Ragan Protege a Winner at Summer Shootout!
Chris Buescher cashed in on his tutelage from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan as Dollar General presented round three of the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series, Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 15-year-old racer from Prosper, Texas, has been mentored this summer by Ragan, Roush-Fenway Racing's driver of the No. 6 Ford Fusion. In the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro division finale, Buescher proved to be a worthy pupil.
Buescher patiently stalked John Ellenburg for 14 laps before making his move with two trips to go around the quarter-mile frontstretch oval.
Following a two-car accident, Buescher used a bump-and-run maneuver in Turn 1 to take the point after the restart. But Ellenburg fought back, pulling the same move in Turn 3 to ease the Texan to the outside. Ellenburg appeared on the way to his first Pro division victory, but his car got loose in Turn 4 and was collected in a three-car pileup. Buescher escaped unscathed and pulled away for his first victory of the season.
Steven Ross and Casey Roderick followed Buescher across the stripe in the division for the nation's best Legends Car drivers.
In the Coke Classic Legends Car Masters division, defending series champion Clay Hair won his first race of the season.
After starting fourth, Hair took the lead on lap five and opened up a huge advantage on the 28-car field. But a lap-19 caution flag set up a two-lap shootout to the finish. Hair, of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., used a flawless restart to hold off an aggressive challenge from points leader John Sossoman and captured the 29th Summer Shootout feature victory of his career. Sossoman finished second with George "Cotton" Spry following closely behind in third.
Dillon Bassett of Winston Salem, N.C., cruised to victory for the second straight week in the POWERade Bandolero Bandits feature. The 11-year-old started third, jumped to the lead on lap one and didn't take long to begin lapping the field.
Mason Massey and T.J. Michael were left to battle it out for second place. Following a late-race caution flag, Massey slipped by Michael to take the runner-up spot, while Michael settled for third in the 14-lap feature for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Kendall Sellers, 17, of Kannapolis, N.C., captured his first win of the season in the Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws feature.
Sellers took the lead on lap one of the caution-free race and never looked back, crossing the finish line a full straightaway in front of second-place Chris Morgan of Kannapolis, N.C. Bailey Daniels came in third in the series for Bandolero drivers ages 16 and up.
Other feature winners included Rusty Drye, of Rockwell, N.C., in the CRASHCars division; Scott Hensley, of Olive Branch, Miss., in the Vault Legends Car Young Lions division; Timmy Hill of Port Tobacco, Md., in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns division; Cody Blackburn, of Stanley, N.C., in the Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro division; and Adam Gay, from Dubline, Ga., by the margin of .003-seconds in the Full Throttle Thunder Cars.
There will be fireworks on and off the track Tuesday night, July 1, when the 15th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout celebrates Independence Day with a giant fireworks extravaganza presented by the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In addition to a full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Car racing, a wild-and-crazy CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction will be part of the action. The fireworks extravaganza will follow the racing program at approximately 10:15 p.m.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Buescher; 2.
Steven Ross; 3. Casey Roderick; 4. Mitchell Coble; 5. Scott Knox; 6. Garrett
Lancaster; 7. Nick Carey; 8. Christian Pahud; 9. Ryan Bird; 10. Tyler Green;
11. Thomas Van Wingerden; 12. Jordan Anderson; 13. Trey Poole; 14. Drew
Denham; 15. Dusty Davis; 16. Daniel Moskowitz; 17. Andrew Smith; 18. Josh
Williams; 19. Jeremy Wood; 20. Matthew Stover; 21. James Kennedy; 22. Drew
Calhoun; 23. John Ellenburg; 24. Daniel Hemric; 25. Parker Hammons; 26.
Jesse Bunnell; 27. Troy DeCaire; 28. Tolliver Smith.
Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (12 laps): 1. Adam Gay, 2. Taylor
Hull, 3. Kara Clarke; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Tommy Pistone; 6. Thomas
Van Wingerden; 7. Jim Fluharty; 8. Tom Van Wingerden.
Coke Classic Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2.
John Sossoman; 3. George "Cotton" Spry; 4. Chuck Dohm; 5. Dennis White; 6.
Gary Deitz; 7. Will Cagle; 8. Jeff Turner; 9. Bill Gardner; 10. Hoyt Demis;
11. Charles Kiser; 12. Chip Ferguson; 13. Phil Sharpe; 14. Jan Ingram; 15.
Dr. Gary Shannon; 16. Todd Adams; 17. Bruce Sawicki; 18. Stephen Carter; 19.
