Johnny Herrera Rolls To Victory In Hockett/McMillin Memorial Opener
WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 22, 2016) Besting a stout lineup of 65 drivers, New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera was the class of the field on Thursday night, earning the top spot in Thursday’s kick off to the sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial at the Lucas Oil Speedway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Utilizing a late race restart, Johnny sailed his MVT No. 45x to the cushion to take the lead away from race long leader, Sammy Swindell, despite having worked the bottom early to the front of the field.
“Someone showed me the bottom early, and I was working that line when I showed him my nose there and then he dropped down and blocked that,” commented Herrera of early attempts for the lead. “After that, the bottom started going away or at least I wasn’t as good as I was early and after that red, I committed to just sail the top and it worked.”
Working through a pair of cautions in the opening laps, the field gave chase to Sammy Swindell as Herrera worked to hold off Jonathan Cornell. Able to keep the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 at bay for the first half of the A-Feature, Cornell rolled the bottom to second and eventually the lead while working Lap 15 with Herrera in tow. Caution in the same breath, the lineup reverted back to the last fully completed lap; putting Swindell to the point and Cornell to second.
With brakes fading on the Acme Grapix No. 3s, Swindell made the car as wide as possible but again, it was Cornell to the front only to have the red negate the move as Josh Baughman tagged the wall off the fourth turn.
Able to keep his No. 3s to the bottom, Swindell held the lead with Herrera keeping pace. Working to slower traffic, Johnny switched lines to the top for the lead, but again, the caution flew in favor of Swindell on Lap 21. Twisting up his No. 45x, Johnny took the lead on the restart, and this time the caution flew in Johnny’s favor.
Green for the final time, Johnny set sail to a 1.434 second advantage at the checkered flag.
“I knew we had a good car, but Sammy is just tough to beat,” stated Johnny. “He’s a veteran, just like me, and anytime you can race hard with him and outrun him, that’s always a great thing.”
John Carney II battled to a third place finish with Brad Loyet coming from seventh to fourth. After contending for the lead early on, Jonathan Cornell slipped to complete the top-five.
From 10th, Wayne Johnson ran up to a sixth place finish with Brian Brown seventh. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from 13th crossed eighth with Seth Bergman making the most of a Provisional Start to charge from 23rd to ninth. From 21st, Matt Covington came up to round out the top-ten.
Drawing a field of 65 drivers, eight Heat Races went to Derek Hagar, Chris Morgan, Tony Bruce, Jr., John Carney II, Wayne Johnson, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Corey Nelson. Qualifiers were won by Johnny Herrera, Brian Brown, and Harli White. A trio of B-Features went to Taylor Walton, Chris Martin, and Jack Dover. Provisionals were utilized by Aaron Reutzel, Seth Bergman, and Evan Martin.
Event points following Thursday’s opener finds Johnny Herrera atop with 397 markers. The margin is 11 over Sammy Swindell. John Carney II with 382 is third with Brian Brown at 366. Wayne Johnson makes up the top-five in a tie with Brian Brown.
The sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial continues on Friday, September 23 with Hot Laps getting underway at 6:45 P.M. (CDT). Live online PPV can be found at http://www.lucasoilracingtv.com. For more information, log onto http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS National / ASCS Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Mo.
6th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial - Night 1
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A-Feature (25 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell; 3. 11X-John Carney II; 4. 05-Brad Loyet; 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 7. 21-Brian Brown; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 9. 23-Seth Bergman; 10. 95-Matt Covington; 11. 53-Jack Dover; 12. 86-Tony Bruce Jr; 13. 44-Chris Martin; 14. 82-Thomas Kennedy; 15. 17W-Harli White; 16. 5J-Jamie Ball; 17. 76-Jay Russell; 18. 34-Corey Nelson; 19. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn; 20. (DNF) 2L-Logan Forler; 21. (DNF) 17-Josh Baughman; 22. (DNF) 93-Taylor Walton; 23. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel; 24. (DNF) 9JR-Derek Hagar; 25. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin
Lap Leader(s): Sammy Swindell 1-21; Johnny Herrera 22-25
Event Points – Thursday, September, 22, 2016
Johnny Herrera - 397
Sammy Swindell - 386
John Carney II - 382
Brian Brown - 366
Wayne Johnson - 366
Brad Loyet - 365
Jonathan Cornell - 363
Sam Hafertepe Jr - 357
Tony Bruce Jr - 352
Harli White - 343
Corey Nelson - 340
Thomas Kennedy - 339
Derek Hagar - 335
Chris Martin - 329
Blake Hahn - 326
Jay Russell - 324
Josh Baughman - 322
Logan Forler - 318
Zach Pringle - 316
Taylor Walton - 315
Andy McElhannon - 312
Randy Martin - 310
Jeremy Campbell - 309
Alex Hill - 303
Zach Chappell - 300
Cody Baker - 299
J.R. Topper - 299
Ray Allen Kulhanek - 297
Chris Morgan - 297
Brian Bell - 292
Matt Covington - 223
Jack Dover - 223
Jamie Ball - 213
Seth Bergman - 203
Ray Seeman - 199
Evan Martin - 197
Tyler Blank - 195
Austin Alumbaugh - 194
Miles Paulus - 194
Nate VanHaaften - 193
Jake Greider - 192
Fred Mattox - 192
Kade Morton - 192
