Miguel Paludo Wins Bus Race as Tempers Run Hot at Round Nine of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series
During a wild night of racing during Round Nine of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Miguel Paludo dominated the Grudge Match school bus slobberknocker, as Daniel Hemric, Tom Pistone and John Holleman took home wins in Legend Car and Bandolero action, among others.
Tensions ran high and grudges were settled as Paludo, of Nova Prata, Brazil, took the victory in the Grudge Match school bus race. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver bested his main competition "Mad" Max Papis, of Como, Italy, who was more concerned with trying to wreck his way through the rest of the field.
The Legend Car Pro drivers were not without a grudge of their own. Hemric and Tyler Green traded words and paint as the buses rounded the track. However, when Green ran into the wall on the frontstretch, he lost his edge over Hemric.
None of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series regulars were able to challenge the NASCAR professional. Paludo pulled ahead of the pack after Bruce Silver flipped his bus on lap four, and held off the competition for the rest of the race. "Crazy" Eddie Harwell, a Security Force Legend Car Masters driver, took second place, and Lug Nut, the World's Fastest Mascot, took home the third spot.
The 30-lap Legend Car Pro division feature was a barn burner with Hemric slipping by Evan Swilling on the final lap for his seventh win of the season after an epic battle for the lead. Kason Plott lead the field to the green, and the field immediately drew the yellow flag as Ryan Shattuck and Greg Lang spun in Turn 2.
On the restart, several cars got together bringing the caution again. Plott held the lead until lap four, when Kaz Grala moved into the point position. Swilling followed him past Plott into second and was soon on his bumper.
Swilling took control of the race on lap 12 and Hemric moved into second place. Hemric tracked Swilling until lap 27, when he was able to get close enough to move by. Swilling took the lead back on lap 29, and Hemric charged back past him for the final time coming to the checkers. Swilling came home second, Grala finished third, Plott crossed the line in fourth and Reid Wilson rounded out the top five.
In the Security Force Masters Division, Pistone, of Mooresville, N.C., picked up his second win of the season over the seasoned veterans of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series.
Mark Green led the field after a caution was called on lap two. He maintained a steady advantage until another caution was called on lap 19. It looked as though Green would pull ahead of the pack again and claim the victory, but Pistone pulled up next to the leader. After a little side-by-side action, Pistone pulled ahead and led the Masters all the way to Victory Lane. Kevin Foisy took second place, with Mark Green placing third. John Sossoman and John Craig rounded out the top five.
Sparks flew when the Bandolero Outlaws took to the track under the lights. Jordan Plummer led the field to the green flag but was instantly overtaken by Miguel Cesar going into Turn 1. With tight racing throughout the field and a couple quick cautions, the battle for the number one spot never ceased. In a three-wide pass for the lead on lap 7, Chase Purdy took the lead. Purdy and point-leader Holleman battled it out for five laps until Holleman eventually overhauled him for the lead.
When it looked like Holleman was about pull away with his fifth win of the season, a last-lap wreck between Sprout Royal and Tal Davidson slowed the field once again. But even a green-white-checkered couldn't ruin Holleman's night and the Winston-Salem, N.C. native, came away with the victory in Round Nine. Holleman was followed by Austin Green, Nate Tretow, Christopher Clanton, and Chase Purdy rounding out the top five.
Other winners included Carson Ferguson, of Concord, N.C., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Joe Ryan Osborne, of Kannapolis, N.C., in the Legend Car Semi-Pro division; DJ Canipe, of Fallston, N.C., in the Bandolero Bandits; and Joshua Kossek, of Tobaccoville, N.C., in the Beginner Bandits.
The 20th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series concludes Tuesday, July 30 with Champions' Night, fireworks and Bowman Gray Stadium Stocks, in addition to regular Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m.
Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
Racing will be televised on the Fox Sports South network, with a recap show airing each Monday following the event at 6 p.m. and a re-air on the following Saturday. Fans should check their local listings for more information.
