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Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that it has altered its driver lineup for Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Denny Hamlin, who was scheduled to drive the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota will now take the night off in order to rest a sore back in preparation for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race. Joey Logano will move from the No. 20 to now pilot the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota. Clint Bowyer will now drive the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota for JGR. Brian Scott will remain behind the wheel of the No. 11 Dollar General Toyota.
“My hope was to run the Nationwide Series race Friday night, but I woke up with a sore back earlier this week and feel it’s in the best interest of the team to sit it out,” said Hamlin. “Luckily it’s nothing serious and the extra rest will help me on Saturday night.”
Logano won this race last year and in seven Nationwide Series starts on the famed track, he has the one win along with three top-five and four top-ten finishes. Bowyer has 13 career Nationwide Series starts at Daytona with one win, eight top-five and 10 top-ten finishes. He has won a total of eight Nationwide Series races over the course of his career. This will be his first start for JGR.
“We’re looking forward to working with Clint and appreciate his willingness to step behind the wheel for us on such short notice,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Denny will be fine, but we just felt it was in his best interest to rest his back and not have him have to practice or race in Nationwide this weekend.”
TMone Outsources Company’s Marketing to Tommy Baldwin Racing at Daytona to Promote American Call Centers
TMone will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and the No. 10 Chevrolet this weekend at Daytona International Speedway to promote American Call Centers. David Reutimann will pilot the No. 10 CarportEmpire.com/TMone.com Call Centers in America Chevrolet in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola.
TMone, pronounced T-M-one, is a business process outsourcing (BPO) company that is in the business of augmenting and supplementing other companies human capital needs. All of TMone’s jobs are filled in the Heartland of America. With more than nine years of growth, Inc. Magazine listed TMone as one of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies for the last five years. TMone’s growth is a direct result of supporting competencies that most Customer Relationship Management (CRM) partners find difficult to achieve results operating. TMone helps service and sell legacy and additional customers so our clients can focus their human capital on their core businesses, which in return drives jobs internally and externally.
“TMone has outsourced a part of our marketing to TBR for six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season,” said TMone Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer John Burchert. “The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola will mark TMone’s ninth year operating.”
Last weekend, Reutimann drove the No. 10 Chevrolet with TMone’s Outsourcing in the USA paint scheme to a 23rd-place finish in the Quaker State 400. The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola will mark TBR’s 18th superspeedway start and the team’s eighth at Daytona International Speedway.
“We are thrilled to have TMone back on board the No. 10 Chevrolet,” commented Baldwin. “With the Fourth of July celebration this week, it is fitting to have a company on our car that is working to provide jobs for Americans. We are both growing companies, and I’m proud they have stepped up to help us race.”
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” That’s just one of the many lines made famous in the 1985 cult-classic film “Back to the Future.” The quote is attributed to fictional inventor Doc Brown as he is addressing young Marty McFly’s concerns for the amount of road needed for the time-traveling DeLorean to get up to 88 mph to make the jump to the future.
The competitors of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series won’t be time-traveling anytime soon, but a time warp will be felt as the series turns its attention to the place where the 2012 season started for the next race on the schedule. But roads will be needed, as it’s time to go back to the beach for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The Coke Zero 400 has annually commemorated the Fourth of July holiday weekend. It also has come to be known as the halfway point of the Sprint Cup season. This weekend’s race is the 18th on the 36-race schedule.
Given the significance of this weekend’s race, it’s appropriate to go back to where it all began several months ago. Kurt Busch and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team set out for 2012 with high hopes at the season-opening Daytona 500. Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch puts great effort into the organization’s superspeedway program, and the handling of the team’s car in practice throughout preseason testing and Speedweeks generated much optimism in the Phoenix Racing camp. But a lap-one accident that sent the No. 51 Chevrolet to the garage for several laps relegated Busch to a 39th-place finish. The team once again flashed its superspeedway strength a couple of months later at Daytona’s sister track – Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Busch ran among the leaders throughout that race before getting taken out of contention in a late-race accident that resulted in a 20th-place finish.
