Rayhall, Stewart and Carroll among Championship Winners as Prestigious Summer Shootout Series Closes 18th Season
As America’s most prestigious grassroots Legend Car and Bandolero racing series came to a close, seven first-time division champions entered the history books with the conclusion of the 18th annual Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In the chase for the Legend Car Pro division championship, Sean Rayhall, of Austell, Ga., entered the evening 103 points ahead of defending titlist Tyler Green, of China Grove, N.C.
Rayhall, started the race on the pole position with Green right on his bumper. With nothing to lose, Green looked to slip inside of Rayhall before the first lap had been completed on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Green finally completed the pass for the lead on Lap 3, forcing Rayhall to the outside where he quickly fell to fifth place.
On Lap 13, Kyle Plott, of Marietta, Ga., passed Green and Steven Cantrell, of Concord, N.C., moved into the second spot. Plott’s time at the point was short-lived as Cantrell used an inside pass in Turn 4 to take the lead.
Despite a caution with just two laps to go, Cantrell held on for his first victory of the season with Plott following behind. Green’s car exploded as he crossed the finish line in third.
Even with a ninth-place finish, Rayhall maintained his point lead and captured his first championship in the premiere division for Legend Car racing.
Hunter Stewart, of Mooresville, N.C., made up for a rough night of racing in Round Nine by leading every lap of the Bandolero Beginner Bandits main event en route to his third season victory and his first division title.
Stewart paced the field at the start while point leader Austin Powell, of Concord, N.C., began the race in the 14th position. Hayden Humphrey, of Cornelius, N.C., attempted to pass Stewart on Lap 14 but fell short and Stewart was never again seriously challenged. Powell was able to work his way up to the sixth position but that was not enough to hold his pre-event point lead.
The night belonged to Stewart as he took the checkers ahead of Zachary Dabbs, of Mooresville, N.C., and the title away from Powell. Humphrey finished third in the Beginner Bandits feature.
In the Legend Car Young Lions division, Concord, N.C., native Justin Carroll entered the night with a slim 21-point lead in the division standings over Ben Rhodes, of Louisville, Ky.
Coming to the green in the 20-lap main event both drivers spun out in not one, but two attempts at the start. Once the field finally took the green flag, Adam Burton paced the field, leading the race for the first six laps until Rhodes passed Burton on the inside to lead Lap 7.
While Rhodes was in front, Carroll made his way into the third position, fighting to maintain his point lead. Rhodes and Burton battled side-by-side for the lead and traded paint on Lap 17. Burton spun and stopped in Turn 2, bringing out a late race caution.
Rhodes led the final laps on the way to his fifth victory of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the title as Carroll’s fourth-place finish allowed the Concord driver to capture his first Legend Car Young Lion championship by just one point.
Mason Massey, of Douglasville, Ga., finished the race in second and C.J. Hulsey, of El Paso, Texas, followed behind in third.
In other feature action, 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Jeff Green, of Owensboro, Ky., scored his fifth victory and won his first Summer Shootout Series championship in the Legend Car Masters division. Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, N.C., captured his first Summer Shootout Series championship in the Bandolero Bandits division. Ferguson was credited with his seventh season win, after John Matt Murphy IV took the checkered flag but was disqualified after post-race inspection. In the Bandolero Outlaws division, Tyler Lester, of Dallas, N.C., claimed his third victory, while Kaz Grala, of Westborough, Mass., clinched his first Summer Shootout Series championship title. Corey Gordon, of Mount Holly, N.C., was the winner in the Legend Car Semi-Pro feature race, while Kyle Hall, of Charlotte, claimed his first division title.
Championship point standings are unofficial pending post-race inspection and point tabulation by race officials.
