Hemric Scores During Summer Shootout
CONCORD, N.C. – Double, double, toil and trouble was the theme for Double Points Night in round seven of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric, Kaz Grala and Austin Green had the right magic as they each scored victories in their respective divisions Tuesday evening.
In Quaker Steak and Lube Legend Car Pro action, Hemric refused to be the bridesmaid as he fought for the lead throughout the 20-lap race. Getting his second feature win of the season, Hemric celebrated with his signature backflip.
Starting the race in third, Hemric took the point position on lap five from Dennis Kiser. Six laps later Matt Pappa took over the lead with a pass on the inside, shuffling Hemric back to third.
A minor collision with Steven Cantrell moved Hemric to the fourth position, but he was able to work his way back towards the front. On the lap 19 restart, Hemric found himself in second and barreled past Pappa on the inside of turn one to recapture the lead and cruise to the finish.
Evan Swilling came across the line second and Pappa followed in third.
Grala started on the pole and went on to dominate the Legend Car Young Lions feature.
The race took a strange turn when a multi-car accident on lap two red-flagged the field after Riley Thornton’s car caught on fire. This was the first of many cautions in the race, which was shortened to just 10 laps and included a short break after the field had a hard time completing a successful restart.
Grala remained out front through all the chaos to get his first win of the season. Payton Ryan held off a hard-charging Chase Dowling to take second.
In the Bandolero Bandits feature, Green kept up his win streak, getting his sixth victory of the season.
Green started fifth and made his way to the front of the pack, taking the lead from polesitter Zachary Dabbs on lap seven and not looking back. The battle for second came down to Cason Werner and Kodie Conner. The two fought until the end for the runner-up spot, but on the final restart Werner would pull ahead for the position.
Other winners of the night included Jon Craig in the Auto Country Club Legend Car Masters feature, Tyler Hill in the NOS Energy Legend Car Semi-Pro feature, Dakota Ratcliff in the Bandolero Outlaws feature and Liz Montgomery in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits feature.
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