Brandon Hanks - 191
Kevin Hinkle - 191
Lanny Carpenter - 190
Stacey Alexander - 189
Sean McClelland - 189
Kyle Bellm - 187
Broc Elliott - 187
Brian Gramm - 187
Aaron Reutzel - 187
Zach Daum - 186
Jason McDougal - 186
Chance Morton - 186
Danny Wood - 186
Ben Brown - 185
Jared Sewell - 185
Forrest Sutherland - 185
Danny Thoman - 185
Zach Davis - 182
Brandon Hinkle - 182
Ryan Leavitt - 181
Kevin Ulmer - 181
Chuck McGillivray - 180
2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,957; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,738; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,501; 4. Blake Hahn 3,484; 5. Matt Covington 3,369; 6. Logan Forler 3,347; 7. Seth Bergman 3,307; 8. Aaron Reutzel 3,157; 9. Josh Baughman 2,497; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,386;
Hockett/McMillin Memorial Fires Off This Thursday
TULSA, Okla. (September 19, 2016) Arguably two of Sprint Car racing’s biggest ambassadors was Jesse Hockett and Daniel McMillin. Cousins closer than brothers, both were taken from this world much too soon and in the wake of their passing, teams and fans continue to flock to the “ShowMe State” to honor their legacy.
An event that continues to gather some of the best talent in Motorsports, the sixth annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial will see its biggest year yet as the event expands to three nights. Running from Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24, the Hockett/McMillin Memorial will headline with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, in conjunction with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs.
On top of the added day, comes added money as the Saturday finale for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour will feature a $10,000 top prize. The two ASCS preliminary A-Features on Thursday and Friday will award $3,000 to the winners.
Joined by the BOSS Chassis WAR Sprint Cars each night, the all open-wheel weekend continues to build upon a dream that Jesse sought for Sprint Car racing in his home state.
Rolling into the weekend, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. leads the way with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with a 253 point advantage over Johnny Herrera.
Sam comes into the three-night affair as the most recent winner in National Tour competition at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks”, having topped the 2016 Speedweek final on June 18, 2016. Herrera looks to back up his 2013 performance in which the Albuquerque, N.M. shoe won the finale of the Hockett/McMillin Memorial.
Blake Hahn enters the weekend third in tour standings with a narrow margin over Wayne Johnson. Separated by 11 points, neither have found Victory Lane at Lucas Oil Speedway. Johnson has come close on two occasions with a pair of podium finishes to his credit.
Rounding out the top-five in Matt Covington, but by only one point over Logan Forler. Both are in search of their first National Tour wins of the 2016 season. Picking up the win this past Saturday with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region at the Missouri State Fair Speedway, Seth Bergman looks to continue that momentum. Seventh in standings, Seth has the chance to jump into the top-five as he trails Covington by only 14 points. Aaron Reutzel holds eight with Josh Baughman and Kyle Bellm making up the top-ten in tour standings.
For the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, the race for the top has tightened over the past few races as Jonathan Cornell has suffered some mechanical setbacks. Bringing Evan Martin to a 166 point deficit, the pair are alone at the top as Danny Thoman trails by 381 points. Austin Alumbaugh and Cody Baker make up the top-five.
Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 will open at 5:00 P.M. with Hot Laps at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, September 24 will move up to a 4:00 P.M. open time and 6:45 P.M. (CDT) Hot Laps. For more information on the Lucas Oil Speedway, log onto http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
For fans unable to make the trip to the Hockett/McMillin Memorial, live online PPV can be found on http://www.lucasoilracingtv.com. Live audio will also be broadcast at http://www.racinboys.com.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
All drivers will compete on both qualifying nights as combined points from Heat Races, Qualifiers, B-Mains, and A-Mains will set the lineup for Top 8 on Saturday night. Any tie in points will be broken by Friday’s passing point totals. ASCS Format will be utilized with draw in for Heat Race starting position and passing points to determine drivers who advance to Qualifiers and B-Mains.
Each night, Top 30 in Passing Points from Heat Races will move into Qualifiers. Remainder will fall to the tail of the night’s “B” Features. Top 18 will be inverted with the highest point earner from Heat Races starting sixth in the first Qualifier. Qualifiers will be 8 laps each. Passing Points will be utilized with the driver’s total points combined with their Heat Race total. The top 16 in combined Passing Points will advance to the A-Feature. Drivers will not redraw for their starting position. Lineup is straight up by the combined Passing Point total. The remainder will fall into B-Features. Number of B-Features is dependent upon the number of cars. 40-50 cars means remaining drivers will drop into two “B” Features. 51-60 will drop into three “B” Features. Lineup will be done by passing point totals with 17th going to the pole of the first “B” Feature, 18th to the pole of the second “B” Feature, etc.
