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Media Mayhem at Summer Shootout

I’m putting down the microphone and pen and climbing into a school bus for Tuesday’s slobber-knocker at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This should be interesting. Many of you know that I am a cautious driver, but I plan to stand on it and turn left

Mark Plemmons

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Area media members will be making headlines on Tuesday, as they get the buses rolling in the Media Mayhem School Bus Race during round four of the BojanglesSummer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The smack talk is circulating amongst the media as they prepare to bring the heat to this year’s 13-ton-machine battle. “I’m heading for first. It is time to kick the TV people out of the spotlight,” said on-air host Chris Rozak from radio station 106.5 The End.

2014 Media Mayhem School Bus Race Champion and Time Warner Cable News meteorologist Matthew East will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway to defend his title. “The view from the mountaintop is gorgeous. Many try to get up here. Only one is sitting here though, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Get your popcorn ready, cause I’m going to put on a show,” said East.

Other media members that will be competing include Brandon Davidow from WCCB; Danny Harnden of WGHP; Ashley Stroehlein from WBTV; Gerald Jackson from WCNC; Lawrence Gilligan of WSOC; and Mark Plemmons from The Independent Tribune.

Studios and Sports departments are drama-filled as the media members prepare to shift gears from reporting to racing.

“Even though I have no prior experience driving a school bus, Mr. East better watch his back,” said rookie driver Mark Plemmons.

Brushing off the smack talk from others, East boasted, “When you are the defending race champion, you hear a lot of chatter from the other competitors. Chatter doesn’t bother me. It’s understandable.”

Tuesday’s Media Mayhem School Bus race is just one of many exciting races that will take place during the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. The series gives fans the opportunity to watch the best grassroots racers from around the country doing battle in seven Legend Car and Bandolero divisions. With the area’s most affordable family fun, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the place to be on Tuesday nights.

Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children ages 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8. With interactive games, concessions, souvenirs, a kids’ play area and all the on-track thrills, Charlotte Motor Speedway packs each night with entertainment galore. Starting Monday, June 22, check your local Bojangles’ for 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.

For tickets to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

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

Shootout wins for Honeyman, Hugo; football news

Leland Honeyman pumps his fist in celebration after winning the Beginner Bandolero race during Tuesday night\'s second round of the Bojangles\' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison
Leland Honeyman pumps his fist in celebration after winning the Beginner Bandolero race during Tuesday night’s second round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison

CONCORD, N.C. (June 16, 2015) – Charlotte-area mascots took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Hugo the Hornet scored the win in the third round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Devin O’Connell and Daniel Wilk were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events on Tuesday night.

Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, was defeated in the Mascot Mania go-kart race as Hugo the Hornet took home the win in the furriest feature of the evening. The Charlotte Hornets mascot paced the field for most of the race, crossing the line ahead of RevPar of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau in second and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers in third.

Rounding out the field was Big Stuff from Winthrop University, Blue from Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse, Bo from Bojangles’, Norm the Niner from UNC Charlotte, Lug Nut, Chubby Checker with the Charlotte Checkers and Tim E. Gator from the Kannapolis Intimidators.

O’Connell raced his way to the checkered flag in Tuesday night’s Semi-Pro feature. After reaching the 20-minute time limit, the 25-lap race was called after lap 11. Joe Graf Jr. was the leader for the first six laps of the race while O’Connell battled neck-and-neck with Sheldon Crouse before taking the second position. O’Connell was able to take the lead from Graf on lap 7 prior to a wreck in Turn 3 involving Riley Herbst and held on to the top spot after the caution, cruising to the victory. Crouse and Jensen Jorgensen finished second and third, respectively.

There was a tough start for the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits feature Tuesday evening as multiple cautions marred the beginning of the race. There were fierce battles between Wilk, DJ Canipe and Cameron Bolen throughout the 20-lap feature, but it would be Wilk who crossed the line to win his third race of the season. Canipe finished second, followed by Bolen.

Other winners included Leland Honeyman in the Beginner Bandits division, Michael Torres in the Legend Car Pro division, Ashton Higgins in the Bandolero Outlaws division, Ryan Millington in the Young Lions division and Tom Pistone in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division.

