Robbie Faggart led Tuesday night’s Masters Division feature into turn three on the final lap at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) Summer Shootout. His son Dillon also was out in front on the final lap during the Semi-Pro Division feature later in the evening.
While both Faggarts led at the white flag, neither of them came away with a win.
First Robbie Faggart, a longtime competitor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Goody’s Dash Series, was in command with division point leader and winner of the first four Masters features of this year’s Shootout Tom Pistone on his tail into the final corner. Faggart admittedly overdrove turn three and Pistone made contact with Faggart’s back bumper, sending Faggart up the track and opening up enough room for Pistone to drive to victory.
Right after that event, the younger Faggart charged towards the front of the Semi-Pro feature and took the lead on lap seven. Austin Langenstein stayed right with him through the course of the event. In turn two, Langenstein tagged Faggart’s back bumper. The contact opened the door for Langenstein to take the lead. The two banged off one another down the back stretch and into turn three. Faggart gave Langenstein a pop into turn three, which turned them both sideways. Langenstein was able to keep up enough momentum to drive through turn four towards the checkers with even more door-slamming with Tyler Truex, who drove through the fracas to challenge for the win.
After the checkers and into the tech area, Dillon Faggart’s frustrations were palpable.
“He dumped me,” Faggart simply stated. “This was my race. I was clearly way faster. He knew that. He knew his only opportunity to get around me was to dump me.”
Langenstein saw his bump of Faggart in turn two as a necessary evil of last-lap racing.
“That’s short track racing. I wasn’t going to dump him,” said Langenstein. “I sure moved him, but I didn’t dump him. I knew he was coming back on me in turn three so I just backed him up and we got it. It was a heck of a race.”
Faggart was driving with extra motivation on his side just minutes after watching his dad, Robbie, lose the Masters race in the final corner.
“I wanted to win this race for my dad,” said Faggart. “My dad did an awesome job and he was driving his butt off. This race was going to be for him. That (expletive) had to ruin it.”
After Robbie Faggart’s last-corner loss in the Masters race, there weren’t quite the verbal jabs thrown around like there were after the Semi-Pro feature. Instead, the veteran racers showed mutual respect after their last-lap battle.
“I got a little love tap, but that’s just part of racing,” said Robbie Faggart. “Tom’s a good little racer and that’s just part of it. He took advantage of me over-driving and he gave me a little tap. That’s the way I got around him. I was kind of looking back to see where he was and I overshot about two cars. It was mine to lose and he took it away from me.”
Pistone was quick to give Faggart a handshake after the race and the two exchanged laughs and smiles in the post-race tech area.
“That’s what the Shootout is all about, some rooting and gouging,” said Pistone. “I have a lot of respect for Robbie and it was a lot of fun racing with him on such a big stage. There’s a great crowd here tonight and it means a lot to be able to race hard with a guy like that to put on a show for the fans.”
In other action during Round 5 of the Summer Shootout, Carson Ferguson picked up another Legends Car Young Lions victory in dominant fashion. His teammate Daniel Hemric, did what Daniel Hemric does and won the Legends Pro Division feature, his fourth in five races.
The night’s feature racing action kicked off with the Beginner Bandoleros, which was won by Bryson Ruff. For his victory, Huff received a new steering wheel courtesy of Driven Steering Wheels.
“(The car) was good,” said Ruff in victory lane. “It’s good to win. I’ve been finding out the right line and I’ve had the help teaching me the right things to do.”
Georgia racer Chandler Smith continued his Bandit division domination, winning his fifth-straight race of the Shootout. Ashton Winger scored the Bandolero Outlaws checkered flag.
Round 6 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout is set for Tuesday, July 8.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @mattkentfield – Photo credits: Speed51.com