A Demolition Derby
In one of the wildest main events of the season, Chase Pistone of Charlotte, N.C., passed Michael Van Wingerden on the final lap to win the 15-lap run for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division.
Pistone nudged Van Wingerden out of the way in turn one and went on to claim the victory while Van Wingerden and Ben Stancill tangled two-thirds of the way down the backstretch, sending both cars hard into the outside wall. The vicious crash resulted in heated tempers, but no injuries. The crash moved Mark Whitley up to second at the checkered flag with Tolliver Smith next across the stripe.
In the 20-lap finale for the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters, Thomas Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., proved to be a late bloomer. Roger Simons made the first 15 caution-free laps look easy as he knifed through clean air at the front of the field, but the last five laps included three caution flags, one of which was waved for a three-car accident that sent Jim Gresham's car airborne. Gresham was able to return, but later fell out with mechanical problems.
Starting 12th in his No. 12, Van Wingerden worked his way to the front and took the lead on lap 17 en route to his fourth feature victory in a row and fifth of the season. Ryan Zeck finished second and Simons settled for third.
In the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division, Chris Buescher did his version of a Texas two-step in capturing his second straight feature victory. The Prosper, Texas, driver led the final seven laps of yet another wreck-filled feature that was shortened to 15 laps. Out-of-state racers Jordan Anderson (S.C.) and Kyle Fowler (Ga.) followed Buescher under the checkered flag.
Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., brushed away the competition to claim his third consecutive feature win in the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division. The veteran racer started 12th and used the choose rule on caution flags to move through the field. In a race that featured a red flag, three caution flags and a green-white-checkered finish, Hair was masterful at avoiding trouble as he closed the gap on point-leader Brian Weimer. Weimer followed Hair across the stripe and Tom Van Wingerden took the show money as the race was shortened to just 10 laps due to time constraints.
Brandon McReynolds, 14-year-old son of former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief and NASCAR on FOX commentator Larry McReynolds, claimed his third feature victory of the season in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns. Aided by several caution flags, the Mooresville, N.C., resident worked forward from his eighth starting position and took the lead on lap four as the race was shortened to just seven laps. Point leader Cole Miktuk finished second and Tyler Green, winner of the last three features, ended up third.
Eleven-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr. cruised to his fifth victory of the season in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits division. The Concord, N.C., driver started fifth, took the lead on lap six and never looked back in yet another caution-filled race. Gerald White Jr. worked up from the 10th starting spot to take second while Jordan Phillips was third across the stripe as the race went 11 of the scheduled 20 laps.
Continuing the yellow theme, Chris Morgan of Kannapolis, N.C., drove the bright yellow No. 7 to his first victory of the season in the 20-lap feature Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. Morgan started seventh, took the lead on lap nine and was never seriously challenged during the remaining 11 trips around the quarter-mile oval. Duke Furr held off Jason Haynes, driving the Jayski.com entry, to claim runner-up honors.
Dave Hutchinson of Ruby, S.C., drove the Ruby Rhino to his first victory in the wild and crazy 15-lap run for the CRASHCars. Gene Loden was second when the tire smoke finally cleared and Walter Pecora finished third.
Gutter Helmet will present the penultimate round of the Hardee's Summer Shootout on Tuesday night, Aug. 9. Action will continue in each of the seven regular divisions with the CRASHCars making their final appearance of the summer.
