Gamble Pays for Thomas Van Wingerden
With a gamble that would have scored big in Las Vegas, Van Wingerden chose the outside lane on a lap 13 restart; quickly moved to the point ahead of Ben Stancill and cruised to victory in the Tom Johnson Camping Center Legends Car Pro division.
The Huntersville, N.C., racer was running 10th when a five-car accident on lap 13 brought out the red flag and forced a green-white-checkered finish. Stancill settled for second while Beau Slocumb scored a third-place finish in the top division of Legends Car competition.
In a battle reminiscent of the Petty-Pearson era, Hair and John Sossoman waged war in the 20-lap feature for the Holiday Inn University Legends Car Masters division.
Hair went from third to the lead with a single move on lap 17. But not to be outdone, Sossoman dove inside a lapped car to take the lead entering turn three on the final trip around the quarter-mile oval. Sossoman¿s time at the point was short-lived however, as he pushed high in turn four. Hair went back by on the inside to claim his fourth victory of the season and extend his point lead. Sossoman settled for second with Bill Crowder third.
Rock Hill, S.C., resident Scott Whittaker notched his first victory of the season in the Quaker Steak & Lube Thunder Roadster feature. Whittaker started from the pole and was never headed in the 20-lap race as a torrid battle waged behind him. Steve Zacharias equaled his best showing of the season in second with Michael Van Wingerden completing the top three.
Charlotte¿s Andrew Rogers was the top banana in the Raceape.com Legends Car Semi-Pro division, capturing his second feature win of the summer with a last-lap pass. Scooter Hillis led all but one lap of the 20-lap race yet had to settle for second followed by Jess Mattox. Rogers closed the gap on division point leader Scott Knox who finished fourth.
Heavy rain last week resulted in twin 20-lap features for the TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandolero Bandits and the Cabarrus Family Medicine Bandolero Young Guns.
In the first event for the TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandits, Darrell Wallace Jr. added his name to the list of feature winners in the division for racers ages 8 to 11. The Concord, N.C., resident started sixth in the 22-car field, took command on lap 10 and held off Zachary Stroupe over the final half of the race. Chad Atkins settled for show honors.
The second 20-lap run for the Bandolero Bandits saw Rock Hill, S.C., resident Cole Miktuk claim his third victory of the season. After starting 12th in the 22-car field, Miktuk charged to the front on lap six and cruised to the checkered flag. In a repeat of the first race, Stroupe finished second with Atkins third.
Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark Green, extended his point lead by storming to victory in the first 20-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Young Guns. Green started ninth, took the lead on lap five and was never challenged en route to his second victory of the year. The Concord, N.C., driver was followed across the stripe by Jordan Penninger and Jake Crum in the division for racers ages 12 to 15.
In race No. 2 for the Bandolero Young Guns, Jake ¿The Snake¿ Crum finally broke the ice, winning his first feature of the season. The Statesville, N.C., resident slid his red No. 1 into the top spot on lap five and was unchallenged for the remainder of the 20-lap distance. Bret Hylton claimed second with Josh Butler next under the checkered flag.
Ryan Jernigan of Hickory, N.C., visited victory lane for the fourth time in the 20-lap finale for the Premise Termite Elimination Bandolero Outlaws. Jernigan methodically worked his way to the front, took the lead on lap seven and never looked back en route to his second consecutive victory. Point leader Bruce Benson II chased Jernigan across the stripe with Jason Haynes third.
Rusty Drye made it two in a row, topping the 15-lap feature for the unruly Road Hawgs. The Concord, N.C., racer started seventh in the 10-car field and used a daring three-abreast moved to take the lead from Randy Spivey on lap 12. Chris James claimed second with Spivey slipping to third at the checkered flag.
Presented by Critter Control, One-on-One Spectator Races return during the penultimate round of the Hardee¿s Summer Shootout on Tuesday night, Aug. 10. The One-on-One Spectator Races feature fans driving their personal street cars in a door-to-door and fender-to-fender series of single-elimination runs around the quarter-mile oval. A full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing is also on the card.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing starting at 7:30. Call 1-800-455-FANS for ticket information or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Tom Johnson Camping Center Legends Car Pro Feature (16 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Ben Stancill; 3. Beau Slocumb; 4. Michael Wirth; 5. Josh Waring; 6. David Ragan; 7. Kyle Bush; 8. Landon Cassill; 9. Jesse Smith; 10. Jason Reisman; 11. Kyle Grissom; 12. Matt Smith; 13. Tommy Pistone III; 14. Cliff Daniels; 15. Louis Hawkins; 16. James Edwards; 17. Michael Van Wingerden; 18. Jason Tidwell; 19. Todd Adams; 20. Chris Dilbeck; 21. Jesse Bunnell; 22. Charles Hudson; 23. Tolliver Smith; 24. Tony Wachter.
