Aldredge Wins School Bus Feathre; Holloman, Cormier And Torres Victors in Bojanglesí Summer Shootout
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (June 9, 2015) – Harris Road Middle School principal Tripp Aldredge took his colleagues to school during Round 2 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout leading the field of two-ton school buses from the green flag to the checkered in an action-packed slobberknocker that pitted Cabarrus County principals against one another Tuesday night. John Holloman Jr., Carl Cormier and Michael Torres also scored A-Main wins in front of a packed house at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Aldredge, who started on the pole, held off a hard-charging Kevin Senter from Cabarrus Charter Academy and Darin Roberts from Carl A. Furr Elementary School to claim the coveted champion’s belt and bragging rights in what has become a fan-favorite exhibition.
After his win, Aldredge was quick to thank his legions of fans, many of whom brought signs and oversized photos of their principal’s head to cheer on their favorite driver.
“As soon as the flag dropped, I put the pedal to the metal,” Aldredge said. “I was hoping to get a little skin on the other guys, but I didn’t want to slow up and give up my lead. I just kept my head down and kept turning left.”
Torres dominated in the second round of the Legends Pro division race. With a total of eight cautions, the Florida native was untouchable for all 25 laps of the race and his consistency allowed him to maintain his lead after each restart.
“It was definitely a team effort and a well-deserved win,” Torres said. “I’m just going to continue keeping my trust in my crew chief and staying as consistent as we can.”
Jordan Black brought home a win earlier this afternoon to make up for the rain-delay Monday night.
The Bandolero Outlaws came hot out of the oven Tuesday with Mathew Davey from Mooresville, North Carolina, taking home the victory, followed by Ashton Higgins and Connor Younginer.
“This is the greatest moment in my life; I have worked for this for three years,” said Davey.
Davey and Higgins fought competitively, with Higgins making an aggressive three-wide power play for the lead midway through the race. Davey fought back and maneuvered his way to the front. He finished four car lengths ahead of Higgins and was not shy to celebrate in Victory Lane, kissing the start finish line.
“This is my first win in the Shootout and my third win here at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Davey, who walked away with a trophy and a smile, knowing he had made his family proud.
On Monday night during the first round of competition, Stevie Johns Jr. took the checkered flag in the Legend Car Semi Pro division, while Tom Pistone claimed victory in the Security Force Masters and Dawson Cram earned a season-opening win in the Young Lions division. Jordan Black started his season in Victory Lane after rain forced the Legends Car Pro division to be postponed until Tuesday night. In the Bandolero classes Landon Rapp (beginner bandolero), Ashton Higgins (outlaw), Daniel Wilk (LiveWell Bandolero Bandits) each earned wins Monday.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 16, with Mascot Mania go-kart races on Team Spirit Night. Fans are encouraged to come out dressed in their favorite team apparel and cheer on their favorite Charlotte-area mascot.
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Round 2 (Tuesday)
Legends Car Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Alex Reese; 3. Jacob Heafner; 4. Austin Green; 5. Eddie Fatscher; 6. Dawson Cram; 7. Andrew Molleur; 8. Justin Taylor; 9. Ryan Millington; 10. Garrett Manes; 11. Ryo Ocata; 12. Carson Pointdexter; 13. Jack Fread; 14. Sam Mayer
Legends Car Pro (25 laps): 1. Michael Torres; 2. Joey Padgett; 3. Jared Irvan; 4. Greg Lang; 5. Dylan Faggart; 6. Reid Wilson; 7. Spencer Boyd; 8. Alex Murray; 9. Drew Brown; 10. Carsen Ferguson; 11. Zane Smith; 12. Evan Swilling
Legends Car Semi Pro (25 laps): 1. John Holloman Jr.; 2. Devin O’Connell; 3. Scott Joy; 4. Shelton Crouse; 5. Stevie Johns Jr.; 6. Joe Graf Jr.; 7. Jake Tretow; 8. Riley Herbest; 9. Jordan Stillwell; 10. Jensen Jorgensen; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Taylor Jorgensen; 13. Joe Gregory; 14. Sprout Royal; 15. Conner Pyle; 16. Craig Biryla; 17. Cameron McGee; 18. Holden German; 19. Bronson Butcher; 20. Enrique Lemon
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Carl Cormier; 2. Bruce Silver; 3. Tom Pistone; 4. Scott Whitaker; 5. Craig Bruce; 6. Jan Ingram; 7. Jamie Smith; 8. Chip Ferguson; 9. Robbie Faggart; 10. Ron Mader; 11. Danny Bisson; 12. Herman Towe.
