Hair and Hill among Shootout Winners
Third-generation racer Chase Pistone of Charlotte, N.C., romped to his second victory in a caution-filled 20-lap feature for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division. Pistone started 14th in the 28-car field and systematically worked his way to the front, taking command on lap 17. Polesitter and early leader Chris Rogers chased Pistone under the checkered flag with point leader Thomas Van Wingerden continuing his string of strong finishes in third.
Kyle Beattie of Concord, N.C., spoiled a family affair for the Van Wingerdens by winning the 20-lap feature for the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters. Tom Van Wingerden, the patriarch of the racing Van Wingerden family, led the early laps as son Michael battled with Beattie for second. Beattie got the best of the Van Wingerdens, taking the lead from Tom on lap 13, and went on to his second victory of the season. The elder Van Wingerden then held off his son in a bumper-banging battle for second.
Veteran speedster Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., used patience as a means to victory in the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division feature. The 2004 Hardee's Summer Shootout Masters champion started ninth, but methodically worked through the pack to take the lead from Todd Johnson on lap 14. Hair then pulled away easily for his first feature victory this summer. Johnson settled for second with Brian Wiemer third under the checkered flag.
Brennan Poole of Woodlands, Texas, did the Texas two-step, notching his second consecutive victory in the 20-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division. Poole started ninth, took the lead on lap 19 and cruised to victory as chaos broke out behind him. Point leader Casey Dohm and Andrew Carlsen were battling for second when they tangled and spun coming off the final corner. Chris Buescher moved up to second with James Buescher third, making it a clean sweep for drivers from the Lone Star state.
Brandon McReynolds, 14-year-old son of former NASCAR crew chief and FOX television commentator Larry McReynolds, posted his second victory of the season in the 20-lap finale for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns. The Mooresville, N.C., driver started fifth, took the lead on lap 11 and never glanced back. Tyler Green, son of NASCAR veteran Mark Green, led early but was no match for McReynolds and had to settle for second. Point leader and two-time feature winner Cole Miktuk ended up third in the 28-car field.
Austin Hill of Winston, Ga., was just "peachy" after grabbing the lead with two laps to go and holding off fellow Peach State racer Max Gresham to record his first feature victory of the season in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits division for drivers ages 8 to 11. Hill watched Gresham's bumper for 12 laps in the 20-lap race before finally slipping underneath in turn three to take the point. Last week's feature runner-up, Gerald White Jr., took the show money.
Despite starting 10th in the 18-car field, Eric Redmond of Girard, Pa., still made winning look easy, claiming his third feature victory in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws finale. Redmond cleverly used the choose rule to his advantage following a caution on lap six to gain several spots and captured the lead for good two laps later in the 20-lap event. Bruce Benson II and Ryan Salomon traded spots in a spirited battle for second place before Benson settled in with six laps to go. Salomon held on for third.
Ken Deese of Monroe, N.C., remained undefeated, winning his third consecutive feature for the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars. Deese started third in the No. 3 Big Show machine and his winning drive was anything but a cake walk. He charged into the lead on lap 11 of the 15-lap run, but momentarily lost the point to Gene Loden's Salvage entry on the final lap. Deese regrouped heading into the final corner, made an inside charge and won by half-a-car length. Loden ended up second with Rusty Drye next across the stripe.
Race teams continued to jam the pit area as 216 cars competed in the action-packed program.
As the 10-week Hardee's Summer Shootout reaches the half-way point Tuesday night, July 12, Thomas Built Buses will host the return of the always radical School Bus Racing. Legendary school bus racer Dirty Dan the Fan and Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot, will be among those battling in the behemoth creations. The action-packed program also includes seven divisions of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing.
