Morris, Ferguson and Hall Continue Their Dominating Seasons in Round Eight of Summer Shootout Series
Several drivers continued their dominating seasons, piling on wins in Round Eight of the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Feature winners included Josh Morris, Carson Ferguson and Kyle Hall on Tuesday night.
Morris, of Fredericksburg, Va., earned his fourth win of the season in the Legend Car Young Lions feature event.
Concord, N.C., native, Justin Carroll, jumped out to an early lead, but before a lap could be completed Nick Drake, of Mooresville, N.C., flipped end-over-end in Turn 3 bringing out the red flag. The single-file restart put Carroll back in the lead and left Adam Burton, of Thomasville, N.C., trailing close behind. The battles for position were hard fought throughout the 28-car field. Morris was one of the cars making a charge for the top position, as he closed quickly on the second place car of Burton.
By Lap 8, Morris was able to make the pass on Burton for second position. With five laps to go, the leaders began to close on lap traffic. This allowed Burton to keep his momentum going and he took the lead from Carroll at the line on Lap 17.
After leading 16 of the 20 laps, Carroll fell to second and Burton dropped to third as Morris streaked across the line for the victory.
The Bandolero Bandits were led to the green flag in their 20-lap main event by Layton Sullivan, of Gaffney, S.C. Sullivan paced the field until Ferguson, of Mt. Holly, N.C., made it "Fergy Time," driving past Sullivan late in the race to capture his sixth feature win in 2011 Summer Shootout competition.
Sullivan led the first 13 laps uncontested while Ferguson and John "Matt" Murphy IV, of Charlotte, N.C., battled for position behind. Murphy worked his way up to second place before fading late in the race. Ferguson caught Sullivan on Lap 10, following in the tire tracks of Sullivan for several laps before making his move on a Lap 14 restart. Sullivan surrendered the lead to Ferguson on the backstretch before dropping back to the fourth position.
Ferguson was able to pilot the No. 00 to the checkered flag ahead of Kodie Conner, of Kannapolis, N.C., and third place finisher Austin Green, of Concord, N.C.
In the Legend Car Semi-Pro division the drivers went flag-to-flag without a single caution as Hall was able to get his sixth win of the 2011 season.
Alex Hickham, of Willis, Texas, started on the pole and led the first two laps before Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., took control of the race, moving to the inside of Hickham in Turn 4 to lead Lap 3.
There were several close calls throughout the race as multiple cars spun out, but the caution flag never waved, as all cars involved in the spins were able to immediately get back to racing. Hall weaved in and out of lap traffic as he pulled away from the front pack.
Hall dominated the remainder of the race as he drove to victory in 20-lap feature. Hickham came home in second and Alex Pacheco, of Rockwell, N.C., cruised past the line in third.
Other feature winners included Scott Joy, of Lewisville, N.C., in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division; Tyler Lester, of Dallas, N.C., in the Bandolero Outlaws division; Jeff Green, of Owensboro, Ky., in the Legend Car Masters division; and Sean Rayhall, of Austell, Ga., in the Legend Car Pro division.
The 18th annual Summer Shootout Series continues Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 26, as the season-long battles for the top spot in each division will come to a close in Rounds Nine and Ten.
First responders night is back for Round Nine on Monday. In addition to the Legend Car and Bandolero racing action, local first responders will complete head-to-head in the final school bus slobberknocker of the season.
Tuesday night is championship night at the Summer Shootout Series. The 2011 season will officially come to an end and a champion will be crowned in each of the seven divisions. Children can enjoy monster truck rides to prepare them for the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash coming to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Aug. 13.
The first 1,000 children through the gates will receive a free action figure on Monday and a free Hot Wheels monster truck on Tuesday. Families can also enter to win a Myrtle Beach vacation courtesy of MyrtleBeachHotels.com each night.
Tickets are $7 for adults and just $3 for kids 6 to 12 each night. 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.
Tickets for the Legends Million are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under get in free.
