Tyler Green among 8 Hardee's Shootout Champions
Green entered the 20-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Bandolero Young Guns with a 28-point advantage over Jake Crum and cruised to a third-place finish to capture the division title after Crum suffered engine problems.
While the Concord, N.C., resident put the icing on his championship cake, Bret Hylton, son of NASCAR Busch Series crew chief Butch Hylton, recorded his second feature victory of the season. Brandon McReynolds, son of FOX commentator and former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds, made it a clean sweep for the ¿NASCAR Kids¿ with his runner-up finish.
Lug Nut, the world¿s fastest mascot, stormed to victory in the wild-and-wacky School Bus Race, holding off NHRA Top Fuel drag racing star Doug Herbert and Air National Guard representative Jeff Marshall in an eight-lap slobberknocker during NAPA Championship Night.
FOX Charlotte weatherman Mark Mathis finished fourth to earn the 2004 Media World School Bus Racing Championship. Mathis claimed the crown after his title rival, Mr. Bill of Charlotte radio station WRFX, rolled his bus onto its side late in the race after contact with Herbert.
Jason Reisman of Mooresville, N.C., added his name to the list of feature winners in the Tom Johnson Camping Center Legends Car Pro division while Josh Waring of Concord, N.C., claimed the division championship.
Reisman started from the pole and was never seriously challenged in the 20-lap finale as he beat Waring and NASCAR Busch Series title contender Kyle Busch to the checkered flag. When the dust settled, Waring had secured the title by 39 points over Thomas Van Wingerden who finished a distant 12th.
Michael Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., outfought Andrew Rogers to record his third feature victory of the season in the 20-lap finale for the Quaker Steak & Lube Thunder Roadster division, while second-generation racer John Freeman of Huntersville, N.C., walked off with the championship trophy.
Van Wingerden took the lead on the opening lap with Rogers on his rear bumper. The two exchanged the lead during the closing laps with Van Wingerden retaking the point on the final trip around the quarter-mile oval. Rogers settled for second with Scott Whittaker third under the checkered flag. Freeman finished sixth in the 16-car field, topping Rogers by 27 points for the season title.
John Sossoman recovered from two early spins to win the 20-lap finale for the Holiday Inn University Legends Car Masters division. Sossoman¿s amazing charge from the rear of the field earned him his sixth victory of the season, but saw him fall two points short of the championship chase as Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., earned the title.
Sossoman was up to third entering the final lap when leader George ¿Cotton¿ Spry and Brian Wiemer tangled in turn one. Sossoman slipped by and went on to victory in the division for drivers ages 40 and over. Bill Crowder claimed second while Hair¿s third-place effort earned him the crown.
Chris Rogers of Kannapolis, N.C., won his second consecutive 20-lap feature in the Raceape.com Legends Car Semi-Pro division, while incoming point leader Scott Knox cruised to his first Legends Car division championship.
Rogers passed his cousin, Andrew Rogers of Charlotte, N.C., on lap 16 and pulled away for the victory. Andrew Rogers settled for second with Scooter Hillis third in a caution-filled main event. Knox, who only needed to start the feature in order to capture the title, wrapped up the season with a strong fourth-place finish.
Cole Miktuk held a 19-point lead entering the 20-lap feature for the TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandolero Bandits, but Zachary Stroupe of Iron Station, N.C., claimed the title after Miktuk¿s hopes ended against the turn-two wall on lap three. Stroupe was also involved in the multi-car tangle, but came from the back of the field to finish sixth and edge Miktuk by four points. With the championship battle taking center stage, Kyle Fowler took the lead on lap five and drove to his second victory of the season over Ryan Glenski and Gerald White, Jr. in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Bruce Benson II of Lexington, N.C., clinched the division title by simply taking the green flag while Ryan Jernigan of Hickory, N.C., romped to his sixth victory of the season in the 20-lap feature for the Premise Termite Elimination Bandolero Outlaws.
Jernigan started eighth, took the lead on lap three and never looked back. Brad Griffin chased Jernigan across the stripe with Chris Morgan third. It was a good thing Benson had the title in hand as he suffered a flat tire on lap 10 and ended up 11th in the 13-car field.
Carlos Moore of Concord, N.C., received the 2004 Spirit of a Legend Award during pre-race festivities. The honor is presented annually to the Hardee¿s Summer Shootout driver who best exemplifies the spirit of Legends Car competition.
