Double Points Night and a Photo Finish Highlight Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series
Heavy rain and thunderstorms couldn’t put a damper on an exciting evening of racing, highlighted by a photo-finish, during round seven of the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Hemric, Austin Leitner and Clayton Weatherman were among the night’s feature winners who were awarded double points.
In the Legend Car Pro division, Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., claimed his first Summer Shootout win of the season in the most dramatic finish of the evening.
Coming off of a huge victory Saturday, in the Legends Million, where he took home an unprecedented $250,000, Hemric had momentum on his side going into the night. Starting in the fourth spot, Hemric chose the outside lane on a Lap 10 restart moving him to the second position. After riding leader Steven Cantrell’s bumper for the next nine laps, Hemric made his move going into Turn 3 on the final lap.
Cantrell and Hemric were neck-and-neck coming out of the fourth turn creating a photo-finish that saw Hemric sliding sideways across the stripe, forcing officials to review a replay to determine the winner.
Cantrell, of Concord, N.C., was scored second and Tyler Green, of China Grove, N.C., took home third.
In the Pull-A-Part Legend Car Semi-Pro division, Leitner, of Lexington, S.C., made his way to Victory Lane for the second time Tuesday night, after winning both round seven’s 20-lap feature and the Semi-Pro feature postponed from last week.
Starting from the second position, Leitner quickly took the lead on Lap 5 following a side-by-side battle with leader Ryan Flores. The field proved to be no match for Leitner as he assumed a comfortable lead for the remaining 15 laps of the 20-lap feature.
Gregory Lang, of Davidson, N.C., claimed the second position and Timmy Hill, of Port Tobacco, Md., came home in third.
After starting the Bandolero Bandits feature from the fifth position, Weatherman clawed his way to the top spot after a three-car pile-up brought out the caution on Lap 10 of the 20-lap feature.
Following the restart, Weatherman, of Wentzville, Mo., opened a large lead over the field and cruised to an easy victory.
Kaz Grala, of Westborough, Mass., and Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, N.C., battled for second entering Turn 4 on the final lap. Grala claimed the position, while Ferguson settled for third.
Other round seven feature winners included John Sossoman, of New London, N.C., in the Legend Car Masters division; Gray Gaulding, of Statesville, N.C., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Myatt Snider, of Charlotte, N.C., in the Bandolero Outlaws division; and Matt Craig, of Kannapolis, N.C., in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division.
In the first of four features postponed by rain from the previous week, Justin Lloyd, of Mooresville, N.C., made his way to Victory Lane in the Legend Car Pro division.
Starting from the third position, Lloyd pulled to the inside, going into Turn 1, making it three-wide on the first lap. He quickly took the lead coming out of Turn 2 and never looked back, leading the race flag-to-flag en route to his first victory of the season.
Scott Hensley, of Olive Branch, Miss., finished second with Travis Braden, of Wheeling, W.Va., close behind in third.
John Sossoman, of New London, N.C., claimed his third consecutive victory of the season in the Legend Car Masters race postponed by rain, tying him with Clay Hair at three wins apiece.
Sossoman, who started on the outside pole, quickly took the lead from Jan Ingram passing him on the high side coming out of Turn 2 on the second lap.
After assuming the point position, Sossoman led the remainder of the caution-free race, only challenged by Buddy Goudy, of Benbrook, Texas, on the last lap. Goudy couldn’t pull off a late pass for the win, but held on to finish second. Clay Hair, of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., crossed the line in third.
Other postponed races were won by Leitner, of Lexington, S.C., in the Pull-A-Part Semi-Pro division and Jacob Heavlow, of Galena, Md., in the Legend Car Young Lions division.
In school bus racing, The Gamecock, driven by Kyle Edmiston emerged victorious. Finishing closely behind in the second position was Bennie Salter’s Big Ben behemoth racing machine and coming home in third was Elgin Taylor of SPEED51.com.
The 17th annual Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday night, July 27, with Mascot Mania and Kids Poster Night.
Fur is sure to fly during round eight of the series as several area mascots compete in racing’s version of “The Fast and the Furriest.” Lug Nut, the World’s Fastest Mascot, will be looking to defend his home turf as the mascots will battle in equally prepared go-karts on the treacherous frontstretch quarter-mile oval.
Adult tickets are just $7 with children ages 6 to 12 admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets to the Summer Shootout Series contact the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
First Legend Car Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Justin Lloyd; 2. Scott Hensley; 3. Travis Braden; 4. Jimmy Heavlow; 5. Sam McAulay; 6. Eric Gunderson; 7. Steven Cantrell; 8. Bayley Currey; 9. Tyler Lester; 10. Brian Ouimette; 11. Tyler Green; 12. Kyle Beattie; 13. Daniel Hemric; 14. Kyle Plott; 15. Doug Vanderbrink; 16. Kyle Weatherman; 17. Steve Abbey; 18. Davin Ceites; 19. Duncan Molesworth.
First Legend Car Masters Feature (15 laps): 1. John Sossoman; 2. Buddy Goudy; 3. Clay Hair; 4. Eddie Harwell; 5. Jan Ingram; 6. Tom Pistone; 7. Brad Green; 8. Bruce Silver; 9. Jack Ryan; 10. Gary Shannon; 11. Jimmy Gurley; 12. Dennis White; 13. Phil Sharpe; 14. Carlos Moore; Jamie Smith.
