SUMMER SHOOTOUT: THE FINALE by Amy Hayes
Final Night Was One of Firsts
The Lowe’s Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series wrapped up with week 10 on Tuesday night.  It was a night full of surprises, as many who would eventually go on to claim the championships did not claim the features on the final night.

Bandolero Outlaws:  Two Weeks In a Row, Harrell Dominates

One of the most memorable features of the night was the Bandolero Outlaws feature.

Last week was a rough one for Amanda Harrell. She led the majority of the race and then got loose coming out of one of the final turns and was unable to bring home the checkered flag.  She bounced back from that disappointment this week as she took home the win.

“I was so disappointed last week,” said Harrell.  “I felt like I had let everyone down when I spun.  I knew I had something to prove and I went out there and did it this week.  I am really excited.  This week I definitely showed what I had.”
Bruce Benson II; 4. Benny Mingo; 5. Trevor Cauble; 6. Dawn Eagens; 7. Chris Morgan; 8. Marcus Limehouse; 9. Tim Keener; 10. Ashleigh Wilkins; 11. Charles Long Jr.; 12. Kara Clarke; 13. Duke Furr; 14. T.J. Hicks; 15. Jams Parson; 16. Nathan Rogers; 17. Bailey Freeman; 18. Jake Morris. Champion: Josh Turner.


Bandolero Young Guns: Glenski Gets It Done Again

Ryan Glenski had some problems last week in tech.  His carburetor was ruled to be illegal after being sent off for inspection.  The disqualification that ensued cost him the championship lead.  So he came back this week and fought back the only way that he knew how.

He crossed the finish line first.

Amanda Harrell. (51 Photos)
One of the things that made this win so exciting was how the fans reacted to her win.  As her black #67 crossed the finish line, the entire crowd was on their feet cheering for the first female winner of the Summer Shootout Series 2006.

“I think the crowd went crazy because I am a girl and I was running up front, which is kind of rare since there aren’t too many of us girls in the Summer Shootout.  I was really excited.  I went into the crowd and they were hugging me and I felt like I was someone famous or something.  I was just really excited and I just love it.”

Race Results: 1. Amanda Harrell; 2. Josh Turner; 3.

Ryan Glenski.
“Stover is a good racer and he runs me clean,” said Glenski.  “I just waited awhile to try and get by him, but it  worked out good for us.  I just think it was a good way to come out here to end it.”

Race Results: 1. Ryan Glenski; 2. Matthew Stover; 3. Sam McAulay; 4. Austin Hill; 5. Cameron Collins; 6. Kendall Sellers; 7. Ryan Blaney; 8. Timmy Hill; 9. Currie Pierce; 10. Kenny Brown; 11. William Cunningham; 12. Blake Eden; 13. Jordan Coker; 14. Zack Kittle; 15. Kyle Pierce; 16. Robert Poole; 17. Brett Pepicelli; 18. Jimmy Heavlow; 19. Daniel Hemric; 20. Luke Marr; 21. John Stancill; 22. Dylan Pack. Champion: Matthew Stover.


Legends Pro Division: Double the Fun, Roderick is Feature and Championship Winner

Casey Roderick was the one winner of the night who was able to double his pleasure.  As if winning the Pro Division feature wasn’t enough, he took home the biggest prize as well. 

Roderick had the championship pretty much locked up before the night’s race, but he took the crown in grand style by beating Brennan Poole and Scott Knox to the finish line.

“It took me a little while to get up there,” said Roderick, who didn’t take the lead until lap 19.   “But my car was fast the whole way.  It turned off the corner really good and I just want to thank everyone who helped me get here.  I want to thank all of my competitors who raced me clean, and I raced them like I wanted to be raced and it was just a great summer.
18. John Gottsacker; 19. Dean Abbey; 20. Ben Stancill; 21. Tyler Green; 22. Jeremy Kalina; 23. Patrick Molesworth; 24. Chris Buescher. Champion: Casey Roderick.


Legends Masters: Clay Hair Squeaks By Spry Again

Clay Hair was able to pick up his fifth victory of the 10-week Summer Shootout Series as he cruised to victory over eventual champion Cotton Spry and John Sossoman.

While Hair was able to claim the victory, the biggest race was going on between points leader Brian Weimer and Cotton Spry.  Weimer’s advantage was just six points going into the final event and Spry was able finish third, as opposed to Weimer’s sixth place in order to claim his Masters Championship.
But it was Hair who took the feature trophy.

“It’s good to be in victory lane again,” laughed Hair.  “It is just the same old junky car we threw together and brought down here and ran.” 

This was Hair’s second win in a row since the birth of his son.

“I had to win for my baby and my wife and all of the guys at the shop who get everything together.  I think I took over the National points lead in the Masters division as well so we are going to keep on working toward that.”

Race Results: 1. Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. George "Cotton" Spry; 4. Chuck Dohm; 5. Eddie Harwell; 6. Brian Weimer; 7. Phil Sharpe; 8. Keith Breasbois; 9. Todd Laney; 10. Bruce Little; 11. Dave Winston; 12. Jeff Turner; 13. Bruce Sawicki; 14. James Stanton; 15. Tony Carper; 16. W. Gary Shannon; 17.
Clay Hair in the #29
Jan Ingram; 18. Tom Van Wingerden; 19. Jimmy Gurley; 20. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 21. Danny Williams; 22. Tim Lightfoot; 23. Terry Cochran; 24. Bill Gardner; 25. Todd Johnson; 26. Dennis White; 27. David Denham; 28. Bobby Pence. Champion: George "Cotton" Spry.


