Jeff Swindell Unstoppable with Lucas Oil ASCS in Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. (July 12, 2014) - An engine change put Jeff Swindell starting fifteenth on Friday night after drawing second in the A-Feature, but luck was on the side of the Tennessee veteran, drawing the pole at the Billings Motorsports Park to lead start to finish for his second Protect the Harvest A-Feature victory of the year in front of a capacity crowd.
Masterful in slower traffic, Swindell didn't back off going three and at times four wide with the back markers to keep Jason Johnson at bay.
"It's about time isn't it?" was the first thing said as Jeff worked around the car after his wing dance.
Asked about having to make some hair-raising moves through traffic, Swindell replied, "It just got to where some of those guys were running side-by-side and were all running about the same speed and had the bottom blocked, they had the top blocked, then one would slip out and another would get under him so all I could do is drive through the middle there that one shot and it really surprised me; the car stuck pretty nice."
Able to open his advantage considerably at times, Swindell commented on being able to run in clean air, "When you're running a cushion like that, being out in the open air really makes a world of difference. The cushion's really hard to see when you get behind somebody because there's just blowing up so much dust off the tires, so you have to just feel your way to the cushion by the car in front of you so it makes it really good to be sitting out front."
Assisted by cautions to keep the Heartland Catfish No. 94 out of heavy slower traffic in the early goings, the mid-point on was not the case, which allowed Jason Johnson to close the gap on Swindell, but never enough to challenge for the lead.
"I really needed lapped traffic because in clean air, he definitely was just as fast as us, a little bit faster to be quite honest so our only chance was to get him in lapped traffic and a couple times it got pretty hairy there and was definitely a challenge," said Johnson after crossing second at the BMP Speedway.
A nearly constant battle for third took place between Aaron Reutzel and Seth Bergman. Swapping the show position over and over during the night's 30 laps run, Reutzel was able to fend off the Washington shoe for the podium step.
Overcoming several outings with engine problems, Reutzel was all smiles on the front straight-a-way, "Man that car was awesome. I can't thank Ryan [Beechler] enough. Man, he got me dialed in and we were definitely coming through there. We started seventh and got to third. We were in striking distance of second at one time but once those lapped cars got to racing it really messed us up but man I'll tell you what; what a great race track this is."
Reutzel addressed the crowd about the race and was met with roaring approval.
Seth Bergman crossed fourth with Brad Loyet coming from ninth to complete the top-five.
Johnny Herrera raced across sixth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr seventh. Tony Bruce, Jr. came from eleventh to eighth with Kelly Miller slipping from the front row to ninth. David Hoiness completed the top ten.
The night saw 30 drivers drawing in. Split into four Heat Races, Trever Kirkland, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Johnson, and Aaron Reutzel each earned wins. The night's B-Feature was dominated by Randi Miller.
Again paired with the ASCS Frontier Region, Kelly Miller was the night's regional high point earner. In doing so, the Alberta driver took over the Regional points lead by 11 over Joe Ramaker whose night ended early with a broken rear-end assembly. David Hoiness, Phil Dietz, Jeremy McCune, and Randi Miller completed the top-five point earners.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real races next on Friday, July 18 at the AtoZ Promotions backed night at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 05-Brad Loyet; 6. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 8. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 9. 44K-Kelly Miller; 10. 27DD-David Hoiness; 11. 72-Phil Dietz; 12. 0J-Jeremy McCune; 13. 95-Matt Covington; 14. 90-Randi Miller; 15. 17-Blake Hahn; 16. 28-Joe Perry; 17. 21-Ryder Olson; 18. 7X-Paxton Lambrecht; 19. (DNF) 44-Damon McCune; 20. (DNF) 37-Trever Kirkland; 21. (DNF) 38B-Bryan Brown; 22. (DNF) 2-Shad Peterson
Lap Leader(s): Jeff Swindell 1-30
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Brad Loyet - 2, Jeff Swindell - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Derek Hagar - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 2,026; 2. Jason Johnson 1,975; 3. Jeff Swindell 1,925; 4. Johnny Herrera 1,893; 5. Aaron Reutzel 1,876; 6. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,864; 7. Seth Bergman 1,811; 8. Blake Hahn 1,773; 9. Matt Covington 1,765; 10. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,759.
