Singing in the Rain at Summer Shootout
Capitalizing on the all-wheel-drive of his Eagle Talon, Shepherd claimed the 4-foot trophy in the Spectator Races. The Concord, N.C., resident sloshed through the nine-car field in a series of single-elimination runs as fans raced their personal street cars on the quarter-mile oval.
Shepherd¿s Eagle sent a Pontiac Grand-Am and a Ford Mustang home before meeting the Acura driven by William Harris of Charlotte, N.C., in the finale. Shepherd got the jump at the green flag and held off a late charge by Harris. Donald Bond, winner of the season¿s first Spectator event, saw his hopes of a repeat victory slip away when he slid off the track and crashed through the barrels during round two.
Logano of Alpharetta, Ga., started second in the 16-car Legends Car Pro division feature, took the lead on the opening lap and cruised to his first victory of the season in the 20-lap run. Kyle Grissom, son of 1993 NASCAR Busch Series champion Steve Grissom, was a distant second while Jesse Smith moved up from the sixth-starting spot to finish third.
Ryan Zeck was the class of the Thunder Roadster feature as the Harrisburg, N.C., resident led the entire 20-lap distance. The victory was the second straight for Zeck and propelled him into the point lead with just two weeks of racing remaining. Tom Van Wingerden stayed in the championship chase with a second-place effort while Reggie Primus completed the top three.
Thirteen proved to be Jesse Bunnell¿s lucky number in the Legends Car Semi-Pro division feature that was shortened to just 16 laps due to the time limit. The Monroe, N.C., driver started 13th in the 28-car event and sliced through the field like a hot knife through butter to record his second victory of the season. Jamie Hayes emerged from a torrid three-car battle during the final two laps to claim second with Keith Newcomer third.
Clay Hair sailed across the finish line to collect his third straight victory, leading all but three laps of the Legends Car Masters division feature. Starting third in the 28-car field, the Mt. Pleasant, N.C., native claimed the checkered flag in the 15-lap event that was shortened due to time constraints. George ¿Cotton¿ Spry rallied to a second-place finish despite spinning out twice on the rain-soaked track. John Chapman settled for third, equaling his best finish of the season.
Ryan Jernigan of Hickory, N.C., claimed his third victory of the season in the Bandolero Outlaws feature after lapping half of the 11-car field. Jeff Harrell beat Brandon Keene to the stripe for second, recording his best finish of the season in the 20-lap race for Bandolero drivers ages 17 and over.
The wet track conditions forced officials to postpone the Bandolero Bandits and Young Guns features until next week.
The Kids¿ Power Wheels Championship returns for the penultimate round of the 10th annual Summer Shootout Series Tuesday night, Aug. 5. Children ages 11 and under will race their Power Wheels machines around a special course on the frontstretch of the quarter-mile oval. All participants must pre-enter by calling (704) 455-3205. Three divisions of Legends Cars, three classes of Bandoleros and the Thunder Roadsters round out the action-packed card.
Adult tickets are just $5 with children 6 to 12 admitted for $3 and those under 6 free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. Parking is free. Call 1-800-455-FANS for information.
Spectator Races Winner: John Shepherd, Concord, N.C.
Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Joey Logano; 2. Kyle Grissom; 3. Jesse Smith; 4. Ben Stancill; 5. Thomas Van Wingerden; 6. Michael Van Wingerden; 7. Beau Slocumb; 8. Cliff Daniels; 9. David Ragan; 10. Jimmy Lang; 11. Richie Steamboat; 12. Josh Waring; 13. Troy Andrews; 14. Adam Roberson; 15. Michael Sboro; 16. Cary Thompson.
Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Zeck; 2. Tom Van Wingerden; 3. Reggie Primus; 4. Kyle Beattie; 5. Scott Whitaker; 6. Billy Burd; 7. Ralph Sheheen; 8. Buddy Compton; 9. Jim Fluharty; 10. Jim Gresham; 11. Brandon Hylton; 12. Herman Towe; 13. Mark Miller; 14. Steve Zacharias; 15. Roger Simon; 16. Hunt Dyer; 17. Andrew Rogers.
Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (16 laps): 1. Jesse Bunnell; 2. Jamie Hayes; 3. Keith Newcomer; 4. John Freeman; 5. Tiffany Daniels; 6. Tonya Cordrey; 7. Richard Gordon; 8. John Johnston; 9. Alan Hunter; 10. Scott Edgell; 11. Keith Breasbois; 12. Scott Naset; 13. Mark Whitley; 14. Patrick Conrad; 15. Dale Rauzi; 16. Louis Hawkins; 17. Robert Hall; 18. Todd Adams; 19. Kyle Goodwin; 20. Scott Knox; 21. Chrissy Wallace; 22. Tim Snyder; 23. Jamie Smith; 24. Casey Dohm; 25. Matt Willingham; 26. Andrew Rogers; 27. Dustin Genenbacher; 28. R. Todd Johnson.
Legends Car Masters Feature (15 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. George ¿Cotton¿ Spry; 3. John Chapman; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Eddie Harwell; 6. Ronnie Laney; 7. Tom Van Wingerden; 8. John Sossoman; 9. Brian Weimer; 10. Bruce Sawicki; 11. Phil Sharpe; 12. Larry Friddle; 13. Chuck Dohm; 14. Bill Mathers; 15. Rolfe Schnur; 16. Roger Hefner; 17. Freddie Lancaster; 18. Chris Carlsen; 19. Walter Wyatt; 20. Mark Moskowitz; 21. Bobby Pence; 22. Randy Spencer; 23. Gary Shannon; 24. Terry Scherz; 25. John Smith; 26.John Wachter; 27. Tim Lightfoot; 28. Dennis White.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Jernigan; 2. Jeff Harrell; 3. Brandon Keene; 4. Jeff Miles; 5. Joel Suggs; 6. Christopher Morgan; 7. Doug Wisl; 8. Scott Brown; 9. Jason Haynes; 10. Charles Long Sr.; 11. Kyle Beattie.
Bandolero Young Guns Feature: Postponed due to rain.
Bandolero Bandits Feature: Postponed due to rain.