While the 2011 Summer Shootout Series has come to a close, the Legends Big Money 100 will take place Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1-2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 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 tickets to the Legends Big Money 100, 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. Mason Massey; 3. CJ Hulsey; 4. Justin Carroll; 5. Luke Demis; 6. Chase Dowling; 7. Connor Pyle; 8. Austin Cindric; 9. Ryan Shattuck; 10. Paul Shafer; 11. Joey Padgett; 12. Kason Plott; 13. Jake Cole; 14. Jake Spillers; 15. Luis Tyrrell; 16. Brayton Haws; 17. Doug Barnes Jr.; 18. Dylan Faggart; 19. Hayden Woods; 20. Adam Burton; 21. Payton Ryan; 22. Will Guin; 23. Josh Morris; 24. Matt Wallace; 25. Matt Pappa; 26. Joe Ryan Osborne; 27. Clayton Weatherman; 28. Trey Jarrell.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Hunter Stewart; 2. Zachary Dabbs; 3. Hayden Humphrey; 4. Trent Barnes; 5. Scott Joy; 6. Austin Powell; 7. Nick Craig; 8. Graham Smith; 9. Austin Geer; 10. Liz Montgomery; 11. Tyler Farris; 12. DJ Canipe; 13. Alex McCollum; 14. Cason Werner; 15. Richie Kuty.
Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Steven Cantrell; 2. Kyle Plott; 3. Tyler Green; 4. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 5. Austin Hill; 6. Greg Lang; 7. Daniel Hemric; 8. Donald McIntosh; 9. Sean Rayhall; 10. Steve Ward; 11. Evan Swilling; 12. Chad Finchum; 13. Michael Dabney Jr.; 14. Cody Humphreys; 15. Donny St. Ours; 16. Robert Stout; 17. Brady Boswell; 18. Baiden Heskes; 19. Todd McCollum; 20. Jessee Bunnell; 21. Zach Knowles; 22. Chris Dilbeck; 23. Brian Ouimmette; 24. John Freeman; 25. Sam McAulay; 26. Bailey Currey; 27. Kyle Weatherman; 28. Justin Swilling.
Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Jeff Green; 2. Tom Pistone; 3. Kevin Foisy; 4. Eddie Harwell; 5. Jack Dossy Jr.; 6. Charles Kiser; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Darrell Krentz; 9. Danny Keaton; 10. David Reed; 11. Ray Short; 12. Ronald Mander; 13. Paul Shafer; 14. Shane Irving; 15. Todd Bolin; 16. Rich Kuty; 17. Chip Ferguson; 18. Doug Kimble; 19. Bruce Silver; 20. Brad Green; 21. Carlos Moore; 22. Kevin Aube; 23. Scott Whitaker.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Corey Gordon; 2. Myatt Snider; 3. Alex Pacheco; 4. Kyle Hall; 5. Kevin Donahue; 6. Tyler Hill; 7. Amber Colvin; 8. Alex Hickham; 9. Jonathan Ross; 10. Hunter Bledsoe; 11. Garrett Smithley; 12. Dusty Summers; 13. Tanner Berryhill; 14. Chris Coker; 15. Erik Nash; 16. Lee Jordan; 17. Brandon Wrisley; 18. Weston Baldwin; 19. Jordan Stillwell; 20. Robert Kuczmarski; 21. Justin Doyle; 22. Drew Sciranko; 23. Matt Erich; 24. Austin Reed; 25. Austin Allen; 26. Adam Welch; 27. Andrew Harrah; 28. Spencer Boyd.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Lester; 2. John Holleman; 3. Kaz Grala; 4. Walker Yates; 5. Noah Cornman; 6. Taylor Jorgensen; 7. Craig Biryla; 8. Parker Barnes; 9. Tyler Dayton; 10. Tyler Jonacha; 11. Keith Sinkula; 12. Jacob Brumigan; 13. Joshua Plummer; 14. Jordan Plummer; 15. Ashely Caldwell; 16. Jack Dossey III; 17. Seth Werner; 18. Tal Davidson; 19. Jensen Jorgensen; 20. Ryan Mackintosh; 21. Spencer Davis.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Austin Green; 3. Kodie Connor; 4. Trevor Hawkins; 5. Stevie Johns Jr.; 6. Banks Johnson; 7. AJ Davis; 8. Tate Fogleman; 9. Kyle Donahue; 10. Stefan Parsons; 11. Jordan Mander; 12. Devon Barnes; 13. Jacob Hefner; 14. Dawson Cram; 15. Tyson Gouty; 16. Alex Reece; 17. Jordan Locklear; 18. John Kuczmarski.
Disqualified: John "Matt" Murphy IV.