Quaker Steak & Lube Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Scott Whittaker; 2. Steve Zacharias; 3. Michael Van Wingerden; 4. Adam Welch; 5. David Sugg; 6. Roger Simons; 7. Ralph Sheheen; 8. Mr. Bill Summerville; 9. Tom Van Wingerden; 10. Chris Lingenfelter; 11. Ryan Zeck; 12. Terry Horak; 13. Jim Gresham; 14. Andrew Rogers; 15. Hunt Dyer; 16. John Collins; 17. Buddy Compton; 18. Mark Miller; 19. Chase Pistone.
Raceape.com Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Andrew Rogers; 2. Scooter Hillis; 3. Jess Mattox; 4. Scott Knox; 5. Brandon Weber; 6. R. Todd Johnson; 7. Chrissy Wallace; 8. Phillip Gill; 9. Tonya Cordrey; 10. Tim Snyder; 11. Keith Breasbois; 12. Scott Bishop; 13. Tiffany Daniels; 14. Rachel Bolan; 15. Casey Callaway; 16. Mike Hampton; 17. John Barilka; 18. Andrew Carlsen; 19. Matt Bowers; 20. Drew Denham; 21. Dennis Kiser; 22. Jamie Smith; 23. Josh Sell; 24. Hanky Dyer; 25. Dustin Rumley; 26. Matt Dibenedetto; 27. Zac Carder; 28. Jordan Anderson.
Holiday Inn University Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Bill Crowder; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Eddie Harwell; 7. John Wachter; 8. John Smith; 9. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 10. Bobby Pence; 11. Chick Dohm; 12. Freddie Lancaster; 13. Chris Carlsen; 14. Terry Scherz; 15. Bruce Sawicki; 16. Dennis White; 17. George ¿Cotton¿ Spry; 18. Carlos Moore; 19. Bill Mathers; 20. Randy Spencer; 21. Brian Wiemer; 22. Chase Hitchcock.
Premise Termite Elimination Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Jernigan; 2. Bruce Benson II; 3. Jason Haynes, 4. Chris Morgan; 5. Brad Griffin; 6. Kevin Bellicourt; 7. Artie Clever; 8. Marcus Limehouse; 9. Derek Robbins; 10. Joshua Sisco; 11. Scott Brown; 12. Charles Long Jr.; 13. Jennifer Spain; 14. Dawn Eagens.
First TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Zachary Stroupe; 3. Chad Akins; 4. Cole Miktuk; 5. Gerald White Jr.; 6. Mitchell Coble; 7. Ryan Glenski; 8. Josh Williams; 9. Clint King; 10. Nicholas Stroupe; 11. Ryan Blaney; 12. Rob Beasley; 13. William Nelson; 14. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 15. Jordan Phillips; 16. Corey Gordon; 17. Landon Bullock; 18. Noah Clark; 19. Max Gresham; 20. Ronnie Bassett; 21. Casey Lajoie; 22. Raven Dailey.
Second TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Cole Miktuk; 2. Zachary Stroupe; 3. Chad Akins; 4. Mitchell Coble; 5. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 6. Gerald White Jr.; 7. Ryan Blaney; 8. Clint King; 9. Rob Beasley; 10. Max Gresham; 11. Ryan Glenski; 12. Drew Moffitt; 13. Corey Gordon; 14. Casey Lajoie; 15. Landon Bullock; 16. William Nelson; 17. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 18. Ronnie Bassett; 19. Nicholas Stroupe; 20. Noah Clark; 21. Josh Williams; 22. Jordan Phillips.
First Cabarrus Family Medicine Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Green, 2. Jordan Penninger, 3. Jake Crum, 4. Brandon McReynolds, 5. Daniel Hemric, 6. Devon Haun, 7. Bret Hylton, 8. Josh Butler, 9. Ashleigh Wilkins, 10. Corey Lajoie, 11. Amanda Harrell, 12. Daniel Goins, 13. Charles Mingo III, 14. Kyle Shano, 15. Jake Morris, 16. John Ellenburg, 17. Robby Innella, 18. Matthew Stover, 19. Justen Kraemer, 20. Bailey Freeman, 21. Sam McAulay, 22. Jessie Johnson, 23. Nicholas Pope.
Second Cabarrus Family Medicine Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Jake Crum; 2. Bret Hylton, 3. Tyler Green; 4. Brandon McReynolds; 5. Josh Butler; 6. Jordan Penninger; 7. John Ellenburg; 8. Matthew Stover; 9. Bailer Freeman; 10. Megan Reitenour; 11. Jessie Johnson; 12. Charles Mingo III; 13. Jake Morris; 14. Amanda Harrell; 15. Corey Lajoie; 16. Ashleigh Wilkins; 17. Daniel Goins; 18. Kyle Shano; 19. Kyle Lapier; 20. Ryan Salomon; 21. Sam McAulay; 22. Robby Innella; 23. Devon Haun; 24. Daniel Hemric; 25. Justen Kraemer.
Road Hawg Feature (15 laps): 1. Rusty Drye; 2. Chris James; 3. Randy Spivey; 4. Larry Henderson; 5. Tony Springer; 6. Stephen Runion; 7. Brian Spivey; 8. Cayle Drye; 9. James Austin; 10. Gene Loden.