Hair Clinches Title while Anderson Closes Gap in Summer Shootout
Even with sweltering August temperatures in the 90s, Jordan Anderson found a way to turn up the heat while Clay Hair turned out the lights as FireFold Technologies presented the penultimate round of the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
All summer Hair and John Sossoman have waged a two-man battle for the championship in the Coke Classic Legends Car Masters division.
Entering the night, Hair led Sossoman by only 15 points. But, with Sossoman a no-show for round nine, Hair easily cruised to victory and unofficially clinched his second straight division championship.
The Mt. Pleasant, N.C., native started sixth in the 25-car field and charged to the front in only eight laps. The race was slowed by two cautions, but Hair pulled away on each restart and went on to his sixth win of the season. Hoyt Demis followed Hair across the stripe with Will Cagle close behind in third.
Before the Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro division feature, Anderson trailed Texan Chris Buescher by 72 points. But thanks to a daring last-lap pass, the Forest Acres, S.C., racer and 2007 division champion will enter next week's season finale unofficially trailing by only seven points.
Polesitter John Ellenburg dominated the race for 17 laps before Daniel Hemric squeezed past on the inside of Turn 4 to take the point.
Hemric held the lead until he tangled with second-place Nick Carey exiting Turn 2 on the last lap. Anderson took advantage and bolted past both cars on the backstretch, then rounded the final two turns to capture his third victory of the season.
Hemric held on for second place in the 20-lap feature while Tyler Green moved up to third. Buescher could muster only a 16th-place finish, narrowly maintaining his points lead.
Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, N.C., scored his fifth victory of the season and extended his points lead in the POWERade Bandolero Bandits division.
The 11-year-old started the race in the sixth position and quickly moved through the field. Bassett assumed the top spot on lap four when he aggressively slid inside T.J. Michael in Turn 1. Bassett held off repeated challenges from second-place driver Kason Plott to lead the remaining 10 laps of the 14-lap event that was shortened due to time constraints.
Plott was the runner-up while Michael slipped to third. Bassett unofficially extended his slim points lead to 16 over Plott in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Thomas Van Wingerden, of Huntersville, N.C., returned to victory lane for the first time since week five in the Full Throttle Thunder Car division. Van Wingerden started on the outside of the front row next to his father, Tom, and quickly powered to the front on lap one. The 2007 champion would lead every lap of the 20-lap feature.
Kara Clarke, who started fifth, took only six laps to make her way to second place. The Charlotte, N.C., resident held steady the rest of the race but still trailed Van Wingerden by 10-car lengths at the stripe.
The real battle was for third as Michael Van Wingerden made multiple attempts to pass Taylor Hull during the final five laps, but Hull held strong on the outside to secure a third-place finish.
In other feature action, Chad Finchum, of Knoxville, Tenn., continued his domination in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns division, romping to his seventh victory in nine races among competitors ages 12 to 16. Jerry White, of Monroe, N.C., driving the White Boy entry, claimed victory in the final shootout appearance for the CRASHCars.
Bryce Walker, of Weatherford, Texas, took the checkered flag in the Vault Legends Car Young Lions division while Kendall Sellars, of Kannapolis, N.C., recorded his sixth feature win of the year in the Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws division. Austin Hill of Winston, Ga., cruised to his second consecutive victory in the Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro division.
In addition to crowning champions in each of the eight racing divisions next Tuesday night, six Cabarrus County elementary school principals will trade paint in the season-ending School Bus Slobberknocker presented by Stock Car Steel and Aluminum. The Quaker Steak & Lube Chicken Dance champion will also be decided before the final checkered flag is waved on the 10-week racing series.
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 at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Pull-A-Part Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Jordan Anderson; 2. Daniel Hemric; 3. Tyler Green; 4. Nick Carey; 5. Ryan Bird; 6. Andrew Smith; 7. Thomas Van Wingerden; 8. Steven Ross; 9. Michael Van Wingerden; 10. Jesse Bunnell; 11. Matthew Stover; 12. Brandon Thomson; 13. Garrett Lancaster; 14. James Kennedy; 15. Parker Hammons; 16. Chris Buescher; 17. Mitchell Coble; 18. John Ellenburg; 19. Christian Pahud; 20. Drew Calhoun; 21. Trey Poole; 22. Steven Abbey; 23. Tolliver Smith; 24. Josh Williams; 25. Dusty Davis.
Full Throttle Thunder Car Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Kara Clarke; 3. Taylor Hull; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Adam Gay; 6. Tom Van Wingerden; 7. Jim Fluharty.
