Big Night for the Van Wingerden Brothers
With over 200 cars jamming the pit area for the ninth consecutive week, 28-year-old Michael Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., was the class of the field. He took the lead on lap two in the 20-lap feature for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division and was never seriously challenged as the race went the full distance without a caution flag.
Brent Seeley chased Van Wingerden for 19 laps, but settled for second while Beau Slocum was next across the stripe. In the championship fight, Chase Pistone moved atop the standings with a fourth-place finish as Thomas Van Wingerden, who had a 19-point lead at the green flag, spun on lap eight and ended up 16th.
In the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters, Michael Van Wingerden won the 20-lap feature while his 23-year-old brother, Thomas, clinched the championship. It was the second Thunder Roadster victory of the season for Van Wingerden who started sixth and took the lead on the second lap. Ryan Zeck moved up from the seventh-starting position to challenge Van Wingerden, but had to settle for the runner-up money. Thomas Van Wingerden, winner of the last four Thunder Roadster features, finished third to secure the division title.
Kyle Fowler of Smyrna, Ga., added his name to the list of feature winners in the 20-lap finale for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division. Fowler started fourth, took command on lap nine and romped to a convincing victory as the last 17 laps went without a caution flag. Jordan Anderson followed Fowler around early leader Andrew Carlsen and came home second while James Buescher finished third. Casey Dohm ended up sixth to extend his point lead over eight-place finisher Brennan Poole.
Former series champion George "Cotton" Spry finally broke the ice, posting a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap feature for the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division.
Spry, who resides in nearby Salisbury, N.C., started on the outside of the front row in the division for drivers ages 40 and over, took the lead when the green flag was unfurled and held off Clay Hair. Hair entered the night 25 points behind Brian Wiemer in the championship chase, but gained only six points on his title rival as Wiemer came home third.
Tyler Green, son of veteran NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark Green, recorded his fourth victory of the season in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns division. Numerous caution flags forced the race for drivers ages 12 to 15 to be shortened to just 16 laps. While Green was cruising to victory, Brandon McReynolds, 14-year-old son of former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief and NASCAR on FOX commentator Larry McReynolds, finished second and took the point lead from Cole Miktuk who struggled to an eighth-place finish. Mitchell Coble ended up third.
Austin Hill of Winston, Ga., romped to his second feature victory of the season in a wild Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits event that was shortened to 15 laps due to several caution flags. Title contender Darrell Wallace Jr. was leading and appeared en route to yet another victory when a multi-car tangle on lap 13 sent several Bandoleros spinning. When the smoke cleared, Hill was in front and he led the final two laps. Clint King moved up from the fifth-starting spot to take second and Nicholas Stroupe was next under the checkered flag. Max Gresham ended up eighth to extend his point lead as title rivals Wallace Jr. and Gerald White Jr. finished deep in the pack.
Thunder Roadster regular Kyle Beattie of Concord, N.C., made his first Bandolero start of the season and promptly drove to victory in the 20-lap run for the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws. Beattie started fourth, took the lead on lap five and never looked back. Early leader Tim Keener claimed second while Eric Redmond finished third and took the point lead. Ryan Salomon had a 34-point advantage entering the race, but a mechanical problem ended his night early and he slipped to second in the standings.
In the final Hardee's Summer Shootout appearance for the wild-and-crazy CRASHCar division, 26 cars jammed the frontstretch quarter-mile oval and turned the race track into a parking lot. Speedway officials threw an extra wrinkle into the mix allowing the car that rolled second under the checkered flag to claim the victory. After three cars slowed in an effort to take second place, officials had to review digital video to determine the winner. Gene Loden of Landis, N.C., got the call in his No. 8 Salvage machine as the perennial dirt-track winner notched his first asphalt victory.
The 12 finalists in Roush Racing's Driver X: Race for the Ride were introduced during pre-race ceremonies and signed autographs behind the grandstand. Hardee's Summer Shootout graduates David Ragan and Tim Andrews are among the drivers still in the hunt for a full-season drive in one of Roush's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entries.
School Bus racing returns Tuesday night, Aug. 16, as Stock Car Steel and Aluminum presents the Hardee's Summer Shootout season finale. Champions will be crowned in six divisions while the School Bus spectacular will feature an array of local personalities including legendary racer Dirty Dan the Fan, Boz the Bumper Basher and Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.