First Pull-A-Part Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Austin Leitner; 2. Chase Catania; 3. Gregory Lang; 4. Timmy Hill; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Austin Langenstein; 7. Jake Knight; 8. Kodi Sunley; 9. Brandon Kent; 10. Robert Kuczmarski; 11. Zack Knowles; 12. Chris Coker; 13. Erik Nash; 14. Jason Austin; 15. Chris Byerly; 16. Ryan Flores; 17. Anna Lisa Smith; 18. Zack Alspach; 19. Chris Young; 20. DeWayne Mash.
First Legend Car Young Lions Feature (15 laps): 1. Jacob Heavlow; 2. Mason Massey; 3. Sean Rayhall; 4. Justin Carroll; 5. Luke Demis; 6. Dusty Summerse; 7. Tyler Hill; 8. Corey Gordon; 9. Nicholas Drake; 10. Sean Shalvoy; 11. Jake Cole; 12. Matt Wallace; 13. Josh Morris; 14. Kason Plott; 15. Gray Gaulding; 16. Brady Boswell; 17. CJ Hulsey; 18. Spencer Boyd; 19. Brian Kolb; 20. Matt Evans; 21. Chandler Levan; 22. Raven Schrantz.
Second Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Steven Cantrell; 3. Tyler Green; 4. Evan Swilling; 5. Tyler Lester; 6. Justin Lloyd; 7. Kyle Plott; 8. Travis Braden; 9. Samuel McAulay; 10. Kyle Weatherman; 11. Bayley Currey; 12. Jimmy Heavlow; 13. Duncan Molesworth; 14. Aaron Moyer; 15. Steven Abbey; 16. Beau Slocumb; 17. Eric Gunderson; 18. Doug VanDenBrink; 19. Scott Hensley; 20. Kyle Beattie; 21. Davin Ceites; 22. Brian Ouimette.
Second Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. John Sossoman; 2. Tom Pistone; 3. Clay Hair; 4. Eddie Harwell; 5. Buddy Goudy; 6. Jackie Ryan; 7. John Davis; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Dennis White; 10. Bruce Silver; 11. Phil Sharpe; 12. Rick Wetmore; 13. Brad Green; 14. Gary Shannon; 15. Carlos Moore; 16. Jimmy Gurley; 17. Jamie Smith.
Second Pull-A-Part Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Austin Leitner; 2. Gregory Lang; 3. Timmy Hill; 4. Chase Catania; 5. Zack Alspach; 6. Ryan Flores; 7. Kodie Sunley; 8. Chris Coker; 9. Zack Knowles; 10. Jake Knight; 11. Erik Nash; 12. Brandon Kent; 13. Chris Young; 14. Robert Kuczmarski; 15. Jason Austin; 16. Chris Byerly; 17. DeWayne Marsh; 18. Anna Lisa Smith 19. Jake Morris; 20. Austin Langenstein.
Second Legend Car Young Lions Feature (18 laps): 1. Gray Gaulding; 2. Sean Rayhall; 3. Dusty Summers; 4. Jake Cole; 5. Sean Shalvoy; 6. Justin Carroll; 7. Brian Kolb; 8. Spencer Boyd; 9. Matt Wallace; 10. Tyler Hill; 11. Brady Boswell; 12. Josh Morris; 13. Raven Schrantz; 14. Matt Evans; 15. CJ Hulsey; 16. Kason Plott; 17. Chandler Levan; 18. Luke Demis; 19. Nicholas Drake; 20. Mason Massey; 21. Corey Gordon; 22. Jacob Heavlow.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Myatt Snider; 2. Ryan Shattuck; 3. Ryan Mackintosh; 4. Ben Klatt; 5. Reid Wilson; 6. Craig Biryla; 7. Walker Yates; 8. Trey Jarrell; 9. Justin Mitchell; 10. Dakota Ratcliff; 11. Chase Heath; 12. Kayla Marshall; 13. Tyler Janocha; 14. Scotty Hooker; 15. Taylor Martin; 16. Coty Hartson; 17. Joshua Plummer; 18. John Holleman; 19. Riley Halverson; 20. John Gregg.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Clayton Weatherman; 2. Kaz Grala; 3. Carson Ferguson; 4. Cole Timm; 5. Garrett Biggers; 6. Jordan Locklear; 7. Austin Green; 8. Austin Cindric; 9. Jeffrey Abbey; 10. John “Matt” Murphy; 11. Layton Sullivan; 12. Payton Ryan; 13. A.J. Davis; 14. Tyler Dayton; 15. Derek Sobel; 16. Max Evans; 17. Seth Werner; 18. Kodie Connor; 19. Daniel Bedford; 20. Teigan Deluca; 21. Jordan Plummer; 22. Ray Beebe.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Matt Craig; 2. Dawson Cram; 3. Noah Corrman; 4. Stefan Parson; 5. John Kuczmarski; 6. Banks Johnson; 7. Graham Smith; 8. Dylan Mills; 9. Hayden Humphrey; 10. Scott Joy; 11. Elijah Bacon; 12. Jacob Hefner.