NEW WINNERS RULE AT SUMMER SHOOTOUT PART NINE by Amy Hayes
Double Points Night Brought Out Some New Faces
It was double points night at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout Series week nine and that always leads to a little bit more excitement. Surprisingly, somehow most of the divisions were able to get in all of their laps.  The night was full of good racing, new winners, new fathers and new brothers in Victory Lane.

Legends Car Pro: Yellow Was the Name of the Game

The Legends Pro race was the one division was that was shortened due to time constraints because of the number of cautions and red flags.  It seemed like every other lap that the race had to be stopped for something, whether it be cars spinning or cars on fire, as Jordan Anderson’s was after it came to a rest partially on top of Jeremy Kalina’s racecar.

In the end it was Texas-native Chris Buescher who was able to get through the smoke and take the checkered flag in his first win of the 2006 Summer Shootout Series.  He was able to claim that first win be beating out fellow Texan Brennan Poole at the line.  The win was so close that it had to be looked at on videotape in order to confirm Buescher’s win.


John Gottsacker; 14. Jordan Anderson; 15. Brandon Weber; 16. Chris Eggleston; 17. Kyle Fowler; 18. Thomas Van Wingerden; 19. Brandon Thomson; 20. Patrick Molesworth; 21. Scott Knox; 22. Michael Van Wingerden; 23. David Ragan; 24. Josh Gross.


Thunder Roadster: Michael Beats Out Brother For Win

It was a familiar last name in the Thunder Roadster Victory Lane. In fact, it was a familiar last name for all three drivers who were on the podium as the Van Wingerden’s took the first-, second- and third-finishing positions.

But the surprise of the night was that it wasn’t Thomas Van Wingerden in victory lane for the eighth time; it was his brother Michael who was able to pass his brother with three laps to go.  He was able to hold Thomas off, along with his father Tom who was in hot pursuit as well, and claim his first win of the Summer Shootout.

Chris Buescher. (51 Photos)
“We ran good all race long,” said Buescher.  “We were pretty fast and I got run over a few times there toward the end, but we were able to hold it out to the finish.  It was close, but it was just perfect. 

“It was a pretty insane race.  There were lots of cautions and red flags, but we were able to stay out of everything.  I guess just starting up front just really helps a lot.”

Race Results: 1. Chris Buescher; 2. Brennan Poole; 3. Duncan Molesworth; 4. Chrissy Wallace; 5. Jason Reisman; 6. Casey Roderick; 7. Jordan Richardson; 8. Michael Dabney Jr.; 9. Dean Abbey; 10. Daniel Moskowitz; 11. Steven Abbey; 12. Jeremy Kalina; 13.
Michael Van Wingerden
win it at all costs tonight.  It is pretty cool to finish 1-2-3 Van Wingerden.  I think it might put us 1-2-3 in the points as well.   It was just awesome to do it on a double points night. ”

Race Results: 1. Michael Van Wingerden; 2. Thomas Van Wingerden;3. Tom Van Wingerden; 4. Roger Simons; 5. David Ragan; 6. Ryan Zeck; 7. Todd Adams; 8. Dana White; 9. Ed Evans; 10. Jim Gresham.


Legends Car Masters: New Son is New Luck For Clair Hair

The Masters race had new father Clay Hair coming home with the checkered flag.  Last week he finished second as his wife was going into labor with his new son.  This week he arrived at the track with wife and new baby in tow, and they proved to be that extra bit of good luck that he needed.

“I was able to get by Cotton (Spry) by knocking him out of the way,” laughed Hair.  “I actually got into the back of (John) Barilka, I didn’t mean to turn him I just drove in over my head and everyone was checking up and I just got into him. The baby, Clayton Stone is here and he is in the trailer and this is the first race that I had him here and we won, so that was pretty cool.”
CRASHCars: It was Clockwise Crazy CRASHCars

The CRASHCars feature event was, well, literally backwards on Tuesday Night.  Yet again, it was another wonderful job by the staff at Lowe’s Motor Speedway of letting the fans and competitors know what was going on before the race.  The season finale of the CRASHCars featured the drivers going around the track clockwise as opposed to the typical counter-clockwise direction, which was not told to the competitors until the cars pulled out on the track.