If one B is needed, the top 6 drivers will advance to the A-Feature. If two B's, then the top three, if three B's, then the top two.
Following the completion of Friday’s program, event points will be totaled with the Top 8 locked in, straight up, into Saturday’s A-Feature. All other drivers will redraw for Heats and Qualifiers on Saturday with the Top 8 in combined Passing Points advancing, straight up, into position’s 9-16 in the A-Feature, all other drivers will fall into B-Mains.
Thursday and Friday Race Points will follow the following scale:
B-Feature: Based on number of B-Features. Starting with the first non-transfer:
A-Feature: Based on ASCS points structure for standard A-Mains:
**ASCS National Driver Point, Regional Attendance, and Promoter’s Provisionals will be allowed, but will not award event points for the A-Feature. Points will be calculated from the position earned prior to the Provisional.
Purse structure for each night is as follows:
Thursday and Friday:
A-Feature: 1. $3.000; 2. $1,500; 3. $1,100; 4. $1,000; 5. $800 6. $700; 7. $600; 8. $500; 9. $475; 10. $450; 11. $425; 12. $400 13. $400; 14. $400; 15. $400; 16. $400; 17. $400; 18. $400; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400;
Any non-transferring driver will be paid $100.
A-Feature: 1. $10,000; 2. $5,000; 3. $2,500; 4. $1,500; 5. $1,250; 6. $1,150; 7. $1,100; 8. $1,000; 9. $900; 10. $800; 11. $700; 12. $600; 13. $550; 14. $525; 15. $500; 16. $475; 17. $450; 18. $425; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400;
Any non-transferring driver will be paid $150.
The 6th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial will be filmed for broadcast on MAVTV and will be shown live on http://www.lucasoilracing.tv. Live coverage can also be found at http://www.racinboys.com.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Speedway, log onto http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com. For updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
The Stats: Lucas Oil ASCS Quick List - Lucas Oil Speedway: Wheatland, Mo.
National Tour Winners by Date: Brian Brown (9/30/2006), Jason Johnson (4/19/2008), Shane Stewart (9/26/2009), Tim Crawley (9/25/2010), Tim Crawley (9/23/2011), Jason Johnson (9/24/2011), Cody Baker (6/23/2012), Brady Bacon (9/28/2012), Jason Johnson (9/29/2012), Jonathan Cornell (6/22/2013), Tony Bruce, Jr. (6/27/2013), Johnny Herrera (6/29/2013), Christopher Bell (6/21/2014), Tim Crawley (9/26/2014), Derek Hagar (9/26/2014), Tony Bruce, Jr. (6/20/2015), Brian Brown (9/25/2015); Brad Loyet (9/26/2015); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (6/18/2016)
Hockett/McMillin Winners: Jason Johnson (2011 and 2012), Johnny Herrera (2013), Derek Hagar (2014); Brad Loyet (2015)
2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,841; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,588; 3. Blake Hahn 3,390; 4. Wayne Johnson 3,379; 5. Matt Covington 3,256; 6. Logan Forler 3,255; 7. Seth Bergman 3,242; 8. Aaron Reutzel 3,092; 9. Josh Baughman 2,407; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,321;
A Legend Has Passed; Lanny Edwards 1939-2016
On September 9, 2016, the racing world lost one of its most legendary promoters as Lanny Edwards slipped from this earth to be with our Lord. He was 76 years old.
The owner of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas), RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas), and Lawton Speedway (Lawton, Okla.); Edwards helped give rise to some of racing’s biggest and brightest stars, along with involvement with the formation of the World of Outlaws. Lanny was also the co-founder of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire alongside longtime friend, Emmett Hahn.
Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006, Edwards’ contribution to the world of Motorsports will forever be enshrined in the people who have come to call him both Father and Friend. In his Hall of Fame induction story, Lanny gave a piece of advice that everyone should know.
“Don’t ever try to cheat someone, and don’t belittle anyone. You’re not better than anybody else.”
If the measure of a person’s life is what they leave behind, without a doubt, Lanny led a fantastic one. Truly we say, God Speed Mr. Edwards. We’ll see you at the end of our race.
Services for Lanny Edwards will be announced as soon as the details are made available.
1. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 4541
2. Johnny Herrera 4343
3. Wayne Johnson 4116
4. Blake Hahn 3992
5. Matt Covington 3922
6. Logan Forler 3864
7. Aaron Reutzel 3756
8. Seth Bergman 3470
9. Josh Baughman 2968
10. Kyle Bellm 2771