One Wild Night: Faster Pastor Headlines Bojangles' Summer Shootout
Sparks flew from school buses on a wild Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the Bojangles' Summer Shootout returned to action with a school bus slobberknocker that proved ministry isn't the only thing area pastors are passionate about.
Samuel Donahue of Hope City Church took home the win, dominating the entire race after starting second. The battle was behind Donahue's bus, though, as a three-bus pileup between Scott Davis of Pitts Baptist Church, Elevation Church's Jeff Bates and Donny Icenhour of Rocky River Church took out a wall in Turn 2 to clinch Donahue's win.
"It was a lot of fun," Donahue said. "I wasn't sure she was gonna make it since it was smoking before the race started, but it made it. It was kind of lonely at the front. I didn't have anybody to race against, but this is awesome."
Jared Irvan was in a league of his own in the In Light Wellness Legend Car Pro feature, as the son of former NASCAR standout Ernie Irvan passed Dillon Faggart on the outside on Lap 1 and stormed to victory, but Irvan was disqualified after the race and stripped of his win due to improper chassis measurements. Despite not leading a lap in the caution-free event, Faggart earned the victory after Irvan's disqualification.
Faggart spent the last 12 laps of the race holding Austin Green at bay in what he thought was a battle for the runner-up spot. It wound up deciding the winner, as Green was promoted to second and Jordan Black to third.
Despite showers that delayed heat races, nothing rained on Robbie Faggart's parade in the Legend Car Masters division, as Faggart took home the win for the second week in a row. Faggart had the fastest car before the race began, as he started off the night coming out on top in qualifying.
Scott Whitaker took the lead on the first lap, only to be defeated early when something went wrong on his car. Bruce Silver and Faggart put on a good clean race for first place, but Silver couldn't equal Faggart's pace as the 25-lap event wore on.
"Stephen Ross built such a good race car, and we (were able to) get on the gas a little quicker than the other cars," Faggart said. "That really helped us shine."
It was an eventful AAA of the Carolinas Legend Car Semi-Pro race, as Austin Langenstein pulled away from Matt Mead, Gus Dean and Jessica Dana throughout the 25-lap feature.
Langenstein had the field covered throughout, but his victory didn't hold up in post-race inspection. Langenstein was disqualified for an improper mount and relinquished the win to Mead. Dean was moved up to second and Dana emerged with a career-best third-place finish.
Other winners on the night included Ashton Higgins in the K1 Speed Legend Car Young Lions division, Parker Eatmon (Beginner Bandolero Bandits), Josh Kossek (Bandolero Bandits) and Matthew Davey (Bandolero Outlaws).
Fans can find a free live stream of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com, USLegendCars.com and GoPRN.com as well as on the US Legend Cars YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. each night.
In Light Wellness Legend Car Pros (25 laps): 1. Dillon Faggart; 2. Austin Green; 3. Jordan Black; 4. Chase Purdy; 5. Michael Torres; 6. Stevie Johns Jr.; 7. Alex Pacheco; 8. John Holleman; 9. Ryan Mackintosh; 10. Jared Irvan (DQ).
Legend Car Masters (25 laps): 1. Robbie Faggart; 2. Mark Green; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Chip Ferguson; 5. Todd Midas; 6. Bruce Silver; 7. Scott Whitaker; 8. Jeffrey Lefcourt; 9. Jan Ingram; 10. Timothy Sipes; 11. Jamie Smith; 12. David Green.
K1 Speed Legend Car Young Lions (9 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Eddie Fatscher; 3. Vincent Midas; 4. Alex Verhagen; 5. Austin Greer; 6. Sammy Smith; 7. Brodie Pope; 8. Hailie Deegan; 9. Steven Chapman; 10. Sam Mayer; 11. Giovanni Bromante; 12. Seth Henry; 13. Isabella Robusto; 14. Josh Stark; 15. Gracie Trotter; 16. Garrett Manes; 17. Daniel Wilk; 18. Ryan Heim; 19. Kyle Craker.
AAA Carolinas Legend Car Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Matt Mead; 2. Gus Dean; 3. Jessica Dana; 4. Dustin Rumley; 5. Craig Biryla; 6. Tyler Truex; 7. Nolan Pope; 8. Willie Ridenhour; 9. Scott Joy; 10. Nate Tretow; 11. Garrett Biggers; 12. Grant Winchester; 13. Josh Plummer; 14. Carson Poindexter; 15. Jensen Jorgensen; 16. Ryo Ogata; 17. Cody Leland; 18. Jacob Heafner; 19. Jordan Stilwell; 20. Jeff Oliver; 21. Holden German; 22. Jack Fread; 23. Matt Moermond; 24. Austin Langenstein (DQ).
Beginner Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. Parker Eatmon; 2. Truett Miranda; 3. Zack Miracle; 4. Benjamin Johnson; 5. Luke Cooper; 6. Grant Thompson; 7. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 8. Logan Clark; 9. Santiago Hill; 10. Olivia Moody; 11. Adam Eades; 12. Lee Carter.
Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. Josh Kossek; 2. Bryson Ruff; 3. Tyler Champman; 4. William Robusto; 5. Cameron Bolin; 6. Landon Rapp; 7. Leland Honeyman; 8. Josh Speas; 9. Jason Champman.
Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps): 1. Matthew Davey; 2. Blaise Maddox; 3. D.J. Canipe; 4. Matt Emery; 5. Tommy Good; 6. Cameron Johnson; 7. Gantt Hudgins; 8. Justin Gareis; 9. Jacob Gantz; 10. Triston Lesik; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. Garrett Lowe; 13. Ashley Pantoulas; 14. Raven Lewis; 15. Jordan Plummer; 16. Isaak Love.
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at charlottemotorspeedway.com. Check local Bojangles' locations for a $2 off coupon. Fans can also watch half-hour weekly Bojangles' Summer Shootout shows on MAVtv.
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