Hemric Notches First 2012 Shootout Victory
CONCORD, N.C. – The crowd never experienced a dull moment Tuesday during Round Five of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The on-track battles heated up, causing plenty of drama between competitors as they reached the halfway point of the season. Daniel Hemric, Austin Green and Spencer Boyd were among the night’s feature winners.
Hemric got his first win of the 2012 season in the Quaker Steak and Lube Pro feature.
Tyler Green jumped to the lead as the field went to green, but polesitter Matt Pappa reclaimed the point position on the backstretch.
A caution on lap 5 would close the field back up, however Pappa maintained the lead on the restart. By lap 10, Green was back on Pappa’s bumper, knocking him as they went into Turn 3 and taking away the lead as Hemric followed behind to claim the second spot. Pappa was forced back to third.
The top three cars were nose-to-tail on lap 15 as Hemric made a move to the inside, taking the lead away from Green and putting distance on the field.
A caution on lap 18 for a multi-car pileup involving Darrell Wallace, Jr., the point leader going into the night, would give Green and Pappa the last opportunity to take the lead from Hemric.
The two couldn’t catch Hemric as he pulled away on the restart to take the win. Green settled for second and Pappa took third in the race that had a total of four cautions.
Austin Green held off the pack in the Bandolero Bandits feature. Green started fifth and took the lead on the lap one restart after a caution involving Hunter Richards and Kodie Conner.
By lap two Green already had a challenger as Cason Werner was on his bumper. The two swapped the lead multiple times throughout the race. It all came down to lap 19 when Green and Werner went into Turn 2 side-by-side. Werner, who was on the inside, went for the lead, but Green didn’t budge and Werner spun out.
Green drove on to capture his fourth win of the season, stretching out his points lead. Dawson Cram finished second and Kodie Conner crossed the line in third.
It was survival of the fittest in the NOS Energy Legend Car Semi-Pro feature race as several cautions would take out a bulk of the competition and shorten the race to just 19 laps.
Boyd was able to navigate through the wreckage to take the checkers and claim his second win of the year as the race ended under its fifth and final caution. Joey Mucciacciaro finished second and Ryan Mackintosh followed in third.
Pete “Rocket Man Junior” Sullivan took the win in the highly entertaining lawn mower feature event. Nine would start the race; only six would finish. In the closing laps any of the top four lawn mowers had a chance at victory, but it was Sullivan who came out on top to get the trophy. Jason “Racin’ Jason” Brown finished second and Kevin Ferguson took third.
Other winners of the night included Andy Hogan, of Decatur, Texas, in the Legend Car Young Lions feature, Jon Craig in the Auto Country Club Legend Car Masters feature, Tyler Lester in the Bandolero Outlaws feature and DJ Canipe in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits feature.