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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 Bandits
1. 90 Daniel Wilk 400 points
2. 99 Clayton Thompson 373 points
3. 55 Isabella Robusto 358 points Outlaws
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.
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.
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.
“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
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, visithttp://www.GOPRN.com/SummerShootout.
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.
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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.
SLM FINISHING ORDER:
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