The CARS Tour brings to two close points races to Concord Speedway Saturday with only three races left in the season.
NASCAR drivers Mason Mingus and David Ragan will be on hand to sign autographs. Gates open at 5 p.m. Remember it’s cash only at the gate and concession stands.
After most of the summer off, Concord Speedway on U.S. 601 between Concord and Midland is set to crank back up on the quarter mile. Here is the latest schedule:
Friday, Aug. 21 Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets, Karts DOUBLE TRACK POINTS
Saturday, Aug. 22 Legends, Bandos , Mini Cup
Friday, Sept. 4 Legends, Bandos, Karts
Saturday, Sept. 5 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup
Friday, Sept. 18 Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets
Saturday, Sep 19 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup DOUBLE TRACK POINTS
Friday, Oct. 2 Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets, Karts
Saturday, Oct. 3 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup, Karts
Sunday, Oct. 4 Rain date
Saturday, Oct. 31 Spooktacular
Sunday, Nov. 1 Spooktacular
SALISBURY, N.C. – Today’s (Monday, July 27) schedule at he N.C. American Legion Baseball Tournament has High Point playing Hope Mills at 1 pm and Caldwell County battling Rowan County at 7 pm.
The games are being played at Catawba College’s Newman Field.
Point titles on the line
Tight points battles are spread throughout the Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions. In The Body Mechanics Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pro division, only seven points separate leader Michael Torres from second-place Jared Irvan.
In the Legend Car Semi-Pro division, it’s anyone’s game as John Holleman IV leads Sheldon Crouse by just three points. Third-place Stevie Johns Jr. trails by only 10 points.
The North Carolina American Legion Baseball State Tournament begins Friday (July 24) at Newman Park in Salisbury at Catawba College.
Seven-time state champion and host Rowan County leads the eight-team field. Rowan is the Area III Champion after beating High Point in the playoffs.
Here is the schedule:
Friday Game 1 – Area II champion (Hope Mills) vs. Area IV runner-up (Caldwell County), 9 a.m. Game 2 – Area IV champion (Haywood County) vs. Area III No. 3 (Eastern Randolph), noon Game 3 – Area I champion (Garner) vs. Area III runner-up (High Point), 3 p.m. Game 4 – Host/Area III champion (Rowan County) vs. Area I runner-up (Wilson), 7 p.m.
Saturday Game 5 – Losers of Games 1 and 3, 9 a.m. Game 6 – Losers or Games 2 and 4, noon Game 7 – Winners of Games 1 and 3, 4 p.m. Game 8 – Winners of Games 2 and 4, 7 p.m.
Sunday Game 9 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, noon Game 10 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 4 p.m. Game 11 – Winners of Games 7 and 8, 7 p.m.
Monday Game 12 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m. Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m. Tuesday Game 14 – Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 1 p.m. Game 15 – if necessary.
Tournament passes are $40. Each session is $12. You can purchase tickets at WSAT Memories 1280 prior to the tournament, or purchase them at the gate.
Conference USA held its annual Media Day in Florida this week. Charlotte 49ers Coach Brad Lambert was on hand. Here is an interview recorded at the new American Sports Network studios.
The Charlotte 49ers open the season Sept. 4 at the Georgia Dome against Georgia State.
It’s that time of year at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series when every lap and every point matters as drivers battle for a championship. With just two rounds remaining to decide the 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Ser8es champions, Austin Hill, Robbie Faggart and John Holleman IV were among the drivers to score pivotal wins during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For complete results and a look ahead to Round 9 visit Radio Free Cabarrus
Beginner Bandolero (20 laps): 1. Jacob Gantz; 2. Tyler Chapman; 3. Jason Chapman; 4. Mason Dejarnett; 5. Trevor Wester; 6. Jacob Putnam; 7. Stanley Hays; 8. Zachary Miracle; 9. Autumn Weaver; 10. Parker Eatmon; 11. Brendon Tymon; 12; Adam Eades; 13. David Sullivan; 14.Tyler Bartoszewicz; 15. Jackson Moore; 16. Jaiden Reyna.
The race was marred by one caution, when race leader David Henderson, of Venture Church, made contact with Icenhour’s bus, causing Henderson’s bus to flip on its side racing into Turn 4. Unfazed, Henderson climbed into a backup bus and continued the race, finishing eighth.
Following the restart, Icenhour traded the top spot with Scott Davis of Pitts Baptist Church, before ultimately taking the lead for good with two laps remaining.
“It was a great night. It started out a little shaky, but then I let Jesus take the wheel,” Icenhour said. “This is awesome because it’s my boy’s birthday. He was my good luck charm.”
