CONTROVERSY & REPEATS RULE SHOOTOUT NIGHT TWO by Amy Hayes
Stroupe Dominates, Wallace Wrecked, Hair Wins
Tuesday night’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout at first glance, appeared to be the opposite of what it was last week. Last week the rain poured down and the air was cool. This week, the only thing pouring was the sun and the sweat from the competitors as the temperatures reached the mid-90s by the afternoon.
The difference in the track didn’t change the fact that there were a lot of cautions. Some races still had to be shortened due to time constraints from the amount and length of the cautions that occurred during the features.
Legends Cars Masters: Past Champion Rules The Masters Division
Dohm; 11. David Sugg; 12. Jan Ingram; 13. Carlos Moore; 14. Ronnie Laney; 15. Tony Grams; 16. Tony Carper; 17. Bruce Sawicki; 18. John Barilka; 19. Tom Van Wingerden; 20. Bruce Little; 21. Keith Breasbois; 22. Bill Gardner; 23. Jeff Turner; 24. Dr. Mark Moskowitz.
Bandolero Young Guns-Stover Doubles It Up With Second Win
The first repeat winner of the 2006 Summer Shootout came in the Bandolero Young Guns feature. Matthew Stover, last week’s winner, was able to make it two-in-a-row, as he passed Austin Hill on the last lap to claim the victory.
2004 Summer Shootout Champion Clay Hair won his first race of the 2006 season. (51 Photos)
Once Clay Hair got out front of the Legends Cars Master Division, there was no looking back. Hair dominated the race, getting into the lead on lap six and leading all the way to the checkered flag.
It was the first win of the 2006 Summer Shootout for the 2004 Masters Champion, and he can thank a teammate for a little added help.
“The biggest thing is that I started third row on the inside,” said Hair, who owns a Legends Car setup business. “I had one of my customers Danny Williams in front of me and we just kind of got lined up together. I was trying to use Danny to push him down the road and to help him get us up front.
“My crew did a great job with the car because once I got out front we were just gone. It handled fantastic it did anything I wanted it to do on the racetrack and I was just along for the ride. “
John Sossoman had to settle for second place, with the winner of the opening round, Cotton Spry, finishing third.
Race Results: 1.Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. George "Cotton" Spry; 4. Todd Johnson; 5. Brian Weimer; 6. Phil Sharpe; 7. Danny Williams; 8. Dennis White; 9. Eddie Harwell; 10. Chuck
Matt Stover (second from right) grabbed the win on the last lap.
and stay out of, so I just kind of played it safe. We were able to do it and bring home the second win in a row.”
Race Results: 1. Matthew Stover; 2. Austin Hill; 3. Christopher Moore; 4. John Stancill; 5. Sam McAulay; 6. Nick Hoffman; 7. Kenny Brown; 8. Zac Kittle; 9. Ryan Rust; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Robert Poole; 12. Kyle Pierce; 13. Timmy Hill; 14. Tyler Fedrizzi; 15. Ryan Glenski; 16. Trevor Farbo; 17. Dylan Pack; 18. Ty Dillon; 19. Cameron Collins; 20. Sloan Henderson; 21. Bailey Daniels; 22. Jordan Coker; 23. Kendall Sellers; 24. Brett Pepicelli.
Legends Cars Pro- Gottsacker Slips By To Claim Second Win of Shootout
John Gottsacker was able to bring home his second win of the Summer Shootout Legends Cars Pro Feature Division in what was a very interesting race for the youngster.
Knox, who led much of the race, finished a disappointing 18th.
Race Results: 1. John Gottsacker; 2. Casey Roderick; 3. David Ragan; 4. Michael Van Wingerden; 5. Thomas Van Wingerden; 6. Jason Reisman; 7. Chrissy Wallace; 8. Kyle Fowler; 9. Tyler Green; 10. Duncan Molesworth; 11. Jordan Anderson; 12. Brennan Poole; 13. Andy Diggs; 14. Jeremy Kalina; 15. Patrick McVay; 16. Cole Miktuk; 17. Brandon Thomson; 18. Scott Knox; 19. Mark Whitley; 20. Ryan Lawler; 21. Andrew Rogers; 22. Tolliver Smith; 23. Ben Stancill; 24. Chris Buescher.
