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Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series

TULSA, Okla. (November 17, 2014) As quickly as it began, the 2014 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real has become a memory. Ending out the series 23rd season of touring this past weekend at the Cocopah Speedway, located just south of Yuma, Ariz., the season finale was one filled with plot twists and drama as the championship came down to the final night.

The Winners
Friday, November 14, 2014
Jason Johnson (National / Southwest) - Seven times a runner-up finisher leading up Friday night, Jason Johnson finally broke into Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2014, winning by 6.226 seconds for the night's $5,000 payday.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Shane Stewart (National / Southwest) - The two-time ASCS National Champion graced the wheel of the Scottie McDonald owned No. 88 to pick up his 29th career ASCS National Tour victory. The win was worth $10,000 to the Bixby driver.

News and Notes
Hanging in the Balance - Jason Johnson's drive over the past two weeks to come from fifth to first in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour standings may not be the biggest point's deficit ever made up, but it is the greatest number of positions gained to win the Championship in the eleventh hour. However, just minutes after the checkered flag fell on the season; ASCS officials were given an official protest. As of now, all points are unofficial until the Cylinder Heads are checked, and confirmed by Brodix. The Heads are in the possession of ASCS officials and results will be confirmed within the week.

Oh, by the way - Jason Johnson was lucky to even finish on Saturday night as the driver of the No. 41 was suffering from food poisoning. Talking with Johnson the following day, he was feeling better but was still unable to keep anything down.

Know thy Cranes - The wall in Turns one and two made for some interesting, vehicular acrobatics over the weekend as Joshua Williams, Matt Covington, and Mitchell Faccinto all ended up on the wrong side of the concrete. While most tracks normally have a tow-truck with an extendable boom, the Cocopah Speedway believes that overkill is underrated and brought out the Crane to retrieve the misplaced machines.

Engine Swap - Jason Johnson's victory on Friday night was impressive, but nearly went the way of so many that got away this season as it was revealed that the engine was laps away, if not sooner, from giving up.

Worth the Wait - With the track starting to go away on Friday night, the line had moved all the way around the bottom of the Cocopah Speedway. To bring the track back to life, the top 20-feet of the racing surface was given a light coating of water. The delay to allow track crews and drivers to pack the track in was well worth it as drivers were able to work nearly every inch of the three-eighths mile oval. Proof of that came when Aaron Reutzel charged from 20th to third.

Racing on Seven - Missing a cylinder on Saturday night might have hurt Roger Crockett in terms of catching the leaders, but with the track slick from top to bottom, the lack of power seemed to actually help the Oregon driver, as Crockett raced to a third place finish after starting eleventh.

Thank you - From everyone with the American Sprint Car Series, thank you everyone who has supported us throughout the season. Without the fans, track owners, drivers, crew members, and sponsors we would not be able to do what we love to do.

Coming Up: With the 2014 season in the books, officials with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series are hard at work preparing the 2015 lineup, which begins with the $10,000-to-win, Ronald Laney Memorial at Tampa's East Bay Raceway February 19-21, 2015. The complete scheduled will be released at the 2014 Performance Racing Industries Tradeshow in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Jason Johnson Dominates Lucas Oil ASCS at Cocopah Speedway

YUMA, Ariz. (November 14, 2014) The deserts of Arizona like Jason Johnson, as the MVT No. 41 finally broke into Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real in 2014, topping Friday's $5,000 to win preliminary A-Feature at the Cocopah Speedway; moving the No. 41 within 13 points of a fifth Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Championship.

The eighteenth different winner of the year in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition, Johnson's victory at the Cocopah Speedway is his fifth since 2013.

"I tell you what, hats off to this race team. They work their tails off and never give up on their driver," said Johnson. "We have a good baseline when we come here, and to win here tonight, I don't know what it did to us points wise but all we could do is win this race and improve ourselves."

Caution as the initial start was called back, tragedy struck Brad Loyet as drivers in front of him tangled, collecting the No. 05 in the process. Able to roll through the accident, the contact caused the front wing to lay down at the next attempt at green. With the damage, Loyet was relegated to a seventeenth place finish.

Underway with Brandon Hanks taking the lead from the pole, Johnson made quick work from sixth; taking the lead as the caution flew on Lap 4. Put to second on the last completed lap, Jason worked past the D&B Farms No. 3h to lead Lap 5.

Setting a torrid pace into traffic by Lap 10, the remainder of the feature was uninterrupted as Johnson drove to a 6.226 second advantage. Grabbing the runner-up spot on Lap 7, Danny Wood was second to the checkered flag.

"I tell what, that was a good race. There were cars everywhere and I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as we did. I know Jason was having fun up there, and I was trying to peek around lapped cars looking for him thinking I might be coming for him to get it at the last lap like we did in 2012," commented Danny Wood on his runner-up finish. "I just couldn't quite get there and Jason doesn't make very many mistakes."

Making up positions in strides at the start of the race, Aaron Reutzel let the track come to him as the BC Funds No. 87 marched from twentieth to third with a highline, three wide pass in the closing laps with Tony Bruce, Jr. and Willie Croft.

"We weren't that good in the Heat, and it really didn't feel that good in the "B", but we just kept digging and digging," said Aaron of the run. "This thing was on a rail. I just wish we'd been further up there because this was a great racetrack. You don't come from twentieth to third on a one lane track. I love this race track. I know the results haven't always shown, but I love this track."

The bottom line of the three wide pass on the No. 18, California's Willie Croft brought the No. 3c home in the final transfer spot for Saturday's $10,000 to win feature event. Tony Bruce, Jr. held on to complete the top-five.

Roger Crockett, from fifteenth, was sixth with Jeff Swindell seventh. Blake Hahn crossed eighth with Mason Moore ninth and twenty-first starting Brian Brown completing the top-ten.

