Racing Heats Up as the Season Winds Down in Round Nine of Summer Shootout Series
Championship battles and drivers seeking their first victories fueled the action on the track in Round Nine of the Summer Shootout Series as Graham Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kyle Hall were among the feature winners on Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In the Bandolero Bandit main event, Smith, of Charlotte, N.C., took the lead at the halfway mark and pulled away from the competition, racing to his first career victory.
Charlotte, N.C., native, Tyler Farris, paced the field to the green flag for the 20-lap main event. Caution plagued the first five laps which resulted in multiple cars being unable to return to the race, including championship contender Zachary Dabbs, of Mooresville, N.C. Austin Powell, of Concord, N.C., worked his way past Farris on Lap 7 for the lead as Smith followed to pass Joy for the third position. Farris fought back past Powell for the lead on the following lap showing Smith the way.
Smith motored past Farris on Lap 10 to race to a convincing victory ahead of Scott Joy, of Lewisville, N.C. Farris claimed the third position ahead of point contender Powell.
Wallace, of Concord, N.C., claimed his first Legend Car Pro division feature win of the 2011 season in the caution-free race.
Wallace jumped out to an early lead after starting on the pole, while the racing action heated up behind him. The top-10 cars were single-file and bumper-to-bumper until Daniel Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., jumped out of line to make a move on Kyle Plott, of Marietta, Ga., to take possession of the third position.
There was no time for anyone to catch their breath as current point leader, Sean Rayhall, of Austell, Ga., made a pass to move himself into the top five by halfway. Hemric stuck his car in deep to make a hard pass on Evan Swilling, of Cohutta, Ga., for second place on Lap 12. The field used Hemric's pass to their advantage and freight trained Swilling back to eighth position.
Hemric tried to reel in Wallace in the final laps, but Wallace went on to lead all 20 while Hemric finished second and Plott took third position.
In the Legend Car Semi-Pro feature event, Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., continued on his winning spree, getting his seventh victory of the 2011 Summer Shootout Series season.
Amber Colvin, of Mooresville, N.C., started on the pole and led the first lap, but a terrifying wreck that sent the No. 92 of Blake Spears flipping on the frontstretch brought out the caution on Lap 2. On the restart, Colvin and other frontrunners got together resulting in a multi-car pile-up bringing out the yellow.
After a second attempt at the restart resulted in another wreck, the field finally got back to green as Myatt Snider, of Charlotte, N.C., paced the field until Hall made a move to the inside on Lap 9 taking the lead.
The caution would come out for a fifth time on Lap 12 after the third place car of Concord, N.C., native, Chris Coker, spun in Turn 2. The race was shortened to just 15 laps as Hall was able to hold on to the top spot for the win. Snider came home in second and Dusty Summers, of Boonsboro, Md., finished third.
In the "Guns and Hoses" school bus slobberknocker, Chris Watts, of the Mooresville Fire Department, made a last-lap pass to win the 10-lap feature event. Mike Ward, of the Charlotte Motor Speedway security team, crossed the line in second followed by Lugnut, the world's fastest mascot, in third.
Other feature winners included Kodie Conner, of Kannapolis, N.C., in the Bandolero Bandits division; Ben Rhodes, of Louisville, Ky., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Jeff Green, of Owensboro, Ky., in the Legend Car Masters division; and Tyler Lester, of Dallas, N.C., in the Bandolero Outlaws division.
Tuesday night is Championship Night presented by Stock Car Steel and Aluminum, Inc. 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.
Anyone who purchases or has purchased a ticket to the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash on Aug. 13 will receive free admission to Championship Night. Families can also enjoy monster truck rides.
The first 1,000 children through the gates will receive a free Hot Wheels monster truck on Tuesday. 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 Legends Big Money 100 will take place Aug. 1-2 on the frontstretch quarter-mile. Boasting the only $100,000 purse in Legend Car racing, the Legends Big Money 100 will be a two-day grassroots racing spectacular featuring fierce competition among the nation's best Legend Car and Bandolero racers.
Tickets for the Legends Big Money 100 are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under get in free.