Bandolero Bandits-Stroupe Stole It Like a Bandit
10-year-old Nicholas Stroupe showed how fast he was in his heat race in Bandolero Bandits Division Tuesday night by coming from last to finish second in just 10 laps.
He kept that up in the feature that night, starting in seventh and getting into the lead by lap five to win the caution-shortened 15-lap feature.
“After a while, I just started riding as easy as I could,” said Nick, whose older brother Zach is a former Summer Shootout winner and current Pro Challenge National Championship points leader. “We started getting away and it just became a lot easier after that.”
“There were a lot of cautions. There was only one that happened in front of me and that was when the leader spun but I was able to avoid it. Once we got out front they all happened behind us and I was able to have enough time to avoid them.
“It was a good points night for us. It will move us up to about
Nick Stroupe and the Stroupe family.
seventh or eighth in the points and helps us a lot in our championship run.”
Race Results: 1. Nicholas Stroupe; 2. Clint King; 3. Jacob Harrell; 4. Maxx Bennett; 5. Cody Blackburn; 6. Corey Gordon; 7. Stephen Bergh Jr. 8. Kyle Benjamin; 9. Noah Clark; 10. Mason Massey; 11. Tyler Hill; 12. Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 13. Joshua Langley; 14. Matt Wallace; 15. Grayson York; 16. Corey LaJoie; 17. Blake Jones; 18. Andrew Lloyd; 19. Justin Crider; 20. Kyle Plott; 21. Landon Bullock; 22. Matthew Linker; 23. Dylan Presnell; 24. Dillon Bassett.
Legends Car Semi-Pro- Crazy Finish Hands Win To Hartsenveld
Thomas Hartsenveld Jr.
The Legends Car Semi-Pro feature was an exciting race that came down to the final lap when leader Darrell Wallace Jr. was taken out by Andrew Carlsen on the last lap going into turn four. Carlsen was disqualified for rough driving and Thomas Hartsenveld Jr, was able to bring home his second victory of the year at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after winning the Legends Car race at Pole Night of the Coca-Cola 600.
“On the start, we fell back to about 13th, but I knew that my car was going to be good once we got going. About lap five, I started picking cars off right and left. Once I got up to about third, I was hoping for a caution and I ended up getting one.
What makes this story especially touching is that the team was rebounding from a major setback that occurred only a month ago.
“About a month ago, our trailer got stolen. They found it in Atlanta, Georgia and it was completely empty. It just feels so great to be back in victory lane.
“It’s my eighth career win, but my first in awhile and the first since our trailer got stolen. So to be able to come and do this with our new stuff is just awesome.”
Race Results: 1. Chris Morgan; 2. Trevor Cauble; 3. Josh Turner; 4. Bruce Benson II; 5. Benny Mingo; 6. Amanda
Chris Morgan with his "new" car.
However, it was Ryan Zeck coming home in third that stopped a total family sweep, as the Van Wingerden father finished fourth
“I was able to beat my brother and it was a fun race,” said Thomas. “I ran him down on the front straight away on lap 16 I was a little bit quicker but I had to work a little bit to get around him. I had a lot of fun out there with all of those guys.”
Michael was in good spirit’s after the race.
“It’s disappointing that I didn’t beat my brother,” said Michael. “I haven’t raced since last October and taking that time off has not been the best thing for my driving skills.
Gottsacker started deep in the field, used the “choose” rule to his advantage to get to the front and then managed to miss a last lap accident when leader Scott Knox’s car was sent spinning coming out of turn one after some.
“I didn’t really like all of the cautions,” said Gottsacker. “I kept thinking that I should do the choose and go to the outside but I am glad that I didn’t because it seemed that is where most of the wrecks ended up happening at, but we got through it and were able to win.
“It would be nice to come in here and win all of the races,” laughed Gottsacker. “It would make the championship a little bit easier.”
