CONCORD, N.C. – During a marathon of racing that stretched late into the night, Daniel Hemric picked up his fifth win this season during Week Seven of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chandler Smith and Dillon Faggart also picked up victories, among others.
In the Global Rallycross exhibition, Andreas Eriksson took over the Rockstar Energy Drink car of Brian Deegan and demonstrated the immense power of the 600-horsepower, all-wheel drive, turbo-charged Ford Fiesta Global Rallycross car. Eriksson accelerated from 0 to 60 in less than two seconds on the frontstretch, drifting around the quarter-mile track as smoke billowed from the tires, just as they will do at the Red Bull Global Rallycross event this weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Eriksson took the OMSE-powered Ford Fiesta ST around hairpin turns; burning donuts and dodging Jack in the Box race barrels.
Global Rallycross driver Bucky Lasek also competed in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division, running as high as second place, but eventually finishing 12th.
In the 25-lap Legend Car Pro division feature, Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., did his traditional backflip in victory lane for the fifth time this year after holding off a hard-charging Kason Plott. After the green flag, Greg Lang jumped out to an early lead. William Byron put down fluid on the frontstretch on lap 10 and several other drivers were caught up in it, to bring out a red flag. Hemric, who had moved into the top-five, was able to get the lead on the restart. The final caution came out for Joey Padgett, who spun going into turn 3. Hemric led a fast and furious Plott to the checkers, followed by Zane Smith, Greg Lang and Jordan Black.
Faggart, of Concord, N.C., took his third win of the season in the Quaker Steak and Lube Semi-Pro division. Jake Tretow led the start of the race, but Devin O’Connell came in hot and quickly stole the lead going into lap 2. A caution would take effect immediately after, bringing the field together again. Upon the restart O’Connell and Faggart battled hard for the lead, with Faggart ultimately moving to the top spot for the remainder of the race. After a caution on lap 14, John Holleman and Craig Biryla would make their way into the top five and also remain there until the end of the race. O’Connell would take second, Holleman finished third, Biryla took fourth and Tretow ended in fifth.
Smith remained undefeated in the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits division, tallying his seventh and eighth wins of the season. Smith, a Jasper, Ga., native, is currently the only Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series driver to win every race so far this season. In the second feature race of the night, Smith, who started in seventh, quickly maneuvered his way to the race lead in only three laps and never looked back. Smith avoided six caution flags on the night and pulled away in the final laps, winning by a 2.067 second advantage.
Race runner-up Conner Younginer recorded his highest finish of the season. Eddie Fatscher tallied his third podium finish of the season with a third place finish, while Liz Montgomery recorded her highest finish of the season with fourth place. Rounding out the top-five was Daniel Wilk, who maintained his third place position in the overall points standings.
Other winners included Scott Whitaker, of Rock Hill, S.C., in the Security Force Masters division; Matt Thomas, of North Miami, Fla., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Carson Kvapil, of Mooresville, N.C., in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits; and Jensen Jorgensen, of Stockbridge, Ga., in the Bandolero Outlaws.
In the Bandolero makeup features from last week Kvapil took the checkers in Beginner Bandits, Smith won the Bandolero Bandits and Austin Powell won the Bandolero Outlaws makeup feature.
The 21st annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, July 29, with Champion’s Night and a fireworks extravaganza, in addition to regular Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
For live updates during the Summer Shootout Series, follow hashtag #SummerShootout on Twitter. To join in on the conversation simply include #SummerShootout in your tweet.