Davis followed Icenhour across the stripe to finish second, with Don Newman (Memorial United Methodist Church), Jeff Bates (Elevation Church) and Scott Gentry (Motor Racing Outreach) rounding out the Top 5.
Robbie Faggart dominated the Security Force Masters division, taking home his first win of the season. After a quick 20-laps, Jon Craig who was running in second and closing the gap on Faggart, spun out on the frontstretch, bringing out a caution. Craig did not return to the track after the caution, but Faggart continued to lead. Tom Pistone gave Faggart a good run in the final five laps. On the final lap, Faggart lost control in both Turn 1 and Turn 4, but the veteran driver gained control and crossed the finish line, earning himself a trip to Victory Lane. Pistone finished second followed by current points leader Scott Whitaker.
The Masters race also saw former Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan make his 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout debut, where he finished 13th. Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers of All Time in 1998, Irvan is no stranger to the Summer Shootout, where his son, Jared Irvan, is a regular competitor in the Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pro division.
“Other times I’ve run at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I’ve usually run a little bit better,” Irvan said after his race. “I haven’t run anything in 15 years, and I’ve never run these cars. It was just different. I need to do a little bit more of it,” adding that he hopes to be back this summer.
Crouse took home his third consecutive win in the Tuesday night Semi-Pro feature.
The 25-lap race reached its time limit and ended on lap 24 with the race’s sixth caution. The division’s points leader, John Holleman IV, finished 11th after being involved in multiple collisions throughout the race.
Matthew Craig and Devin O’Connell also led laps during the feature, but it was ultimately Crouse who came out victorious. Stevie Johns Jr. took second place and Devin O’Connell finished third.
Other winners included Josh Speas in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division, Daniel Wilk in the Livewell Homes Bandits division, Blaise Brinkly in the Bandolero Outlaw division, Chase Purdy in the Young Lions division and Evan Swilling in the Human Tuning Group Pro division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 14, with the Little Luggies 600. Children ages 4-7 will have the opportunity to race around Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter mile. For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.
Beginner Bandolero (18 laps): 1. Josh Speas; 2. Jason Chapman; 3. Tyler Chapman; 4. Jacob Putnam; 5. Mason Dejarnett; 6. Byers Faunce; 7. Kailey Murray; 8. Conner Jones; 9. Parker Eatmon; 10. Zachary Miracle; 11. Jackson Moore; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 14. Adam Eades; 15. Stanley Hays; 16. Trevor Wester; 17. Jacob Gantz
Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Sheldon Crouse; 2. Stevie Johns Jr.; 3. Devin O’Connell; 4. Conner Pyle; 5. Sprout Royal; 6. Matthew Craig; 7. Taylor Jorgenson; 8. Scott Joy; 9. Jordan Mander; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Hannah Bell; 12. Holden German; 13. John Davis; 14. Jordan Stillwell; 15. Austin Langenstein; 16. Jensen Jorgensen; 17. Enrique Limon; 18. Gus Dean; 19. Craig Biryla; 20. Joshua Plummer
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolin; 4. William Robusto; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Josh Kossek; 8. Leland Honeyman; 9. George Hayes; 10. Dylan Notaro; 11. Steven Chapman; 12. Blaise Maddox; 13. Blake Cisneros; 14. Isabella Robusto; 15. Landon Rapp; 16. Carson Kvapil; 17. Hunter Hutchens
Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps) 1. Blaise Brinkley; 2. Jordan Plummer; 3. Austin Green; 4. Matthew Eades; 5. Trevor Rizzo; 6. Gracie Trotter; 7. Bradyn Mander; 8. Connor Younginer; 9. Matthew Emery; 10. Elysia Potter; 11. Alberto Limon; 12. Ashton Higgins; 13. Justin Taylor; 14. Matthew Davey; 15. Roy Hayes; 16. Liz Montgomery; 17. Seth Henry; 18. Ashley Pantoulas
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Robbie Faggart; 2. Tom Pistone; 3. Scott Whitaker; 4. Bruce Silver; 5. Akinori Ogata; 6. Carl Cormier; 7. Tom Sherman; 8. Chip Ferguson; 9. Ron Mander; 10. Jamie Smith; 11. Jan Ingram; 12. Herman Towe; 13. Ernie Irvan; 14. Charles Parker; 15. Jon Craig.
Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Alex Reese; 3. Ryan Millington; 4. Dawson Cram; 5. Jacob Heafner; 6. Sam Mayer; 7. Carson Pointdexter; 8. Garret Manes; 9. Eddie Fastscher; 10. Jack Fread; 11. Austin Green.
Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group PRO (25 laps): 1. Evan Swilling; 2. Joey Padgett; 3. Jared Irvan; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Michael Torres; 6. Greg Lang; 7. Zane Smith; 8. Josh Williams; 9. Dillon Faggart; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Reid Wilson.