To say Busch and the team go into the Coke Zero 400 looking for redemption is an understatement, and they’ll arm themselves with their handiest speedway car. It’s the same car they ran at the Daytona 500, which is also the same car driver Brad Keselowski drove to the team’s lone win in April 2009 at Talladega. Adding to Phoenix Racing’s confidence is the guy sitting behind the wheel again this time around. Although Busch has yet to score a points-paying win on one of NASCAR’s two superspeedway tracks, his prowess on the superspeedways has grown considerably since making his debut on the big tracks during his rookie season in 2001.
2004 Sprint Cup champion Busch enters this race with the third-highest driver rating among current drivers at Daytona. His stats at the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval include 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in 23 career Sprint Cup points-paying starts. He has three runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 – 2003, 2005 and 2008 – and has led at least one lap in nine of the last 12 races there. He goes into the weekend having led 223 laps over the last 15 races at Daytona – third among active drivers.
With Fourth of July celebrations Wednesday spilling into the Daytona race weekend, fireworks are sure to be flying both on and off the track. Speeds this weekend will be significantly more than double that 88-mph threshold from “Back to the Future,” but fans can expect to see some serious action when the series heads back to the beach.
NASCAR Champion Joe Nemechek To Auction Private Equestrian Estate Near Charlotte, North Carolina To The Highest Bidder Without Reserve
An equestrian property known for its premier facilities where a host of Olympic athletes train, and a custom residence on five acres that was originally built for NASCAR Legend Ernie Irvan, located just north of downtown Charlotte known as "Finncastle," will sell at auction Without Reserve on August 2 nd, NYC-based Concierge Auctions has announced. Originally listed for $10.995 million, the approximately 139-acre property offers the ultimate in luxury living and development potential for 33 additional two- to five-acre homesites. The sellers are NASCAR champion Joe Nemechek and his wife, Andrea. Their property will sell to the highest bidder in cooperation with Hanes Walker and Thomas and Carole McKay of Pinnacle Sotheby's International Realty. Prior to the property auction, a VIP NASCAR experience will be auctioned to benefit Speedway Children's Charities.
"Everything about Finncastle is first-class, from its manicured entrance and crisp, white fences to the horse paddocks and pastures. The property is relaxing and feels very secluded," stated Nemechek, who won the NASCAR championship in 1992 and continues to race. "The arena is world-class and the equestrian facility unparalleled, utilized by professional riders from across the country including 1992 Olympic bronze-medalist Michael Poulin and international Grand Prix rider Catherine Haddad, who was teaching here just a few days ago. The future owners could either maintain it as a boarding and training facility or could adjust the use to be solely private."
"This property is incomparable to other equestrian estates in the area. Not only does it include an exquisite residence and top-of-the-line equestrian facilities, but also additional land with completed infrastructure for 33 homesites already in place. No shortcuts were taken in the construction or development planning, which renders great potential for the future owners," Walker stated.
Located at 9280 West NC Highway 152, Finncastle is nestled just north of Charlotte in a secluded preserve where verdant pastures, serene woodlands and wildlife abound. The property boasts an 8,900-plus-square-foot custom main residence with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. There is also a media room, a mirrored exercise room, a spectacular pool/spa with an outdoor kitchen, a three-car attached garage and a 5-car, climate-controlled detached garage that is a car enthusiast's dream — complete with a lift, a half bathroom and an upstairs office. Its state-of-the-art equestrian amenities include 18 European-style, custom arch front 10 x 14' stalls; a 136 x 240' covered, lighted and enclosed arena with viewing and a sound system; an outdoor, lighted regulation dressage arena; a 60' covered solid wall round pen with viewing; individual Triple Crown fenced paddocks; and miles of hacking trails with cross-country fences.
