Extraordinary Finishes Highlight Round Six at Summer Shootout
Fantastic finishes were in full bloom Tuesday as Metrolina Greenhouses presented round six of the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Adam Gay and Dillon Bassett thrilled the crowd with drama at the checkers in their respective features while eight other winners continued their march toward summer championships.
In another wild Full Throttle Thunder Car race, Gay displayed his mastery of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, winning for the third time in the past four features.
After falling behind the three Van Wingerden entries by 10 car-lengths early in the race, Gay led a four-car freight train that caught and passed the lead pack on lap seven of the 10-lap feature. But on the white flag lap, Tommy Pistone and Thomas Van Wingerden overtook Gay on the backstretch to set up a four-car battle for the win.
Pistone led the field out of Turn 4 and as Van Wingerden went to the high side, Gay, with a push from Taylor Hull, dove to the inside and around the top two cars for a stunning victory. Hull followed in second, with Pistone edging Van Wingerden for third.
Coming out of Turn 4 with the checkered flag in sight, Mason Massey probably thought he was driving toward his first POWERade Bandolero Bandits victory. But an aggressive last-second pass by Dillon Bassett proved him
Bassett's bumper connected with the rear of Massey's car less than 20 yards from the finish, sending Massey on a sideways slide down the straightaway. Bassett, of Winston-Salem, N.C., dove inside and to the front at the stripe to capture his fourth victory of the season.
Massey held on for a disappointing second with Brian Kolb close behind in third in the feature that was shortened to 15 laps due to time constraints.
After multiple cautions, a stalled pace car and a fire, Dylan Presnell, 13, took the checkered flag in the eventful Vault Legends Car Young Lions feature.
The Sevierville, Tenn., native started the race on the outside of the front row but quickly took the top spot on lap three when he dove inside Austin Leitnes in Turn 4. Presnell led the rest of the race which was shortened to just seven laps due to time constraints. The victory was
Presnell's first of the season and the second of his career.
Scott Hensley, of Olive Branch, Miss., finished second with Dylan Sawyer, of Mooresville, N.C., taking third in the division for drivers ages 12 to 16 with limited Legends Car experience.
In a caution-filled feature for the Coke Classic Legends Car Masters division, defending series champion Clay Hair captured his fourth straight victory. The Concord, N.C., racer used a bump-and-run maneuver in Turn 1 to take the lead from Will Cagle on lap two, then held off longtime rival Johnny Sossoman in the division for drivers ages 40 and over. Cagle settled for third in a race that was shortened to 15 laps due to time constraints.
Other feature winners were: Thomas Van Wingerden, of Huntersville, N.C., for the third time in the Full Throttle Thunder Cars division make-up race from last week; Chad Finchum, of Knoxville, Tenn., in a photo-finish for his fourth win in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns division make-up race; Kason Plott, of Marietta, Ga., in the POWERade Bandolero Bandits division make-up race; Rusty Drye, of Rockwell, N.C., in the Vigilante entry for the CRASHCar division; Kendall Sellers, of Kannapolis, N.C., in the Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws division; Casey Roderick, of Lawrenceville, Ga., in the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro division; Chad Finchum, of Knoxville, Tenn., for the fifth time in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns division; Cody Blackburn, of Stanley, N.C., in the Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro division.
The racing action will continue to "pop" Tuesday night, July 22, as Vault presents round seven of the 10-race Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series. In addition to a full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Car racing, the wild and crazy CRASHCars will be back for another fender-banging battle.
Adult tickets are just $7 with children ages 6 to 12 admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30. For information, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office or at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro Feature (12 laps): 1. Casey Roderick; 2.
Chris Buescher; 3. Steven Ross; 4. Jordan Anderson; 5. Josh Williams; 6.
John Ellenburg; 7. Garrett Lancaster; 8. Matthew Stover; 9. Andrew Smith;
10. Mitchell Coble; 11. Ryan Bird; 12. Jonathon Ross; 13. James Kennedy; 14.
Drew Calhoun; 15. Dusty Davis; 16. Troy DeCaire; 17. Nick Carey; 18. Parker
Hammons; 19. Scott Knox; 20. Daniel Hemric; 21. Michael Van Wingerden; 22.
Christian Pahud; 23. Thomas Van Wingerden; 24. Jesse Bunnell.
First Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (10 laps): 1. Thomas Van
Wingerden; 2. Tom Van Wingerden; 3. Taylor Hull; 4. Adam Gay; 5. Tim
Pafford; 6. Michael Van Wingerden; 7. Scott Knox; 8. Kara Clarke; 9. Jim
Fluharty; 10. Tom Clarke; 11. Tommy Pistone.
Second Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (10 laps): 1. Adam Gay; 2.
Taylor Hull; 3. Thomas Pistone III; 4. Thomas Van Wingerden; 5. Scott Knox;
6. Kara Clarke; 7. Michael Van Wingerden; 8. Jim Fluharty; 9. Thomas Clarke;
10. Tom Van Wingerden; 11. Tim Pafford.
Coke Classic Legends Car Masters Feature (15 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2.
John Sossoman; 3. Will Cagle; 4. Chuck Dohm; 5. Phil Sharpe; 6. Hoyt Demis;
7. Charles Kiser; 8. Todd Johnson; 9. Dennis White; 10. Dr. Gary Shannon;
11. Chip Ferguson; 12. Bruce Silver; 13. Stephen Carter; 14. Eddie Harwell;
15. Carlos Moore; 16. Tom Van Wingerden; 17. John Davis; 18. Todd Adams; 19.
Bruce Sawicki; 20. Clayton Austin; 21. Jeff Turner; 22. Jan Ingram; 23. Bill
Bradford; 24. "Captain" John Smith; 25. Bill Gardner; 26. Jimmy Gurley; 27.
Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Cody Blackburn;
2. Justin Swilling; 3. Chad Hackenbracht; 4. Jordan Penninger; 5. Justin
Lloyd; 6. Michael Brown; 7. Jimmy Heavlow; 8. Ryan Blaney; 9. Mike Alcaro;
10. Austin Hill; 11. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 12. Currie Pierce; 13. Brecken
Snow; 14. Ronnie Milroy; 15. Sam McAulay; 16. Roger Coss; 17. Kyle Plott;
18. Karl Forman; 19. Trevor Alspach; 20. Landon Bullock; 21. Zachary
Alspach; 22. Jeffrey Bolen; 23. Jerry Lambert; 24. Brandon Lynn; 25. T.J.
Hicks; 26. Chase Elliott; 27. Kyle Pierce; 28. Dennis Kiser.
Vault Legends Car Young Lions Feature (8 laps): 1. Dylan Presnell;
2. Scott Hensley; 3. Dylan Sawyer; 4. Austin Leitnes; 5. Derek Hopkinson; 6.
Evan Swilling; 7. Devin Jones; 8. Justin Grimes; 9. Timmy Hill; 10. Hunter
Bledsoe; 11. Jordan Stillwell; 12. Kenzie Ruston; 13. Harrison Rhodes; 14.
Nick Gill; 15. Scott Hubler; 16. Robert Kuczmarski; 17. Sean Shalvoy; 18.
Bryce Walker; 19. Hayden Reeves; 20. Chad Cutting; 21. Mitchell Taylor; 22.
Dusty Summers; 23. Kyle Resco; 24. Jacob Morris; 25. Derrick Hill; 26. Tyler
First POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Kason Plott;
2. Kyle Weatherman; 3. T.J. Michael; 4. Jesse Little; 5. Layne Clifton; 6.
Mason Massey; 7. Brian Kolb; 8. Gray Gaulding; 9. Mason Hudson; 10. Dillon
Spain; 11. Ray Beebe; 12. John Holleman IV; 13. Calvin Meadows; 14. Grayson
Massey; 15. Micah Wever; 16. Ben Klatt; 17. Heather Lynn; 18. Reid Wilson;
19. A.J. Davis; 20. Clayton Weatherman; 21. Dillon Latour; 22. Dalton Hill;
23. Jordan Plummer; 24. Cole Timm; 25. Dillon Bassett; 26. Tanner Rumburg;
27. Casey Hillenburg; 28. Carson Ferguson.
Second POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Dillon
Bassett; 2. Mason Massey; 3. Brian Kolb; 4. Cole Timm; 5. Kyle Weatherman;
6. Kason Plott; 7. Layne Clifton; 8. Jesse Little; 9. Gray Gaulding; 10.
Calvin Meadows; 11. Ray Beebe; 12. Shawn Hooven; 13. Reid Wilson; 14. Mason
Hudson; 15. Dillon Spain; 16. Jordan Plummer; 17. Micah Weaver; 18. Grayson
Massey; 19. Daniel Bedford; 20. Dalton Hill; 21. Clayton Weatherman; 22.
John Holleman IV; 23. Heather Lynn; 24. Ben Klatt; 25. Anthony Berube; 26.
Garrett Biggers; 27. Casey Hillenburg; 28. T.J. Michael.
First Sprite Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Chad
Finchum; 2. Corey Gordon; 3. Timmy Hill; 4. Tyler Hill; 5. Robert Poole; 6.
Justin Carroll; 7. Noah Triplett; 8. Blake Jones; 9. Travis Robinson; 10.
William Cunningham; 11. Benji Hicks; 12. Jeremy Birch; 13. Justin Thomas;
14. Casey LaJoie; 15. Gregory Lang; 16. Chandler LeVan; 17. Scott Nagel; 18.
Austin Langenstein; 19. Matt Wallace; 20. Luke Demis; 21. Cody Humphreys;
22. Daniel Gobielle; 23. Zachary Dunn; 24. Brandon Nelson; 25. Myatt Snider;
26. Kyle Banks; 27. Matthew Linker.
Second Sprint Bandolero Young Guns Feature (15 laps): 1. Chad
Finchum; 2. Corey Gordon; 3. Robert Poole; 4. Matthew Linker; 5. Timmy Hill;
6. Justin Thomas; 7. William Cunningham; 8. Jeremy Birch; 9. Brandon Nelson;
10. Travis Robinson; 11. Casey LaJoie; 12. Austin Langenstein; 13. Cody
Scott; 14. Scott Nagel; 15. Noah Triplett; 16. Luke Demis; 17. Justin
Carroll; 18. Daniel Gobielle; 19. Tyler Hill; 20. Blake Jones; 21. Gregory
Lang; 22. Cody Humphreys; 23. Matt Wallace; 24. Mark Hooven; 25. Benji
Hicks; 26. Chase Ferguson; 27. Chandler LeVan; 28. Tyler Lester.
Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers;
2. Bailey Daniels; 3. Brett Pepicelli; 4. Chris Morgan; 5. Kenny Brown; 6.
Benny Mingo; 7. Thomas Ellis; 8. Scott Beaver; 9. Kayla Turner; 10. Charles
Long Jr.; 11. Ashley Hillenburg; 12. Tim Keener; 13. John Jones IV; 14.