Familiar Faces in Summer Shootout Victory Lane
It was only fitting that drivers from Texas, Tennessee and Georgia were among the feature winners Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau presented round four of the 15th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series.
On an evening that featured fireworks on and off the race track, the largest crowd of the season kicked off the Fourth of July celebration by cheering seven repeat winners, one new visitor to victory lane and a wild and crazy CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction.
Chris Buescher, of Prosper, Texas, started 24th in the 26-car field and led only one lap, but it happened to be the most important one in a wild Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro division feature that had four caution flags and five leaders.
Casey Roderick, the 2006 Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Pro division champion, took the lead on lap 12 of the 20-lap feature and appeared to be cruising to his first victory of the season.
However, just after Roderick led the field under the white flag, the caution flag was waved for two-car tangle. Series rules dictate that once the white flag is waved, all cars race back to the checkered flag. Not knowing that they were still racing, Roderick and second-running Jordan Anderson slowed coming out of Turn 2. Buescher, running third at the time, stayed in the gas and went on to claim his second consecutive feature victory.
Anderson, the defending series champion, recovered to finish second with points leader Steven Ross coming across the finish line in third.
Reminiscent of a NASCAR superspeedway race from the 1970s, Adam Gay, of Dubline, Ga., used a slingshot move to pass Taylor Hull en route to his second consecutive victory in the 12-lap Thunder Car feature.
Run on the 1.5-mile superspeedway, the 10-car field spent the first 11 laps drafting in bumper-to-bumper packs. But with the checkered flag in sight, the top five cars fanned out coming off Turn 4 and Gay dove to the inside. Taking full advantage of the draft, he beat Hull to the checkered flag by less than half a car length.
Hull settled for second for the second straight week while points leader and two-time feature winner Thomas Van Wingerden was third under the checkered flag.
Bryce Walker drove away with the feature victory in the 20-lap main event for the Vault Legends Car Young Lions division. The 14-year-old racer from Weatherford, Texas, started fifth and was running fourth when he made a last-minute decision to take the outside lane for a lap-10 restart.
That decision put Walker on the outside of the front row next to leader Scott Hensley, When the green flag reappeared, Walker pulled away from Hensley and went on to his second victory of the season in the division for drivers with limited Legends Car experience.
Hensley, also a two-time feature winner this season, held on for second with Dylan Sawyer chasing them across the stripe. Points leader Devin Jones was fourth.
The fact that Dillon Bassett's family has a one-fifth-mile race track in their backyard is paying big dividends as the 11-year-old racer from Winston-Salem, N.C., recorded his third consecutive victory in the main event for the POWERade Bandolero Bandits division.
Bassett started seventh in the 26-car field and was up to third by the end of the opening lap. He had closed to leader Clayton Weatherman's rear bumper after just three trips around the quarter-mile oval and spent the next six laps planning his winning move. That move came on lap nine when he dove inside Weatherman and went on to a convincing victory as the
caution-filled race was shortened to just 12 of the scheduled 20 laps due to time constraints.
Weatherman held on to score his best finish of the season in second with Brian Kolb taking third in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Other feature winners were: Kendall Sellers, of Kannapolis, N.C., for the second consecutive week in the Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws; Clay Hair, of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., for the second straight race in the Coke Classic Legends Car Masters division; 13-year-old Chad Finchum, of Knoxville, Tenn., in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns; Justin Swilling, of
Cohutta, Ga., for the first time in the Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro division; and Jerry White, of Monroe, N.C., driving the White Boy entry in the CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction.
The Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout will reach the half-way point Tuesday night, July 8, as Fractured Prune presents the "NASCAR RaceDay" School Bus Challenge during round five of the 10-week series. SPEED Channel personalities Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace, John Roberts, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood are among those scheduled to battle in the behemoth machines.
In addition to the School Bus race, a full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Car racing is on tap. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30. For information, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Buescher; 2. Jordan Anderson; 3. Steven Ross; 4. Daniel Hemric; 5. Casey Roderick; 6. Ryan Bird; 7. Garrett Lancaster; 8. Thomas Van Wingerden; 9. Nick Carey; 10. Andrew Smith; 11. Michael Van Wingerden; 12. Jesse Bunnell; 13. Parker Hammons; 14. Tolliver Smith; 15. Drew Calhoun; 16. Mitchell Coble; 17. Jeremy Wood; 18. Josh Williams; 19. James Kennedy; 20. Dusty Davis; 21. Mark Whitley; 22. John Ellenburg; 23. Matthew Stover; 24. Christian Pahud; 25.
