Drivers and Mascots Battle Triple-Digit Heat in Round Seven of Summer Shootout Series
There were near-record temperatures in Charlotte but the heat didn’t stop fans from packing the stands and drivers and mascots from visiting victory lane during Round Seven of the Summer Shootout Series. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, Kyle Hall, Austin Saunders, Kaz Grala and Rufus of the Charlotte Bobcats were among the feature winners Tuesday night.
Unadilla, Ga., native, Ragan, started on the pole in the Legend Car Pro feature, leading flag-to-flag on his way to victory. The win was his first of the Summer Shootout Series season as he claimed the checkered flag over Kyle Plott, of Marietta, Ga., and Sean Rayhall, of Austell, Ga.
Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., won his fifth race of the season in the Semi-Pro division feature event.
Three cautions plagued the field before a lap was recorded in the books. Hall controlled the lead and rejected pressure from Boonsboro, Md. native, Dusty Summers, as Tyler Hill, of Port Tobacco, Md., charged for second position before spinning into the infield in Turn 2.
After the restart, Summers reclaimed the lead and Corey Gordon, of Mount Holly, N.C., stuck his car to the inside creating a three-wide battle for first. Gordon controlled the lead, but a caution flag flew before a lap was completed, sending Gordon back to second position and placing Hall in the lead.
Gordon made a daring save to hold on to third position as Summers bumped him to the high side of the track. The caution flag and checkered flag waved simultaneously as Hall streaked across the finish line with Summers and Gordon trailing close behind in second and third positions respectively.
In the Bandolero Beginner Bandits feature, Saunders, of Fort Worth, Texas, took advantage of a late race caution to take the lead and race to the checkered flag.
Austin Powell, of Concord jumped to the early lead on Lap 1, but an early caution waved on Lap 2 as Zachary Dabbs lost control and made hard contact with the outside wall, ending his evening. On the restart, Hunter Stewart, of Mooresville, N.C., powered past Powell and raced unchallenged for the next several laps.
On Lap 8, Saunders worked his way past Powell into the second position. A late race caution for a spin by Hayden Humphrey, from Cornelius, N.C., set the stage for Saunders to run down Stewart for the lead. After the restart, the two battled side-by-side down the backstretch where Saunders dove underneath Stewart to take the advantage entering the turn.
No one could catch Saunders in the final four laps as he drove to his first victory of the season. Stewart claimed the runner-up spot and Powell took the third position.
Westborough, Mass., native, Grala, stole the show for the fourth time this season, winning the Bandolero Outlaw feature.
The race got off to an exciting start as the top three cars driven by Walker Yates, Taylor Jorgensen and Grala went three-wide on the first lap. Grala took over the lead, coming out of Turn 2 on the second lap and didn’t look back as he drove away from his competitors.
It didn’t look like Grala could be caught until a caution on Lap 17 came out, which bunched the field back together. On the restart, John Holleman, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Roswell, Ga., native, Parker Barnes, worked hard to take a shot at the top spot, but no driver could stop Grala as he sailed to an easy victory.
Holleman settled for second and Barnes came home in third.
“The Fast and the Furriest” took to the track in the annual Mascot Mania go-kart battle as Charlotte Bobcats mascot, Rufus, took home the trophy over a hard-charging Homer, of the Charlotte Knights. Last year’s winner, Monkey Joe, of Monkey Joe’s Party and Play Center, crossed the line in third.
Other feature winners included, Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, N.C., in the Bandolero Bandits division; Jeff Green, of Owensboro, Ky., in the Legend Car Masters division; and Josh Morris, of Fredericksburg, Va., in the Legend Car Young Lions division.
The 18th annual Summer Shootout Series returns on Tuesday, July 19, with Round Eight of the Summer Shootout Series. In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, there will be a TORC exhibition truck race, which will serve as a preview to the TORC Off-Road Championship Series race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte July 22 and 23.
The first 1,000 children through the gates on Tuesday will a free Lug Nut souvenir. Families can also enter to win a Myrtle Beach vacation courtesy of MyrtleBeachHotels.com.
Tickets are $7 for adults and just $3 for kids 6 to 12. Children 5 and under get in free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies for feature racing at 7 p.m.
The second annual Legends Million returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 1 and 2. The largest grassroots race in history will once again offer the largest Legend Car and Bandolero purse of the year as drivers do battle on the speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval.
Drivers can register for the Legends Million at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. All Legend Car competitors 12 years of age or older may register. The race is not restricted by division. All minors 17 or younger must complete a minor waiver, which is available for download at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/waivers.
Registration is free with the purchase of a new Legend Car from U.S. Legend Cars International.