Bandolero Bandits: Clint King Beats Out Bassett Jr.,

If Clint King was going to win the championship in the Bandolero Bandits, he was going to need all the help he could get.  He needed to win the race and hope that point leader Cody Blackburn finished outside the top 10 in order to jump to the championship. 

King held up his end of the bargain, but Blackburn did just enough to keep his point lead at the end of the night.  King’s win and Blackburn’s 10th-pace finish tied the two drivers for the points title, but Blackburn was awarded the championship as a result of having more wins (two) than King (one). 



Clint King won the race, but not the championship.
Even though he was edged out for the title, King was still ecstatic about winning the race in the final Shootout event of the year over a tough Ronnie Bassett, Jr. in a caution-filled event

“It was incredible, I just can’t believe it,” said King.  “We finally got a win at the Summer Shootout.  I have to thank Ronnie for running me clean there at the end.

“I thought the restarts would never end but it was a really good night.  We knew we had a good car.  My

“I thought Crum had gotten into me, but it was just the oil,” said Dallenbach.  “We locked bumpers there at the end but it was still a good race.  I am glad to win it.” 

Jake Dallenbach is the son of NBC and TNT NASCAR commentator and former driver Wally Dallenbach.  The younger Dallenbach was happy to have dad in attendance cheering him on.

“It is my first win of the Summer Shootout.  My dad is here so it means a lot for me to win it when he came out to see me.”

Race Results: 1. Jake Dallenbach; 2. Andrew Carlsen; 3. Jake Crum; 4. Max Gresham; 5. J.R. Allen; 6. Matt Bowers; 7. Mitchell Coble; 8. Tyler Chrisinger; 9. Dennis Kiser; 10. John Ellenburg; 11. Brett Butler; 12. Charles Kiser; 13. Trey Edison; 14. Drew Denham; 15. Parker Hammons; 16. Justin Lloyd; 17. Josh Williams; 18. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 19. Kara Clarke;
Jake Dallenbach
“Man when I took that lead, I was thinking to myself, ‘I am going to win myself a race and a championship.’  I have had a lot of fun racing up here, and I hope that we can come back next year and do it all again.”  

Race Results: 1. Casey Roderick; 2. Brennan Poole; 3. Scott Knox; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Jordan Anderson; 6. Jason Reisman; 7. Kyle Fowler; 8. Duncan Molesworth; 9. Chris Eggleston; 10. Brandon Weber; 11. Brandon Thomson; 12. Jordan Richardson; 13. Cole Miktuk; 14. Steven Abbey; 15. Joshua Mullins; 16. Josh Gross; 17. Thomas Van Wingerden;


Ryan Zeck at speed.
dad and my grandpa stayed up all night fixing the car because we wrecked in practice last night but this is a good way to end it all out.”

Race Results: 1. Clint King; 2. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 3. Corey LaJoie; 4. Nicholas Stroupe; 5. Corey Gordon; 6. Kyle Plott; 7. Dylan Presnell; 8. Landon Bullock; 9. Bodie Bellinger; 10. Cody Blackburn; 11. Mason Massey; 12. Judson Kittle; 13. Hayden Reeves; 14. Chad Finchum; 15. Maxx Bennett; 16. Brock Newsom; 17. Matt Wallace; 18. Justin Crider; 19. Tyler Hill; 20. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 21. Evan Bell; 22. Andrew Lloyd; 23. Megan Dillner; 24. Daniel Gobeille. Champion: Cody Blackburn.


Legends Semi Pro: Dallenback Tastes Victory at Lowe’s

Jake Dallenbach almost saw his first-ever Summer Shootout Legends Semi-Pro victory pass him by late in the race Tuesday night.   Dallenbach and second-place Jake Crum were involved in a heated battle for the lead throughout the event, but at one point Dallenbach spun in oil that had been dropped on the track by another competitor. 

Dallenbach was given his spot back by track officials and he was able to fend Crum off all the way to the checkered.

“Yeah it was a pretty bad week last week,” said Glenski.  “It is pretty cool to be able to come back and win this week after that happening.  I would like to say thank you and happy birthday to my mom, because it is her birthday and I am happy that I could give her this win on the last night of the Summer Shootout.”

Glenski had a formidable foe to pass on the racetrack for the victory in Matthew Stover.  Stover took the points lead thanks to Glenski’s disqualification last week and looked to have the win in his sights before Glenski took the top spot with just four laps remaining.  While Glenski won the battle, Stover won the war, as his second-place finish clinched the championship. 
Casey Roderick won both the feature and the championship.
20. Austin Dillon; 21. Michael Brown; 22. Justin Petcosky; 23.
Paddy Rodenbeck; 24. Ty Dillon. Champion: Matt Bowers.


Thunder Roadsters:  Ryan Zack Beats Out Van Wingerden

The Thunder Roadster race was one that had a surprise ending.  The surprise was that it wasn’t Thomas Van Wingerden in victory lane.  Van Wingerden made the turn into victory lane seven times on his way to the Thunder Roadster Championship, but in the final week of the Shootout, it was a fresh face who took the checkered flag.

Ryan Zeck took home his first win of the season on the final night.  Thomas Van Wingerden was a factor however as he and Zeck put on a battle for the win all the way to the end.

“It feels good to be back in victory lane,” said Zeck.  “I just actually got through traffic a little faster than the #12 car (Van Wingerden) and we just passed each other a couple of times when we were out on the track.  “Tonight the setup just suited me a little better.  It is pretty tough to beat Van Wingerden.” 

Race Results: 1. Ryan Zeck; 2. Thomas Van Wingerden; 3. Kyle Beattie; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Adam Welch; 6. Todd Adams; 7. Roger Simons; 8. Michael Van Wingerden; 9. Ed Evans; 10. Jim Gresham. Champion: Thomas Van Wingerden.