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 (20 laps): 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Brent Seeley; 3. Bo Slocumb; 4. Chase Pistone; 5. Jason Reisman; 6. Tolliver Smith; 7. Alex Haas; 8. Ben Stancill; 9. Jessie Bunnell; 10. Louis Hawkins; 11. Chris Eggleston; 12. Tiffany Daniels; 13. Jeremy Colangelo; 14. Jeremy Kalina; 15. Mark Whitley; 16. Thomas Van Wingerden; 17. Tony Wachter; 18. Todd Adams; 19. Daniel Moskowitz; 20. John Gottsacker.
Duragloss Thunder Roadster Feature (20 laps): 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Ryan Zeck; 3. Thomas Van Wingerden; 4. Kyle Beattie; 5. Roger Simons; 6. Chrissy Wallace; 7. Danny Keaton; 8. Adam Welch; 9. Tom Van Wingerden; 10. Eric Harrington; 11. Jim Gresham; 12. Jon Michael; 13. Hunt Dyer.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Fowler; 2. Jordan Anderson; 3. James Buescher; 4. Chris Buescher; 5. Kory Abbot; 6. Casey Dohm; 7. Andrew Carlsen; 8. Brennan Poole; 9. Drew Denham; 10. Jordan Paschal; 11. Chrissy Wallace; 12. Patrick McVay; 13. Trevor Bayne; 14. Matt Bowers; 15. Brandon Weber; 16. Jess Mattox; 17. Darin Coker; 18. Josh Sell; 19. Kory Blevins; 20. Travis Bare; 21. Jessie Johnson; 22. Corey LaJoie; 23. Phillip Gill; 24. Charles Wimbish; 25. Levon Kitchens; 26. Paddy Rodenbeck; 27. Jake Crum; 28. Bryan Silas.
Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. George "Cotton" Spry; 2. Clay Hair; 3. Ryan Weimer; 4. John Barilka; 5. Phil Sharpe; 6. Sam McCullough; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Dennis White; 9. John Wachter; 10. Todd Johnson; 11. Chuck Dohm; 12. Tom Van Wingerden; 13. Bobby Pence; 14. Chris Carlsen; 15. Jeff Turner; 16. Bill Gardner; 17. Terry Scherz; 18. Carlos Moore; 19. Eddie Harwell; 20. Tim Lightfoot; 21. Dave Winston; 22. Tony Carper; 23. Bill Mathers; 24. Terry Cochran; 25. Randy Thornton; 26. John Sossoman; 27. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 28. Bill Field.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Austin Hill; 2. Clint King; 3. Nicholas Stroupe; 4. Jordan Phillips; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 6. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 7. Tommy Hill; 8. Max Gresham; 9. Bodie Bellinger; 10. Corey Gordon; 11. Tyler Hill; 12. Matt Wallace; 13. Andre Prescott; 14. Blake Eden; 15. William Nelson; 16. Will Baker; 17. Gerald White Jr. 18. Casey LaJoie; 19. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 20. Landon Bullock; 21. Josh Williams; 22. Derrick Ramey; 23. Dillon Bassett; 24. Robert Poole; 25. Ryan Blaney; 26. Brock Newsom; 27. Sammy Jasper; 28. Dax Triplett.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Young Guns Feature (16 laps): 1. Tyler Green; 2. Brandon McReynolds; 3. Mitchell Coble; 4. J.R. Allen; 5. John Ellenburg; 6. Josh Butler; 7. Ryan Glenski; 8. Cole Miktuk; 9. Austin Dillon; 10. Robby Innella; 11. Amanda Harrell; 12. Jake Morris; 13. Kenny Brown; 14. Sloan Henderson; 15. Bailey Freeman; 16. Daniel Goins; 17. Kendall Sellers; 18. William Cunningham; 19. John Stancill; 20. Zac kittle; 21. Ty Dillon; 22. Clay Winters; 23. Rob Beasley; 24. Sam McAulay; 25. Nick Hoffman; 26. Christopher Moore; 27. Daniel Hemric; 28. Matthew Stover.
Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Beattie; 2. Tim Keener; 3. Eric Redmond; 4. Jason Haynes; 5. Dawn Eagens; 6. Randy Spencer; 7. Chris Morgan; 8. Artie Clever; 9. Ryan Jernigan; 10. Jennifer Spain; 11. Robin Metdepenningen; 12. Benny Mingo; 13. Kara Clarke; 14. Tyler Winters; 15. Ryan Salomon; 16. Charles Long Jr.; 17. Charles Long Sr.