Three New Winners In Red Hot Shootout
Third-generation racer Chase Pistone of Charlotte, N.C., romped to his third victory of the season and closed on point leader Thomas Van Wingerden by winning the 20-lap feature for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division.
Pistone used the Choose Rule to his advantage on restarts and steadily moved up from the 12th starting spot. He took command on lap eight and held a three-car length advantage when the checkered flag was unfurled. Beau Slocumb had his best showing of the season in second while Dallas, Texas, resident Brent Seeley claimed third-place money even though he knocked the right-front fender off his car early in the race. Van Wingerden finished fourth.
Pardon the pun, but Van Wingerden literally "waxed" the Duragloss Thunder Roadster field for the fourth time in that division's 20-lap finale. The Huntersville, N.C., driver lined up 12th, took the lead on lap 14 and held off teammate and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Mike Wallace to extend his point lead. Wallace, subbing for Van Wingerden's father, Tom, in the No. 1 machine, earned second-place money while early leader Adam Welch was third.
For the third time this season, Clay Hair had his foes in the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division standing on end. The Mt. Pleasant, N.C., veteran sliced through the field from the 10th starting spot, took the lead from Johnny Sossoman with just two laps remaining and went on to win the 20-lap run. Sossoman held on for second with Todd Johnson next under the checkered flag.
Chris Buescher did the Texas two-step as the Prosper, Texas, driver danced through the field to post his first victory in the caution-filled 20-lap feature for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division. Kory Abbot finished second and Brandon Weber was third.
The Legends Car Semi-Pro feature was red flagged just past the half-way point when Chrissy Wallace got turned into the frontstretch wall and her No. 4 machine was slammed by another car. Wallace, the 17-year-old daughter of Mike Wallace, walked away from the incident, but was later transported to NorthEast Medical Center for precautionary X-rays.
Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark Green, romped to his third consecutive victory in the 20-lap feature for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns. Green of Concord, N.C., took the lead on lap seven and never looked back. Brandon McReynolds moved into the runner-up spot late in the race, but was no match for Green and settled for second. Point leader Cole Miktuk finished third in the division for drivers ages 12 to 15.
Nicholas Stroupe notched his first victory of the season in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits feature as the caution-filled event was shortened to 14 laps due to time constraints. The Iron Station, N.C., driver took the lead from Landon Bullock on lap nine and was never challenged. Max Gresham inherited second when apparent runner-up and point leader Darrell Wallace Jr., was disqualified for a post-race infraction. Blake Eden ended up third in the division for drivers ages 8 to 11.
Bruce Benson II of Lexington, N.C., visited victory lane for the first time, topping the 20-lap run for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. Benson, who started seventh, needed only five laps to take command and he cruised to victory. Point leader Ryan Salomon finished second to extend his advantage and Chris Morgan was next across the stripe.
Despite a spectacular last-lap move by Brian Spivey that nearly resulted in a three-car crash, Ken Deese of Monroe, N.C., held on to win the CRASHCar feature for the fourth time in five races. Walter Pecora finished second to Deese's No. 3 Big Show entry in the wild and crazy 20-lap run while Spivey settled for third after his bold attempt to take the lead failed.
Action in each of the seven regular divisions continues Tuesday night, Aug. 2, when Metrolina Greenhouses presents round eight of the 10-week Hardee's Summer Shootout. The CRASHCars are also on the schedule, making their penultimate appearance of the season.
