Mascots Lock Horns during Action-Packed Week 2 of Bojanglesí Summer Shootout

Mascots on stage!

Homer the Dragon, left, from the Charlotte Knights, celebrates during Mascot Mania at Tuesday's Bojangles' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Homer won the go-kart race against opponents including Lug Nut and Lugette, right.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout played host to a spectacular Tuesday night of grassroots racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway; A thriller of a Mascot Mania go-kart race saw Homer the Dragon from the Charlotte Knights prevail in one of several nail-biting finishes on the night
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CONCORD, N.C. (June 20, 2017) – Racing’s future stars shone under the lights on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Week 2 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout featured a series of exhilarating Legend Car and Bandolero finishes under challenging weather conditions.

The high jinks kicked up a notch when Mascot Mania – the world’s fastest collection of mascots racing go-karts – turned the frontstretch quarter-mile into the calamity quarter-mile early in the evening. When the smoke cleared and the fur fell to the asphalt, the Charlotte Knights’ Homer ruled the roost in a race that also included mascots including the speedway’s Lug Nut and Sir Purr from the Carolina Panthers.

Sam Mayer took advantage of a last lap wreck to steal the win in a breathtaking K1 Speed Young Lions feature. William Rubusto set the pace from Lap 1 and dominated the field as he held off his competitors in the early going. Maneuvering through the lapped traffic, Rubusto was in position to win the race when a late caution reset the field. In a rush to the finish, Rubusto and D.J. Canipe battled back and forth for the lead. Canipe and Rubusto were neck-and-neck coming out of turn four when they both spun out 50 feet from the line, allowing Mayer to race past for an unlikely victory.

In a repeat of Round 1 in the VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro division, the Miller brothers – Zack and Ryan – decided the finish in the closing laps. With six laps to go and moisture dampening the racing surface, Vincent Midas lifted off the throttle early in Turn 3, got a slight tap from Scott Joy and spun out of contention. Wes Burton made a bid for the victory, but Burton’s contact with leader Dustin Halder sent both to the rear and set the stage for a spectacular run to the checkered flag. Ryan Miller held off Zach by .978 seconds, giving the Millers two wins in three races.

Carl Cormier captured his first Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters division feature win of the season in dominant fashion. Cormier navigated a wet track better than any of his experienced competitors and expertly worked his way through lapped traffic to beat Jon Craig by 3.24 seconds. Bruce Silver, John Sossoman and Chip Ferguson completed the top five.

Alex McCollum stole a win in the Lead 2 Pro Real Estate Pro division race after a last-lap incident between leaders Carson Ferguson and Kaden Honeycutt. The front pair had a two-man battle for the lead. Ferguson set the pace for the pack and dominated the race. In a last-lap frenzy, Honeycutt made contact with Ferguson and sent him up the track. McCollum, who had been patiently waiting in third, passed Ferguson and claimed the victory.

Beginner Bandits ran a pair of races due to rain keeping them from competing last Tuesday, but rain forced the Bandits and Outlaws to run only their make-up races. Luke Cooper won the Beginner Bandits make-up race while Emily Hedstrom won the scheduled event.

Cameron Bolin took victory in Bandolero Outlaws and Landon Rapp corralled the win in Bandolero Bandits.

Unofficial Results:

K1 Speed Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Sam Mayer; 2. D.J. Canipe; 3. Nicholas Sanchez; 4. Josh Kossek; 5. Ryan Heim; 6. Steve Chapman; 7. Jak Crawford; 8. Harrison Halder; 9. Isabella Rubusto; 10. Sammy Smith; 11. Tristan Lesik; 12. Josh Stark; 13. Bryson Ruff; 14. William Rubusto; 15. Roy Hayes; 16. Carson Kvapil; 17. Holt Halder; 18. Jason Alder; 19. Liz Montgomery; 20. J.R. Weidman; 21. George Hayes; 22. Gracie Trotter.

VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Ryan Miller; 2. Zach Miller; 3. Scott Joy; 4. Dustin Rumley; 5. Craig Biryla; 6. Garrett Manes; 7. Connor Mosack; 8. Austin Langenstein; 9. Andrew Dollar; 10. Brad Lowmaster; 11. Wes Burton; 12. Hudson Halder; 13. Vincent Midas; 14. Sam Platt; 15. Carson Poindexter; 16. Chris Honeycutt; 17. Joshua Plummer; 18.Jessica Dana; 19. Cory Butner; 20. Waylon Farrell.

Lead 2 Real Estate Pro (25 laps): 1. Alex McCollum; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Kaden Honeycutt; 4. Dillon Faggart; 5. Brody Pope; 6. Austin Green; 7. Jordan Stillwell; 8. Jordan Black; 9. Corey Heim; 10. Daniel Wilk; 11. Dawson Cram; 12. Gus Dean.

Cabarrus Brewing Company Masters (25 laps): 1. Carl Cormier; 2. Jon Craig; 3. Bruce Silver; 4. John Sossoman; 5. Chip Ferguson; 6. Todd Midas; 7. Mark Green; 8. Todd Shockman; 9. Jan Ingram; 10. Robby Faggart; 11. Les Miranda; 12. Charles Parker.

Beginner Bandits Race No. 1 (20 laps): 1. Luke Cooper; 2. Emily Hedstrom; 3. Sean McElearney; 4. Lucas Vera; 5. Graham DeJarnett; 6. Daniel Sell; 7. Kaleb Bradley; 8. Adam Eades.

Beginner Bandits Race No. 2 (20 laps): 1. Emily Hedstrom; 2. Logan Clark; 3. Luke Cooper; 4. Sean McElearney; 5. Adam Eadas; 6. Lucas Vera; 7. Graham DeJarnett; 8. Kaleb Bradley; 9. Daniel Sell; 10. Christopher McKeitchan.

Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps): 1. Cameron Bolin; 2. Isaak Love; 3. Trevor Wester; 4. Tommy Good; 5. Ethan Norfleet; 6. Josh Speas; 7. Cameron Johnson; 8. Garrett Lowe; 9. Franklin Caricofe; 10. Jonathan Lesik; 11. Justin Gareis; 12. Carson Ramsey; 13. Jake Waltman; 14. Garin Mash; 15. Jadyn Daniels; 16. Blaise Maddox; 17. Ethan Johnson; 18. David Sullivan; 19. Luke Akers; 20. Chase Dixon; 21. Benjamin Johnson; 22. Matt Emery; 23. Tucker Scanlon; 24. Ashton Whitener; 25. Andrew Faircloth.

Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. Landon Rapp; 2. Leland Honeyman; 3. Parker Eatmon; 4. Jaiden Reyna; 5. Stanley Hayes; 6. Conner Jones; 7. Santiago Hill; 8. Zack Miracle; 9. Zac Fowler; 10. Kade Brown; 11. Truett Miranda; 12. Jacob Bradley.

Tickets to the family-friendly Bojangles’ Summer Shootout cost just $8 for adults and children under 13 get in FREE. Fans can purchase Bojangles’ Summer Shootout tickets by visiting or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

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John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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