Coke Classic Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. Hoyt Demis; 3. Will Cagle; 4. Dennis White; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Charles Kiser; 7. Phil Sharpe; 8. Bruce Sawicki; 9. David Denham; 10. Chip Ferguson; 11. Jan Ingram; 12. Eddie Harwell; 13. Jackie Ryan; 14. Jimmy Gurley; 15. Todd Adams; 16. Stephen Carter; 17. Todd Johnson; 18. Bill Gardner; 19. Bruce Silver; 20. Clayton Austin; 21. Carlos Moore; 22. Bill Bradford; 23. Glen Aikenhead; 24. John Davis; 25. Chuck Dohm.
Coke Zero Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (9 laps): 1. Austin Hill; 2. Mike Alcaro; 3. Sam McAulay; 4. Jordan Penninger; 5. Jimmy Heavlow; 6. Chad Hackenbracht; 7. Currie Pierce; 8. Roger Coss; 9. Michael Brown; 10. Ronnie Milroy; 11. Cody Blackburn; 12. Trevor Alspach; 13. Kyle Plott; 14. Karl Forman; 15. Justin Lloyd; 16. Dennis Kiser; 17. Jamie Smith; 18. Jerry Lambert; 19. Chase Elliott; 20. Brecken Snow; 21. Kyle Pierce; 22. Brock Baldwin; 23. Zachary Alspach; 24. Justin Swilling; 25. Jeffrey Bolen.
Vault Legends Car Young Lions Feature (8 laps): 1. Bryce Walker; 2. Evan Swilling; 3. Harrison Rhodes; 4. Devin Jones; 5. Dylan Sawyer; 6. Amber Colvin; 7. Donny St. Ours; 8. Robert Kuczmarski; 9. Jordan Stillwell; 10. Andrew Lloyd; 11. Hayden Reeves; 12. Sean Harris; 13. Kenzie Ruston; 14. Nick Gill; 15. Scott Hensley; 16. Sloan Henderson; 17. Derrick Hill; 18. Mitchell Taylor; 19. Hunter Bledsoe; 20. Timmy Hill; 21. Sean Shalvoy; 22. Dusty Summers; 23. Jacob Morris; 24. Dylan Presnell; 25. Chad Cutting; 26. Austin Leitnes; 27. Justin Grimes.
POWERade Bandolero Bandits Feature (13 laps): 1. Dillon Bassett; 2. Kason Plott; 3. T.J. Michael; 4. Clayton Weatherman; 5. Mason Massey; 6. Brady Boswell; 7. Brian Kolb; 8. Layne Clifton; 9. Cole Timm; 10. Jesse Little; 11. Dillon Spain; 12. Kyle Weatherman; 13. Mason Hudson; 14. Jeffrey Abbey; 15. John Holleman IV; 16. Reid Wilson; 17. Kacey Otto; 18. Tanner Rumburg; 19. Micah Wever; 20. Dillon Latour; 21. Anthony Berube; 22. Carson Ferguson; 23. Jordan Plummer; 24. Ben Klatt; 25. Coty Bibeau; 26. Ray Beebe; 27. Shawn Hooven; 28. Gray Gaulding.
Sprite Bandolero Young Guns Feature (12 laps): 1. Chad Finchum; 2. Corey Gordon; 3. Robert Poole; 4. Noah Triplett; 5. Tyler Lester; 6. Casey LaJoie; 7. Travis Robinson; 8. Chandler LeVan; 9. Blake Jones; 10. Benji Hicks; 11. Brandon Nelson; 12. Riley Halverson; 13. Luke Demis; 14. Tyler Hill; 15. Jeremy Birch; 16. Chase Ferguson; 17. Cody Humphreys; 18. Gregory Lang; 19. Matt Wallace; 20. Jonathan St. Ours; 21. Timmy Hill; 22. Scott Nagel; 23. Zachary Dunn; 24. Austin Langenstein; 25. Myatt Snider; 26. William Cunningham; 27. Mark Hooven; 28. Matthew Linker.
Cherry Coke Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kendall Sellers; 2. Chris Morgan; 3. Kenny Brown; 4. Scott Beaver; 5. Brett Pepicelli; 6. Bailey Daniels; 7. Charles Long Jr.; 8. John Jones IV; 9. Tim Keener; 10. Thomas Ellis; 11. Kayla Turner; 12. Ashley Hillenburg; 13. Benny Mingo; 14. Carson Smith.