Smith Scores First Young Lions Win of the Season at Round 3 Of Cookout Summer Shootout Presented By Gearwrench
There were plenty of dad jokes on display for “Dad Appreciation Night” at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but when the green flag fell, it was the young guns putting on a white-knuckled showdown on the frontstretch quarter-mile at America’s Home for Racing.
In a Young Lions race marred by seven cautions, Joel Smith bested the field and roared to his first win of the 2022 CookOut Summer Shootout campaign.
“It was crazy,” the young hot shoe said following the race. “I just had to relax – can’t get over my skis, don’t look in my mirror too much.”
Smith started on the pole, but had to hold off a hard charging Carson Haislip, who won Round 1, and Joshua Dickens. Despite a bevy of cautions, the three pulled away from the field in the closing laps and it was Smith who ultimately prevailed.
Green Grabs Masters Win, Gets DQed
After a fender-bending affair, it was Mark Green who took the checkered flag in the Masters division, but the celebration was short-lived after the veteran driver was disqualified for a brake rotor issue following post-race inspection.
Green, who started the 25-lap donnybrook from the fifth position, managed to avoid a melee between then-leaders Robbie Woodall and Dwayne Holder on lap 13 to move his way into contention for the checkered flag. Carl Cormier, was credited with the win following the disqualification. Brandon McKenzie, Robby Faggart, Lee Jordan and Tom Sherman rounded out the Top 5.
“It was good racing,” Green said from the victory lane stage immediately after the race. “We’ve got a good group of racers (in the Masters division) this year. I always have fun coming out, no matter what, but when you win, it’s really good.”
Round 4 continues next Tuesday night with “Awful Night,” an evening of gross games, silly shenanigans and a full slate of Legends Car and Bandolero racing.
Top 10 in each division of Tuesday’s races (unofficial results):
Beginner Bandoleros: 1. Wyatt Coffey; 2. Aidan Zschiedrich; 3. Gavin Holland; 4. Jack Smith; 5. Mason Roberts; 6. Jeffrey Beck; 7. Camden Truett; 8. Ava Grace Tobias; 9. Delaney Gray; 10. Hendrick Case
Bandolero Bandits: 1. Hudson Canipe; 2. Darren Krantz Jr; 3. Beckham Malone; 4. Colt Johnson; 5. Ben Morabito; 6. Bryson Brinkley; 7. Mardy Roberts III; 8. Owen Zacharias; 9. Carson Cauble; 10. Jacob Maxwell
Bandolero Outlaws: 1. Killian McMann; 2. Olivia Murray; 3. Randy Phillips; 4. Bobby Gossett; 5. Josh Shine; 6. Kaeden Ballos; 7. Kingston Norfleet; 8. Alison Johnson; 9. Nathan Lyons; 10. Carson Smith
Young Lions: 1. Joel Smith; 2. Carson Haislip; 3. Joshua Dickens; 4. Layton Harrison; 5. George Phillips; 6. Gunnar Pio; 7. Trevor Cline; 8. London McKenzie; 9. Ryan Zima; 10. Taylor Corum
VP Racing Semi-Pro: 1. Connor Zilisch; 2. Carson Brown; 3. Lucas Vera; 4. Carson Poindexter; 5. Andres Perez; 6. Byron Daley; 7. Dawson Sutton; 8. Jack Baldwin; 9. Sean Abell; 10. Austin MacDonald
Boston Reid & Company Pro: 1. Landen Lewis; 2. Jordan Black; 3. Ethan Norfleet; 4. Garrett Lowe; 5. Cameron Bolin; 6. Justice Calabro; 7. Jake Bollman; 8. Parker Eatmon; 9. Kade Brown; 10. Landon Rapp
Masters: 1. Carl Cormier; 2. Brandon McKenzie; 3. Robby Faggart; 4. Lee Jordan; 5. Tom Sherman; 6. Keith Newcomer; 7. Brandin Wrisley; 8. Charles Parker; 9. Dean Bonessi; 10. Dwayne Holder
CookOut Summer Shootout continues Tuesday, June 28. Entry is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.