"Concierge Auctions has had extraordinary success with other equestrian properties, including our sales of the Vezelay estate in Unionville, Pennsylvania and Big Step Farm in Farmville, Virginia," stated Laura Brady, Vice President of Marketing for Concierge Auctions. "Finncastle's amenities are top-notch, and its location is also a huge selling point. It's peaceful, serene and private, yet close to shopping and dining in downtown Charlotte."
Located approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte, Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, as well as racing technology suppliers, for which the city earned its nickname, "Race City USA." Also located in Mooresville is the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Companies and Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute. In addition to Nemechek, other notable NASCAR residents include Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sr., Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Joey Logan and Kerry Earnhardt. Nearby Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is served by many domestic and international airlines and is the largest hub of US Airways. Nonstop flights are available to many destinations across the United States as well as flights to Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and South America. Charlotte is a major U.S. financial center, the second largest financial center by assets following New York City.
Nemechek is contributing the charity auction item, which includes a behind-the-scenes garage tour of the Charlotte Motor Speedway and box suite passes. "A day at the track you will remember forever," he commented. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Charlotte chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
The auction of Finncastle will be conducted live on August 2 nd. A 2.5% commission is offered to the buyer's representing broker. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. Finncastle will be open for preview daily from 1-4pm and by appointment. For more information, call 877-888-4269 or visit FinncastleAuction.com.
Racing legend Bill Elliottwill help Walmart celebrate its 50th anniversary behind the wheel of the Walmart No. 50 Chevrolet and in appearances with fans at Daytona Area Walmart stores. Elliott, who was voted NASCAR's Most Popular Driver 16 times and is one of NASCAR's Top 50 Drivers of all time, will be among drivers attempting to qualify for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Additionally, select Walmart stores will offer authentic NASCAR merchandise, driver appearances and host exclusive fan events starting July 2. Customers are invited to attend these special events and enjoy real show cars, special appearances by Bill Elliott and Eric McClure, and racing simulators July 2-6 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., depending on the location.
"Walmart is the champion of the racing fan, and we are committed to providing customers with savings on authentic merchandise, as well as unique race time experiences," said Walmart market manager Corbin Norman. "We want to give fans affordability and accessibility, so they can enjoy race time with their families and friends."
Race Time at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Participating stores in the Daytona area include:
Monday, July 2, 2012
Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary Show Car and Miller Lite Show Car at:
1601 Rinehart Road
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Kingsford Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Keystone Light Show Truck, Coors Light Show Car and Pole Award, 5-hour Energy Show Car and Oreo Ritz Show Car at:
1699 N. Woodland Blvd.
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Walmart's Sprint Cup Driver Bill Elliott Appearance at 11 a.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car and Cheez-It Show Car Simulator at:
174 Cypress Point Parkway
Palm Coast, Fla.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walmart's Sprint Cup Driver Bill Elliott Appearance at 1 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Oreo Ritz Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Kingsford Ultimate Tailgate Truck, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Keystone Light Show Truck, Coors Light Show Car and Pole Award and 5-hour Energy Show Car at:
1521 W. Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach, Fla.
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Miller Lite Show Car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary Show Car, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, Kingsford Ultimate Tailgate Truck and Oreo Ritz Show Car at:
1905 N. Nova Road
Daytona Beach, Fla.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Keystone Light Show Truck, Coors Light Show Car and Pole Award, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car and 5-hour Energy Show Car at:
3155 State Road 44
New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Walmart's Sprint Cup Driver Bill Elliott Appearance at 10 a.m.
Hefty's Nationwide Driver Eric McClure Appearance at 11:30 a.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the 5-hour Energy Show Car, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, Walmart's 50th Anniversary Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car, Hellmann's Show Car, Kingsford Ultimate Tailgate Truck and Hefty Show Car Simulator at:
1101 Beville Road
Daytona Beach, Fla.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Keystone Light Show Truck, Coors Light Show Car and Pole Award and Oreo Ritz Show Car at:
1590 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, Fla.