With Loyet's seventeenth place finish, the race for the 2014 Lucas Oil ASCS National Championship has tightened considerably as Jeff Swindell closed the gap to 11 markers with Johnson's win positioning the No. 41 third in tour standings. Johnny Herrera crossed twelfth and sits fourth with 42 point separating him from Loyet. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. will see his season end fifth in tour standings as the No. 15h trails by 75 markers going into the season's final night.

The Cocopah Speedway welcomed 46 drivers with six Heat Races going to Brandon Hanks, Justyn Cox, Bob Ream, Jr., Tony Bruce, Jr., Jeff Swindell, and Danny Wood. A pair of B-Features were won by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and John Carney II. Provisional starts were utilized by Johnny Herrera and Matt Covington. In terms of points, the best points Herrera could have earned by using the provisional was 110, and was awarded 89 for his finish. Matt Covington's final provisional was worth a maximum of 90 points with 71 awarded to the driver of the No. 95.

The final night of the 2014 season gets underway Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 P.M. (MT) at the Cocopah Speedway. For more information, log onto http://www.cocopahspeedway.com.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson[6]; 2. 81W-Danny Wood[3]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[20]; 4. 3C-Willie Croft[9]; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[8]; 6. 11-Roger Crockett[15]; 7. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 9. 22-Mason Moore[10]; 10. 4X-Brian Brown[21]; 11. 3H-Brandon Hanks[1]; 12. 45X-Johnny Herrera[23]; 13. 31C-Justyn Cox[12]; 14. 23-Seth Bergman[13]; 15. 8-Bob Ream Jr[2]; 16. 31B-Joey Saldana[5]; 17. 05-Brad Loyet[19]; 18. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[16]; 19. 74B-John Carney II[18]; 20. 95-Matt Covington[24]; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 22. 5H-Dakota Hendrickson[14]; 23. 17-Channin Tankersley[22]; 24. 17W-Harli White[11]

Lap Leader(s): Brandon Hanks 1-4; Jason Johnson 5-25

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 3H-Brandon Hanks[2]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman[3]; 3. 17W-Harli White[6]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 5. 88-Shane Stewart[5]; 6. 4X-Brian Brown[7]; 7. 88N-D.J. Netto[4]; 8. 17B-Josh Baughman[8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 31C-Justyn Cox[1]; 2. 5H-Dakota Hendrickson[2]; 3. 31B-Joey Saldana[8]; 4. 94X-Nick Parker[4]; 5. 17-Channin Tankersley[6]; 6. 01-Kaylene Verville[7]; 7. 9S-Derek Sell[3]; 8. 14-Cody Sickles[5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Bob Ream Jr[2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[4]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 4. 11-Roger Crockett[6]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera[7]; 6. 21-Tyler Thomas[8]; 7. 72-Phil Dietz[1]; 8. 57X-James Aragon[5]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[2]; 2. 3C-Willie Croft[4]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[3]; 4. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[6]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[8]; 6. 9R-Reece Goetz[1]; 7. 9-Ryan Linder[7]; 8. 29S-Darrell Sickles[5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn[6]; 3. 74B-John Carney II[1]; 4. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[2]; 5. 74-Colby Copeland[3]; 6. 96-Greg Hamilton[5]; 7. (DNF) 41W-Joshua Williams[4]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 81W-Danny Wood[6]; 2. 22-Mason Moore[4]; 3. 05-Brad Loyet[1]; 4. 0-Glenn Styres[2]; 5. 2L-Logan Forler[5]; 6. 90-Lance Norick[7]; 7. 98-Chris Masters[3]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 3. 4X-Brian Brown[8]; 4. 88-Shane Stewart[7]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 6. 21-Tyler Thomas[6]; 7. 9R-Reece Goetz[11]; 8. 90-Lance Norick[9]; 9. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[5]; 10. 94X-Nick Parker[4]; 11. 96-Greg Hamilton[10]; 12. 57X-James Aragon[15]; 13. 72-Phil Dietz[14]; 14. 98-Chris Masters[13]; DNS 41W-Joshua Williams

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 74B-John Carney II[2]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel[1]; 3. 17-Channin Tankersley[4]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera[3]; 5. 95-Matt Covington[6]; 6. 0-Glenn Styres[5]; 7. 2L-Logan Forler[7]; 8. 01-Kaylene Verville[8]; 9. 88N-D.J. Netto[11]; 10. 74-Colby Copeland[9]; 11. 17B-Josh Baughman[13]; 12. 9S-Derek Sell[12]; 13. 29S-Darrell Sickles[15]; 14. 14-Cody Sickles[14]; 15. (DNF) 9-Ryan Linder[10]

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 4,069; 2. Jeff Swindell 4,058; 3. Jason Johnson 4,056; 4. Johnny Herrera 4,027; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,994; 6. Seth Bergman 3,789; 7. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,754; 8. Matt Covington 3,726; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,626; 10. Blake Hahn 3,463

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4, Christopher Bell - 4, Aaron Reutzel -4, Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Brian Brown - 3, Rico Abreu - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Matt Covington - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Tim Crawley - 1, Logan Forler - 1, Jason Johnson - 1

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Lucas Oil ASCS Championship Chase Takes Five to Cocopah Speedway

YUMA, Ariz. (November 10, 2014) - Auto Racing at times seems to have more story lines than a Spike Lee movie and more drama than a Soap Opera. One could say that's part of the allure that keeps fans coming back for more.

By this time, the final weekend of competition typically sees one driver with the championship tied up with a nice bow, or at the least, needing to finish strong in order to hold off an equally eager competitor. If 2014 has shown us anything, this season has been anything but normal as five drivers enter the season's final two nights separated by 68 points.

Brad Loyet's podium finish this past Friday night at the El Paso Speedway Park was just what the 26-year old driver needed. Going into events at the west Texas oval, Loyet was a slim 36 points ahead of Jeff Swindell. Coming out, that advantage doubled only to be erased the following night with two flips that resulted in the use of Loyet's first provisional of the season and a 16th place finish. Looking to Cocopah, Loyet's best finish is forth which came on November 9, 2013.