Spectator gates opens at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30. Adult tickets are just $5 with children 6-12 admitted for $3. Kids under 6 are free and there is no charge for parking. Call 1-800-455-FANS for information or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Centex Homes Legends Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Chase Pistone; 2. Chris Rogers; 3. Thomas Van Wingerden; 4. Matt Dibenedetto; 5. Mark Whitley; 6. Jesse Bunnell; 7. Derek Frohlich; 8. Tiffany Daniels; 9. Jeremy Kalina; 10. Ben Stancill; 11. Tonya Cordrey; 12. Ryan Ellis; 13. Josh Waring; 14. Todd Adams; 15. Louis Hawkins; 16. C.E. Falk III; 17. Tolliver Smith; 18. John Gottsacker; 19. Chris Eggleston; 20. Travis Pennington; 21. Tim Andrews; 22. Jeremy Colangelo; 23. Michael Van Wingerden; 24. Scott Knox; 25. Jason Reisman; 26. Beau Slocumb; 27. Alex Haase; 28. Brent Seeley.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Beattie; 2. Tom Van Wingerden; 3. Michael Van Wingerden; 4. Chrissy Wallace; 5. Thomas Van Wingerden; 6. David Sugg; 7. Danny Keaton; 8. Adam Welch; 9. Hunt Dyer; 10. Scott Whitaker; 11. Terry Horak; 12. Timmy Andrews; 13. Jim Fluharty; 14. Jim Gresham; 15. Jon Michael; 16. Roger Simons; 17. Eric Harrington; 18. Buddy Compton; 19. Ashleigh Wilkins.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Brennan Poole; 2. Chris Buescher; 3. James Buescher; 4. Brandon Thomson; 5. Andrew Carlsen; 6. Kyle Fowler; 7. Casey Dohm; 8. D.J. Vanderlay; 9. Justin Morton; 10. Jordan Paschal; 11. Ryan Jernigan; 12. Steven Daniels; 13. Brandon Weber; 14. Chrissy Wallace; 15. Alan Hunter; 16. Trevor Bayne; 17. Kory Blevins; 18. Darin Coker; 19. Patrick McVay; 20. Keith Breasbois; 21. Trent Newton; 22. Collier Jones; 23. Jess Mattox; 24. Travis Beam; 25. Wesley Falk; 26. Paddy Rodenbeck; 27. Kory Abbot; 28. Matt Bowers.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. Todd Johnson; 3. Brian Wiemer; 4. John Sossoman; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. George "Cotton" Spry; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Bobby Pence; 9. Phil Sharpe; 10. Eddie Harwell; 11. Chuck Dohm; 12. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 13. Dennis White; 14. Chris Carlsen; 15. Bill Gardner; 16. Jeff Turner; 17. John Barilka; 18. Bill Mathers; 19. Tony Carper; 20. Terry Cochran; 21. Rick Little; 22. Randy Thornton.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Austin Hill; 2. Max Gresham; 3. Gerald White, Jr.; 4. Darrell Wallace, Jr.; 5. Nicholas Stroupe; 6. Derrick Ramey; 7. Clint King; 8. Corey Morrison; 9. Corey Gordon; 10. Landon Bullock; 11. Jordan Phillips; 12. Stephen Bergh, Jr.; 13. Matt Wallace; 14. William Nelson; 15. Tommy Hill; 16. Casey LaJoie; 17. Donovan Ponder; 18. Charlie Gresham; 19. Josh Williams; 20. Ryan Blaney; 21. Matthew Linker; 22. Dillon Bassett; 23. Noah Clark; 24. Ronnie Bassett, Jr.; 25. Meghan Dillner; 26. Jacob Harrell; 27. Dax Triplett; 28. Blake Eden.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Brandon McReynolds; 2. Tyler Green; 3. Cole Miktuk; 4. Josh Butler; 5. Matthew Stover; 6. Robbie Innella; 7. Mitchell Coble; 8. John Ellenburg; 9. Nick Hoffman; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Sloan Henderson; 12. Austin Dillon; 13. Trevor Farbo; 14. Amanda Harrell; 15. Rob Beasley; 16. Kendall Sellers; 17. Trevor Cauble; 18. Christopher Moore; 19. Jake Morris; 20. Ryan Rust; 21. John Stancill; 22. Bailey Freeman; 23. Kenny Brown; 24. Daniel Goins; 25. Bo Triplett; 26. Sam McAulay; 27. Jordan Coker; 28. Jordan Keaton.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Eric Redmond; 2. Bruce Benson II; 3. Ryan Salomon; 4. Chris Morgan; 5. Kara Clarke; 6. Artie Clever; 7. Randy Spencer; 8. Dawn Eagens; 9. Jennifer Spain; 10. Benny Mingo; 11. Jason Haynes; 12. Tim Keener; 13. Marcus Limehouse; 14. Ashleigh Wilkins; 15. Robin Metdepenningen; 16. Charles Long Jr.; 17. Derrick Long; 18. Duke Furr.
Dollar General CRASHCar Feature (15 laps): 1. Ken Deese; 2. Gene Loden; 3. Rusty Drye; 4. Troy Van Allen; 5. Jerry White; 6. Jeff Blackwelder; 7. Dave Hutchinson; 8. Bob Dillner; 9. Tony Springer; 10. Walter Pecora; 11. Terry Plot; 12. Pete Kenney; 13. Randy Spivey; 14. Ashley Long; 15. Kristi Springer; 16. James Crider; 17. Dale Drye; 18. Larry Henderson; 19. Brian Spivey; 20. Matt Fernandez; 21. Casey Callaway.