Spectator gates open 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. Beau Slocumb; 3. Brent Seeley; 4. Thomas Van Wingerden; 5. John Gottsacker; 6. Alex Haase; 7. Jeremy Kalina; 8. Travis Pennington; 9. Tim Andrews; 10. Ben Stancill; 11. Louis Hawkins; 12. Tiffany Daniels; 13. Michael Van Wingerden; 14. Chris Eggleston; 15. Jeremy Colangelo; 16. Tonya Cordrey; 17. Todd Adams; 18. Jesse Bunnell; 19. Matt Dibenedetto; 20. Tolliver Smith; 21. Daniel Kraus; 22. Mark Whitley; 23. Jason Reisman; 24. Josh Waring; 25. Chris Rogers.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Mike Wallace; 3. Ryan Zeck; 4. Adam Welch; 5. Chrissy Wallace; 6. Scott Whitaker; 7. Danny Keaton; 8. Kyle Beattie; 9. Roger Simons; 10. Hunt Dyer; 11. Jon Michael; 12. Eric Harrington; 13. Jim Gresham; 14. Terry Horak; 15. David Sugg; 16. Michael Van Wingerden; 17. Eric Cooms.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Buescher; 2. Kory Abbot; 3. Brandon Weber; 4. Jake Crum; 5. Andrew Carlsen; 6. Travis Beam; 7. Corey LaJoie; 8. Bryan Silas; 9. Jordan Anderson; 10. Darren Coker; 11. James Buescher; 12. Phillip Gill; 13. Charles Wimbish; 14. Brennan Poole; 15. Trevor Bayne; 16. Keith Breasbois; 17. Justin Morton; 18. Patrick McVay; 19. Charles Kiser; 20. Travis Bare; 21. Jess Mattox; 22. Ryan Jernigan; 23. Paddy Rodenbeck; 24. Chrissy Wallace; 25. Casey Dohm; 26. Brandon Thomson; 27. Kyle Fowler; 28. Joshua Wimbish.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Todd Johnson; 4. Brian Wiemer; 5. Mike Wallace; 6. Todd Laney; 7. Chuck Dohm; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Dennis White; 10. George "Cotton" Spry; 11. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 12. Tad Segars; 13. Randy Thornton; 14. Phil Sharpe; 15. Jan Ingram; 16. Chris Carlsen; 17. Bill Gardner; 18. Jeff Turner; 19. Ronnie Laney; 20. Dave Winston; 21. Sam McCullough; 22. Tony Carper; 23. Terry Cochran.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (14 laps): 1. Nicholas Stroupe; 2. Max Gresham; 3. Blake Eden; 4. Clint King; 5. Landon Bullock; 6. Noah Clark; 7. Corey Gordon; 8. Peyton Durflinger; 9. William Nelson; 10. Casey LaJoie; 11. Derrick Ramey; 12. Josh Williams: 13. Corey Morrison; 14. Gerald White Jr.; 15. Tyler Hill; 16. Dax Triplett; 17. Matt Wallace; 18. Matthew Linker; 19. Bodie Bellinger; 20. Charlie Gresham; 21. Jordan Phillips; 22. Meghan Dillner; 23. Tyler Pennington; 24. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 25. Austin Hill; 26. Dillon Bassett; 27. Tommy Hill; 28. Darrell Wallace Jr.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Green; 2. Brandon McReynolds; 3. Cole Miktuk; 4. Mitchell Coble; 5. John Stancill; 6. John Ellenburg; 7. Matthew Stover; 8. Nick Hoffman; 9. Sam McAulay; 10. Kendall Sellers; 11. Austin Dillon; 12. Josh Butler; 13. Robby Innella; 14. Clay Winters; 15. Bailey Freeman; 16. Sloan Henderson; 17. Justin Kraemer; 18. Jake Morris; 19. Scott Menlen; 20. Trevor Cauble; 21. Christopher Moore; 22. Rob Beasley; 23. Kyle Shano; 24. Ty Dillon; 25. Ryan Rust; 26. Bo Triplett; 27. Kenny Brown; 28. Daniel Hemric.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Bruce Benson II; 2. Ryan Salomon; 3. Chris Morgan; 4. Dawn Eagens; 5. Eric Redmond; 6. Kara Clarke; 7. Artie Clever; 8. Jason Haynes; 9. Ashleigh Wilkins; 10. Tim Kenner; 11. Randy Spencer; 12. Robin Metdepenningen; 13. Duke Furr; 14. Jennifer Spain; 15. Charles Long Jr.; 16. Tyler Winters; 17. Benny Mingo; 18. Daniel Moore.
Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce CRASHCar Feature (20 laps): 1. Ken Deese; 2. Walter Pecora; 3. Brian Spivey; 4. Gene Loden; 5. Randy Spivey; 6. Dale Drye; 7. Tony Springer; 8. Chris James; 9. Bobby Wallace; 10. Jeff Blackwelder; 11. Rusty Drye; 12. Dave Hutchinson; 13. Bob Dillner; 14. James Crider; 15. Larry Henderson; 16. Kristi Springer; 17. Pete Kenney; 18. Stephen Runion; 19. Ashley Long; 20. Terry Plott; 21. Jerry White; 22. Marty Williams.