In a true showing a sportsmanship, Swindell was one of many who jumped in to assist the Loyet team in getting back to the track. Trailing by only 34 points going into the season finale, Swindell will have his head on a swivel as Johnny Herrera trails by a single marker. Herrera's best finish of second at the Cocopah Speedway came on March 9, 2012. Swindell has made the A-Feature at the Cocopah Speedway on six occasions with a best finish of ninth on November 8, 2013.

Twenty-second to fifth on Friday night, Jason Johnson showed he is far from done. In search of his fifth Lucas Oil ASCS National Championship, Johnson paired his El Paso performance with a ninth place finish Saturday at the Southern New Mexico Speedway to take over fourth in tour standings by one point over Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

The most dominate driver at the Cocopah Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV, Johnson has made the cut in all eight appearances by the National Tour with six podium finishes that includes four consecutive victories in 2013 which netted Johnson $41,000.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. made his first appearance at the Arizona oval this season with a best finish of ninth.

Seth Bergman holds sixth with Matt Covington seventh. Tony Bruce, Jr holds eighth with Saturday night's winner, Aaron Reutzel, sitting ninth. Blake Hahn currently rounds out the top-ten. The only position in question from sixth to tenth is between Matt Covington and Tony Bruce, Jr who enter this weekend 26 points a part of seventh.

For the Cocopah Speedway, this weekend's appearance for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV will be the series ninth and tenth race at the far west Arizona oval. First visited on March 9, 2012, Dustin Morgan grabbed his first National Tour victory with Danny Wood pulling off the last lap victory on Jason Johnson the following night.

In 2013, the track was dominated by Jason Johnson who swept the season's four events.

Starting the 2014 season at the Cocopah Speedway on February 28, Rico Abreu picked up his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory over Christopher Bell. The following night looked to have the top two reversed until contact with the wall allowed Abreu to sneak by for the night's $10,000 prize. Abreu has confirmed he will be back to attempt the season sweep.

Races will be preceded by a Fanfest on Thursday, November 13 at the Wild River Family Entertainment Center located across the street from the Cocopah Speedway. Fanfest is free to the public.

Tickets for the two night affair can be purchased on http://www.cocopahspeedway.com.

For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

The Series: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real

When and Where:
Cocopah Speedway
County 15th & US 95
Somerton, AZ 85350

Friday, November 14 - Gates Open at 3:00 P.M. (MT) / Racing at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, November 15 - Gates Open at 3:00 P.M. (MT) / Racing at 7:00 P.M.

Pit Gates open at 12:00 P.M. both days.
Contact Information:
Website: http://www.cocopahspeedway.com
Email: info@cocopahspeedway.com
Phone: 928-344-1563

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,973; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,939; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,938; 4. Jason Johnson 3,906; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,905; 6. Seth Bergman 3,687; 7. Matt Covington 3,655; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,629; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,491; 10. Blake Hahn 3,347;

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4, Christopher Bell - 4, Aaron Reutzel -4, Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Brian Brown - 3, Rico Abreu - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Matt Covington - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Tim Crawley - 1, Logan Forler - 1

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Aaron Reutzel Bests Lucas Oil ASCS in Southern New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 8, 2014) The tenth visit by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real to the Southern New Mexico Speedway yielded its tenth different winner as Aaron Reutzel parked the B.C. Funds No. 87 in Victory Lane.

"I tell you what, this team is just rolling. Two months of bad luck, but this just shows how good this team is," said an overjoyed Aaron Reutzel, who dedicated the win to his sponsors James Ivison, who recently got married, and Bob Miller, who has helped furnished Reutzel with engines throughout the season. "Last year we took the lead on the first lap, had a restart, and then spun out. I was pretty sure we were going to win that one so this one's for Bob."

Taking the lead in traffic on Lap 7, Reutzel was challenged slightly in the closing laps before traffic played to the advantage of the No. 87 as Reutzel crossed 2.755 seconds ahead of John Carney II for his fourth victory of the season against the National Tour.

Matching his performance from a year ago, John Carney II finish was his third career runner-up against the National Tour, "We've got great stuff, and everyone works really hard on this car. We expect to run this well, but would like to win. We've had plenty of seconds with the national guys, and a lot of top-fives, so we know we've got a win coming pretty soon."

Bettering his Friday night finish, Southern New Mexico Speedway promoter, Royal Jones, crossed the stripe third for his first podium finish with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"If it'll race, I'll drive it. I like it, I love to race," commented Royal who has raced nearly every class offered around the borderland the past 33 years. "I call it 'Bronco Bob' on this kind of stuff. You just really have to pony up on this kind of track and I know a lot of those guys get tired, and their cars are too tight, and you just have to ride it through there. I just tried to keep it from biking up."

A night filled with drama for the championship, Brad Loyet suffered two flips during the night; first in his Heat Race, then in the B-Feature. Forced to utilize his first Provisional of the season, fought from twenty-third to finish sixteenth.

Johnny Herrera sits third in tour standings after a fourth place finish moved the No, 45x within 35 points of the lead, and only a single point from Jeff Swindell who completed the top five in the night's feature event.

Tyler Thomas placed sixth with Josh Baughman seventh. Tony Bruce, Jr. crossed eighth with Jason Johnson ninth. The finish by Johnson was enough to move the MVT No. 41 to fourth in tour standings with 67 markers separating Johnson from the points lead, and one ahead of Sam Hafertepe, Jr. whose night ended with a fourteenth place finish. Matt Covington completed the top-ten.

Signing in 34 drivers, four Heat Races went to Jeff Swindell, Josh Baughman, Shawn Petersen, and Aaron Reutzel. The night's B-Feature was won by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Provisionals were utilized by Brad Loyet and Channin Tankersley.

Coming down to the final two nights of the 2014 season, the Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. will see competition on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. Preliminary night action will pay $5,000 to win, with Saturday's finale paying $10,000 to win. Races will be preceded by a Fanfest on Thursday, November 13 at the Wild River Family Entertainment Center located across the street from the Cocopah Speedway. Tickets for the two night affair can be purchased on http://www.cocopahspeedway.com.

Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Car Count: 34

Heat Races (8 laps): Winner plus top 12 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature.
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell[2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[1]; 3. 72-Phil Dietz[3]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 5. 8-Bob Ream Jr[7]; 6. 22-Jesse Baker[5]; 7. 17W-Harli White[9]; 8. 17JR-Bruce Griffith Jr[6]; 9. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Josh Baughman[1]; 2. 131-Royal Jones[4]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 4. 0-Glenn Styres[5]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman[8]; 6. 94X-Nick Parker[7]; 7. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[2]; 8. 41W-Joshua Williams[9]; 9. 99-Chuck Jackson[3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 4X-Shawn Petersen[1]; 2. 74B-John Carney II[5]; 3. 21-Tyler Thomas[8]; 4. 74X-Joshua Hodges[4]; 5. 44-Damon McCune[7]; 6. 0J-Jeremy McCune[2]; 7. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[6]; 8. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald[3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[1]; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[3]; 3. 2L-Logan Forler[4]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 6. 36DD-Matt Ziehl[2]; 7. 14-Cody Sickles[6]; 8. 29S-Darrell Sickles[8]

B-Features (12 Laps): Taking top 6 to the A-Feature.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 2. 74X-Joshua Hodges[4]; 3. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 4. 17W-Harli White[6]; 5. 88-Scottie McDonald[16]; 6. 41W-Joshua Williams[12]; 7. 94X-Nick Parker[5]; 8. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[14]; 9. 0J-Jeremy McCune[8]; 10. 17JR-Bruce Griffith Jr[15]; 11. 44-Damon McCune[1]; 12. 29S-Darrell Sickles[13]; 13. 99-Chuck Jackson[18]; 14. (DNF) 22-Jesse Baker[7]; 15. (DNF) 36DD-Matt Ziehl[9]; 16. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[10]; 17. (DNF) 14-Cody Sickles[11]; 18. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[17]

A-Feature (30 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 2. 74B-John Carney II[2]; 3. 131-Royal Jones[4]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 6. 21-Tyler Thomas[1]; 7. 17B-Josh Baughman[5]; 8. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[9]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson[10]; 10. 95-Matt Covington[19]; 11. 2L-Logan Forler[11]; 12. 23-Seth Bergman[12]; 13. 17W-Harli White[20]; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 15. 52-Blake Hahn[15]; 16. 05-Brad Loyet[23]; 17. 8-Bob Ream Jr[16]; 18. 41W-Joshua Williams[22]; 19. 4X-Shawn Petersen[8]; 20. 0-Glenn Styres[14]; 21. (DNF) 72-Phil Dietz[13]; 22. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald[21]; 23. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[24]; DNS 74X-Joshua Hodges

Lap Leaders: John Carney II 1-6; Aaron Reutzel 7-30

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,973; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,939; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,938; 4. Jason Johnson 3,906; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,905; 6. Seth Bergman 3,687; 7. Matt Covington 3,655; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,629; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,491; 10. Blake Hahn 3,347;

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4, Christopher Bell - 4, Aaron Reutzel -4, Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Brian Brown - 3, Rico Abreu - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Matt Covington - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Tim Crawley - 1, Logan Forler - 1

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Logan Forler Tops The Casa Nissan Edge of Texas Dirt Track Nationals

EL PASO, Texas (November 7, 2014) A cool night in the desert saw Logan Forler become the season's seventeenth different winner with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, as the west coast shoe utilized slower traffic to capture the Casa Nissan Edge of Texas Dirt Track Nationals at the El Paso Speedway Park.

Logan's fourth career victory with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, the west Texas win was Forler's second at the El Paso Speedway Park, backing up his first National Tour triumph in 2012.

"Traffic was really tough. It was wide out here but the lanes you were in made a big difference on how fast you're going to be," commented Forler. "I knew Reutzel was coming so I had to get through traffic, but I've had some great luck here. I don't know what it is, but we'll be coming back."

Gridding the Steve Forler Trucking No. 2L fourth, Forler jumped to second on the start. Pacing behind Royal Jones, the pair raced into slower traffic on Lap 7. Keeping Forler in the vapor trails for the next two laps, traffic played to Forler's advantage on Lap 10 to grab the lead, bringing Aaron Reutzel to second as well.

A caution on Lap 11 for Channin Tankersley who stopped along the back straight-a-way, Forler opened up a healthy advantage until a caution on Lap 17 for Seth Bergman. Finding traffic with five laps to run, Forler's advantage closed quickly as Aaron Reutzel made a last lap attempt for the win.

Pulling even with Forler in the final two turns; Forler pushed the highline to hold on by 0.154 seconds at the line.

"We made a decision on the gear thinking the track was going to do something different. We just didn't have enough ponies getting off the corner but hats off to Logan. He hasn't run with us all year, so to come out and win one of these deals, he was definitely quick. We had the car, just chose the wrong gear," said Reutzel of his runner-up finish.

Brad Loyet grabbed the show position, putting his advantage to 61 over Jeff Swindell in the National Tour standings.

"We had a really good racecar, but the track was just really tough to pass on," said Loyet. "I didn't need those cautions but overall this is what we need to do. To keep plugging away, keep getting these top-fives, and see if we can't walk away with $60,000."

After leading the first nine rounds, Royal Jones posted his best finish against the National Tour in fourth. After ending up in the B-Feature, Jason Johnson barely grabbed the final transfer. Starting twenty-second, the MVT No. 41 was on a mission, as Johnson raced to fifth for the night's KSE Hard Charger Award.

El Paso's John Carney II crossed sixth with Johnny Herrera advancing 11 positions to grab seventh. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. climbed eight spots to cross eighth with Tony Bruce, Jr. and Jeff Swindell completing the top-ten.

The Casa Nissan Edge of Texas Dirt Track Nationals saw 33 drivers drawing in. Four Heat Races went to Brad Loyet, Aaron Reutzel, Shawn Petersen, and Royal Jones. The night's B-Feature went to Blake Hahn. Provisional starters included Matt Covington and Josh Baughman.