The unofficial results:
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Carson Kvapil; 2. Carson Poindexter; 3. Isabella Robusto; 4. Roy Hayes; 5. Brandon Gantz; 6. Tyler Adams; 7. Autumn Weaver; 8. Josh Speas; 9. Ashley Pantoulas; 10. Tommy Good; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. George Hayes; 13. Dakota Bradley; 14. Bryson Ruff.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits Feature (15 laps): 1. Chandler Smith; 2. Conner Younginer; 3. Eddie Fatscher; 4. Liz Montgomery; 5. Daniel Wilk; 6. Austin Geer; 7. Cameron Bolin; 8. DJ Canipe; 9. Ryan Israel; 10. Ryleigh Lemonds; 11. Braydn Mander; 12. Richie Kuty; 13. Brayde Miranda; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. William Rubusto; 16. Mini Tyrell; 17. Josh Kossek; 18. Elijah Todd.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (15 laps): 1. Jensen Jorgensen; 2. Chase Purdy; 3. Kamera McDonald; 4. Austin Powell; 5. Miguel Cesar Jr.; 6. Nate Tretow; 7. Nick MacMillon; 8. Jack Fread; 9. Matthew Davey; 10. Matt Mead; 11. Trevor Rizzo; 12. Daniel Bedford; 13. Ryan Repko; 14. Dylan Rumboldt; 15. Ashton Winger; 16. Matthew Emery; 17. Kayla Lyons.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Matt Thomas; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Stefan Parsons; 4. Ryan Millington; 5. Michael Womack; 6. Stevie Johns Jr.; 7. Alex Reece; 8. Cason Werner; 9. Seth Werner; 10. Scott Joy; 11. Mason Diaz; 12. Teddy Ogdon; 13. Alex Murray; 14. Noah Gragson; 15. Matt Craig; 16. Christian Eckes; 17. Austin Green; 18. Amber Burchette; 19. Dawson Cram; 20. Joseph Graf.
Security Force Legend Car Masters Feature (25 laps): 1. Scott Whitaker; 2. John Craig; 3. Chris Freeland; 4. Chip Ferguson; 5. Jan Ingram; 6. Bruce Silver; 7. Jamie Smith; 8. Tom Pistone; 9. Ron Mander; 10. Jeffrey Lefcourt; 11. John Sossoman; 12. Bucky Lasek; 13. Shawn Geisel; 14. Robbie Woodall; 15. Robbie Faggart.
Quaker Steak & Lube Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (25 laps): 1. Dillon Faggart; 2. Devin O’Connell; 3. John Holleman; 4. Craig Biryla; 5. Jake Tretow; 6. Josh Brimecombe; 7. Tyler Clary; 8. Tyler Audie; 9. Casey Brown; 10. Enrique Limon; 11. Dylan Hoffman; 12. Courtney Lefcourt; 13. Collin Jareb; 14. Josh Turner; 15. Jordan Stillwell; 16. Tyler Truex; 17. Connor Pyle; 18. Sheldon Crouse; 19. Robby Lyons; 20. R.S. Senter.
Legend Car Pro Feature (25 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. Kason Plott; 3. Zane Smith; 4. Gregory Lang; 5. Jordan Black; 6. Jared Irvan; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Michael Torres; 9. Steven Cantrell; 10. Michael Kelley; 11. Joey Padgett; 12. Alex Pacheco; 13. William Byron; 14. Peyton Saxton; 15. Dakota Baggette.
Round Seven Makeup Features:
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Makeup Feature (15 laps): 1. Carson Kvapil; 2. Bryson Ruff; 3. Isabella Robusto; 4. Carson Poindexter; 5. Tyler Adams; 6. Dylan Notaro; 7. Autumn Weaver; 8. Josh Speas; 9. Tommy Good; 10. Ashley Pantoulas; 11. George Hayes; 12. Roy Hayes; 13. Dakota Bradley.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits Makeup Feature (15 laps): 1.Chandler Smith; 2. Daniel Wilk; 3. Josh Kossek; 4. Austin Geer; 5. Elijah Todd; 6. Braydn Mander; 7. DJ Canipe; 8. Blake Cisneros; 9. Liz Montgomery; 10. William Robusto; 11. Ryleigh Lemonds; 12. Richie Kuty; 13. Mini Tyrell; 14. Mark Durgin Jr.; 15. Brayde Miranda; 16. Eddie Fatscher; 17. Ryan Israel.
Bandolero Outlaws Makeup Feature (15 laps): 1. Austin Powell; 2. Jensen Jorgensen; 3. Chase Purdy; 4. Kamera McDonald; 5. Miguel Cesar Jr.; 6. Daniel Bedford; 7. Matt Mead; 8. Matthew Davey; 9. Eric Brown; 10. Kayla Lyons; 11. Matthew Emery; 12. Dylan Rumboldt; 13. Ryan Repko; 14. Ashton Winger; 15. Justin Taylor; 16. William McConnell; 17. Jack Fread; 18. Trevor Rizzo; 19. Nate Tretow.
Track PR – CMS/Tami Pope photo