The Van Wingerden clan (right three) were only broken up by Ryan Zeck (left).
Harrell; 7. Ashleigh Wilkins; 8. Kara Clarke; 9. Tim Keener; 10. Bailey Freeman; 11. Duke Furr; 12. Chris Honeycutt; 13. Nathan Rodgers; 14. James Parson; 15. Charles Long Jr.; 16. Dawn Eagens; 17. Marcus Limehouse.
Thunder Roadsters- Zeck Stops Van Wingerden Family Sweep
It was a one-two finish for the Van Wingerden brothers in Tuesday night’s Thunder Roadster’s feature, as Thomas was able to bring home the victory over his older brother Michael.
“I got a good run off of two,” said Stover. “I was trying to pass him on the backstraight away and got to him in three to get the win.
“It was pretty cool to win two weeks in a row. It was definitely a good start to the summer shootout, and hopefully I can make it three in a row.”
The 20-lap event was filled with cautions, which allowed Stover to catch and eventually pass Hill.
While Stover was not up front, the cautions did not prevent him from getting the victory as he got through them by playing it smart.
“There were a lot of accidents out there that I had to try
“I stayed low in the choose and I knew going down into three, those guys (Wallace and Carlsen) were going to be pushing each other pretty hard, but I didn’t think they were going to wreck each other. I came back into tech and was told that I needed to go back out on the track (for Victory Lane).
“It was just unbelievable. I just have to thank everybody.”
Wallace was credited with a 20th place finish, while Carlsen was credited with 21st.
Race Results: 1. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 2. Jake Crum; 3. Paddy Rodenbeck; 4. Drew Denham; 5. Dennis Lambert; 6. Matt Bowers; 7. Mitchell Coble; 8. Josh Williams; 9. Daniel Hemric; 10. Steve Daniels; 11. Dennis Kiser; 12. Kory Blevins; 13. Austin Dillon; 14. Brett Butler; 15. Kara Clarke; 16. Matt Walraven; 17. Tony Whittier; 18. Bryan Silas; 19. Jason Coleman; 20. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 21. Andrew Carlsen; 22. Michael Brown; 23. J.R. Allen; 24. Justin Lloyd.
Bandolero Outlaws-Heartfelt Win For Team
The Bandolero Outlaw division provided the tender moment of the evening as 16-year-old Chris Morgan was able to bring home his first victory of the 2006 season Summer Shootout.
John Gottsacker (left) beat Casey Roderick (right) after Scott Knox's spin.
“I just have to get out here and get a couple of practice laps out here and get a little bit more consistent. We have a little competition going on but I am just racing for fun now, and I am just glad I get to do it.”
Race Results: 1. Thomas Van Wingerden; 2. Michael Van Wingerden; 3. Ryan Zeck; 4. Tom Van Wingerden; 5. Kyle Beattie; 6. Dana White; 7. Jim Gresham; 8. Roger Simons; 9. Eric Harrington.
CRASHCars - INVADER Wins It All
The CRASHCars made their 2006 season debut Tuesday night as the “Invader” of Paul Sparrow took home the win. It wasn’t an easy win, as he had to deal with lapped traffic throughout the race, but once he got out front he didn’t look back.
“I just kept it low and went in easy and went out slow,” said Sparrow. “I tried to protect the low line and keep it up front. The bottom is the fastest around this track.
“There was a lot of traffic and I had to make sure the people behind me didn’t get a chance to get up under me so I had to bide my time though the traffic.”
The lapped traffic kept “Invader” within reach of “Chowderhead,” piloted Tuesday by Russell Simpson. Simpson, who spends his days working at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., did all that he could to use the slower cars to gain track position on the leader. “Chowderhead” got one shot on a final restart in the caution-filled event, but didn’t have enough time to get to the leader.
“It was exciting there a couple of times in the race,” said Simpson. “I could have had him, but I made some driver errors. It’s just exciting, I mean it just quarter-mile racing. I love short rack racing”
Invader and driver Paul Sparrow won the CRASHCar feature.