Scott Knox; 26. Troy DeCaire.
Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (12 laps): 1. Adam Gay; 2. Taylor Hull; 3. Thomas Van Wingerden; 4. Scott Knox; 5. Kara Clarke; 6. Thomas Pistone III; 7. Michael Van Wingerden; 8. Tom Van Wingerden; 9. Tim Pafford; 10. Hunter Bledsoe.
Coke Classic Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Phil Sharpe; 4. Dennis White; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Bruce Sawicki; 7. Dr. Gary Shannon; 8. Todd Johnson; 9. John Davis; 10. Stephen Carter; 11. Will Cagle; 12. Jan Ingram; 13. Bill Gardner; 14. Gary Deitz; 15. Jeff Turner; 16. Todd Adams; 17. Chip Ferguson; 18. Jimmy Gurley; 19. Bruce Silver; 20. David Denham; 21. Carlos Moore; 22. Bill Bradford; 23.Glen Aikenhed; 24. Hoyt Demis; 25. Chuck Dohm; 26. Charles Keiser.
Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Justin Swilling; 2. Brandon Lynn; 3. Cody Blackburn; 4. Ronnie Bassett Jr; 5. Jordan Penninger; 6. Chad Hackenbracht; 7. Michael Brown; 8. Jeffrey Bolen; 9. Sam McAulay; 10. Brecken Snow; 11. Austin Hill; 12. Currie Pierce; 13. Justin Lloyd; 14. Ryan Blaney; 15. Mike Alcaro; 16. Landon Bullock; 17.
Denis Kiser; 18. Jonathan Ross; 19. Chase Elliott; 20. Zachary Alspach; 21.Ronnie Milroy; 22. Andrew Brown; 23. Roger Coss; 24. Kara Clarke; 25. John King; 26. Brock Baldwin; 27. Karl Forman; 28. Jimmy Heavlow.
Vault Legends Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Bryce Walker; 2. Scott Hensley; 3. Dylan Sawyer; 4. Devin Jones; 5. Justin Grimes; 6. Evan Swilling; 7. Dylan Presnell; 8. Hayden Reeves; 9. Mitchell Taylor; 10. Timmy Hill; 11. Austin Leitnes; 12. Harrison Rhodes; 13. Jordan Stillwell; 14. Kenzie Ruston; 15. Robert Kuczmarski; 16. Sean Shalvoy; 17. Hunter Bledsoe; 18. Nick Gill; 19. Derrick Hill; 20. Gerald Campbell; 21. Scott Hubler; 22.
Dusty Summers; 23. Kyle Resco; 24. Sean Harris; 25. Travis Peal.
POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (12 laps): 1. Dylan Bassett; 2. Clayton Weatherman; 3. Brian Kolb; 4. Kyle Weatherman; 5. T.J. Michael; 6. Shawn Hooven; 7. Jesse Little; 8. Mason Hudson; 9. Layne Clifton; 10. Micah Wever; 11. John Holleman IV; 12. Ray Beebe; 13. Garrett Biggers; 14. Casey Hillenburg; 15. Mason Massey; 16. Heather Lynn; 17. Ben Klatt; 18. Dillon Latour; 19. Jordan Plummer; 20. Tanner Rumburg; 21. Anthony Berube; 22.
Dillon Spain; 23. Dalton Hill; 24. Carson Ferguson; 25. Kason Plott; 26. Gray Gaulding; 27. A.J. Davis; 28. Cole Timm.
Sprite Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Chad Finchum; 2. Matthew Linker; 3. Brandon Nelson; 4. Timmy Hill; 5. Robert Poole; 6. Justin Thomas; 7. Tyler Hill; 8. William Cunningham; 9. Travis Robinson; 10. Jeremy Birch; 11. Cody Humphreys; 12. Benji Hicks; 13. Casey LaJoie; 14. Noah Triplett; 15. Chandler LeVan; 16. Chase Ferguson; 17. Scott Nagel; 18. Corey Gordon; 19. Matt Wallace; 20. Myatt Snider; 21. George Blaney; 22. Justin Carroll; 23. Blake Jones; 24. Daniel Gobielle; 25. Gregory Lang; 26. Dylan
Barbian; 27. Mark Hooven; 28. Riley Halverson.
Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1.Kendall Sellers; 2. Benny Mingo; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Kenny Brown; 5. Bailey Daniels; 6. John Jones IV; 7. Charles Long Jr.; 8. Ashley Hillenburg; 9. Brett Pepicelli; 10. Thomas Ellis; 11. Kayla Turner; 12. Scott Beaver.