Paired with the ASCS Southwest Region, Nick Parker was the highest finishing regional regular in his first National Tour feature start. Bob Ream, Jr. was second among the regional drivers followed by Joshua Williams, Rick Ziehl, and Jesse Baker.

The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real takes on the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, November 7 with gates opening at 5:30 P.M. and racing at 7:45 P.M. (MT). More information, and directions can be found at http://www.snmspeedway.com.

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler[4]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel[6]; 3. 05-Brad Loyet[8]; 4. 131-Royal Jones[2]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson[22]; 6. 74B-John Carney II[5]; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera[18]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[16]; 9. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[7]; 10. 94-Jeff Swindell[13]; 11. 95-Matt Covington[23]; 12. 52-Blake Hahn[17]; 13. 17B-Josh Baughman[24]; 14. 74X-Joshua Hodges[19]; 15. 21-Tyler Thomas[15]; 16. 94X-Nick Parker[1]; 17. 0-Glenn Styres[11]; 18. 8-Bob Ream Jr[14]; 19. 23-Seth Bergman[10]; 20. 17W-Harli White[20]; 21. 41W-Joshua Williams[9]; 22. 20Z-Rick Ziehl[21]; 23. 4X-Shawn Petersen[3]; 24. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley[12]

Lap Leaders: Royal Jones 1-9; Logan Forler 10-30

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,875; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,814; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,808; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,803; 5. Jason Johnson 3,793; 6. Seth Bergman 3,581; 7. Matt Covington 3,545; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,513; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,341; 10. Blake Hahn 3,247;

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4, Christopher Bell - 4, Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Aaron Reutzel -3, Brian Brown - 3, Rico Abreu - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Matt Covington - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Tim Crawley - 1, Logan Forler - 1

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Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series

TULSA, Okla. (October 27, 2014) - The 27th running of the COMPcams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire gave fans plenty to talk about this past weekend. Along with the action in Little Rock, Ark. the drama was also thick in Arizona as the ASCS Southwest Region took on the Arizona Speedway for the final time this season.

Race count on the season stands at 158 to make 189 sanctioned events for the American Sprint Car Series with 72 winners across 305cid and 360cid competition. To this point, 617 drivers have taken part in at least one ASCS sanctioned event in 2014.

The Winners:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
• Aaron Reutzel (STN Open) - A much needed win for Aaron Reutzel, the Clute, Texas driver pocketed $2,000 and guaranteed a provisional into Saturday's $15,000 to win Short Track Nationals finale. The win was Reutzel's third in an as many races at the I-30 Speedway.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
• Brian Brown (STN) - Having not made the cut at the Short Track Nationals since 2010, Brian Brown races his way into the show in dramatic fashion with a last lap, last corner pass on Aaron Reutzel.

Friday, October 24, 2014
• Christopher Bell (STN) - Working around Matt Covington on Lap 16, Christopher Bell secured his 23rd victory of the season and third with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real on the season. The win secured Bell's third trip to Saturday's $15,000 to win feature. The win was also Bell's first with the National Tour at the I-30 Speedway.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
• Mike Rux, Jr. (Southwest) - Leading start to finish, Mike Rux, Jr. parked his No. 22 in Victory Lane at the Arizona Speedway just outside Phoenix on Saturday night. Even better, the night's feature saw an increased payout, awarding Rux $2,000 for his first ASCS score.

• Christopher Bell (STN) - Runner-up the past two years, Christopher Bell bagged season victory No. 24, and for the first time the title of Champion at the Short Track Nationals. In Victory Lane, Bell said the win was the highest paying night of his racing career.

News and Notes:
• Congratulations Brandon - Due to an injury sustained at the Battleground Speedway, Brandon Berryman couldn't make the trip to the I-30 Speedway to enjoy watching his No. 31 grab the win, but he was in Victory Lane thanks to an iPhone and FaceTime. Congratulations Brandon, we hope to see you back at the track soon.

• Battle to Brawl - There were a few instances over the course of the Short Track Nationals that ended up with a few hard hits. Battling for the final transfer to Saturday's A-Feature on Thursday night, Tim Crawley and Jerrod Hull came together with Hull going upside down. Out the car in a hurry, the pair ended up on the ground to settle their disagreement. Both walked away from the incident unhappy, but not hurt. Fast forward to Friday night, and the final transfer out of a B-Feature turned ugly as Eric Riggins, Jr. went up and over the No. 17w of Harli White. Riggins was soon introduced to Harli's Father, Charlie. Putting Harli into Saturday's Last Chance Qualifiers, she was awarded the Josh Howard Determination Award by I-30 Speedway officials.

• Photo Finish - Thursday's A-Feature looked to be well in hand for Aaron Reutzel. That was until a restart with two laps to run pitted Reutzel against Brian Brown. Protecting the bottom groove, Brown had no choice but to rail the I-30 Speedway. Getting a fantastic run on the final lap into turns three and four, Brown was all throttle off the cushion to edge out Reutzel by maybe two feet at the line.

• STN Rookie - It's hard to imagine the word "Rookie" associated with Shane Golobic, but the Fremont, California ace earned the title Rookie of the Year for the 2014 Short Track Nationals of the Sparks Motorsports No. 91.

• Tires Always Win - The infield tires at the I-30 Speedway are famous. They are big, white, and don't move no matter how hard you hit them, and there are plenty of the oversized beasts lining the bottom line. Over the course of the weekend, several drivers tested the tires, but none harder than Taylor Tidmore. Battling in a Heat Race during the STN Open, Tidmore found the highline blocked exiting turn four, sending the No. 32b into the turn-one tires with incredible force. Breaking the front of the car off, Tidmore's family owned No. 13 was called into action for the rest of the weekend.