Jack Dover tops ASCS Midwest. Takes Down Minnesota Mafia at Park Jefferson
JEFFERSON, S.D. (July 11, 2014) - For over three years, the Park Jefferson Speedway sat without Sprint Cars, but that changed Friday night as the Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region took on the Minnesota Mafia with Nebraska's Jack Dover conquering all.
Coming from tenth, Dover grabbed the lead in the closing laps after Tyler Drueke slipped through the cushion in the fourth turn. Billy Alley crossed second with Russ Hall third after leading early on. Kaley Gharst and Dusty Ballenger made up the top-five.
Justin Henderson shot from sixteenth to sixth with Gregg Bakker following from seventeenth to seventh. Seth Brahmer, Jody Rosenboom, and Jordan Boston completed the top-ten.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region races next at the Knoxville Raceway for the Arnold Motor Supply ASCS Knoxville Nationals, happening July 31 through August 2. For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover; 2. 3-Billy Alley; 3. 29-Russ Hall; 4. 7-Kaley Gharst; 5. 2D-Dusty Ballenger; 6. 24BH-Justin Henderson; 7. 11X-Gregg Bakker; 8. 13V-Seth Brahmer; 9. 14-Jody Rosenboom; 10. 1B-Jordan Boston; 11. 12-Tyler Drueke; 12. 75-Tommy Barber; 13. 23S-Stu Snyder; 14. 17-Ryan Bickett; 15. 10-Justin Jacobsma; 16. 612-Jeff Schreurs; 17. (DNF) 35-Skyler Prochaska; 18. (DNF) 93L-Derrik Lusk; 19. (DNF) 41P-Jeff Carlson; 20. (DNF) 75C-Casey Heser; 21. (DNF) 35L-Cody Ledger
Jake Martens Steals Lubbock Loot with ASCS Lone Star
LUBBOCK, Texas (July 11, 2014) - Jake Martens trip to the Texas panhandle has been good so far, topping the Smiley's Racing Products ASCS Lone Star Region at the Lubbock Speedway.
A stark difference from April 25 when Martens ended up flipping his No. 48 at the Lubbock Speedway, the Fairview, Okla. driver grabbed the lead on Lap 5 from James Mosher after starting sixth.
Hunted by Harli White in the closing laps, Martens would not be denied. White ended up second with Patrick Stasa making the podium. Shawn Petersen and Kevin Ramey made up the top -five. Josh Baughman, John Carney II, Brandon Long, Brandon Black, and John Kelly completed the top-ten.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens; 2. 17W-Harli White; 3. 19-Patrick Stasa; 4. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 5. 1A-Kevin Ramey; 6. 17X-Josh Baughman; 7. 74B-John Carney II; 8. 02-Brandon Long; 9. 777-Brandon Black; 10. 2K-John Kelly; 11. 16-Cory Riley; 12. (DNF) 12-James Mosher; 13. (DNF) 58-Gary Floyd
Brad Loyet Electric in Great Falls Victory with Lucas Oil ASCS
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (July 11, 2014) - Losing the lead on the final lap in 2013 at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. Brad Loyet was not about to let the win slip through his hands again as the ASCS National points leader raced to his second Protect the Harvest A-Feature victory of 2014 in front of a capacity crowd with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real.
"Last year I just gift wrapped that one for Tony Bruce, but this feels awesome," said Loyet. "It feels good to come out here and get a win. My guys work hard and right there before the feature, they asked what I thought and we changed it up a little bit on the set-up and we just shot out of there like a cannon."
Gridding the Miller Truck Lines No. 05 tenth, Loyet wasted little time working to the front of the field. Advancing to the runner-up spot by the third round, Loyet set his sights on Blake Hahn for the race lead, "I knew I had a better car than Blake on the bottom, and I was worried he was going see me down there and start running the bottom on the restarts. They had a really good car, so hats off to those guys."
Stalking Hahn in slower traffic, the duo took the race three wide on multiple occasions; the most notable coming before a Lap 16 caution for Joe Ramaker in which the pair went three deep in traffic with two different cars through turns three and four.
Finally getting the run on Lap 21, Loyet snagged the lead the following lap.
Blake Hahn's runner up finish is his second of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real.
"I thought we could have had something but Brad definitely had something on the bottom. Leading it, I didn't want to get off the top because I thought we were pretty fast so it was hard to get off the top but overall the car was good," commented Hahn of his runner up finish.