Game 3 of Round 2 in the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs are scheduled today. All but one series have the higher seed with a 2-0 lead in the best of five round. High Point, the number two seed, is tied 1-1 with Winston-Salem.
Rowan County 7 Mocksville-Davie 3
Eastern Randolph 8 Kernersville 5
Randolph County 4 Davidson County 3
Winston-Salem 9 High Point 8
Rowan County is the top seed.
Both Kannapolis Post 115 and Concord Post 51 were eliminated from the Area III American Legion playoffs over the weekend.
Kannapolis split games with Winston-Salem Saturday winning 7-5 and losing 8-5. Post 115 was eliminated in 10 innings Sunday 8-7.
Concord lost 9-2 to Randolph County Friday and was eliminated with a 13-2 loss Sunday.
The second round begins tonight (Monday, July 6). Series are the best of five. The first games begin at the higher seed:
(1) Rowan County vs. (9) Mocksville
(2) High Point vs. (7) Winston-Salem
(3) Eastern Randolph vs. (6) Kernersville
(4) Randolph County vs. (5) Lexington
On Tuesday, July 7, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, local pastors will step down from their pulpits and step on the gas as they race each other in the annual Faster Pastor school bus races at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. The holy men will strap on their helmets and zip up their fire suits as they take to the frontstretch quarter-mile at full speed in these Goliath-like machines for the Faster Pastor championship.
Pastors buckling up to compete include: Buddy Compton, of the Sons of Thunder Ministry; Scott Gentry, of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO); Donnie Icenhour, of Rocky River Church in Concord; Jeff Bates, of Elevation Church in Concord; Alex Kennedy, of Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews; Don Newman, of Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte; David Henderson, of Venture Church in Harrisburg and Scott Davis, of Pitts Baptist Church in Concord.
“It’s always fun to get all of the churches together and get everyone involved in the Summer Shootout. I know a lot of people want tickets to this race, so it’s going to be a fun one,” said Compton. “Just give me a steering wheel and I can take care of the rest.”
“I am really looking forward to regaining my title and my belt back,” said Newman, who won the event in 2014. “More importantly though, I really enjoy the opportunity the kids at church have to get out to the speedway. That makes it all worth while.”
In addition to Tuesday night’s Faster Pastor race, Bandolero and Legend car drivers will crank up the competition as they continue to battle for the championship title of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, the most preeminent Legend Car Series in the nation.
Also the Charlotte Motor Speedway Play Zone will be open and will feature bounce houses, face painting and interactive games at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van.
Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children ages 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8. Fans are also encouraged to visit local Bojangles’ to receive a $2 off coupon.
Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the race. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
In addition to the weekly highlight shows on MAVTV, fans can watch live action through a pay-per-view via Performance Racing Network and Speed51.com for just $14.99 per night. For more details or to purchase a pay-per-view subscription for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit (www.goprn.com).
CONCORD, N.C. – There were fireworks on and off the track during Round 5 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series as intense racing and Fourth of July festivities entertained a huge crowd Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Wilk and Scott Whitaker were among the seven feature winners of the night, which marked the halfway point of the season.
Whitaker dominated in the Security Force Masters division feature and took home his first win of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series season. Ron Mander was the polesitter for the 25-lap race and led until lap 3, when Whitaker took the lead on the backstretch. The race’s single caution took place on lap 13 between Tom Pistone and Robbie Faggart, who were battling for the second position and made contact in Turn 1. Jon Craig restarted on the outside and took the lead from Whitaker off Turn 2, but Whitaker was able to reclaim the lead and cruised on to victory. Carl Cormier finished behind Whitaker and Bruce Silver took third.
Wilk, driver in the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits division, continued his winning streak as he claimed a feature victory for the fifth time this season. It didn’t take Wilk very long to find himself in the top five, and on lap 14 he took the lead away from DJ Canipe outside of Turn 2. The last five laps in this 20-lap race was smooth sailing for Wilk, who continues to prove his dominance at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Wilk was followed by Carson Kvapil and William Robusto, respectively.
Other winners included Josh Speas in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division, Ashton Higgins in the Bandolero Outlaw division, Jared Irvan in the Legend Car Pro division, Chase Purdy in the Legend Car Young Lions division and Sheldon Crouse in the Legend Car Semi-Pro division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 7, with the Faster Pastor exhibition race. Local pastors will leave it all on the track as they race school buses to determine which pastor is faster at the intermission of the night’s thrilling Legend Car and Bandolero action.
For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.
