Tuesday night’s Legends Car Pro Division events at the Summer Shootout started with disaster for Daniel Hemric, but ended in glory.
Hemric, the winner of last week’s Pro Division Shootout opener at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was sent for a spin by William Byron in the first Pro feature of the day, a make-up from last week’s rainout. The right-front suspension was ripped off of Hemric’s No. 48. The division’s point leader and his Ladyga Motorsports crew spent most of the hours in between the make-up feature and the regularly-scheduled feature repairing it.
When it came time for the second race of the night, Hemric’s rebuilt racecar was just as fast as it had been so far in the Shootout. The Kannapolis, North Carolina racer held off Byron, who won the first race after the tangle, for his second win of the Shootout.
“Hat’s off to Ladyga Motorsports,” said Hemric. “We tore the right-front off of it in the make-up feature and it was just a heck of a job by Tim Ladyga and everyone at Ladyga Motorsports putting the thing back together and as fast as it was. This is cool, especially with the kind of day we had earlier.”
Making the day even better for the Ladyga Motorsports team, Carson Ferguson won his third straight Legends Young Lions feature. Ferguson had the foresight to choose the outside groove on a restart with 10 laps remaining and sped away from Stefan Parsons for the victory. It was not only Ferguson’s third-straight race, but also the third-straight runner-up finish for Parsons.
“I knew I had to be patient because I knew I had the car to win,” said Ferguson. “I had to keep my nose clean and not get into any wrecks. I was able to keep that one car tied on the inside and I guess he got hit from behind and we hit a little bit, but that’s a racing deal. This was the best car out here by far.”
In the Legends Masters division, Tom Pistone earned his third-straight victory Tuesday night, but it wasn’t without some controversy. It wasn’t anything he was involved in, however, as race leader John Sossoman was penalized by Shootout officials for “dive bombing” earlier in the race. The call came under a caution, while Sossoman was leading, several laps after the alleged incident occurred.
Sossoman was able to rebound from the two-position penalty that dropped him to third to get back to second and almost to Pistone in the closing laps, but Pistone held strong to remain unbeaten in the Masters Division.
“Me and Johnny had a good race going up front,” said Pistone. “I’m not 100-percent sure what his penalty was for. I was looking forward to racing with him. But we have seven more nights, so we’ll have plenty more time to mix it up. I’m sure a fire got lit under Johnny tonight, so I’m sure he’ll be ready to go next week. We’ll just keep at it and hope the cards keep falling our way.”
Connecticut native Devin O’Connell picked up his first Summer Shootout victory in the Semi-Pro division by sneaking through when leaders Riley Halverson, Sheldon Crouse and Dylan Faggart bumped one another. O’Connell then withstood a late charge from Crouse, who got to the back bumper of O’Connell in the final set of turns, only to spin between turns three and four as O’Connell drove to the checkered flag.
“I saw three of those cars bobble and it was just enough for me to get out front,” said O’Connell. “Sheldon gave me a heck of a run for the money. I love racing with him. Yeah we got into each other, but that’s just racing. I’m in disbelief right now. I had to work for that one.”
Elijah Todd became a first-time Summer Shootout winner by scoring the Beginner Bandolero Bandit division feature over Carson Kvapil and Bryson Ruff. Chandler Smith came out on top of a battle with DJ Canpie to pick up the Bandits feature, which was his second win of the night. Ashton Winger was the Bandolero Outlaws winner over Miguel Cesar.
The night’s racing action kicked off with four make-up features rained out from June 10. In addition to William Byron’s Legends Pro win, Chase Purdy (Bandolero Outlaws), Chandler Smith (Bandolero Bandits) and Cameron Bolin (Beginner Bandits) also picked up victories.
The Summer Shootout returns to action at Charlotte Motor Speedway next Tuesday, June 24.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director. Photo credit: Speed51.com
Legend Car Pro Feature (25 laps): 1. Daniel Hemric; 2. William Byron; 3. Kason Plott; 4. Steven Cantrell; 5. Gregory Lang; 6. Jordan Black; 7. Jared Irvan; 8. Michael Torres; 9. Trey Jarrell; 10. Brandon Makenzie; 11. Zane Smith; 12. Evan Swilling; 13. Joey Padgett.
Security Force Legend Car Masters Feature (30 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. John Sossoman; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Robby Faggart; 5. John Craig; 6. Bruce Silver; 7. Chip Ferguson; 8. Shawn Geisel; 9. Steve Lewis; 10. Robbie Woodall; 11. Jan Ingram; 12. Ron Mander.
