July 2, 2013 – Concord, N.C. – Round five of the Jack In The Box Summer Shootout for the INEX Legends and Bandolero cars is, well, halfway into the history books. Mother Nature stopped the Bandoleros from competing and also spoiled the fireworks display that was planned for the end of the night. Those items will be added to the agenda for the July 9th (Round 6) race night.
The four INEX Legends feature events were completed, however, and they were all excellent races.
In the 30-lap PRO division feature the No. 18 of Evan Swilling jumped out front early with Ryan Shattuck and Daniel Hemric close behind. The action started right away when the No. 66Z of Zane Smith bounced off the backstretch wall and lost his right front tire, bringing out the yellow and giving his Kyle Beattie-led race team some immediate work in the shop this week.
Swilling got the jump on the restart as Hemric in the No. 48 challenged the 13 of Shattuck for second, passing him a lap later. Swilling had opened up well over 10 car lengths but once Hemric got to second he began to close quickly on the leader as they both pulled away from Shattuck.
The second yellow of the race came on lap 9 when Tyler Green found himself mixed up in the turn four barrels, taking away the advantage Swilling had over the quickly closing Hemric. The restart saw Swilling again take the lead but only for a half-a-lap as Reid Wilson and Jordan Black found themselves in turn four trouble and the yellow was right back out.
Shattuck was ready to challenge leader Swilling on the lap 11 restart, taking the lead with Hemric following him through the hole. With 13 out of 30 laps in the books it was Shattuck over Hemric, Swilling, Joey Padgett and a hard charging Tyler Green.
Hemric continued to pressure Shattuck until he got him to slip up in turn three coming to the halfway flags and got by him for a lead he would never relinquish. Though Shattuck tried to mount a comeback, it was not to be on this night as “Hot Shoe” Hemric put the Ladyga Motorsports 48 in victory lane for the fourth time in the first five races of this series.
At the stripe it was Hemric, Shattuck, Swilling, Padgett and Green the first five finishers. Sixth through tenth saw Kason Plott, Reid Wilson, Jordan Black, Justin Swilling and Tyler Lester. Kaz Grala, Clayton Weatherman and Zane Smith completed the field.
RaceChaser Editor-In-Chief Tom Baker caught up with Hemric and got an interview. Hear it here! July2ShootoutDanielHemricPRO
The 30-lap SEMI PRO feature would prove to be one of the most exciting races of the series so far. Ryan Mackintosh, a Canadian now living in Kannapolis, North Carolina jumped out to a huge lead early in the race, stretching his advantage to as much as half-a-track before the first caution waved close to halfway through the race.
Adam Welch in the Beattie Racing No. 84 was second at that time but the choose would shake up the restart order just a bit.
With 14 on the board it was Riley Halverson in the No. 20 diving under the No. 03 of Mackintosh and they raced side-by-side until Halverson gained the advantage. Mackintosh and Welch made contact and Welch fell back a couple of positions as Halverson tried to build a lead quickly and hoped for green flag racing the rest of the way.
Mackintosh had other plans, however. He steadily closed the gap on Halverson until with just two laps left he dove under the leader and grabbed the top spot back! Halverson was determined not to let this one get away and he tried to slingshot underneath Mackintosh as the pair charged side-by-side into turn three around a slower car!
The fans were screaming as the white flag came out but Mackintosh opened up a car length advantage on the final lap to get the win. Halverson, meanwhile, lost second at the line when Sheldon Crouse was able to get underneath him. The top five finishers were Mackintosh, Crouse, Halverson, Welch and the No. 54 of Luke Demis (who continues to be consistent).
Sixth through tenth were Josh Turner, Billy Webb, last week’s winner Joe Ryan Osborne, Riley Thornton and Dylan Barbosa. Eleventh through fifteenth saw Jay Coen, Bronson Butcher, Jordan Stillwell, Craig Biryla and Ethan MacMillan. Tyler Hanberry, Jacob Burkhalter, Devin Amos and Josh Plummer rounded out the field.
Hear Ryan’s post-race interview by clicking this link July2ShootoutRyanMackintoshSP
We also got Riley Halverson to talk with us about his race and eventual third place finish! July2ShootoutRileyHalversonSP2nd
Connor Pyle in the Duchenne Muscular Dystophy No. 07 started pole and sped out to the early advantage in the 20-lap YOUNG LIONS main event. William Byron in the No. 25 and Sammy Johns in the No. 91 battled for second until the yellow came out for the No. 08 of Jordan Mander, who spun off turn four.
On the move the whole time was the No. 4T of Tripp Gerrald and he made his presence felt as the field did the “choose cone shuffle” before the restart. When the green lights came on, Gerrald was up to second and one lap later he made contact with the No. 07 of Pyle, causing Pyle to spin in turn four. The race stayed green and Pyle was able to get back underway without losing a lap.
Johns was now out front with Michael Torres in the No. 15 close behind. Gerrald ran third, Byron fourth and the 98 of Stefan Parsons was creeping into the picture in fifth.
Caution was thrown again on lap 12 when Torres took a ride through the barrels in turn four and officials sent the 4T of Gerrald to the back at this time, presumably for the earlier contact with Pyle.
The “choose cone shuffle” was completed once again and now the No. 00 of Carson Ferguson was suddenly in the front row with Johns to restart the race with 8 laps to go! From that point on Ferguson never lost the lead despite repeated efforts by by several drivers to challenge him.
At the checkers it was Ferguson pumping his fist as he crossed the line for the victory. Byron recovered for a strong second and Gerrald charged back for a third place finish at the end. Fourth went to Torres and Jared Irvan crossed the line fifth. Sixth through tenth went to Stevie Johns, Stefan Parsons, Seth Werner, Jordan Mander and Doug Barnes. Dillon Faggart, Payton Ryan, Alex Murray, Trent Barnes and Connor Pyle rounded out the order.
In the 30-lap MASTERS (over 40) Feature John Craig worked his way methodically through the field in the early going as the still damp track was slowly drying out. Eddie Harwell, Robby Faggart and Chip Ferguson all ran well but when everything shook out it was Craig enjoying the spoils of a well-earned victory in the No. 1c with the No. 88 of Harwell finishing second.
Faggart, Ferguson and Scott Whitaker in the No. 09 rounded out the top five. Tom Pistone, Shawn Geisel, Jan Ingram, Carl Cormier and Rodney Tharp filled out the field of ten cars in the Masters division.
On the victory podium, Craig told track announcer Lenny Batycki “The track came to us as the race went on. Once I got to about fifth I just wanted to be patient and not make mistakes. It feels good to get the win!”
Round 6 of the Jack In The Box Summer Shootout will take place next Tuesday, July 9th with double features for the Bandoleros, a complete lineup of Legends racing, the “Faster Pastor” School Bus Race and the fireworks display postponed from tonight due to the rain. Ticket stubs from tonight’s race are good for next week so those who attended tonight’s event can get in free next Tuesday if they save their stub.
For more information about the Summer Shootout visit the series’ page on www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com.
PHOTO CREDIT: Carson Ferguson in Victory Lane – Mike Holleman Photo