• On the Podium - Taking a look at the STN finishes, only one driver placed on the podium three times. Taking into account that anyone can compete in the STN Open, Aaron Reutzel picked off the win Wednesday night, finished runner up on his qualifying night, and was second to Christopher Bell on Saturday night. In fact, since Saturday at the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals, every night Aaron Reutzel has been on the docket has resulted in a podium finish.

• First Win - Mike Rux, Jr. picked up his first win in ASCS competition this past Saturday night at the Arizona Speedway. Mike's best finish of the year to that point was fifth at the Tucson International Raceway on May 3.

• First Time Starters - Saturday night in Little Rock saw seven first time starters. In order by starting position, the first timers included: Dalton Davis (6th), Shawn Dancer (7th), Alex Sewell (8th), Gary Taylor (10th), A.J. Bruns (15th), Jerod Roller (17th), and Dusty Zomer (19th).

Coming Up:
Leaving the final week of October open as a just in case rain date for the STN, the final stretch for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real takes the National Tour to the southwest for four nights of racing in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Kicking off Friday, November 7 at the El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas, the following night will be at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

The 2014 Season Finale takes place at the Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. The Friday prelim pays $5,000 to win, while the season's final event will pay $10,000 to win.

Tickets for the El Paso Speedway Park can be purchased online at http://www.ascsracing.com. Tickets for the Cocopah Speedway can be found at http://www.cocopahspeedway.com.

For a complete listing of ASCS events in 2014, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

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Mike Rux, Jr. Breaks into ASCS Southwest Victory Lane

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (October 25, 2014) - The ASCS Southwest Region paid their final visit to the Arizona Speedway for the 2014 season this past Saturday night with Mike Rux, Jr. breaking through for his first victory with the American Sprint Car Series.

The Mesa, Ariz. shoe led start to finish for the $2,000 score with Casey Buckman coming from seventh to second. Bob Ream, Jr. followed from eight to claim third followed by Kaylene Verville and Lance Norick to complete the top-five.

Jesse Baker, Kyle Danielson, Nick Parker, Glen Brace, and Cody Sickles made up the top-ten.

The ASCS Southwest Region joins up with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real on November 7 at the El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. Tickets are on sale at http://www.ascsracing.com.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 22-Mike Rux Jr[1]; 2. 91-Casey Buckman[7]; 3. 8-Bob Ream Jr[8]; 4. 01-Kaylene Verville[10]; 5. 90-Lance Norick[4]; 6. 22X-Jesse Baker[2]; 7. 17K-Kyle Danielson[17]; 8. 94-Nick Parker[5]; 9. 13-Glen Brace[3]; 10. 14-Cody Sickles[14]; 11. 55-Don Sink[20]; 12. (DNF) 9-Ryan Linder[6]; 13. (DNF) 41W-Joshua Williams[9]; 14. (DNF) 5-Bud Rowe[18]; 15. (DNF) 20Z-Rick Ziehl[11]; 16. (DNF) 57X-James Aragon[21]; 17. (DNF) 5A-Michael Curtis[12]; 18. (DNF) 11T-Steve Lohn[15]; 19. (DNF) 18-Wes Wofford[19]; 20. (DNF) 29S-Darrell Sickles[16]; 21. (DQ) 75-J.T. Imperial[13]

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Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series

TULSA, Okla. (October 20, 2014) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real paired with the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region this past weekend for the 41st running of the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals.

Two nights of racing saw nearly perfect weather at the Devil's Bowl Speedway with 47 drivers taking part in this year's event for races 79 and 80 for the series at the famed half-mile oval.

The Winners:
Friday, October 17, 2014
• Tony Bruce, Jr. (National / Lone Star) - For the thirteenth time in his career, Tony Bruce, Jr. stood in Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real. Taking over the top spot on Lap 21, Bruce swept preliminary night events for the Spring and Winter Nationals in 2014 at the Devil's Bowl.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
• Matt Covington (National / Lone Star) - A long time dream for the Matt Covington, the T&L Foundry No. 95 finally found Victory Lane at the Devil's Bowl with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. The win is Covington's fourth with the National arm of the American Sprint Car Series.

News and Notes:

• Jason Johnson - A very scary situation turned out to be not as bad as once feared for Jason Johnson as the U-Joint shattered in the MVT No. 41 while leading Friday night at the Devil's Bowl. Causing his legs to go numb from the impact of the driveline, Johnson coasted safely from turn three to the entrance of turn one. Medics were able to extract Johnson and he was treated at the track. Thankfully, the Butlerbuilt scatter bag took the brunt of the impact, sparing Johnson what could have been severe leg trauma.

• Hard Hits - Several drivers took some hard licks over the weekend. Friday night saw J.J. Simmons hard into the wall. The hit ended his weekend. Saturday night, Blake Hahn slid high exiting the fourth turn, sending the No. 52 into the wall and to his side before coming to a rest.

• Engine Woes - The taste of victory can be quickly erased. For Kris Miller, that sweet taste turned bitter quickly after winning his Heat Race on Friday night. Just after the checkered flag, Miller's ASI built power plant expired. To make things worse, Miller's performance had him in the redraw.

• Brad Loyet - Speaking of engine woes, none hurt more than Brad Loyet's fiery display on Saturday night. Sitting second with a chance at the win, Loyet's engine exploded into a ball of fire on Lap 24. Brad escaped without injury, but the Missouri shoe saw his advantage over Jeff Swindell go from 77 markers to 36 in an instant.

• Double-up - It took 10 years for Dusty Zomer to return to the Devil's Bowl Speedway, and it was one of solid runs with a pair of runner-up finishes in the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82.

• Finally Finishing - A fourth on Friday, followed by a third on Saturday was enough to put a smile on the face of Aaron Reutzel. Plagued by engine problems the last month, Reutzel gave praise to engine builder, Dennis Wells, for getting his program back together in time for the Winter Nationals.

• Hard Charger - Johnny Herrera found himself in B-Features both nights of the Winter Nationals with finishes landing shy of a transfer. Forced to take his final full point Provisionals of the season, Herrera didn't let them go to waste, advancing 15 positions on Friday night, and 16 positions on Saturday night. The only other driver to match Herrera was Sam Hafertepe, Jr. who passed 15 drivers on Friday night.

