Close finishes, exciting racing and family fun were the order of the day for fans during the opening night of
the 17th annual Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Racers Travis Braden, Clay Hair and Coty Hartson were the big winners in round one, presented by Dave and Buster's at Concord Mills.
Wheeling, W.Va. native Travis Braden won the Legend Car Pro division race after passing Casey Roderick at the midway point of the 20-lap A-Main feature. Roderick led the first nine laps after starting from the pole
position. Braden and Roderick battled for the lead for several laps, but Braden pulled away for good on Lap 13 to secure a win in the caution-free event.
The win was Braden's first in Legend Car Pro division competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Roderick, from Lawrenceville, Ga., finished second, while Chad Finchum, from Knoxville, Tenn., came across the finish line in third.
In the Legend Car Masters division it was a tough battle between defending series champion Clay Hair, rival John Sossoman and David Denham.
Starting on the outside of row one, Hair was able to take the lead before heading into Turn 1 over the pole sitter, Tom Pistone.
Hair, of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., led early but received a surprise when Denham took the top position coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 6 and brought Sossoman with him. Falling to the third position, Hair began picking his way
back to the front, reclaiming the top spot on Lap 12. Sossoman got the nose of his car under Hair in the closing laps but wasn't able to make it stick as Hair took the checkered flag for his 43rd career Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout victory.
Veteran Sossoman of New London, N.C., came in second and Dennis White of Pineville, N.C., crossed the line in third.
William "Garrett" Biggers started the race on the pole for the Bandolero Bandits division but lost his lead on Lap 3, when eventual race winner Carson Ferguson made his move to the front.
The 20-lap feature saw a multitude of caution flags, but no wreck was bigger than a Lap 3, two-car incident on the frontstretch, when the two cars involved were damaged so badly, they had to be towed to the garage
Charlotte, N.C., native Ferguson defended his position during multiple caution flag-restarts. Ray Beebe of York, S.C., and Clayton Weatherman of Wentzville, Mo. finished second and third respectively.
Other feature winners included Gregory Lang, of Davidson, N.C., in the Pull-A-Part Semi-Pro division; Sean Shalvoy, of Mooresville, N.C., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; and Cody Hartson, of Concord, N.C., in the Bandolero Outlaws division.
In school bus racing, featuring "Guns and Hoses," retired New York City Fire Department fireman Freddie Robinson held off competitors from the New York City Police Department and Charlotte and Mooresville fire
departments in his red No. 61 New York Yankees bus to claim the victory and earn bragging rights over his fellow servicemen.
The 17th annual Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday night, June 15, with Bike Night. In addition to the regular racing divisions, Charlotte Motor Speedway's CRASHCars will make their first Summer Shootout appearance. Gates open at 5 p.m. with feature racing at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the regular 10-week racing series, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the biggest Legend Car race in history, the Legends Million, July 15 -17.
The Legends Million is a one-of-a-kind grassroots race featuring a total purse of $1 million with the A-Main winner guaranteed to take home an unprecedented $250,000, while the final spot in the feature is assured
For additional information on competitor registration for the Legends Million, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205.
For tickets for the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series or the Legends Million, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3264) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Legend Car Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Travis Braden; 2. Casey Roderick; 3. Chad Finchum; 4. Dennis Lambert; 5. Scott Hensley; 6. Daniel Hemric; 7. Tyler Green; 8. Samuel McAulay; 9. Steven Cantrell; 10. Kyle Weatherman; 11. Kyle Plott; 12. Doug Stevens; 13. Evan Swilling; 14. Jeff Haynie; 15. Harrison Rhodes; 16. Justin Swilling; 17. Darrell Wallace; 18. Kyle Beattie; 19. Bayley Currey; 20. Brian Ouimette; 21. John Hilliker; 22. John Freeman; 23. Kenzie Ruston; 24. Duncan Molesworth; 25. Eric Gunderson;
26. Tyler Lester; 27. Steven Ross; 28. Michael Kelley.
Legend Car Masters Feature (20 laps): 1. Clay Hair; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Dennis White; 4. David Denham; 5. Jan Ingram; 6. Tom Pistone; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Eddie Harwell; 9. Gary Shannon; 10. Brad Green; 11.
Brian Sockwell; 12. Jimmy Gurley; 13. Chip Ferguson; 14. Phil Sharpe; 15. Carols Moore; 16. Jamie Smith; 17. Jackie Ryan; 18. David Reed; 19. George Schultze; 20. Hoyt Dennis.
Pull-A-Part Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (20 laps): 1. Gregory Lang; 2. Timmy Hill; 3. Chase Catania; 4. R.S. Senter; 5. Jake Knight; 6. Alex Bowman; 7. Jake Morris; 8. Ryan Flores; 9. William Cunningham; 10. Amber Colvin; 11. Andrew Harrah; 12. Jason Austin; 13. Justin Edgel; 14. Chris Young; 15. DeWayne Mash. Did Not Start: Kyle Hall.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (18 laps): 1. Sean Shalvoy; 2. Mason Massey; 3. Gray Gaulding; 4. Brady Boswell; 5. Brian Kolb; 6. Matt Wallace; 7. Spencer Boyd; 8. Dusty Summers; 9. Corey Gordon; 10. Jered Fryer; 11. Nicholas Drake; 12. Justin Thomas; 13. Adam Burton; 14. Tyler Hill; 15. CJ Hulsey; 16. Chandler Levan; 17. Justin Carroll; 18. Annabeth Barnes; 19. Kason Plott; 20. Luke Demis; 21. Charles Sparks; 22. Austin Osborne; 23. Cody Maynard; 24. Jacob Heavlow; 25. Josh Morris; 26. Heather Lynn; 27.
Tyler Castle; 28. Sean Rayhall.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Cody Hartson; 2. Ryan Shattuck; 3. Joey Padgett; 4. Myatt Snider; 5. John Holleman; 6. Riley Halverson; 7. Reid Wilson; 8. Walker Yates; 9. Joshua Plummer; 10. Trey Jarrell; 11. Jeffrey Stanton; 12. Ben Klatt; 13. Kayla Marshall; 14. Dakota Ratcliff; 15. Tyler Janocha; 16. Scotty Hooker; 17. Craig Biryla; 18. Chase Heath; 19. Ryan Mackintosh; 20. Jonathan Suthern; 21. Austin Allen.
Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Ray Beebe; 3. Clayton Weatherman; 4. Garrett Biggers; 5. Cole Timm; 6. Jordan Locklear; 7. Teigan Deluca; 8. Layton Sullivan; 9. Kaz Grala; 10. Austin Cindric; 11. Payton Ryan; 12. Daniel Bedford; 13. A.J. Davis; 14. Seth Werner; 15. Kodie Conner; 16. Tyler Dayton; 17. Austin Green; 18. Jordan Mander; 19. Jacob Hefner; 20. Hunter Richards; 21. John Counsell; 22. Banks Johnson; 23. Trevor Collins; 24. Jeffrey Abbey; 25. Dawson Cram; 26. Jordan
Plummer; 27. Derek Sobel.