The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 23, with Media Mayhem. Media members will take to the track in what has become one of the most fiercely contested and highly anticipated school bus races of the summer. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch their favorite local media personality’s search for a victory, alongside the Legend and Bandolero cars on the front-stretch 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.

The unofficial results:

Beginner Bandolero (16 laps): 1. Leland Honeyman; 2. Mason Dejarnett; 3. Landon Rapp; 4. Stanley Hays; 5. Carson Fisher; 6. David Selvik; 7. Josh Speas; 8. Jacob Gantz; 9. Jake Putman; 10. Trevor Westor

Disqualified: Autumn Weaver; Tyler Bartoszewicz

Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Ryan Millington; 2. Chase Purdy; 3. Dawson Cram; 4. Alex Reece; 5. Jacob Heafner; 6. Austin Green; 7. Eddie Fatscher; 8. Jack Fread; 9. Ryo Ogata; 10. Garrett Manes; 11. Conner Snow; 12. Justin Taylor

Pro (25 laps): 1. Michael Torres; 2. Dylan Faggart; 3. Carson Ferguson; 4. Joey Padgett; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Zane Smith; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Greg Lang; 9. Jordan Black; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Reid Wilson; 12. Josh Williams

Outlaws (16 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Trevor Rizzo; 3. Austin Powell; 4. Mathew Davey; 5. Blaise Brinkley; 6. Matthew Emery; 7. Jordan Plummer; 8. Liz Montgomery; 9. Seth Henry; 10. Elysia Potter; 11. Gracie Trotter; 12. Matthew Eades; 13. Austin Geer; 14. Roy Hayes; 15. Enrique Limon; 16. John Legg; 17. Tristan Lesik

Legend Car Semi-Pro (11 laps): 1. Devin O’Connell; 2. Sheldon Crouse; 3. Jensen Jorgensen; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Conner Pyle; 6. Scott Joy; 7. Sprout Royal; 8. Riley Herbest; 9. Joe Graf Jr.; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Stevie Johns Jr.; 13. Andrew Farraah; 14. Jeremy Fuller; 15. Joshua Plummer; 16. Craig Biryla; 17. Taylor Jorgensen; 18. Enrique Limon; Joe Gregory.

LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolen; 4. William Robusto; 5. Carson Kvapil; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Isabella Robusto; 8. Mini Tyrell; 9. Bryson Ruff; 10. Ryan Israel; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Hunter Hutchens; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. George Hayes; 16. Josh Kossek.

Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Mark Green; 4.Tom Sherman; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Jamie Smith; 10. Dan Keaton; 11. Herman Towe; 12. Rom Mander

Disqualified: Robbie Faggart

ASN to broadcast six 49ers Games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — The Charlotte 49ers, who will make their debut on the FBS level as a member of Conference USA this fall, will have the bulk of their games available to televised audiences across the nation as part of their extensive television package.

The American Sports Network (ASN), a Conference USA television partner that distributes games throughout the country, has selected and assigned game times for six 49ers games.  Clearance information for individual ASN games will be available as game dates approach.  ASN selected three 49ers home games and three road games for its television package.  Four other 49ers games had already been selected for national broadcast by ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and FOX networks.  All six of the 49ers home games have been selected by a C-USA television partner.

ASN will produce the 49ers home opener vs. Presbyterian, Sept. 12 at 12 noon; the 49ers first C-USA home game vs. FAU,Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.; and the 49ers Homecoming game, vs. Southern Miss on Oct. 24 at 12 noon.  ASN will also broadcast road games at Old Dominion (Oct. 17; 3:30 p.m.), at FIU (Nov. 7; 12 noon) and at Rice (Nov. 28; 3:30 p.m.).

Charlotte will have its season-opener at Georgia State televised on ESPNU, Friday, Sept. 4 at 3:30.  The 49ers will host Temple, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game televised by CBS Sports Network.  Two conference games: vs. Marshall, Oct. 31 and vs. UTSA, Nov. 14 will be televised on a to-be-determined FOX network with games times yet to be set.  The television details for the 49ers road games at Middle Tennessee and Kentucky have not been released yet.