For additional information on competitor registration for the Legends Million, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205. For more information about U.S. Legend Cars International and Legend Cars, visit www.uslegendcars.com or call U.S. Legend Cars International's headquarters at (704) 455-3896.
Tickets for the Legends Million are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under get in free
For tickets for the Summer Shootout Series or Legends Million, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Josh Morris; 2. Justin Carroll; 3. Matt Pappa; 4. Ben Rhodes; 5. Kason Plott; 6. Chase Dowling; 7. Jake Cole; 8. David Schilling; 9. Ryan Shattuck; 10. Reid Wilson; 11. Jake Spillers; 12. Tye Mihocko; 13. CJ Hulsey; 14. Paul Schafer; 15. Clayton Weatherman; 16. Joe Ryan Osborne; 17. Connor Pyle; 18. Brayton Haws; 19. Doug Barnes Jr.; 20. Jeffrey Stanton; 21. Cole Custer; 22. Luke Demis; 23. Matt Wallace; 24. Adam Burton; 25. Mason Massey; 26. Austin Cindric.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Austin Saunders; 2. Hunter Stewart; 3. Austin Powell; 4. Cason Werner; 5. Tyler Farris; 6. Hayden Humphrey; 7. Trent Barnes; 8. Austin Geer; 9. Liz Montgomery; 10. DJ Canipe; 11. Zachary Dabbs; 12. John Wayne Councel.
Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. David Ragan; 2. Kyle Plott; 3. Sean Rayhall; 4. Tyler Green; 5. Austin Hill; 6. Chase Catania; 7. Brady Boswell; 8. Scott Hensley; 9. Evan Swilling; 10. Trey Edison; 11. Robert Stout; 12. Michael Dabney Jr.; 13. Greg Lang; 14. Steven Cantrell; 15. Zach Knowles; 16. Zac Zittle; 17. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 18. Kyle Weatherman; 19. Gray Gaulding.
Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Jeff Green; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Kevin Foisy; 4. Eddie Harwell; 5. Bruce Silver; 6. Jan Ingram; 7. Scott Whitaker; 8. Chip Ferguson; 9. Charles Kiser; 10. Hans-Peter Schaepp; 11. Ronald Mander; 12. David Reed; 13. Ray Short; 14. Jamie Smith; 15. Dale Holmes; 16. Brad Green; 17. Kevin Aube; 18. Todd Bolin; 19. Carlos Moore; 20. Tom Pistone; 21. Mike Rogers.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Kyle Hall; 2. Dusty Summers; 3. Corey Gordon; 4. Alex Pacheco; 5. Amber Colvin; 6. Myatt Snider; 7. Will Cunningham; 8. Erik Nash; 9. Austin Langenstein; 10. Dustin Coonfield; 11. Blake Spears; 12. Weston Baldwin; 13. Andrew Harrah; 14. Tyler Hill; 15. Austin Allen; 16. Chris Coker; 17. Austin Reed; 18. Will Baker; 19. Brandon Maloy; 20. Annalisa Smith; 21. Justin Doyle; 22. Marc Remesi; 23. Garrett Smithley; 24. Lee Jordan; 25. Adam Welch; 26. Alex Hickham; 27. Spencer Boyd; 28. Jonathan Ross; 29. Kevin Donahue; 30. Robert Kuczmarski.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Kaz Grala; 2. John Holleman; 3. Parker Barnes; 4. Tyler Lester; 5. Walker Yates; 6. Noah Cornman; 7. Seth Werner; 8. Craig Biryla; 9. Ashley Caldwell; 10. Madeline Crane; 11. Tyler Jonacha; 12. Jordan Plummer; 13. Joshua Plummer; 14. Jensen Jorgensen; 15. Taylor Jorgensen; 16. Ryan Jernigan; 17. Tyler Dayton; 18. Ryan Mackintosh; 19. Matt Craig; 20. Scotty Hooker.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Layton Sullivan; 3. Kyle Donahue; 4. Austin Green; 5. Kodie Conner; 6. Jacob Hefner; 7. Trevor Hawkins; 8. Dawson Cram; 9. Devon Barnes; 10. AJ Davis; 11. Matt Murphy; 12. Tate Fogleman; 13. Stefan Parsons; 14. Jordan Locklear; 15. Sprout Royal; 16. Banks Johnson; 17. Jordan Mander; 18. Teigan Duluca; 19. Alex Reece; 20. John Kuczmarski.
Mascot Mania Go-Kart Race (10 laps): 1. Rufus, of the Charlotte Bobcats; 2. Homer, of the Charlotte Knights; 3. Monkey Joe, of Monkey Joe’s Party and Play Center; 4. Chubby, of the Charlotte Checkers; 5. Lugnut; 6. Sir Purr, of the Carolina Panthers; 7. Norm the Niner, of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.