For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
For live updates during the Summer Shootout Series, follow hashtag #SummerShootout on Twitter. To join in on the conversation simply include #SummerShootout in your tweet.
The unofficial results:
Legend Car Pro Feature (30 Laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Evan Swilling; 3. Kaz Grala; 4. Kason Plott; 5. Reid Wilson; 6. Justin Swilling; 7. Jordan Black; 8. Joey Padgett; 9. Tyler Lester; 10. Gregory Lang; 11. Ryan Shattuck; 12. Clayton Weatherman; 13. Brendan Bock; 14. Mackena Bell; 15. Dakota Baggette; 16. Zane Smith; 17. Tyler Green; 18. Steven Cantrell.
Security Force Legend Car Masters Feature (30 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Kevin Foisy; 3. Mark Green; 4. John Sossoman; 5. John Craig; 6. Scott Whitaker; 7. Jeff Green; 8. Robby Faggart; 9. Bruce Silver; 10. Rodney Tharp; 11. Eddie Harwell; 12. Chip Ferguson; 13. Carl Cormier; 14. Jody Folice; 15. Jan Ingram; 16. David Fulk, 17. Jamie Smith.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (21 laps) 1. Joe Ryan Osborne; 2. Austin Berry; 3. Sheldon Crouse; 4. Billy Webb; 5. Bronson Butcher; 6. Jacob Burkhalter; 7. Joshua Turner; 8. Joshua Plummer; 9. Courtney Lefcourt; 10. Jordan Stillwell; 11. JoJo Helburg; 12. Robby Lyons; 13. Ryan Mackintosh; 14. Ansley Burkhalter; 15. Adam Welch; 16. Devon Amos; 17. Ethan MacMillan; 18. Caleb Costner; 19. Austin Langenstein; 20. Dylan Barbosa; 21. Joe Gregory; 22. Jay Coen; 23. Riley Halverson.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (20 Laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Stevie Johns Jr. 3. Connor Pyle; 4. Michael Torres; 5. William Byron; 6. Matt Craig; 7. Tripp Gerrald III; 8. Seth Werner; 9. Stefan Parsons; 10. Dillon Faggart; 11. Michael Womack; 12. Jordan Mander; 13. Jared Irvan; 14. Trent Barnes; 15. Doug Barnes; 16. AJ Davis; 17. Joey Azzata; 18. Alex Murray; 19. Brayton Haws.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (21 Laps): 1. John Holleman; 2. Austin Green; 3. Nate Tretow; 4. Christopher Clanton; 5. Chase Purdy; 6. Alex Reece; 7. Nicholas Ceraolo; 8. Jordan Plummer; 9. Jacob Heafner; 10. Miguel Cesar; 11. Jack Fread; 12. Banks Johnson; 13. Eric Brown; 14. Hannah Bell; 15. Scott Joy; 16. Kodie Connor; 17. Ivan Gudmestad; 18. Ryan Pierce; 19. Matthew Davey; 20. Daniel Bedford; 21. Matt Mead; 22. Kayla Lyons; 23. Tal Davidson; 24. Alton Clark; 25. Sprout Royal; 26. Casey Kirwan; 27. Ashley Caldwell.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (18 Laps): 1. DJ Canipe; 2. Noah Ewing; 3. Daniel Wilk; 4. Ryleigh Lemonds; 5. Liz Montgomery; 6. Austin Geer; 7. Justin Taylor; 8. Brayde Miranda; 9. Robert Wilk; 10. Kamera McDonald; 11. Hayden Humprey; 12. Cason Werner; 13. Dawson Cram; 14. Zachary Dabbs; 15. Blake Cisneros; 16. Grayson Bundrick; 17. Richard Kuty; 18. Braydn Mander.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 Laps): 1. Joshua Kossek; 2. Nick Macmillan; 3. Isabella Robusto; 4. Carson Kvapil; 5. William Robusto; 6. Ian Sexton; 7. Trevor Rizzo; 8. Matthew Eades.