Union Power joins Gridiron Clash

The source for football news in Union County
The source for football news in Union County

MONROE, N.C. – Union Power Cooperative is the new title sponsor for the The Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash presented by ESPN Radio 730 AM set for Sept. 4 and 5.

151 Sports Marketing made the announcement Tuesday. The four-game high school football series will be held at Monroe High School’s stadium.

“This showcase demonstrates Union Power’s continued commitment to our local schools,” said Greg Andress, executive vice president and general manager of Union Power. “Union Power awards more than $35,000 each year to local students and teachers through  Bright Ideas educational grants, college scholarships and the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Union Power is pleased to be a part of this and other events that benefit the students and teachers in our communities.”

Here are this year’s games:

Friday, Sept. 4

Pinecrest versus Cuthbertson 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 5

South Mecklenburg versus Porter Ride noon

Charlotte Christian versus Weddington 4 p.m.

Hunter Huss versus Monroe 8 p.m.

Battle for Bell on live TV

Time Warner will be broadcasting the annual Battle for the Bell live Thursday, Aug. 20, from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. It will be part of the Great American Rivalries Series.

The Independent Tribune has all the details about this year’s game and the broadcast.

Concord has beaten A.L. Brown in the last three straight games.


Hemric’s big weekend, Summer Shootout starts

Daniel Hemric wins in Georgia

Daniel Hemric wins in Southern Super Series
Daniel Hemric wins in Southern Super Series

A flat tire kept Daniel Hemric out of Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Friday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He finished ninth. Undeterred, Hemric and company headed to Georgia for the Southern Series and beat Chase Elliott others to take the super late model win.

Race observers said Hemric’s battle with Elliott was one of the best late model races in recent memory.

It was Hemric’s second win in the SSS this season in seven races. He is third in the points 38 points back of leader Casey Smith. Donnie Wilson is second 35 points back.

Hemric is currently seventh in the Camping World Truck Series standing, 94 points back of Matt Crafton, the leader. The trucks race again Saturday at the Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Tuesday

School gets out week for summer, but local principals will be hard at work racing their way to the front of the field as Charlotte Motor Speedway kicks off  the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout with Principal School Bus Racing on the frontstretch quarter-mile Tuesday. In addition, fans will be treated to a full slate of Legend and Bandolero racing as the most competitive field of racers from across the country converge on the epicenter of motorsports.


Huffman wins in Hickory late models

Landon Huffman won Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway, again battling with Dexter Canipe Jr. Canipe won the race last week.

Check out complete results at Hickory Motor Speedway here.



Concord Speedway wraps up the spring season, Hickory point standings

Congratulations to the Concord Speedway Midseason Championship Winners….
Beginner Bandits
1. 52 Brandon Gantz 292 points
2. 54 Joshua Speas 290 points
3. 4 Byers Faunce 230 points
1. 90 Daniel Wilk 400 points
2. 99 Clayton Thompson 373 points
3. 55 Isabella Robusto 358 points
1. 9 Ashton Higgins 397 points
2. 19 Liz Montgomery 364 points
2. 08 Matthew Eades 364 points
3. 11 Gracie Trotter 242 points
Young Lions
1.14 Vincent Midas 361 points
2. 8 Chase Purdy 279 points
3. 4 Ryo Ogata 179 points
Open Class Legends
1. 19 Alex Urbina Jr. 382 points
2. 22 Dwayne Holder 361 points
3. 50 Todd Midas 356 points
Everyone listed above will receive their trophies on August 21st when Concord kicks off the Fall Series.

