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Racing at Concord Speedway

Racing returns to the big track at Concord
Racing returns to the big track at Concord

The CARS Tour brings to two close points races to Concord Speedway Saturday with only three races left in the season.

 

Concord Speedway fall schedule 8-27-15

Short track racing

 Mid-week racing at Carolina Speedway

shrine 100 info

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.

Summer Shootout champions crowned

Jordan Black, Tom Pistone, Sheldon Crouse, Chase Purdy, Daniel Wilk and Ashton Higgins took home championships  at the Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series - Charlotte Motor Speedway photo by John Davison
Jordan Black, Tom Pistone, Sheldon Crouse, Chase Purdy, Daniel Wilk and Ashton Higgins took home championships at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series – Charlotte Motor Speedway photo by John Davison

Concord Speedway cranks back up

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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

 

Racing, baseball finals

N.C. American Legion Baseball Tournament

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.

Summer Shootout Rounds 9 & 10 Monday and Tuesday

Racing from earlier this season - CMS Photo by John Davison
Racing from earlier this season – CMS Photo by John Davison
CONCORD, N.C. – Fireworks will take place on and off the track this Tuesday as the 22nd annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series season comes to an end. The final rounds of racing action will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. Fans will have the opportunity to see two nights of action-packed U.S. Legend Car and Bandolero racing as the drivers battle on the frontstretch quarter-mile for the final time this season. The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series will conclude with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza following Tuesday night’s activities.
Myers versus Ferguson
A special “pavement vs. dirt” match race will take place Tuesday night between Bowman Gray Stadium modified star Burt Myers and World of Outlaws Late Model standout Chris Ferguson. Both drivers will be competing in Legend Cars and will race head-to-head to the checkered flag.
“I love racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway and I have a lot of luck here,” said Myers. He added, “I think it will be fun to compete against a dirt racer. I grew up being taught that dirt was for farming and asphalt was for racing.”
Chris Ferguson is excited to bring his talent off dirt and onto asphalt. “I love racing at Charlotte on The Dirt Track and now being able to race on pavement will be fun,” Ferguson said.
“I’ve seen Burt race at the Madhouse and I am looking forward to showing all the fans the madness we can have in these Legend Cars,” Ferguson added.

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.

In the Security Force Masters division, Scott Whitaker leads two-time division champion Tom Pistone by only two points. Carl Cormier is third in the standings, and only trails Whitaker by 10 points. In the Legend Car Young Lions division, Chase Purdy is seeking his first Summer Shootout Series championship title and leads second-place Dawson Cram by 35 points.
In the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandit division, Daniel Wilk is aided by his seven-week winning streak and has a strong lock on the championship title. Bandolero Outlaws division leader Ashton Higgins also looks to secure his first championship with a big lead over his competitors.
Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8. Fans can visit local Bojangles’ to receive a $2 off coupon for grandstand admission.
Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the race. Parking is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by 10 p.m.
In addition to 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 broadcast for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit http://www.goprn.com.

 

Legion ball, 49ers football

Rowan hosts State Legion Tournament

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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.

Charlotte 49ers set to play C-USA football

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.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in the home stretch

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

Shootout Round 7, American Legion playoffs

Wilk wins 7th in a row at Shootout

One of the Scenes from Round 7 of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series. CMS Photo/John Davison - See more at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,photo_gallery/cat_id,51400?sf_id=25437#sthash.etJlv2Lj.dpuf
One of the Scenes from Round 7 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, the Little Luggies 600 – CMS Photo/John Davison
CONCORD, N.C.  – The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is nearing the end of the season and the battles for victories are heating up at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Wilk took home his seventh consecutiveLiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits division win as Jordan Black and Stevie Johns Jr. were also among the evening’s winners during Round 7 of the prestigious grassroots racing series.
The Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group Pro division gave the crowd a thrilling feature with a total of six leaders throughout the 25-lap race. Black took home the win, his third of the season, after fighting his way from fourth to the front of the line.
Dillon Faggart led most of the race, but after being clipped by Evan Swilling in Turn 2 of lap 14, he lost his place and fell back to sixth. Swilling and Joey Padgett battled it out for first place, until Padgett’s car began leaking oil, bringing out the second caution. Once Padgett retired from the race and the track was cleared, Black worked his way around Swilling and found himself in victory lane. Austin Hill and Michael Torres finished second and third respectively.
Johns Jr. took the checkered flag in the 25-lap Semi-Pro feature. Conner Pyle started on the pole, but the yellow flag came out on lap 1 after Austin Langenstein went sideways in Turn 4. Johns Jr. took the lead from Pyle on lap 6 and Pyle continued to fade from the front.
The battles at the head of the pack heated up as the race wore on.Johns Jr. and Devin O’Connell battled back and forth for the majority of the race, but it was a four-car fight for the win in the final two laps between Johns Jr., O’Connell, Sheldon Crouse and John Holleman IV. Johns Jr. would come out on top as O’Connell took second place, Holleman IV took third and Crouse finished fourth.
Wilk, in the LiveWell Homes Bandits division, continues to have a spectacular season, winning all seven rounds of racing so far this season. Other winners of the night included Jacob Gantz in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division, Roy Hayes in the Outlaw division, John Craig in the Security Force Masters division and Chase Purdy in the Young Lions division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 21, with the First Responder Night. Fans can join in honoring local police, firefighters and EMS as they beat and bang 13-ton school buses around the frontstretch quarter-mile in the final school bus race of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout season. In addition, fans can watch a full slate of action-packed Legend Car and Bandolero racing. 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.