For Summer Shootout Series or Legends Million tickets, 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. Adam Burton; 4. Reid Wilson; 5. Mason Massey; 6. Matt Pappa; 7. Kason Plott; 8. TJ Michael; 9. Jake Cole; 10. Chase Dowling; 11. Ryan Shattuck; 12. Matt Wallace; 13. Payton Ryan; 14. CJ Hulsey; 15. Cole Custer; 16. Dylan Faggart; 17. Joey Padgett; 18. Will Guin; 19. Paul Schafer; 20. Jeffrey Stanton; 21. Connor Pyle; 22. Austin Cindric; 23. David Schilling; 24. Brayton Haws; 25. Clayton Weatherman; 26. Ben Rhodes; 27. Nick Drake; 28. Joe Ryan Osbourne.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Scott Joy; 2. Cason Werner; 3. Graham Smith; 4. Tyler Farris; 5. Zachary Dabbs; 6. Hunter Stewart; 7. Austin Geer; 8. Hannah Bell; 9. Liz Montgomery; 10. Mark Durgin; 11. Blaise Dillner; 12. Nick Craig; 13. DJ Canipe; 14. Austin Powell; 15. Richie Kuty.
Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Sean Rayhall; 2. Steven Cantrell; 3. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 4. Evan Swilling; 5. Donald McIntosh; 6. Austin Hill; 7. Kyle Plott; 8. Sam McAulay; 9. Daniel Hemric; 10. Bailey Currey; 11. Gray Gaulding; 12. Brady Boswell; 13. Kyle Weatherman; 14. Grag Lang; 15. Michael Dabney, Jr.; 16. Robert Stout; 17. Trey Eidson; 18. Brenton Irving; 19. Brian Ouimmette; 20. Kory Abbott; 21. Kyle Beatiie; 22. Tyler Green; 23. Zach Knowles; 24. Steve Ward; 25. Chase Catania; 26. Jordan Webb.
Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Jeff Green; 2. Kevin Foisy; 3. Charles Kiser; 4. Jan Ingram; 5. Jack Dorsey Jr.; 6. John Sossoman; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Scott Whitaker; 9. Eddie Harwell; 10. Chip Ferguson; 11. James Dent; 12. David Reed; 13. Doug Kimble; 14. Ray Short; 15. Kevin Aube; 16. Carlos Moore; 17. Jamie Smith; 18. Tom Pistone; 19. Brad Green; 20. Todd Bolin; 21. Ronald Mander.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Kyle Hall; 2. Alex Hickham; 3. Alex Pacheco; 4. Myatt Snider; 5. Corey Gordon; 6. Spencer Boyd; 7. Tyler Hill; 8. Jonathan Ross; 9. Amber Colvin; 10. Erik Nash; 11. Weston Baldwin; 12. Adam Welch; 13. Blake Spears; 14. Dusty Summers; 15. Austin Reed; 16. Kevin Donahue; 17. Robert Kuczmarski; 18. Austin Allen; 19. Chris Coker; 20. Garrett Smithley; 21. Justin Doyle; 22. Will Allen; 23. Andrew Harrah; 24. Dustin Coonfield; 25. Travis Bare; 26. Tanner Berryhill; 27. Lee Jordan; 28. Matt Erich.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Lester; 2. John Holleman; 3. Kaz Grala; 4. Walker Yates; 5. Seth Werner; 6. Noah Cornman; 7. Parker Barnes; 8. Taylor Jorgensen; 9. Tyler Jonacha; 10. Jensen Jorgensen; 11. Jordan Plummer; 12. Joshua Plummer; 13. Jack Dorsey III; 14. Ashley Caldwell; 15. Spencer Davis; 16. Joey Causey; 17. Scotty Hooker; 18. Tyler Dayton; 19. Ryan Mackintosh; 20. Jacob Brumigan; Matt Linker.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Kodie Conner; 3. Austin Green; 4. John "Matt" Murphy IV; 5. Layton Sullivan; 6. Jacob Hefner; 7. Devon Barnes; 8. Banks Johnson; 9. Stefan Parsons; 10. AJ Davis; 11. Jordan Locklear; 12. Jordan Mander; 13. Dawson Cram; 14. John Kuczmarski; 15. Sprout Royal; 16. Alex Reece; 17. Trevor Hawkins; 18. Stevie Johns Jr.; 19. Tate Fogleman; 20. Tyson Gouty.