Legend Car Semi-Pro Feature (25 laps): 1. Devin O’Connell; 2. Josh Brimecombe; 3. Tyler Truex; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Jordan Stillwell; 6. Riley Halverson; 7. William Cunningham; 8. Robby Lyons; 9. Craig Biryla; 10. Sheldon Crouse; 11. Joe Gregory; 12. Enrique Limon; 13. Alex Urbina; 14. Casey Brown; 15. Austin Langenstein; 16. Billy Webb; 17. Dylan Faggart; 18. John Holleman; 19. Josh Turner; 20. Grant Winchester; 21. Connor Pyle.
Legend Car Young Lions Feature (20 laps): 1. Carson Ferguson; 2. Stefan Parsons; 3. Alex Murray; 4. Christian Eckes; 5. Michael Womack; 6. Ryan Millington; 7. Austin Green; 8. Enzo Fittipaldi; 9. Matt Craig; 10. Stevie Johns Jr.; 11. Matt Thomas; 12. Woodrow Mullis; 13. Jacob Heafner; 14. Scott Joy; 15. Amber Burchette; 16. AJ Davis; 17. Joseph Graf; 18. Walter Thomas; 19. Dawson Cram; 20. Alex Reece.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Elijah Todd; 2. Carson Kvapil; 3. Bryson Ruff; 4. Isabella Robusto; 5. Roy Hayes; 6. Carson Poindexter; 7. Josh Spears; 8. George Hayes; 9. Brandon Grants; 10. Jagger Parker; 11. Gauntt Hudgins; 12. Autumn Weaver; 13. Kyle Campbell; 14. Dylan Notaro; 15. Ashley Pantoulas; Disqualified: Cameron Bolin.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits Feature (20 laps): 1. Chandler Smith; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Austin Geer; 5. Ryleigh Lemonds; 6. Daniel Wilk; 7. Ryan Israel; 8. Ashton Higgins; 9. Blake Cisneros; 10. Mini Tyrell; 11. William Robusto; 12. Liz Montgomery; 13. Braydn Mander; 14. Richie Kuty; 15. Mark Durgin Jr.; 16. Brayde Miranda; 17. Eddie Fatscher; 18. Josh Kossek.
Bandolero Outlaws Feature (20 laps): 1. Ashton Winger; 2. Miguel Cesar; 3. Chase Purdy; 4. Austin Powell; 5. Matthew Davey; 6. Jack Fread; 7. Kamera McDonald; 8. Nick MacMillan; 9. Trevor Rizzo; 10. Matt Mead; 11. Kayla Lyons; 12. Jordan Plummer; 13. Jackson Combis; 14. Hannah Bell; 15. Justin Taylor; 16. Eric Brown; 17. Nate Tretow; 18. Jensen Jorgenson
Bandolero Beginner Bandits June 10 Feature Make-up (15 laps): 1. Cameron Bolin; 2. Elijah Todd; 3. Carson Kvapil; 4. Bryson Ruff; 5. Isabella Robusto; 6. Carson Poindexter; 7. Dylan Notaro; 8. Roy Hayes; 9. Jagger Parker; 10. Kyle Campbell; 11. Brandon Grants; 12. George Hayes; 13. Gauntt Hudgins; 14. Autumn Weaver; 15. Josh Speas.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits June 10 Feature Make-up (15 laps): 1. Chandler Smith; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Kayla Lyons; 4. Ashton Higgins; 5. William Robusto; 6. Austin Geer; 7. Daniel Wilk; 8. Liz Montgomery; 9. Braydn Mander; 10. Brayde Miranda; 11. Josh Kossek; 12. Blake Cisneros; 13. Richie Kuty; 14. Connor Younginer; 15. Eddie Fatscher; 16. Mini Tyrell.
Bandolero Outlaws June 10 Feature Make-up (15 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Miguel Cesar; 3. Nate Tretow; 4. Jensen Jorgenson; 5. Austin Powell; 6. Kamera McDonald; 7. Jack Fread; 8. Matthew Davey; 9. Matt Mead; 10. Matthew Emery; 11. Kayla Lyons; 12. Hannah Bell; 13. Trevor Rizzo; 14. Jordan Plummer; 15. Justin Taylor; 16. Ashton Winger; 17. Nick Macmillon; 18. Eric Brown.
Legend Car Pro June 10 Feature Make-up (25 laps): 1. William Byron; 2. Kason Plott; 3. Joey Padgett; 4. Trey Jarrell; 5. Steven Cantrell; 6. Zane Smith; 7. Michael Torres; 8. Jared Irvan; 9. Gregory Lang; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Tripp Gerrald III; 12. Evan Swilling; 13. Jordan Black.