For Summer Shootout Series or Legends Big Money 100 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. Ben Rhodes; 2. Matt Pappa; 3. Josh Morris; 4. Adam Burton; 5. Mason Massey; 6. Jake Cole; 7. Justin Carroll; 8. Trey Jarrell; 9. Clayton Weatherman; 10. Reid Wilson; 11. Chase Dowling; 12. CJ Hulsey; 13. Matt Wallace; 14. Ryan Shattuck; 15. Austin Cindric; 16. Kason Plott; 17. Jake Spillers; 18. Joey Padgett; 19. Ryan Payton; 20. Will Guin; 21. Luis Tyrrell; 22. Brayton Haws; 23. Doug Barnes Jr. 24. Joe Ryan Osborne; 25. Paul Schafer; 26. Luke Demis; 27. Connor Pyle; 28. Hayden Woods; 29. Dylan Faggart.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Graham Smith; 2. Scott Joy; 3. Tyler Farris; 4. Austin Powell; 5. Trent Barnes; 6. Austin Greer; 7. Alex McCollum; 8. Liz Montgomery; 9. DJ Canipe; 10. Hunter Stewart; 11. Zachary Dabbs; 12. Richie Kuty; 13. Cason Werner.
Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 2. Daniel Hemric; 3. Kyle Plott; 4. Sean Rayhall; 5. Tyler Green; 6. Austin Hill; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Kyle Weatherman; 9. David Ragan; 10. Donald Mcintosh; 11. Greg Lang; 12. Michael Dabney Jr.; 13. Steve Ward; 14. Donny St. Ours; 15. Cody Humphreys; 16. Robert Stout; 17. Tyler Kivett; 18. Trey Edison; 19. Brenton Irving; 20. Brian Ouimmette; 21. John Freeman; 22. Jesse Bunnell; 23. Brady Boswell; 24. Todd McCollum; 25. Chad Finchum; 26. Steven Cantrell; 27. Justin Swilling; 28. Sam McAulay; 29. Bailey Curry.
Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Jeff Green; 2. Eddie Harwell; 3. Kevin Foisy; 4. Tom Pistone; 5. Jack Dossy Jr.; 6. Charles Kiser; 7. Buddy Goudy; 8. Scott Whitaker; 9. Jan Ingram; 10. Bruce Silver; 11. Ronald Mander; 12. Chip Ferguson; 13. Danny Keaton; 14. Ray Short; 15. Doug Kimble; 16. Darrell Krentz; 17. Brad Green; 18. Kevin Aube; 19. Jamie Smith; 20. Rich Kuty; 21. Todd Bolin; 22. Shane Irving.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (15 laps): 1. Kyle Hall; 2. Myatt Snider; 3. Dusty Summers; 4. Brandon Wrisley; 5. Andrew Harrah; 6. Austin Allen; 7. Adam Welch; 8. Austin Reed; 9. Robert Kuczmarski; 10. Brandon Maloy; 11. Spencer Boyd; 12. Justin Doyle; 13. Tyler Hill; 14. Matt Erich; 15. Drew Sciranko; 16. Erik Nash; 17. Kevin Donahue; 18. Chris Coker; 19. Marc Remesi; 20. Corey Gordon; 21. Weston Baldwin; 22. Alex Hickham; 23. Jonathan Ross; 24. Alex Pacheo; 25. Amber Colvin; 26. Tanner Berryhill; 27. Blake Spears; 28. Hunter Bledsoe.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Lester; 2. John Holleman; 3. Kaz Grala; 4. Walker Yates; 5. Seth Werner; 6. Parker Barnes; 7. Taylor Jorgensen; 8. Craig Biryla; 9. Noah Cornman; 10. Jack Dossey III; 11. Tyler Dayton; 12. Spencer Davis; 13. Tyler Jonacha; 14. Jensen Jorgensen; 15. Jacob Brumigan; 16. Joshua Plummer; 17. Keith Sinkula; 18. Jordan Plummer; 19. Ashley Caldwell; 20. Ryan Mackintosh.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Kodie Conner; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Kyle Donahue; 4. Austin Green; 5. Dawson Cram; 6. Stefan Parsons; 7. Jordan Mander; 8. Jacob Hefner; 9. AJ Davis; 10. Teigan Deluca; 11. Jordan Locklear; 12. John "Matt" Murphy Jr.; 13. Stevie Johns Jr.; 14. Sprout Royal; 15. Banks Johnson; 16. Tate Fogleman; 17. Devon Barnes; 18. Alex Reece; 19. John Kuczmarski; 20. Trevor Hawkins; 21. Tyson Gouty; 22. Layton Sullivan.
Guns and Hoses School Bus Feature (10 laps): 1. Chris Watts, Mooresville FD; 2. Mike Ward, Charlotte Motor Speedway Security; 3. Lugnut, The World's Fastest Mascot; 4. Ed. St. John, Retired NYPD; 5. Scott Freeze, Retired FDNY; 6. Carl Ruggierio, Retired NYPD; 7. Greg Fornelli, Steel and Stock Car Aluminum, Inc.; 8. Lt. Jimmy Lentz, Cabarrus County EMS & Cold Water FD; 9. Justin Cagle, Mooresville FD.