CONCORD, N.C. — A stunned first-time winner in the VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro division stood tall over a wet and wild second night of competition at the 24th annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Craig Biryla led the final two laps to steal the Semi-Pro victory, after Vincent Midas dominated the race with Wes Burton at his heels.
Biryla, who started third, claimed the second spot from Burton in the closing laps, but he was running out of laps to try and catch the leader.
Only two laps from victory, Midas tried passing a slow car high and ran off the track into the track, allowing Biryla to take advantage of Midas’ misfortune and collect the win.
“I haven’t prepared my victory speech,” Biryla said. “This is the most competitive Legend Car racing in the world, so to win here beats anywhere, We’re working on moving up the ladder and this is a big step toward that.”
Bojangles’-sponsored Dawson Cram paced the first 10 laps of an eventful Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division race before two-time and defending champion Jordan Black assumed the top spot on lap 11, when Cram pushed high off Turn 2.
Black’s lead didn’t last long, though, as Monday night winner Austin Green dove under Black with six laps left and sped to his second win in as many tries this season.
Carson Ferguson was second with Black third, Gus Dean fourth and Kaden Honeycutt fifth.
“I just need to get better (at racing) in the rain,” Green said. “It was nice to win coming from farther back, though.”
During the Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters division feature, Austin’s uncle Mark Green clinched his first win of the season in a wild, rain-delayed race.
Robbie Faggart started on the front row after an invert and had his hands full from the green flag, with Johnny Sossoman directly behind him.
Green, who started third after the invert, stalked the leaders as they battled it out and took advantage of mistakes to launch to the lead. After several cautions and restarts, Green held off Sossoman and Faggart for the victory.
Sam Mayer led the way in the early going of the K1 Speed Young Lions feature, but an untimely spin robbed Mayer of a shot at victory.
Josh Kossek assumed the lead after Mayer looped his car around in Turn 1, but Kossek lost the top spot soon after when he was involved in a five-car accident on the frontstretch.
Harrison Halder took over the point and held off Isabella Robusto in a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
A lengthy rain delay just as preliminary action was set to begin forced the postponement of Tuesday’s Bandolero races. Those events will be made up at a later date.
The 24th annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout continues on June 20, with Mascot Mania go-kart racing in addition to seven classes of Legends car and Bandolero racing.
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