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Displays free and open to the public include the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Walmart's 50th Anniversary Show Car, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Kingsford Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Wheaties Show Car, Oreo Ritz Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Miller Lite Show Car and Coors Light Show Car and Pole Award at:
1101 Beville Road
Daytona Beach, Fla.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the 5-hour Energy Show Car, Keystone Light Show Truck, Hellmann's Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator and Cheez-It Show Car Simulator at:
1590 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, Fla.
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Johanna Long will be back in the seat of the No. 70 ML Motorsports Chevrolet this Friday, July 6 for the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola. The NASCAR Nationwide Series event will be aired live on ESPN, with race coverage beginning at 7:00 pm EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Daytona International Speedway – Long had a strong NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with ML Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway back in February. After running competitively in the top-15 for the majority of the race, Long got caught up in a late-race incident with nowhere to go. Although she had damage to her No. 70 Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet, she was able to continue the race and register a 21st- place finish.
Wish For Our Heroes - Wish For Our Heroes was first launched in November 2009 and is dedicated to assisting the men and women of the United States active-duty military. The organization began with a goal of providing one wish for every deserving military member. The ML Motorsports team will grant a wish by having troops accompany them to the race on Friday. For more information on Wish for Our Heroes, you can visit their website at www.wishforourheroes.org.
Portable Shade - The No. 70 Chevrolet will also carry the Portable Shade decal for the remainder of the season. Portable Shade is located in Cocoa, Florida and is a supplier of outdoor branded foldaway shade products. For more information about Portable Shade, visit www.Portable-Shade.com.
This week’s Chevrolet Impala – The No. 70 Foretravel Motorcoach team will bring chassis No. 58 to Friday night’s event. Chassis No. 58 was last utilized on May 5 at Talladega Superspeedway where the team was running solidly in the top-15 position until they encountered engine overheating issues, which ended their race early.
Last Race Recap – Long and the ML Motorsports team are eager to race back-to-back weekends after coming off of a strong run at Kentucky Speedway last Friday. Long faced adversity early in the race as she took a spin during her qualifying effort sending her and the team to the rear of the field for the start of the 200-lap event. After starting the field in the 42nd position, Long raced smart and competitively throughout the race while registering another top-20 finish.
Meet Johanna – Long will be participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session this Friday, July 6 from 4:30-5:30 pm ET; located in the Sprint FanZone.
Follow Johanna - To keep up with Johanna and her day-to-day activities, you can visit her website at www.johannalong.com or her Twitter account at https://twitter.com/JOHANNALONG
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If there are any drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series looking forward to the calendar turning from June to July, Kyle Busch would top the list.
After a stellar May, during which he recorded four top-five finishes in four races, the driver of the No. 18 Interstate All Battery Center Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) found little good fortune during the five Sprint Cup races contested during June.
The No. 18 team suffered from engine issues at the first three June events, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, leading to disappointing finishes of 29th, 30th, and 32nd, respectively. Two weekends ago, on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., Busch suffered damage from incidental contact not of his doing and came home 17th. Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Busch looked as if he might have shaken the bad luck to finish the month when he led a race-high 118 of the opening 211 laps. But a broken shock mount required lengthy pit stops for repairs under caution, and he and the No. 18 team had to rally for a 10th-place finish that betrayed their domination.
Busch and the No. 18 Interstate All Battery Center team are hoping their fortunes improve in July as they open the month Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with the traditional midsummer Coke Zero 400.
Busch & Company will roll into Daytona with a different look gracing the No. 18 Toyota this weekend – the metallic and reflective green-and-gold scheme for Interstate All Battery Center stores. The Interstate All Battery Center colors this weekend come as the company continues its franchise expansion throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Recognized as a top-50 franchisor by Franchise Business Review, All Battery Center stores provide “Every Battery for Every Need,” with more than 16,000 portal power solutions.