“Well we won again,” said Paul Sparrow, driver of the INVADER, who took the checkers.  “But that was probably the weirdest race that I have ever been in, I just tried to keep it going forward.  We were going backwards, so we were the first ones to cross the finish line.  That was the first time I have ever turned right in a racecar.  I didn’t think that I had a shot, but we just kept picking them off one-by-one and just kept it low.”
SPEED Channel commentator Bob Diller finished second, or third in the GOT SPEED?. He was side-by-side with Shaun Magnum in the Big Show at the finish, but the final results have yet to be released from Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

”I have no problem trying to do some exotic stuff to try and entertain the fans,” said Dillner. “But at the same time, they should let us (racers) know.  It was pretty pathetic really.  Whether they are racecars or cars that race, you still make adjustments to make them turn better on the track and for them to tell us we were going
INVADER won again.
the opposite way as we were coming on the track; that could have been easily solved early in the day, just by letting us know.  It is Roger’s (Slack, the head of the Summer Shootout) world and we are just playing in it.  He feels that he is a lot bigger stature in this world than he is.

"It was fun,” added Dillner. “But it could have been handled more appropriately and it would have been even more exciting for the fans."


Bandolero Outlaws: Cauble Squeezes Through For Win

The Bandolero Outlaws feature looked as if it would be an exciting night for Amanda Harrrell.  She took the lead on lap five and didn’t look back until lap 20.

Unfortunately, Harrell will have to wait until next week in order to try and get her first win as she was coming out of turn two on the track when she lost control and spun out.  Bruce Benson was running second at the time and spun in an effort to avoid contact with Harrell.


Trevor Cauble won his first race of the year.
Trevor Cauble was able to squeeze through the two cars after the incident and take the checkered flag, followed by Benny Mingo.

“It was a fun race,” said Cauble.  “We all stayed about the same throughout most of the race.  A hole just opened up for me there at the end.  I just went.  My brakes were out and I had no choice but just to go.  It was tear it up or win and I chose to win.”

Race Results:  1. Trevor Cauble; 2. Benny Mingo; 3. Josh Turner; 4. Dawn Eagens; 5. Chris Morgan; 6. Bruce Benson II; 7. Jake Morris; 8. Duke Furr; 9. Bailey
“This is especially great after the stuff got stolen earlier this year,” added Sellers.  “It is just great to come back here and win.  I knew if I had a chance I had to get a jump on that last restart and that is what I was able to do. “

Points leader Ryan Glenski was able to extend his championship lead while finishing in the third position and has only one week left to claim the championship of the Badolero Young Guns.

Race Results:  1. Kendall Sellers; 2. Daniel Hemric; 3. Ryan Glenski; 4. Matthew Stover; 5. Cameron Collins; 6. Austin Hill; 7. Ryan Blaney; 8. Ty Dillon; 9. Jordan
Kendall Sellers.
Although this was Matt Bowers first win of the Summer Shootout Series, he was already the points leader in the division, just by consistently bring home strong finishes.  To win on a double points night was especially rewarding heading into the last week of the summer shootout.

“This is really the win that we needed and next week we will be after the championship, double points night is a great night to win.”

Race Results:  1. Matt Bowers; 2. Jake Crum; 3. Andrew Carlsen; 4. Thomas Hartensveld Jr.; 5. Darrell Wallace Jr.; 6. Paddy Rodenbeck; 7. Josh Williams; 8. Drew Denham; 9. Austin Dillon; 10. Mitchell Coble; 11. J.R. Allen; 12. Steve Daniels; 13. Daniel Hemric; 14. Justin Lloyd; 15. Trey Edison; 16. Michael Brown; 17. Kory Blevins; 18. Robby Innella; 19. Matt Walraven; 20. Brett Butler; 21. Ryan Jernigan; 22. Tony Whittier; 23. Tim Varnadoe; 24. Tyler Chrisinger.


Hair had to get by Spry in order to take the victory, after starting midpack.  He was able to do so by moving him out of the way on lap 16.  And in the end he got to celebrate in victory lane with his new baby.

Race Results:  1. Clay Hair; 2. George "Cotton" Spry; 3. Todd Johnson; 4. Dr. Mark Moskowitz; 5. Tom Van Wingerden; 6. Brian Weimer; 7. Eddie Harwell; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Dennis White; 10. Chuck Dohm; 11. Jason Sossoman; 12. Phil Sharpe; 13. W. Gary Shannon; 14. Jeff Turner; 15. John Barilka; 16. Dave Winston; 17. Keith Breasbois; 18. Bill Gardner; 19. Jimmy Gurley; 20. Bruce Sawicki; 21. Ronnie Laney; 22. James Stanton; 23. Bruce Little; 24. Tony Carper; 25. Terry Cochran; 26. Tim Lightfoot; 27. Todd Laney; 28. Bobby Pence; 29. Danny Williams; 30. Carlos Moore.