• Patrick Stasa - The former resident of Kingman, Kan. secured his first ASCS Championship this past weekend, topping the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region. Stasa's season also included his first National Tour win with the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals. Congratulations Patrick on a well deserved championship.

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Matt Covington Breaks Through at the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals

MESQUITE, Texas (October 18, 2014) Twice in 2014 Matt Covington has been close to winning at the Devil's Bowl Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real. Silver in the Spring Nationals, Bronze in the Summer Nationals, and finally Gold as the Oklahoma shoe led start-to-finish in the 41st annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals.

Covington's fourth career Lucas Oil ASCS victory, the win is his second of the season.

"This feels better than I thought it would. I've always wanted to win a National Tour race here. This means more to me than my first ever National Tour win. By far tops them all. I love this track, I love this place," commented a jubilant Matt Covington. "This is a dream come true."

Two attempts at the start, Covington was able to out run Brandon Hanks as the A-Rock Material No. 95 committed to the hub of the Devil's Bowl Speedway. Catching traffic by the fifth round, caution for Wayne Johnson brought the field single file.

At speed, Covington set a torrid pace around the half-mile oval with slower traffic in the picture again by Lap 12. Working every angle on slower cars, Covington found all roads blocked, allowing Brad Loyet to make up a half straight-a-way, however, Loyet's night would end in a ball of fire as power plant in the Vacuworx Global No. 05 gave up on Lap 24. Loyet was credited with twenty-first, and saw his advantage cut to 36 makers over Jeff Swindell.

A caution on Lap 26 for Tommy Bryant, followed by a red for Blake Hahn on Lap 28, Matt Covington was able to hold off Dusty Zomer who crossed runner-up for the second night in a row.

"I tried to do what I could to put a good show on there at the end but Matt was just too tough. The track was a little bit too good but we made the best of it. To come out of here with a pair of seconds with this many cars; we'll take it."

Improving one from Friday night, Aaron Reutzel posted his fifth podium finish of the season, "I'll tell you what, just to finish a race feel like a win to me right now," commented Reutzel who has been plagued by engine failures as of late. "I cannot thank Dennis Wells enough. I brought him this engine two weeks ago, complete blown up with nothing left, and he got it back to me in a week and a half. This thing really ran strong and like I said, the way out lucks been lately, it feel like a win just to finish a race."

Jeff Swindell advanced from seventh to fourth with Derek Hagar rebounding from Friday night to complete the top five in the Steve King Foundation No. E85. Tony Bruce, Jr. raced to a sixth place finish with the night's KSE Hard Charger award going to Johnny Herrera. Twenty-third to eighth on Friday after having to take a provisional, Herrera again found himself twenty-third at the start, improving one to finish seventh. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. crossed eighth with Patrick Stasa ninth and Jason Johnson tenth from nineteenth.

Seeing 44 drivers in competition Saturday night, five Heat Races went to Wayne Johnson, Patrick Stasa, Derek Hagar, Brad Loyet, and Jeff Swindell. A pair of B-Features went to Brandon Long and Jake Martens. Provisionals were utilized by Johnny Herrera and Blake Hahn.

The final night for the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region in 2014, Patrick Stasa secured his first ASCS championship.

The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real heads for the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. for the 27th annual Short Track Nationals. Kicking off Wednesday with the second STN Open, qualifying begins on Thursday, October 23 and wraps up on Saturday, October 25. Live online PPV is available at http://www.shorttracknationals.com. Tickets are on sale with information posted at http://www.i-30speedway.com.

A- Feature (30 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer[5]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[4]; 4. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 5. E85-Derek Hagar[6]; 6. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[8]; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera[23]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[11]; 9. 19-Patrick Stasa[10]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson[19]; 11. 53-Jack Dover[14]; 12. 17-Josh Baughman[16]; 13. 33Z-Zach Chappell[22]; 14. 2K-Brandon Long[17]; 15. 1J-Danny Jennings[12]; 16. 0-Jake Martens[18]; 17. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn[24]; 18. (DNF) 7M-Kevin Ramey[20]; 19. (DNF) 28-Tommy Bryant[21]; 20. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman[15]; 21. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 22. (DNF) 77X-Wayne Johnson[9]; 23. (DNF) 17T-Channin Tankersley[13]; 24. (DNF) 3H-Brandon Hanks[2]

Lap Leader(s): Matt Covington 1-30

Devil's Bowl Speedway - Lucas Oil ASCS Winners: Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 20, Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA.) 10, Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK.) 6, Kevin Ramey (Ft. Worth, TX.) 4, Danny Jennings (Norman, OK.) 3, Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN.) 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS.) 3, Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO.) 2, Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS.) 2, Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN) 2, Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) 2, Mike Peters (Wichita, KS.) 2, Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK.) 2, Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN.) 2, Travis Rilat (Forney, TX.) 2, Shane Carson (Oklahoma City, OK.), Alan Payne (Dallas, TX.), Danny Lasoski (Dover, MO.), Edd French (El Paso, TX.), Jack Dover (Springfield, NE.), Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO.), Larry Neighbors (Oklahoma City, OK.), Mike Ward (Memphis, TN.), Patrick Stasa (Ft. Worth, TX.), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX.), Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.), Shane Carson (Oklahoma City, OK.), Tim Crawley (Bryant, AR.), Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK)

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4. Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Brian Brown - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Matt Covington - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Tim Crawley - 1

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,740; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,704; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,689; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,687; 5. Jason Johnson 3,668; 6. Seth Bergman 3,487; 7. Matt Covington 3,455; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,400; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,199; 10. Blake Hahn 3,141;

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Tony Bruce, Jr. Takes Winter Nationals Preliminary Checkers

MESQUITE, Texas (October 17, 2014) Winning the preliminary night of the 2014 Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals, Tony Bruce, Jr. added the preliminary night of the 2014 Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals to his list of victories at the Mesquite, Texas oval, bringing his win count to three with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real at the Devil's Bowl Speedway.