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. For information, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Centex Homes Legends Car Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Chase Pistone; 2. Mark Whitley; 3. Tolliver Smith; 4. Tiffany Daniels; 5. Jeremy Kalina; 6. Alex Haase; 7. Thomas Van Wingerden; 8. Louis Hawkins; 9. Jeremy Colangelo; 10. Beau Slocumb; 11. Jason Reisman; 12. Todd Adams; 13. Tonya Cordrey; 14. Chris Eggleston; 15. John Gottsacker; 16. Jesse Bunnell; 17. Michael Van Wingerden; 18. Ben Stancill; 19. Travis Pennington; 20. Matt Dibenedetto; 21. Brent Seeley; 22. Duncan Molesworth.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Ryan Zeck; 3. Roger Simons; 4. Scott Whitaker; 5. Michael Van Wingerden; 6. Tom Van Wingerden; 7. Danny Keaton; 8. Jon Michael; 9. Adam Welch; 10. Hunt Dyer; 11. David Sugg; 12. Jim Gresham; 13. Kyle Beattie; 14. Chrissy Wallace; 15. Eric Harrington.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Chris Buescher; 2. Jordan Anderson; 3. Kyle Fowler; 4. Casey Dohm; 5. Brandon Thomson; 6. Brennan Poole; 7. Travis Beam; 8. Steven Daniels; 9. Justin Morton; 10. Darin Coker; 11. Bryan Silas; 12. Charles Wimbish; 13. Matt Bowers; 14. Patrick McVay; 15. Jess Mattox; 16. Kory Abbot; 17. James Buescher; 18. Trevor Bayne; 19. Keith Breasbois; 20. Jeremy Troiano; 21. Kory Blevins; 22. Travis Bare; 23. Drew Denham; 24. Jake Crum; 25. Jessie Johnson; 26. Chad Laney; 27. Patrick Molesworth; 28. Paddy Rodenbeck.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (10 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. Brian Wiemer; 3. Tom Van Wingerden; 4. John Sossoman; 5. Phil Sharpe; 6. George "Cotton" Spry; 7. Todd Johnson; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Dennis White; 10. Chuck Dohm; 11. Chris Carlsen; 12. Jeff Turner; 13. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 14. Bill Gardner; 15. John Barilka; 16. Frank Johnston; 17. Tim Lightfoot; 18. Bill Mathers; 19. Sam McCullough; 20. Carlos Moore; 21. Tony Carper; 22. Randy Thornton; 23. Terry Cochran; 24. Ronnie Laney; 25. Jan Ingram.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (11 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Gerald White Jr.; 3. Jordan Phillips; 4. Max Gresham; 5. Austin Hill; 6. Ryan Blaney; 7. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 8. Corey Gordon; 9. Justin Swilling; 10. Casey LaJoie; 11. Jacob Harrell; 12. Josh Williams; 13. Blake Eden; 14. Dillon Bassett; 15. William Nelson; 16. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 17. Clint King; 18. Matthew Linker; 19. Andrew Prescott; 20. Matt Wallace; 21. Tommy Hill; 22. Nicholas Stroupe; 23. Noah Clark; 24. Landon Bullock; 25. Maxx Bennett; 26. Evan Swilling; 27. Derrick Ramey; 28. Sammy Jasper.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (7 laps): 1. Brandon McReynolds; 2. Cole Miktuk; 3. Tyler Green; 4. John Ellenburg; 5. Mitchell Coble; 6. Josh Butler; 7. Daniel Hemric; 8. Christopher Moore; 9. Bailey Freeman; 10. Ty Dillon; 11. Trevor Farbo; 12. Austin Dillon; 13. Kendall Sellers; 14. Zac Kittle; 15. John Stancill; 16. Daniel Goins; 17. Nick Hoffman; 18. Matthew Stover; 19. Kyle Shano; 20. Robby Innella; 21. J.R. Allen; 22. Rob Beasley; 23. Jordan Keaton; 24. Sloan Henderson; 25. Jake Morris; 26. Amanda Harrell; 27. Ryan Rust; 28. Kenny Brown.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Morgan; 2. Duke Furr; 3. Jason Haynes; 4. Artie Clever; 5. Kara Clarke; 6. Tim Keener; 7. Ryan Salomon; 8. Robin Metdepenningen; 9. Jennifer Spain; 10. Ryan Jernigan; 11. Dawn Eagens; 12. Benny Mingo; 13. Eric Redmond; 14. Charles Long Jr.; 15. Randy Spencer.
Metrolina Greenhouses CRASHCar Feature (15 laps): 1. Dave Hutchinson; 2. Gene Loden; 3. Walter Pecora; 4. Rusty Drye; 5. Ken Deese; 6. Jeff Blackwelder; 7. Jerry White; 8. Marty Williams; 9. Bobby Wallace; 10. Brian Spivey; 11. Chris James; 12. James Crider; 13. Terry Plott; 14. Marc White; 15. Paul Grimsley; 16. Larry Henderson; 17. Tony Springer; 18. Stephen Runion; 19. Kristi Springer; 20. Bob Dillner; 21. Dale Drye; 22. Randy Spivey; 23. George "Cotton" Spry; 24. Pete Kenney.