Beginner Bandolero Bandits (17 laps): 1. Josh Speas; 2. Parker Eatmon; 3. Mason Dejarnett; 4. Zachary Miracle; 5. Autumn Weaver; 6. Jacob Gantz; 7. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 8. David Selvik; 9. Stanley Hays; 10. Jake Putman; 11. Jaiden Reyna.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. Carson Kvapil; 3. William Robusto; 4. Josh Kossek; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Blake Cisneros; 7. Landon Rapp; 8. Dylan Notaro; 9. Leland Honeyman; 10. Isabella Robusto; 11. Tommy Good; 12. George Hayes; 13. DJ Canipe; 14. Hunter Hutchens; 15. Cameron Bolen; 16. Maddox Blaize.
Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pros (25 laps): 1. Jared Irvan; 2. Greg Lang; 3. Zane Smith; 4. Michael Torres; 5. Jordan Black; 6. Evan Swilling; 7. Joey Padgett; 8. Reid Wilson; 9. Dillon Faggart; 10. Alex Murray.
Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Austin Powell; 3. Austin Geer; 4. Connor Younginer; 5. Tristan Lesik; 6. Liz Montgomery; 7. Gracie Trotter; 8. Seth Henry; 9. Blaise Brinkley; 10. Jordan Plummer; 11. Trevor Rizzo; 12. Bradyn Mander; 13. Adam Levin; 14. Hudgins Gauntt; 15. Roy Hayes; 16. Elysia Potter; 17. Ashley Pantoulas; 18. Matthew Eades; 19. Matthew Davey; 20. Alberto Limon; 21. Matthew Emery
Security Force Legend Car Masters (25 laps): 1. Scott Whitaker; 2. Carl Cormier; 3. Bruce Silver; 4. Robbie Faggart; 5. Tom Pistone; 6. Jon Craig; 7. Ron Mander; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Chip Ferguson; 10. Jamie Smith; 11. Herman Towe
Legend Car Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Austin Green; 3. Jacob Heafner; 4. Alex Reece; 5. Ryan Millington; 6. Eddie Fatscher; 7. Sam Mayer; 8. Dawson Cram; 9. Conner Snow; 10. Alex McCollom; 11. Carson Pointdexter; 12. Garrett Manes; 13. Jack Fread; 14. Ryo Ogata
Legend Car Semi-Pro (20 laps): 1. Sheldon Crouse; 2. Jordan Stillwell; 3. John Holleman IV; 4. Austin Langenstein; 5. Jensen Jorgensen; 6. Brad Lowmaster; 7. Joshua Plummer; 8. Taylor Jorgensen; 9. Conner Pyle; 10. Scott Joy; 11. Matthew Craig; 12. Stevie Johns Jr.; 13. Sprout Royal; 14. Craig Biryle; 15. Jordan Mander; 16. Hannah Bell; 17. Devin O’Connell; 18. John Davis; 19. Enrique Limon
Joe Howard started on the front row and grabbed the lead in Turn 1 and never looked back in his debut the Media Mayhem school bus race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. Read about all the races and the results.
Watch the Independent Tribune video about Mark Plemmons’ attempt at bus racing.
A new Dean Smith Award has been established and the award and scholarship program begins next October. Here is the ACC Digital Network’s report including Coach Roy Williams.
The Pigskin Preview Luncheon will be held on July 23 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Registration starts at 11:00AM and program will commence at 11:30AM.
The inside scoop on the upcoming college football season will be shared by those that know best…..Duke’s David Cutcliffe, East Carolina Ruffin McNeill, North Carolina Central University Jerry Mack, North Carolina State University Dave Doeren and University of North Carolina Larry Fedora.
Sponsorships and tickets are now available. For payment information visit www.nffbilldooleychapter.org
There will be an opportunity to ask a question via the website, www.nffbilldooleychapter.org, “Contact Us” form. The emcee, WRAL Jeff Gravley, will randomly select questions for the five coaches to answer at the event.
NFFCHOF BILL DOOLEY CHAPTER:
On August 23, 1995, Coach Bill Dooley, one of the “winningest” coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference history, invited Athletic Directors, Coaches and Representatives from the University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina Central and North Carolina State University to join him and NC Governor, Jim Hunt, at the State Capitol Old Senate Chambers. It was at that meeting that the universities pledged their support to the newly formed NFFCHOF Chapter and its mission.
Since its inception, Executive Director Bill Dooley has worked to promote chapter growth. In 2012 East Carolina University joined the Chapter. In 2014, the NFFCHOF Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the chapter after its founder. Today the Bill Dooley Chapter ranks as the largest in the country.
NFFCHOF BILL DOOLEY CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET:
Each year the Chapter awards up to 38 scholarships to high school football student athletes in Wake, Orange, Durham and Pitt counties. This year is the 20th year of honoring these young men.