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Bojangles’ Summer Shootout begins June 9

School may be out for summer, but local principals will be hard at work racing their way to the front of the field as Charlotte Motor Speedway kicks off the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout with Principal School Bus Racing on the frontstretch quarter-mile. In addition, fans will be treated to a full slate of Legend and Bandolero racing as the most competitive field of racers from across the country converge on the epicenter of motorsports.

southern ideal home show 2015

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Hickory Motor Speedway standings (through June 3)

Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC 176
2 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC 166
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC 164
4 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC 158
5 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC 156
6 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC 148
7 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC 144
8 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC 144
9 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC 108
10 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC 108
11 9 Shane Canipe Hldebran, NC 48
12 79M Matt Elledge , 44
13 07M Philip McLean Hickory, NC 38
14 31 Dwayne Dean Thomasville, NC 38
15 10 Tim Canipe Maiden, NC 30
Classic Sportsman Racing
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC 144
2 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC 140
3 4B Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC 138
4 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC 88
5 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC 82
6 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC 76
7 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC 48
8 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC 44
9 95 Tim Gilbert Newton, NC 42
10 60 Wayne Mullins Clintwood, VA 0
Late Model
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC 362
2 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC 348
3 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC 346
4 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC 312
5 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC 240
6 4D Natalie Decker , 204
7 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN 194
8 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC 192
9 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC 182
10 01C,01J Jake  Crum Statesville, NC 122
11 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC 120
12 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC 120
13 5B Wes Burton Kannapolis, NC 80
14 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC 78
15 82E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY 66
16 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC 66
17 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC 50
18 5F Michael Faulk Huntersville, NC 48
19 67H Jacob Harrell Belmont, NC 46
20 31F Camden Francis Piedmont, SC 40
21 21 Emilee Riley Jasper, GA 34
22 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC 34
23 6C Collin Cabre Thonotosassa, Fl 34
24 47 Coleman Pressley Asheville, NC 32
25 59S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC 30
26 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC 28
27 4H Dylan Hall Greenville, SC 28
28 33C Kevan Combs Oak Ridge, NC 26
29 97G Lance Gatlin Morristown, TN 26
30 60 Justin Fontaine Fletcher, NC 24
31 63 Christian PaHud Harrisburg, NC 20
Limited Late Model
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC 332
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC 328
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC 326
4 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC 318
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC 290
6 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC 264
7 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC 198
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC 190
9 29R Jake Ruggles (R) Kannapolis, NC 158
10 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC 148
11 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC 144
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC 132
13 7W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC 128
14 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC 120
15 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC 112
16 15C Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT 94
17 48 Spencer Boyd Concord, NC 90
18 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC 80
19 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC 78
20 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC 74
21 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC 72
22 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC 66
23 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC 56
24 2W Bradley Weaver Shelby, NC 56
25 99P Austin Powell Concord, NC 52
26 19A Adam Congrove Hilton Head, SC 42
27 43P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC 38
28 54B Kenneth Brooks Concord, NC 38
29 27H Coy Beard Lexington, NC 32
30 47 Berklee Jimenez San Antonio, TX 24
31 14 Brandon Cox Taylorsville, NC 22
32 10K Derek Kale Claremont, NC 20
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC 240
2 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC 232
3 6,6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC 220
4 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC 212
5 57 Ray Triplett (R) Lenoir, NC 210
6 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC 196
7 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC 178
8 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC 136
9 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC 118
10 27 Jon  Averre Conover, NC 102
11 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC 76
Street Stocks
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC 374
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC 360
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA 326
4 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC 310
5 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC 294
6 23 Brendan Doyle (R) Harrisburg, NC 284
7 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC 278
8 44 Andrew Moss (R) Hendersonville, NC 218
9 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC 208
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC 148
11 32H David Harrell Newton, NC 144
12 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC 142
13 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC 138
14 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC 124
15 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC 124
16 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC 72
17 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC 62
18 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC 50
19 17C Clint Campbell Denver, NC 34
20 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC 32
21 74S Steven Smith Lincolnton, NC 30
22 75G J Danny Gibson Candler, NC 24
Super Trucks
Pos Car No Driver Hometown Points
1 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC 144
2 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC 140
3 09,09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC 132
4 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC 122
5 25H Allen Huffman Hickory, NC 116
6 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC 84
7 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC 82
8 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC 70
9 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC 70
10 15H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC 46
11 7 Ryan Glenski , 46
12 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC 44
13 33C Dawson Cram , 36
14 05T Tony Black Lexington, NC 34
15 44 Bruce Frisbee Marion, NC 32

Smith, Conner win with racing return to Concord

Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead following contact between leaders Roger Lee Newton and Jeff Fultz with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway. Smith’s victory came in the first race back at the venerable half-mile speedway in nearly three years.

