 27. Benji Hicks; 28. Travis Robinson.
Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Brett Pepicelli;
2. Scott Beaver; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Bailey Daniels; 5. Kayla Turner; 6.
Charles Long Jr. ; 7. Ashley Hillenburg; 8. Thomas Ellis; 9. Brandon Conard;
10. Kenny Brown; 11. Tim Keener; 12. John Jones IV; 13. Kendall Sellers.
CRASHCar Feature (15 laps) 1. Paul Sparrow; 2. Walter Pecora; 3.
Rusty Drye; 4. John Rary; 5. Jeremy Troiano; 6. Jason Campbell; 7. Dave
Hutchinson; 8. Chris James; 9; Larry Henderson; 10. Randy Buckwell; 11. Matt