CONCORD, N.C. – Charlotte-area mascots took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Hugo the Hornet scored the win in the third round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Devin O’Connell and Daniel Wilk were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events on Tuesday night.
Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, was defeated in the Mascot Mania go-kart race as Hugo the Hornet took home the win in the furriest feature of the evening. The Charlotte Hornets mascot paced the field for most of the race, crossing the line ahead of RevPar of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau in second and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers in third.
Rounding out the field was Big Stuff from Winthrop University, Blue from Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse, Bo from Bojangles’, Norm the Niner from UNC Charlotte, Lug Nut, Chubby Checker with the Charlotte Checkers and Tim E. Gator from the Kannapolis Intimidators.
O’Connell raced his way to the checkered flag in Tuesday night’s Semi-Pro feature. After reaching the 20-minute time limit, the 25-lap race was called after lap 11. Joe Graf Jr. was the leader for the first six laps of the race while O’Connell battled neck-and-neck with Sheldon Crouse before taking the second position. O’Connell was able to take the lead from Graf on lap 7 prior to a wreck in Turn 3 involving Riley Herbst and held on to the top spot after the caution, cruising to the victory. Crouse and Jensen Jorgensen finished second and third, respectively.
There was a tough start for the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits feature Tuesday evening as multiple cautions marred the beginning of the race. There were fierce battles between Wilk, DJ Canipe and Cameron Bolen throughout the 20-lap feature, but it would be Wilk who crossed the line to win his third race of the season. Canipe finished second, followed by Bolen.
Other winners included Leland Honeyman in the Beginner Bandits division, Michael Torres in the Legend Car Pro division, Ashton Higgins in the Bandolero Outlaws division, Ryan Millington in the Young Lions division and Tom Pistone in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 23, with Media Mayhem. Media members will take to the track in what has become one of the most fiercely contested and highly anticipated school bus races of the summer. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch their favorite local media personality’s search for a victory, alongside the Legend and Bandolero cars on the front-stretch quarter mile.
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The unofficial results:
Beginner Bandolero (16 laps): 1. Leland Honeyman; 2. Mason Dejarnett; 3. Landon Rapp; 4. Stanley Hays; 5. Carson Fisher; 6. David Selvik; 7. Josh Speas; 8. Jacob Gantz; 9. Jake Putman; 10. Trevor Westor
Disqualified: Autumn Weaver; Tyler Bartoszewicz
Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Ryan Millington; 2. Chase Purdy; 3. Dawson Cram; 4. Alex Reece; 5. Jacob Heafner; 6. Austin Green; 7. Eddie Fatscher; 8. Jack Fread; 9. Ryo Ogata; 10. Garrett Manes; 11. Conner Snow; 12. Justin Taylor
Pro (25 laps): 1. Michael Torres; 2. Dylan Faggart; 3. Carson Ferguson; 4. Joey Padgett; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Zane Smith; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Greg Lang; 9. Jordan Black; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Reid Wilson; 12. Josh Williams
Outlaws (16 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Trevor Rizzo; 3. Austin Powell; 4. Mathew Davey; 5. Blaise Brinkley; 6. Matthew Emery; 7. Jordan Plummer; 8. Liz Montgomery; 9. Seth Henry; 10. Elysia Potter; 11. Gracie Trotter; 12. Matthew Eades; 13. Austin Geer; 14. Roy Hayes; 15. Enrique Limon; 16. John Legg; 17. Tristan Lesik
Legend Car Semi-Pro (11 laps): 1. Devin O’Connell; 2. Sheldon Crouse; 3. Jensen Jorgensen; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Conner Pyle; 6. Scott Joy; 7. Sprout Royal; 8. Riley Herbest; 9. Joe Graf Jr.; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Stevie Johns Jr.; 13. Andrew Farraah; 14. Jeremy Fuller; 15. Joshua Plummer; 16. Craig Biryla; 17. Taylor Jorgensen; 18. Enrique Limon; Joe Gregory.
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolen; 4. William Robusto; 5. Carson Kvapil; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Isabella Robusto; 8. Mini Tyrell; 9. Bryson Ruff; 10. Ryan Israel; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Hunter Hutchens; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. George Hayes; 16. Josh Kossek.
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Mark Green; 4.Tom Sherman; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Jamie Smith; 10. Dan Keaton; 11. Herman Towe; 12. Rom Mander
Disqualified: Robbie Faggart
-Charlotte Motor Speedway Press Release & Photo