"First let me start off by saying my thoughts and prayers go out to Jason [Johnson]," said Bruce after scoring his third win of the season. "No one ever wants to win a race like that; we had a second place car that ended up getting a win to his unfortunate situation and like I said, my thoughts and prayers go out to him. I hope nothing's serious and he's out here tomorrow."

"We're happy to have a win. I mean, anytime you can get a win on this thing, it's tough to do and so I've got to thank everybody that's a part of this crew."

Giving chase to Jason Johnson from the start, Bruce took over the top spot on Lap 21 as the red flag flew for Johnson who saw his night end with a broken driveline in the MVT No. 41. Removed by Paramedics, Johnson did complain of pain in his legs but was not transported. No updates have been given as to his condition at this time.

Dusty Zomer raced from seventh to second. Capitalizing on the Lap 21 restart, Zomer shot under Matt Covington for the runner up spot.

"I pulled by wing back a little bit there. You have to run top four to get locked in here, so you're in a security blanket but we're here to make some money and do what we have to do, but the car stuck. It did push just a little on me, so I did check with Matt [Covington] to make sure I didn't do him dirty - First time back in 10 years, and I'm happy to be back."

Holding off Aaron Reutzel in the closing laps, Matt Covington recorded his fifth podium finish of the season, "The last national race we had at Wheatland, I had a hard time. Just some bad luck and didn't do the best job I could do but man, I love being here at the Devil's Bowl. This is my favorite track and had a lot of fun out there. Had fun racing with Tony and Dusty, he just caught me sleeping there in turn-two."

Aaron Reutzel earned the final transfer into Saturday's championship event for his eighth top five finish of the season. Brad Loyet came from ninth to complete the top five, putting 77 points between himself and Jeff Swindell who shot from fifth to second in tour standings.

Swindell from eleventh grabbed sixth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. earning the KSE Hard Charger Award with an impressive driver from twenty-second to seventh after a crash in his Heat Race forced the No. 15h into the night's second B-Feature. Sam is now 80 points from the lead in third.

Equally impressive was Johnny Herrera's run from twenty-third to eight. Forced to take a provisional into the night's A-Feature, Herrera now sits fourth only 81 points back from Loyet. Jack Dover crossed ninth with Wayne Johnson coming from twentieth to complete the top-ten.

Bringing 47 drivers to the Devil's Bowl, six Heat Races went to Kris Miller, J.J. Simmons, Brad Loyet, Aaron Reutzel, Jeff Swindell, and Jason Johnson. Making the redraw, Miller was unable to continue as the engine expired on the No. 33 just after taking the checkered flag.

Danny Jennings and Brandon Long each won B-Features. Along with Herrera, Seth Bergman also took a provisional into the A-Feature but was unable to finish due to engine problems.

Paired with the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region, high points went to Kevin Ramey, followed by Michael Lang, Patrick Stasa, Danny Jennings, and Martin Edwards.

The 41st annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals continues on Saturday, October 18 with races getting underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT).

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[5]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer[7]; 3. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel[10]; 5. 05-Brad Loyet[9]; 6. 94-Jeff Swindell[11]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[22]; 8. 45X-Johnny Herrera[23]; 9. 53-Jack Dover[6]; 10. 77X-Wayne Johnson[20]; 11. 7M-Kevin Ramey[15]; 12. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[19]; 13. 3H-Brandon Hanks[12]; 14. 14-Michael Lang[16]; 15. 19-Patrick Stasa[21]; 16. 0-Jake Martens[13]; 17. 1J-Danny Jennings[17]; 18. (DNF) 41-Jason Johnson[1]; 19. (DNF) 45-Martin Edwards[2]; 20. (DNF) 4X-Shawn Petersen[14]; 21. (DNF) 66-J.J. Simmons[8]; 22. (DNF) 2K-Brandon Long[18]; 23. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman[24]; DNS 33-Kris Miller

Lap Leader(s): Jason Johnson 1-21; Tony Bruce, Jr. 22-25
Provisional(s): Johnny Herrera (BP2), Seth Bergman (P1)

Devil's Bowl Speedway - Lucas Oil ASCS Winners: Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 20, Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA.) 10, Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK.) 6, Kevin Ramey (Ft. Worth, TX.) 4, Danny Jennings (Norman, OK.) 3, Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN.) 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS.) 3, Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO.) 2, Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS.) 2, Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN) 2, Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) 2, Mike Peters (Wichita, KS.) 2, Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK.) 2, Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN.) 2, Travis Rilat (Forney, TX.) 2, Shane Carson (Oklahoma City, OK.), Alan Payne (Dallas, TX.), Danny Lasoski (Dover, MO.), Edd French (El Paso, TX.), Jack Dover (Springfield, NE.), Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO.), Larry Neighbors (Oklahoma City, OK.), Mike Ward (Memphis, TN.), Patrick Stasa (Ft. Worth, TX.), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX.), Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.), Shane Carson (Oklahoma City, OK.), Tim Crawley (Bryant, AR.)

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2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 4. Brad Loyet - 3, Jeff Swindell - 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 3, Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Brian Brown - 2, Seth Bergman - 2, Wayne Johnson - 2, Derek Hagar - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1, Matt Covington - 1, Tim Crawley - 1

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,651; 2. Jeff Swindell 3,574; 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,571; 4. Johnny Herrera 3,570; 5. Jason Johnson 3,558; 6. Seth Bergman 3,397; 7. Matt Covington 3,305; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,278; 9. Aaron Reutzel 3,064; 10. Blake Hahn 3,045

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2014 ASCS National Points
Nov. 14

1. Brad Loyet 4069
2. Jeff Swindell 4058
3. Jason Johnson 4056
4. Johnny Herrera 4027
5. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 3994
6. Seth Bergman 3789
7. Tony Bruce Jr. 3754
8. Matt Covington 3726
9. Aaron Reutzel 3626
10. Blake Hahn 3463
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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