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“I don’t know how I won this one, I told them on the radio ‘I don’t know how I’m going pass them, but I’m going to figure out a way to get by’,” said Smith in victory lane afterwards. “To be honest, I kinda saw it coming because they [Newton and Fultz] were running so close. We didn’t qualify great, but we were consistent and I knew we would be good in the race. And, luckily we were.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer scorched the half-mile triangular speedway with an average lap speed of over 116 miles per hour. Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would start third behind Roger Lee Newton and Tate Fogleman.
Newton jumped to a quick lead at the start, but Ryan Moore and Corey Lajoie were the two cars on the move in the early going. After starting 20th, Moore made his way around Brandon Ward and into the top 10 on lap 34. Just two laps later, 11th place starter Lajoie passed Spencer Davis to move into the top five.

On the final restart, Moore, who was running third at the time, spun entering turn one collecting Ward and Matt Craig. Smith led the rest of the way to claim the win over Fultz, Davis, Jared Irvan, and Fogleman. Rounding out the top 10 were Peltier, Newton, Derek Scott, Jr., Campbell, and Trevor Noles.

Kodie Conner led all 50 laps to take his 4th PASS Pro Late Model win of the season over Austin Thompson, Adam Welch, Chandler Smith, and Ryan Krachun.

Sonny Schofen took the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock win over a 25 car starting field with Bryan Thomas and Gary Ledbetter completing the top three.

Burt Myers held off his brother, Jason, for his third KOMA Unwind Modified Madness win of the season.

The PASS South Super Late Models hit the track again for 150 laps on Saturday, June 6 at South Boston Speedway, along with Twin 75s for the NASCAR Late Model Stocks and action for the USAC Eastern Midgets and Legends.

Super late models Top 10

1) 77 – Zane Smith – 125 Laps
2) 54x – Jeff Fultz – 125
3) 129 – Spencer Davis- 125
4) 28 – Jared Irvan – 125
5) 8f – Tate Fogleman – 125
6) 74x – Preston Peltier – 125
7) 33 – Roger Lee Newton – 125
8) 01 – Derek Scott Jr.- 125
9) 12 – Garrett Campbell – 125
10) 2 – Trevor Noles – 125
11) 62 – Brandon Ward – 125

Pro Late Models Top 5

1) 45 – Kodie Conner – 50 Laps
2) 2 – Austin Thompson – 50
3) 71 – Adam Welch – 50
4) 26 – Chandler Smith- 50
5) 29 – Ryan Krachun – 50