Cody Blackburn was back in victory lane..
Freeman; 10. T.J. Hicks; 11. Marcus Limehouse; 12. Kara Clarke; 13. Tim Keener; 14. Amanda Harrell; 15. Charles Long Jr.; 16. Ellen Pratt; 17. Nathan Rodgers.


Bandolero Young Guns: Sellers Steals the Young Guns Show

Kendall Sellers was able to get his first win of the Summer Shootout series on Tuesday night in the 20-lap feature event of the Young Guns.  He took the lead on lap eight and pretty much had clean sailing all the way until lap 20. 

“I don’t really know what to say about it; it was just amazing,” said Sellers.  “This time last year, I was flipping upside down at this race and it is cool to bounce back a year later and to have such success under my belt.  I can’t thank everyone enough for being so supportive of me.
“It sure is neat to be able to finish that way with your own kids,” said father Tom.  “But I wish that I could have gained a few more car lengths on them because I wanted to go for first.  I wasn’t too happy with third.   But I can give them the challenge.  I almost did last week, but I wrecked so this week I wanted to get up there close; they were just a little too fast.”

“It’s great to get my first win,” said Michael.  “My brother is kind of mad at me right now because I brake checked him pretty bad those last two laps.  But I was going to

Race Results:  1. Cody Blackburn; 2. Nicholas Stroupe; 3. Clint King; 4. Maxx Bennett; 5. Stephen Bergh Jr.; 6. Kyle Benjamin; 7. Dillon Bassett; 8. Evan Bell; 9. Bodie Bellinger; 10. Landon Bullock; 11. Noah Clark; 12. Benji Hicks; 13. Matt Wallace; 14. Brock Newsom; 15. Andrew Lloyd; 16. Tyler Hill; 17. Matt Dooley; 18. Blake Jones; 19. Grayson York; 20. Charlie Gresham; 21. Mason Massey; 22. Justin Crider; 23. Layne Clifton; 24. Ronnie Bassett Jr.


Legends Car Semi-Pro: Bowers Takes the Cake on Double Points Night

The Semi-Pro race seemed to be incident free that is until after the checkered flag was waved.  Matt Bowers was able to take home his first win of the Summer Shootout and Jake Crum finished second but came across the finish line backwards.

“It feels really good, and I am really happy with the car,” said Bowers.  “It performs really well and I want to thank my whole team and all of our sponsors for all the stuff that they do for me. 
Hair with his family after his win.
Coker; 10. Kyle Pierce; 11. John Stancill; 12. Timmy Hill; 13. William Cunningham; 14. Sloan Henderson; 15. Ryan Rust; 16. Jimmy Heavlow; 17. Enrique Rubio; 18. Luke Marr; 19. Zac Kittle; 20. Kenny Brown; 21. Brett Pepicelli; 22. Dylan Pack;.


Bandolero Bandits: Blackburn Backs Up His Points Lead

In the Bandolero Bandits feature, it was points leader Cody Blackburn back in victory lane again.  He led every lap and didn’t have to deal with much competition until the end when Nicholas Stroupe had worked his way up to the second position. There simply weren’t enough laps left in the feature for Stroupe to be able to pass Blackburn, and it was Blackburn who took the checkered with Stroupe settling for second.

“It was an awesome race,” said Blackburn.  “My brother is my crew chief and he did a great job.  Everyone who helped me out on the team did a great job.  Next week as long as I finish in the top-five, I have the championship locked up so its pretty cool to win on double points night and have that kind of lead.

“I saw Stroupe coming up behind us and I was a little bit worried about him getting by me for the win, but I know he isn’t going for points so it was still a great night for us.”

Stroupe would have loved to get his second win in a row, but he had to settle for second.

“It was still pretty cool to finish second,” said Stroupe.  “My brakes were going down at the end, and if that wouldn’t have happened we probably could have gotten by him but it was just some good, clean racing.”
Matt Bowers in victory lane. (Harold Hinson Photo)