Bandolero Beginner Bandits (20 laps): 1. Leland Honeyman; 2. Landon Rapp; 3. Josh Speas; 4. Zachary Miracle; 5. Jackson Moore; 6. Stanley Hays; 7. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 8. David Selvik; 9. Jacob Gantz; 10. Alberto Limon; 11. Mason Dejarnett; 12. Jake Putnam.
Live Well Homes Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): Daniel Wilk; 2. Carson Kvapil; 3. Cameron Bolen; 4. Mini Tyrell; 5. DJ Canipe; 6. William Robusto; 7. Ryan Israel; 8. Bryson Ruff; 9. George Hayes; 10. Isabella Robusto; 11. Tommy Good; 12. Josh Kossek; 13. Maddox Blaise; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. Ethan Johnson; 16. Dylan Notaro; 17. Jaiden Reyna
Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps): 1. Mathew Bavey; 2. Ashton Higgins; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Austin Greer; 5. Trevor Rizzo; 6. Matthew Eades; 7. Jordan Plummer; 8. Roy Hayes; 9. Blaise Brinkley; 10. Seth Henry; 11. Robby Gordon Douglas; 12. Hudgins Gauntt; 13. Tristan Lesik; 14. Liz Montgomery; 15. Elysia Potter; 16. Swank Hagans; 17. No data; 18. Matthew Emery; 19. Austin Powell; 20. Ray Maynard; 21. Gracie Trotter.
Round 1 (Monday)
Bandolero Beginner Bandits (20 laps): 1. Landon Rapp; 2. Leland Honeyman; 3. Alberto Limon; 4. Jackson Moore; 5. Zachary Miracle; 6. Jake Putnam; 7. Jacob Gantz; 8. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 9. Josh Speas; 10. David Selvik; 11. Stanley Hays.
Bandolero Outlaws (14 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Matthew Davey; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Roy Hays; 5. Trevor Rizzo; 6. Robby Gordon Douglas; 7. Matthew Eades; 8. Matthew Emery; 9. Tristan Lesik; 10. Austin Greer; 11. Hudgins Gauntt; 12. Blaise Brinkley; 13. Jordan Plummer; 14. Gracie Trotter; 15. Seth Henry; 16. Elysia Potter; 17. Austin Powell; 18. John Legg; 19. Liz Montgomery; 20. Swank Hagans.
Legend Car Semi Pro (30 laps): 1. Stevie Johns Jr.; 2. Austin Langenstein; 3. John Holloman Jr.; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Jordan Stillwell; 6. Joe Gregory; 7. Joe Graf Jr.; 8. Connor Pyle; 9. Jensen Jorgensen; 10. Riley Herbst; 11. Scott Joy; 12. Devin O’Connell; 13. Sprout Royal; 14. Sheldon Crouse; 15. Enrique Lemon; 16. Cameron McGee; 17. Bronson Butcher; 18. Holden German; 19. Taylor Jorgenson; 20. Craig Biryla.
LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits (13 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. Ryan Israel; 3. Carson Kvapil; 4. William Robusto; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Blake Cisneros; 7. Tommy Good; 8. Josh Kossek; 9. Cameron Bolen; 10. Dylan Notaro; 11. DJ Canipe; 12. Mini Tyrell; 13. Jaiden Reyna; 14. Maddox Blaise; 15. George Hayes; 16. Ethan Johnson.
Security Force Legend Car Masters (30 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Robbie Faggart; 4. Bruce Silver; 5. Chip Ferguson; 6. Carl Cormier; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Ron Maner; 9. Danny Bisson; 10. Craig Bruce; 11. No Data; 12. Jamie Smith; 13. Herman Towe; 14. Rodney Tharpe.
Legend Car Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Dawson Cram; 2. Ryan Millington; 3. Austin Green; 4. Chase Purdy; 5. Alex Reece; 6. Eddie Fatscher; 7. Jacob Heafner; 8. Andrew Molleur; 9. Sam Mayer; 10. Garrett Manes; 11. Carson Pointdexter; 12. Jack Fread; 13. Justin Taylor. **Hit time and then rain**
Legend Car Pros (25 laps): 1. Jordan Black; 2. Greg Lang; 3. Carson Ferguson; 4. Michael Torres; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Evan Swilling; 7. Zane Smith; 8. Reid Wilson; 9. Dylan Faggart; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Spencer Boyd; 12. Joey Padgett; 13. Drew Brown.
Tripp Aldredge, principal at Harris Road Middle School, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Bojangles' Summer Shootout School Bus Sloberknocker Tuesday night. (CMS/John Davison photo)
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