Unofficial Results:

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.

Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group PRO (25 laps): 1. Jordan Black; 2. Austin Hill; 3. Michael Torres; 4. Alex Murray; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Dillon Faggart; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Drew Brown; 9. Joey Padgett; 10. Reid Wilson; 11. Greg Lang
Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Stevie Johns Jr.; 2. Devin O’Connell; 3. John Holleman IV; 4. Sheldon Crouse; 5. Gus Dean; 6. Jordan Stillwell; 7. Conner Pyle; 8. Matthew Craig; 9. Scott Joy; 10. Taylor Jorgenson; 11. Craig Biryla; 12. Enrique Limon; 13. Austin Langenstein; 14. Hannah Bell; 15. Jonathan Wessel; 16. Sprout Royal; 17. Jensen Jorgensen
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. Cameron Bolin; 3. DJ Canipe; 4. Carson Kvapil; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Isabella Robusto; 7. Tommy Good; 8. Josh Kossek; 9. William Robusto; 10. Leland Honesyman; 11. Steven Chapman; 12. Blake Cisneros; 13. Josh Speas; 14. Dylan Notaro; 15. Landon Rapp; 16. George Hayes
Outlaws (18 laps): 1. Roy Hayes; 2. Gracie Trotter; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Austin Geer; 5. Austin Powell; 6. Trevor Rizzo; 7. Liz Montgomery; 8. Tristan Lesik; 9. Matthew Eades; 10. Blaise Brinkley; 11. Seth Henry; 12. Corey Gordon; 13. Ashley Pantoulas; 14. Alberto Limon; 15. Elysia Potter; 16. Matthew Davey; 17. Speedy Nelson; 18. Ashton Higgins; 19. Nick MacMillan
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Jon Craig; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Robbie Faggart; 5. Bruce Silver; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Akinori Ogata; 8. Tom Sherman; 9. Ernie Irvan; 10. Jan Ingram; 11. Danny Cisson; 12. Herman Towe; 13. Dwayne Holder; 14. Ron Mander; 15. Craig Bruce; 16. Jamie Smith; 17. Tom Pistone
Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Alex Reece; 3. Dawson Cram; 4. Jacob Heafner; 5. Eddie Fatscher; 6. Garret Mames; 7. Carson Pointdexter; 8. Austin Green; 9. Ryan Millington; 10. Sam Mayer; 11. Mason Diaz; 12. Jack Fread.

American Legion playoffs continue in Round 3

Eastern Randolph beat High Point 13-9 and Rowan County topped Randolph County 9-1 in the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs Tuesday. Both series continue tonight
Eastern Randolph is up 2-0, while Rowan’s lead is 2-1. Both series are Best of Five.
The winners play for the Area III championship.

Shootout tonight at CMS, Crossroads coming

Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels highlights the night

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CONCORD, N.C. ) – NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth set the pole speed for this year’s Coca-Cola 600 at 194.252 mph. On Tuesday, youngsters will put their battery-powered machines to the test as they compete on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile at speeds nearing a blistering five mph, as Legend Car and Bandolero drivers at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout clear the track for children ages 4-7 to compete in the Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels race.
This single-lap event allows future Bojangles’ Summer Shootout competitors to experience the thrill of racing on the same track as their NASCAR idols. The 190-mph difference between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and the Power Wheels machines won’t matter to the screaming moms, dads, friends and family as they cheer for their favorite tiny racers in mini Mustangs, Junior Jeeps and little lawn tractors.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series gives fans the opportunity to watch the best grassroots racers in the country do battle in seven Legend Car and Bandolero divisions. The series provides the area’s most affordable family fun and excitement, plus the opportunity to see NASCAR’s future superstars.
Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and David Ragan are among the wheelmen who raced as teenagers in a Legend Car.
Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8. Fans can 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. Gates open at 5 p.m. with action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by 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.

