Cowleague Racing’s Landon Castle celebrates his teammates and team president after winning Round 10 of the School Bus Race at Cook Out at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (CMS photo)
CONCORD, NC – On a night dedicated to honoring the US Legend Car and Bandalero Champions at the Cook Out Summer Shootout, former Legend racers stole the show from the stars of NASCAR.
Cowleigh Racing drivers Daniel Hemrick, Landon Cassil and Justin Haley battled it out with team president Chris Rice and guest driver Quentin Haley in a five-lap race featuring four wides, three-wheel slide operations and a side-by-side photo. Finish it. In the end, former racing legend Cassil came out on top, edging out Justin Healey to claim the ultimate bragging rights and life-size trophy in the finale of the Cook Out Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“It went beautifully,” Cassill said from victory lane. “It was on the rail – it was planted on the left side.
“He (Justin Haley) is a good driver. He was trying to take the gap that we could. We met a bit there but I kept the gap.
In the year Hemrick, who won the 2010 Legends Million – the biggest purse – slipped on the grass on the final lap of the race and finished third.
Lewis leads the way in the pro class.
In the Boston Reid & Co. Pro Division, Landon Lewis completed his first magical season of the Cook Out Summer Shootout Championship, holding off stars Jordan Black, Garrett Lowe and other Pro Division drivers for the season-long title and championship belt.
Lewis finished third to claim the Boston Reid & Co. Pro Division title on a night that saw Jenson Jorgensen pick up his fifth win in six Cook O Summer Shootout events this season.
“What a race,” Jorgensen said in victory lane. “I started sixth. I didn’t know if I was going to make it up there. I got up there and started hanging out with Ryan McIntosh and Jordan Black, some of the best. This is it. This is the pinnacle of racing. This is huge.”
Woodall delivers a master class with the third title in the series
In the Masters Division, the season’s longest-running championship race came down to Round 10. The two-point leaders Robbie Woodall and Brandon McKenzie were separated by just two points on the night.
The pair started the race in third and fifth place respectively in the 25-lap feature, with the title mainly determined by who finished first.
McKenzie ran around Woodall on lap 7, bringing out the caution before Dwayne Holder spun McKenzie one lap later, giving Woodall the advantage with 17 laps remaining. Woodall again started eighth and McKenzie started 13th.
After spinning on the restart, McKenzie fell about half a lap behind Woodall, his chances of a late-race miracle fading. But a late caution with just four laps to go gave McKenzie new life.
On the ensuing restart, Woodall moved up to third and McKenzie to fifth. Canada’s Kevin Fozzi scored his first win of the 2022 Cook Out Summer Shootout season while Woodall finished third and won his third consecutive Cook Out Summer Shootout.