(Tommy Good took the Legends Semi-Pro feature win in his return to Steven Ross Motorsports on Saturday afternoon / Photo Credit : Tommy Good Racing Facebook)
CONCORD, NC : The 2020 racing season is already off to a very soggy start for Legends and Bandoleros at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For the second time in three race days of Cook Out Winter Heat, rain and wind interrupted the race day agenda. Saturday’s Bandolero races were scratched and moved to Sunday, while the four Legend classes would play in the puddles for their round three events on the quarter-mile.
The Young Lions were the second race to tackle the wet surface after the Pro drivers raced their make-up event from last week with 25 laps of slip sliding action around the tight track. William Cox, who swept last weekend’s two features qualified on pole position once again with John Holtger alongside him on the front row.
Cox lead the field off the second turn after Holtger got bumped off into the turn one synthetic surface, which allowed Kade Brown to move into second and Sean Abell up to third on the opening lap.
Lap 7, Abell was caught out by the slick conditions and went off at turn one and fell back to sixth. That opened the door for Paul Owens and 2019 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Bandolero champion Lucas Vera into a battle for the third position.
Lap 12, Vera was able to move underneath and around Owens in turn three after Owens overcharged the turn and had to take to the Roval access.
Owens’ struggles continued with the track conditions as he lost two more positions to Bryce Applegate and Abell.
Lap 14, Applegate and Holtger brought out the caution after slight contact from Applegate sent Holtger around.
With the restart procedures being used, race leader Cox was at a disadvantage on the restart being on the inside of the front row as Brown was lined up to his outside. Cox was able to take advantage of Brown’s tire spin to get the lead cleared off of turn two as Brown and Vera dropped in line behind him.
William Cox was able to hold off the challenges of Brown over the final circuits to capture his third straight feature win in the Cook Out Winter Heat. Brown, Vera, Owens and Applegate rounded out the top five finishers.
Dwayne Holder and Craig Bruce led the field of Masters to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event.
Holder led the first lap after near disaster with Jon Craig and Carl Cormier after they had to take evasive action in turn three to avoid the 22 of Holder.
By lap five, Craig had run down the lead duo and began to attack Bruce for the second spot for several laps. Their battle allowed Cormier to close down the distance to make it a four car fight for the lead by lap ten.
Lap 11, Craig finally cleared the 36 of Bruce for second place and was quickly on the attack for the race lead.
Craig used the middle lane in turns one and two to get under Holder on lap 14 to take the race lead. Cormier, meanwhile moved up to third around Bruce and the took second from Holder a couple of laps later.
Jon Craig set sail and cruised to victory lane over the final ten laps to score the Masters feature victory with Cormier, Bruce, Holder and Todd Midas the top five.
The largest class once again was the Semi-Pro division as 18 competitors took to the slippery quarter-mile oval for their round three feature race.
Tommy Good, who made his return to the Steven Ross Motorsports group, qualified on pole with round one winner Ryan Heim alongside on the front row. Nate Tretow, who won round two started third with Jake Waltman on the outside of the second row.
Heim used the outside to take the lead on the start as Good fell to second. Those two were able to put a gap on third place over the first several circuits.
On lap 8, Tretow slid off in turn one and allowed Waltman, Garrett Lowe and Justice Calabro to close in and make it a four car fight for third position as the leaders were almost a straightaway ahead.
With 10 laps to go the leaders encountered heavy lap traffic and the battle was on for the lead. A slight bump from Good to the rear bumper of Heim in turn three send Heim onto the Roval asphalt and Good into the race lead.
The caution flag waved for the first time on lap 19 after Logan Drumheller’s car spun and came to rest on the outside of turn three. Drumheller’s car needed the tow truck to be removed from the race track and set up a six lap dash to the checkers.
Heim tried the over-under on the restart on Good, but he was unable to get the traction on the inside of the second turn.
Heim made several attempts to get to the inside of the race leader, including a couple of bumper taps. The two came across the checkered flag side by side with Tommy Good across the line sideways for the feature win.
The Pros returned to the race track for the second 25 lap feature of the day after Caleb Heady scored the win in the make-up feature earlier in the morning.
Alex McCollum and Austin Reed qualified on the front row for the round three feature event with 9 drivers in the race.
On the start Bryson Ruff slid into the 5 of B.W. Mackenzie in turn one and sent him around and as the Mackenzie car spun, the 01 of Cole Dockery had no place to go and they hit nose to nose. Both cars were taken off the track and done for the race.
The two Kyle Beattie Racing teammates led the field back to green for the second attempt to start the Pro feature race. McCollum would lead off turn two with Reed and Heady in second and third.
A little tap from the front bumper of Braden Rogers in turn four to the back of Heady pushed the 82 up the track, which moved Rogers, Vince Midas and Daniel Wilk up a spot.
On lap 5, Rogers moved to the inside of Reed in turn four and took away the second spot and quickly pulled away from those cars.
Two laps later and the contact continued after Midas and Reed slid into each other in turn four and sent Reed around for a 360, but he was able to get going and the race stayed green. Midas was now third with Wilk fourth and Ruff up to fifth.
Heady began to work his way back forward after his earlier issues by going around Ruff, followed by Wilk and then Midas for the third position.
Nobody was able to run down Alex McCollum as the New Jersey driver took home the second Pro feature race in a dominant performance with Rogers, Heady, Midas and Wilk the top five finishers.
Cook Out Winter Heat – Round Three Results :
Legends Young Lions – Results :
- William Cox (#3)
- Kade Brown (#99)
- Lucas Vera (#1)
- Paul Owens (#54)
- Bryce Applegate (#45)
- Sean Abell (#88)
- Parker Eatmon (#4)
- Carson Ramsey (#77)
- Isabella Wilson (#14W)
- Colin Brown (#51)
- John Holtger (#44)
Legends Semi-Pro – Results :
- Tommy Good (#19)
- Ryan Heim (#18)
- Garrett Lowe (#06)
- Nate Tretow (#83)
- Jake Waltman (#6)
- Justice Calabro (#25)
- Cole Brown (#143)
- Janson Marchbanks (#10J)
- Jadyn Daniels (#24)
- Rajah Caruth (#11)
- David Markham (#10)
- Chris Honeycutt (#8H)
- Nick Craig (#54)
- Blake Sasser (#23)
- Dacin Roberson (#18R)
- Trevor Wester (#8)
- David Sullivan (#007)
- Logan Drumheller (#5)
Legends Masters – Results :
- Jon Craig (#1C)
- Carl Cormier (#58)
- Craig Bruce (#36)
- Dwayne Holder (#22)
- Todd Midas (#50)
- Kris East (#46)
Legends Pros – Results :
- Alex McCollum (#51)
- Braden Rogers (#29B)
- Caleb Heady (#82)
- Vince Midas (#14M)
- Daniel Wilk (#90)
- Austin Reed (#84)
- Bryson Ruff (#24)
- B.W. Mackenzie (#5)
- Cole Dockery (#01)