Two-wheel racing coming to the Piedmont

Cycling in Salisbury, Mocksvile, Asheboro and Statesville
Cycling in Salisbury, Mocksvile, Asheboro and Statesville

 

Shootout Round 6: Faggart, Crouse win

Donnie Icenhour is the Faster Pastor

Semi-Pro drivers race side-by-side on a restart during Round 6 of the Bojangles\' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison photo - See more at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,photo_gallery/cat_id,51400?sf_id=25402#sthash.hN9Xx8nX.dpuf
Semi-Pro drivers race side-by-side on a restart during Round 6 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
CMS/John Davison photo
CONCORD, N.C. – Local pastors took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Donnie Icenhour of Rocky River Church scored the win for the Faster Pastor race in the sixth round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Sheldon Crouse and Robbie Faggart were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events.
In the most action-packed school bus slobberknocker of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout season, Icenhour steered his five-ton bus past the competition and into Victory Lane to claim the title of Faster Pastor Tuesday night.

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.

Unofficial Results:
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.

Area III Legion Playoffs continue

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.

Tuesday scores

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.

Playoffs: Kannapolis, Concord eliminated

Legion Round 2 begins today

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

I’s Almonte SAL Pitcher of the Week

Kannapolis Intimidators photo
Kannapolis Intimidators photo
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Kannapolis Intimidators starting pitcher Yency Almonte has been named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 29-July 5 following his near no-hitter on Independence Day. 
Almonte held Augusta hitless two outs into the ninth inning on July 4 at Lake Olmstead Stadium, finishing his outing after a career-long 8 and 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one walk while matching his career-high of six strikeouts to earn a win in the Intimidators’ 1-0 shutout of the GreenJackets. 
Almonte, 21, retired 18 straight batters from the third inning into the ninth before Augusta’s Jeremy Sy broke up the gem with a two-out base hit up the middle in the home half of the final frame. The right-hander pitcher improved to 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA (32 ER/68.2 IP) in 13 games (12 starts) for Kannapolis this season.
The Miami native has also earned a win with High-A Winston-Salem in one out in the Carolina League.  The weekly plaudit is the first for Almonte this season and the third by an Intimidators pitcher in 2015.
Almonte joins former Intimidator Jordan Guerrero who twice earned SAL Pitcher of the Week honors (April 9-19 and May 11-18) before the White Sox promoted Guerrero to Winston-Salem.
Behind Almonte’s 8 and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, Kannapolis won its league-leading 10th shutout of 2015, tied for fifth-most in all of full-season Minor League Baseball. Almonte also set a franchise record for the longest no-hit outing in Intimidators history, coming one out shy of the team’s first ever 9-inning no-hitter. Three of the four Kannapolis gems since 2001 have been 7-inning contests as part of doubleheaders, and last season Thad Lowry spun a rain-shortened 5-inning no-hitter at the West Virginia Power.
Kannapolis continues this season-long nine-game road trip with game three of four against the GreenJackets on Monday at 7:05 p.m. as RHP Spencer Adams (4-4, 3.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Intimidators against Augusta’s RHP Sam Coonrod (5-2, 2.63 ERA). The Intimidators return home on Tuesday, July 14, for a seven-game home stand against Hagerstown and Lakewood.  For ticket and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout continues Tuesday

Charlotte Motor Speedway photo
Charlotte Motor Speedway photo

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).

Keep up with all the latest news from the speedway by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by downloading the new Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

 

Legion playoffs on the line, Shootout fireworks

Mooresville at the Kannapolis Reds

Fireworks on and off the track at Summer Shootout

Scott Whitaker and Daniel Wilk were among the feature winners in Round 5 of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series, which was highlighted by a gigantic Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. CMS Photo/John Davison - See more at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,photo_gallery/cat_id,51400?sf_id=25373#sthash.oEByahGC.dpuf
Scott Whitaker and Daniel Wilk were among the feature winners in Round 5 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, which was highlighted by a gigantic Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza.
CMS Photo/John Davison
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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.

 

Unofficial Results:

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

 

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The new Dean Smith Award

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.

13th Annnual Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview

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.