World of Outlaws at The Dirt Track

Summer Shootout returns for 21st season

CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2015) – For more than two decades, the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway has served as a training ground for grassroots racers hoping to rise through the ranks to NASCAR’s premier series.
Several current NASCAR drivers who got their start on the frontstretch quarter-mile were on hand Thursday to help U.S. Legends Car International officials roll out plans for the 21st annual summer series, which features intense Legend Car and Bandolero racing over an eight-week series in June and July.
In addition to a new title sponsor, Bojangles’, the 2015 edition of the Summer Shootout Series will bring together the most competitive field of Legend Car and Bandolero drivers from across the country to compete for a coveted championship.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, David Ragan and Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric were on hand to talk about the family fun at Bojangles’ Summer Shootout.
“The Summer Shootout is all about family fun,” Logano said. “I remember coming out here with my whole family. David (Ragan) would be out here racing with his dad; it’s just a great family atmosphere.”
Ragan said it’s also the best place to learn the ropes of car control and racing and advance up the motorsports ladder.
“With the harder tires and the handling of these cars, Legends racing is a great way to learn car control and how to race in traffic,” Ragan said, adding that the Summer Shootout provides some of the most competitive Legends racing out there, with drivers coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway from across the country to compete in the eight-week series each year.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway begins on June 9 and will run each Tuesday night through July 28. In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, fans will enjoy weekly exhibition races, including action-packed school bus racing, a thrilling mascot mania go-kart race, a gigantic Fourth of July fireworks display and more. The full schedule of entertainment follows:
June 9, 2015 – Principal School Bus Races
June 16, 2015 – Team Spirit Night, Mascot Mania
June 23, 2015 – Media Mayhem, School Bus Races
June 30, 2015 – Fourth of July Blow Out, Fireworks, Champ Truck Display/Demo
July 7, 2015 – Faster Pastor, School Bus Races
July 14, 2015 – Little Luggies 600, Power Wheels Race
July 21, 2015 – First Responder Night, School Bus Races
July 28, 2015 – Champions Night, Fireworks, two-wheel stunt spectacular
Continuing its partnership with MAVtv, the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout will once again be televised during 30-minute weekly highlight shows. In addition to the weekly highlight show, fans can watch live action through a pay-per-view for just $14.99 per night (or $9.99 per night when you order the full season). The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on the Performance Racing Network will be co-anchored by Lenny Batycki and Bob Dillner, with former Miss Sprint Cup, Amanda Wright, working as pit reporter. For more details or to purchase a pay-per-view subscription for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit
Adult admission is just $8 and children ages 13 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Legend Car racing is divided into four categories based on a driver’s experience. The Pro division features veteran drivers, while the Semi-Pro category is for those with limited Legend Car experience. The Young Lions division is for those new to Legend Car racing and the Masters division is for drivers 40 years of age and older.
Bandolero cars are divided into three divisions with competitors grouped by age. The Bandits division is for racers 8 to 11 and the Outlaws category features drivers 12 and older. The Beginner Bandits is for racers in their first year of competition.
Competitor registration is now open for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series.Click here to register.
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 Charlotte Motor Speedway website. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway onTwitter, Instagram or Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest updates from the track with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

PASS rolls into Concord Speedway Friday, Coca-Cola 600 week

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Coca-cola 600 Week

Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race. Can he sweep Charlotte? There are a lot of other drivers who will have something to say about that.

ZZTop will be there and there will be lots of activities leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday. Get all the detail at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Byron, Haws win in CARS, baseball pairings coming

William Byron, Brayton Haws win CARS features at Hickory
William Byron, Brayton Haws win CARS features at Hickory

William Byron won the CARS Super Late Model Catawba Valley 250 and Brayton Haws won the Late Motor feature at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday. The Top Ten for both races is below. For complete results and how they won, visit CARS Racing Tour.


1. 9 William Byron
2. 9E Chase Elliott
3. 31 Kyle Grissom
4. 57 Cole Timm
5. 74 Preston Peltier
6. 98 Daniel Hemric
7. 29 Anderson Bowen
8. 77 Zane Smith
9. 7 Tyler Church
10. 5D Dominique Van Wieringen


1. 41 Brayton Haws
2. 12M Austin McDaniel
3. 7 Justin Crider
4. 16s RD Smith
5. 58 Tyler Ankrum
6. 00 Shane Lee
7. 2 Myatt Snider
8. 07 Clint King
9. 7 Blake Stallings
10. 1 Trent Barnes

NCHSAA baseball, soccer and softball state playoffs


The N.C. High School Athletic Association posted baseball, women’s soccer and softball state championships pairings today.

Baseball playoffs

Softball playoffs

Women’s soccer playoffs


Hickory cranks up with Super Late Models

Engines are cranking up all over the Piedmont in garages from the Cup teams to the racers in the backyard garages. We will try to give you a taste of it with our new racing page.

Check our new page here. We will be adding more as the season goes along so check back often.

The biggest race in the area this weekend is at Hickory Motor Speedway with the Catawba Valley 250. Super Late Models and Late Models will take battle on the historic track.

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Concord Speedway quarter-mile

Concord Speedway has completed its Spring Championships and is moving into its regular season racing program. For complete results and schedule check out their website