Bruce Silver; 20. Bobby Pence; 21. Tom Van Wingerden; 22. Jimmy Gurley; 23.
Ronnie Laney; 24. Clayton Austin; 25. Bill Bradford; 26. Carlos Moore; 27.
Glen Aikenhed; 28. David Denham.
Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (12 laps): 1. Cody Blackburn,
2. Sam McAulay, 3. Chad Hackenbracht, 4. Justin Swilling, 5. Austin Hill, 6.
Jordan Penninger, 7. Karl Forman, 8. Justin Lloyd, 9. Brecken Snow, 10.
Michael Brown, 11. Jimmy Heavlow, 12. Bryan Silas, 13. Ronnie Bassett Jr.,
14. Currie Pierce, 15. Kyle Pierce, 16. Michael Alcaro, 17. Dennis Kiser,
18. T.J. Hicks, 19. Chase Elliott, 20. Brandon Lynn, 21. Tanner Berryhill,
22. Jonathan Ross, 23. Roger Coss, 24. Michael Cooper, 25. Brock Baldwin,
26. Christopher McKinney, 27. Bailey Freeman, 28. Zach Zimmerly.
Vault Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Scott Hensley;
2. Dylan Sawyer; 3. Bryce Walker; 4. Devin Jones; 5. Justin Grimes; 6.
Hunter Bledsoe; 7. Mitchell Taylor; 8. Harrison Rhodes; 9. Kenzie Ruston;
10. Sean Harris; 11. Hayden Reeves; 12. Sean Shalvoy; 13. Timmy Hill; 14.
Andrew Belmont; 15. Gunther Beam; 16. Kyle Belmont; 17. Jordan Stillwell;
18. Dylan Presnell; 19. Kyle Resco; 20. Jordan Fleming; 21. Robert
Kuczmarski; 22. Nick Gill; 23. Derrick Hill; 24. Austin Leitnes; 25. Dusty
Summers; 26. Evan Swilling.
POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (14 laps): 1. Dillon Bassett; 2.
Mason Massey; 3. T.J. Michael; 4. Kason Plott; 5. Kyle Weatherman; 6. Layne
Clifton; 7. Tanner Rumburg; 8. Drew Whidby; 9. Clayton Weatherman; 10.
Dillon Spain; 11. Jesse Little; 12. Cole Timm; 13. Shawn Hooven; 14. Heather
Lynn; 15. Dillon Latour; 16. Ray Beebe; 17. A.J. Davis; 18. Cole Custer; 19.
Jordan Plummer; 20. Grayson Massey; 21. Kacey Otto; 22. Anthony Berube; 23.
Carson Ferguson; 24 Reid Wilson; 25. Ben Klatt; 26.Trevor Collins; 27. John
Holleman IV; 28. Grant Parr.
Sprite Bandolero Young Guns Feature (8 laps): 1. Timmy Hill; 2.
Justin Carroll; 3. Robert Poole; 4. Jeremy Birch; 5. Tyler Hill; 6. Benji
Hicks; 7. Casey LaJoie; 8. Noah Triplett; 9. Travis Robinson; 10. Corey
Gordon; 11. Gregory Lang; 12. Matt Wallace; 13. William Cunningham; 14.
Blake Jones; 15. Chad Finchum; 16. Brandon Nelson; 17. Scott Nagel; 18.
Myatt Snider; 19. Luke Demis; 20. Mark Hooven; 21. Daniel Gobielle; 22.
Chase Ferguson; 23. George Blaney; 24. Dustin Thomas; 25. Chandler LeVan;
26. Cody Humphreys; 27. Riley Halverson; 28. Matthew Linker.
Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers;
2. Chris Morgan; 3. Bailey Daniels; 4. Scott Beaver; 5. Kenny Brown; 6.
Kayla Turner; 7. John Jones IV; 8. Brett Pepicelli; 9. Tim Kenner; 10.
Charles Long Jr.; 11. Ashley Hillenburg; 12. Thomas Ellis; 13. Brandon
CRASHCar Feature (15 laps) 1. Rusty Drye; 2. Jeremy Troiano; 3.
Kenneth Deese; 4. Paul Sparrow; 5. Jason Campbell; 6. Dave Hutchinson; 7.
Matt Patterson; 8. Chris James.