Busch hopes the change of colors results in a much-needed change in luck to start July. He is no stranger to victory lane in the Coke Zero 400, winning the July 2008 race behind the wheel of the Interstate Batteries Toyota.
Most recently, Busch put on a spectacular performance Feb. 18 at Daytona en route to winning the Budweiser Shootout. Las Vegas native Busch passed three-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart coming to the finish line on the final lap to claim his first career victory in the non-points event. Busch won by .013 of a second, the closest finish in Budweiser Shootout history. It was incredible that Busch was even in position to win since, earlier in the race, he saved himself from a pair of major collisions by displaying phenomenal driving skill.
With all of that in mind, Busch heads back to Daytona this weekend sporting different colors and hoping for some much better luck. He would like nothing more than to start July in the best way possible – bringing the Interstate All Battery Centers green-and-gold paint scheme to victory lane Saturday night.
CarportEmpire.com, a division of Keen's Portable Buildings, will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and the No. 10 Chevrolet. David Reutimann will pilot the No. 10 CarportEmpire.com Chevrolet in the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday.
CarportEmpire.com is one of the largest distributors of quality carports, carport garages, steel buildings and RV carports in the United States. The Florida based company offers installation in all 48 continental states as well as financing on each of their models.
“I am thrilled to participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend with Tommy Baldwin Racing and David Reutimann,” explained President Kevin Keen. “David is a Florida native as well, so it is fitting that we partner together for one of Florida’s biggest motorsports events.”
The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola will mark TBR’s 18th superspeedway start and the team’s ninth at Daytona International Speedway. Reutimann has 11 Daytona starts and has a best finish of fifth in the 2010 Daytona 500.
“We are pleased to represent CarportEmpire.com,” explained Tommy Baldwin. “Having a company on the car for their hometown race always makes it more exciting. CarportEmpire.com has a great selection of products, and we are happy to help bring attention to that.”
To say restrictor-plate racing hasn’t been kind to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team this year is an understatement. No place was worse than the 2012 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Johnson was credited with completing one lap at the 2.5-mile superspeedway after he was involved in an accident not of his own doing. He managed to complete 60 more laps at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April but with similar results – a No. 48 machine that visited the garage well before the checkered flag.
This Fourth of July weekend, going the distance – the full distance – is tops on the list for the No. 48 team.
The tight packs that characterize plate racing typically lead to feast-or-famine finishes, and Johnson’s record of six finishes of 30th or worse, coupled with10 top-10s in 21 plate races, typifies that. On the plus side, he has visited victory lane at plate tracks three times, including the Daytona 500 in 2006, the sport’s biggest race and his only victory at the “World Center of Racing.”
While Johnson never has won in July at Daytona, his record is somewhat better in the annual midsummer 400-miler. He has an average finish of 15.2 in July compared to 21.0 in the Daytona 500 in February. He has four DNFs (did not finish) at the superspeedway, three of the four occurring in the Daytona 500.
In addition to going the distance in Saturday night’s race, Johnson also will try to go the distance Sunday when he competes in his first triathlon in Charleston, S.C. His first priority, obviously, is Daytona. Regardless of whether he sees Fourth of July-style fireworks from victory lane or from the cockpit of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, the only thing that will matter is that Johnson goes the distance – long enough to see them.
Tyler Green, a resident of China Grove, N.C. and native of Owensboro, Ky., won the third annual Legends Big Money 100 A-Feature Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, taking home the top prize of $25,000.
It looked as though Darrell Wallace Jr. would get the win, but a 16-car pile-up on lap 97 took him out of contention and changed the course of the race. Green would come out on top to take the win in the biggest grassroots racing event of the year.
“I just can’t believe I’m here right now,” said Green, son of former NASCAR driver Mark Green. “We’ve been thrashing the last three days and just working on this thing. We’ve been up to one o’clock and two o’clock in the morning the last couple of nights trying to get this thing right.