Highlights from each round of the Hardee¿s Summer Shootout will be televised by SPEED Channel with coverage tentatively scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 3. The one-hour programs are slated to air on 10 consecutive Friday nights at 7 p.m. (EST).
Tom Johnson Camping Center Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Jason Reisman; 2. Josh Waring; 3. Kyle Busch; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Tommy Pistone; 6. Michael Wirth; 7. Tolliver Smith; 8. Cliff Daniels; 9. Beau Slocumb; 10. Kyle Grissom; 11. G.E. Chapman; 12. Thomas Van Wingerden; 13. Jesse Bunnell; 14. David Ragan; 15. Todd Adams; 16. Jesse Smith; 17. Louis Hawkins; 18. Mike Sboro; 19. Jason Tidwell; 20. Landon Cassill.
Quaker Steak & Lube Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Andrew Rogers; 3. Scott Whittaker; 4. Adam Welch; 5. Mark Miller; 6. John Freeman; 7. Ryan McLeod; 8. Roger Simons; 9. Ryan Zeck; 10. Ralph Sheheen; 11. Mr. Bill; 12. Jim Gresham; 13. Terry Horak; 14. Tom Van Wingerden; 15. Chris Lingenfelter; 16. Jon Wood.
Raceape.com Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Rogers; 2. Andrew Rogers; 3. Scooter Hillis; 4. Scott Knox; 5. Brandon Weber; 6. Rob Hall; 7. R. Todd Johnson; 8. Chrissy Wallace; 9. Tiffany Daniels; 10. Rachel Bolan; 11. Jordan Anderson; 12. Keith Breasbois; 13. Scott Naset; 14. Tonya Cordrey; 15. Hanky Dyer; 16. Matt Bowers; 17. Scott Bishop; 18. Drew Denham; 19. Jamie Smith; 20. Patrick McVay; 21. Jess Mattox; 22. Josh Sell; 23. Phillip Gill; 24. Jake Crum; 25. Matt Dibenedetto; 26. Dennis Kiser; 27. Jordan Paschal; 28. Trey Edison.
Holiday Inn University Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. John Sossoman; 2. Bill Crowder; 3. Clay Hair; 4. Eddie Harwell; 5. Bill Gardner; 6. Jan Ingram; 7. Chuck Dohm; 8. Dr. Gary Shannon; 9. Randy Thornton; 10. John Smith; 12. Chase Hitchcock; 13. Roger Hefner; 14. George ¿Cotton¿ Spry; 15. Brian Wiemer; 16. Tom Van Wingerden; 17. Freddie Lancaster; 18. Bruce Sawicki; 19. Ronnie Laney; 20. Phil Sharpe; 21. Rick Little; 22. Bill Mathers; 23. Carlos Moore; 24. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 25. Dennis White.
TopChoice for Fire Ants Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Fowler; 2. Ryan Glenski; 3. Gerald White Jr.; 4. Josh Williams; 5. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 6. Zachary Stroupe; 7. Mitchell Coble; 8. Nicholas Stroupe; 9. Max Gresham; 10. William Nelson; 11. Corey Gordon; 12. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 13. Drew Moffitt; 14. Casey Lajoie; 15. Clint King; 16. Rob Beasley; 17. Noah Clark; 18. Landon Bullock; 19. Ryan Blaney; 20. Cole Miktuk.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Bret Hylton; 2. Brandon McReynolds; 3. Tyler Green; 4. Daniel Hemric; 5. John Ellenburg; 6. Charles Mingo III; 7. Ashleigh Wilkins; 8. Jessie Johnson; 9. Matthew Stover; 10. Jake Morris; 11. Sam McAulay; 12. Chase Moody; 13. Jordan Tonelis; 14. Amanda Harrell; 15. Devon Haun; 16. Corey Lajoie; 17. Jake Crum; 18. Jordan Penninger; 19. Kyle Shano; 20. Ryan Salomon; 21. Bailey Freeman; 22. Josh Butler; 23. Daniel Goins; 24. Robby Innella.
Premise Termite Elimination Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Jernigan; 2. Brad Griffin; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Jason Haynes; 5. Artie Clever; 6. Dawn Eagens; 7. Kevin Bellicourt; 8. Joshua Sisco; 9. Marcus Limehouse; 10. Derek Robbins; 11. Bruce Benson II; 12. Robin Metdepenningen; 13. Jennifer Spain.