CONCORD, N.C. – There were fireworks both on and off the track during Week Four of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric, Tom Pistone and Chandler Smith continued their hot streaks, among others.
Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., celebrated his fourth win in five races this season with his traditional backflip in victory lane. After starting midpack after the invert, Hemric drove to the top-five by the first caution on lap 4. On the restart, Hemric chose the outside lane, putting him beside leader Steven Cantrell.
On lap 10, the caution flew again, but Cantrell was unable to get back to the top spot from Hemric. On the restart, William Byron and Cantrell made contact, sending Cantrell hard into the outside wall and ending both his and Byron’s night. Hemric led the remaining laps of the 25-lap feature to take the checkers, holding off Plott, who finished second, Greg Lang in third, Jordan Black in fourth and Evan Swilling in fifth.
Pistone recorded his fifth straight victory of the season in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division, passing Robby Faggart in the final turn of the last lap of the race.
A caution on lap 19 pushed Pistone back to the pack and Faggart took advantage, passing the points leader on lap 21. Faggart headed into the final lap just inches in front of Pistone, but was unable to take the checkered flag as Pistone pushed his way underneath Faggart on the final turn of the race and edged him out by just 0.210 seconds.
Woodall finished in third for his first podium finish of the season. Carl Cormier finished in the top-five for a third straight week with a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top-five was Bruce Silver.
Smith remained undefeated in the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits division, taking the checkered for the fifth time this season. Smith, a Jasper, Ga.-native, started in fifth but quickly moved to the front, passing eventual race runner-up DJ Canipe on lap 2.
In a race marred by seven cautions, Smith remained unscathed, beating Canipe by 0.565 seconds. Smith was dominant early on, extending his race lead to almost five car-lengths with his fastest split of the race on lap 6 with 18.472 seconds. Daniel Wilk recorded his first podium finish of the season, placing in third, just 1.283 seconds behind Smith. Conner Younginer finished in fourth, while Elijah Todd, who recently moved up from Beginner Bandits, rounded out the top-5.
Other winners included Austin Langenstein, of Concord, N.C.; in the Quaker Steak and Lube Legend Car Semi-Pro division; Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, N.C., in the Legend Car Young Lions division; Ashton Winger, of Fayetteville, Ga., in the Bandolero Outlaws; and Bryson Ruff, of Indian Trail, N.C., in the Beginner Bandits.
Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer, Tyler Clary, made his Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series debut, but was caught up in a late race wreck and finished 15th.