“A hell of a job by my dad and Uncle Jeff (Green). Thanks to all the guys that helped us and the good Lord for pulling us through.”
Doug Stevens started on the pole in the 100-lap event and led the first 40-lap segment. On the start of the second segment, Stevens moved several car lengths in front, but a caution brought the field back together. On the restart, Wallace made contact with Stevens, sending them both spinning. The advantage went to Steven Cantrell as he took the point.
Cantrell led the field to the green for the final 20-lap segment, but Wallace quickly moved through the pack and was on Cantrell’s bumper by lap 90. The two raced side-by-side before Wallace pulled ahead and Green moved into second place.
With just four laps to go, a wreck in the middle of the pack brought out the first of four cautions that created a tension-filled finish that brought the fans to their feet.
Green and Wallace held steady at the front through each restart as cars continued to bunch up and wreck behind them. Following the fourth restart, Wallace appeared on his way to victory, but Green muscled his way to the inside groove and battled Wallace door-to-door. Coming out of Turn 2, Wallace got sideways and spun at the front of the field, resulting in a spectacular 16-car pileup along the backstretch.
Wallace’s car was among seven that had to be towed off the track due to extensive damage. After a nearly 20-minute delay, the pace car finally led the remaining 13 cars in the field to the green flag for the final three laps. Green pulled away for the win followed by Austin Hill in second and Derek Shumaker in third.
In the 50-lap Legend Car Young Lion/Semi-Pro A-Feature, Trey Jarrell, of Martinsville, Va., found himself in Victory Lane. After being the fastest qualifier and winning his heat race on Monday, Jarrell started on the pole and led every lap.
A spin on lap 1 was a sign of what was to come for the rest of the race. The red flag waved early-on in the feature after Chase Dowling, running in third, was turned in front of the oncoming field. Nine cars, including frontrunners Kaz Grala and Austin Reed, were involved in the accident.
Other on-track excitement included a collision between Austin Langenstein and Anthony Cataldi that sent Cataldi airborne going into Turn 1. The race included a total of eight cautions and one red-flag. In the end, it was Jarrell who stayed ahead of the mayhem to hold off second-place finisher Reid Wilson and third place Ryan Shattuck.
In the Legend Car Masters A-Feature, Tom Pistone, of Mooresville, N.C., claimed the checkered flag to take home the win.
Jeff Green led the field, until lap 25 when Pistone worked his way under the NASCAR veteran to take the lead. Kevin Foisy followed behind and stayed on his tail for most of the race. On lap 45, Foisy made contact with Pistone and knocked himself back to the sixth position.
On a restart with two laps to go, the win was within anyone’s reach. As the tightly packed field rounded Turn 4, Pistone held off Mark Green and Jan Ingram to get the win.
In Bandolero racing action, Austin Green, of Concord, N.C., completed his sweep of the event, clinching the win in the Bandits A-Feature after qualifying first and winning his heat race to start on the pole. Jeff Dunfee III and Connor Okrzesik finished second and third.
Seth Werner, of Iron Station, N.C., got the win in the Outlaws A-Feature after starting the race in second over polesitter Tyler Lester. Lester wanted the win, but had to settle for second. Stefan Parsons followed behind in third.
Fans can watch a one-hour recap of Tuesday night’s Legends Big Money 100 as Fox Sports South will air coverage of the 100-lap showdown throughout the week next week. The regional sports network will air the race special on Monday, July 9 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m.
The 19th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, July 10, with Faster Pastor school bus racing. In addition to the regular racing divisions, fans can support their local pastors as they try their hand behind the wheel of the monstrous machines, measuring 30 feet long, 112 inches tall and tipping the scales at nearly 13 tons each. The first 1,000 fans through the gates get a free lanyard key chain courtesy of Jack in the Box.