Challenged in the closing laps for the second step on the podium by Matt Covington, the T&L Foundry No. 95 ended up settling for third.
"I think I had a car good enough to win, but just made a couple mistakes there early in the race and let Brad get around me," said Covington. "He did great, Blake did a good job by coming off the top otherwise we were both going to go by him. All three of us just had good cars."
After running fifth to second in the night's B-Feature, Seth Bergman mounted a charge from eighteenth to fourth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. coming from thirteenth to round out the top-five.
Johnny Herrera from eleventh was sixth with Jeff Swindell from sixteenth after an engine change following a Heat Race win on seven cylinders forced the Heartland Catfish No. 94 off the front row. Aaron Reutzel suffered engine problems early, putting the BC Funds No. 87 in the B-Feature. Finishing third, the Clute, Texas driver surged from nineteenth to eighth.
Tony Bruce, Jr. was another driver suffering engine problems. Changing the power-plant following his Heat Race, Bruce then gave up his fifteenth starting spot with a trip to the work area, ultimately coming from twenty-second to ninth. Trever Kirkland raced as high as fifth, but ended up slipping back to complete the top-ten.
A total of 33 drivers drew in for four Heat Races going to Jeff Swindell, Paxton Lambrecht, Trever Kirkland, and Matt Covington. The night's B-Feature was won by Phil Dietz, who suffered suspension damage that relegated the No. 72 twenty-first.
Joined with the ASCS Frontier Region, Trever Kirkland garnered high points. Kelly Miller, Paxton Lambrecht, Joe Perry, and David Hoiness were the top-five point earners. Five drivers made their first National Tour A-Feature start on Friday: Bryan Brown, Jerry Brey, Steve Reeves, Paxton Lambrecht, and Ryder Olson.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real head to the Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 12. Jason Johnson is the defending race winner at the three-eighths mile oval. Races are scheduled to begin at 7:00 P.M. (MT).
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 17-Blake Hahn; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 6. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 7. 94-Jeff Swindell; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 9. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 10. 37-Trever Kirkland; 11. 41-Jason Johnson; 12. 44K-Kelly Miller; 13. 7X-Paxton Lambrecht; 14. 28-Joe Perry; 15. 27DD-David Hoiness; 16. 12-Jerry Brey; 17. 1X-Vernon Hill; 18. 21-Ryder Olson; 19. 5R-Steve Reeves; 20. (DNF) 98-Joe Ramaker; 21. (DNF) 72-Phil Dietz; 22. (DNF) 1-Bill Boyce
Lap Leader(s): Blake Hahn 1-21; Brad Loyet 22-30
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Brad Loyet - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Derek Hagar - 1, Jeff Swindell - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 1,901; 2. Jason Johnson 1,833; 3. Jeff Swindell 1,775; 4. Johnny Herrera 1,771; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,745; 6. Aaron Reutzel 1,741; 7. Seth Bergman 1,681; 8. Blake Hahn 1,673; 9. Matt Covington 1,661; 10. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,643;
Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series
TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2014) - A little more than a review of the weekend's racing action inside the ASCS Nation, this week's glace at the action picks up on Monday, June 30 with the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek.
Between ASCS 305cid and 360cid competition, the season now stands at 50 winners in 87 race nights accounting for 101 ASCS sanctioned events. In all, 46 tracks have hosted ASCS events in 2014 across a dozen states (AR, AZ, CA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, OR, TN, and TX).
Monday, June 30, 2014
• Rico Abreu (ASCS Northwest) - Taking his third ASCS victory of the season, Rico Abreu topped action at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Ore. Abreu gave high praise to Brian Crockett and the entire track crew at the Oregon oval, saying the track was the best he'd seen.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
• Colin Baker (ASCS Northwest) - A visit to the Coos Bay Speedway netted Colin Baker his first ASCS Northwest Regional victory of his career. Baker currently leads the ASCS Northwest standings.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
• Kyle Hirst (ASCS Northwest) - Victory again for the California shoe, Kyle Hirst raced the Finley Farms No. 77 to victory at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. The win is Hirst's second of the year in ASCS competition.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
• Jonathan Cornell (ASCS Warrior) - The kick off to the Tiger Towing Red, White, and Blue Tour for the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region, Jonathan Cornell topped the field of 31 at the Double X Speedway for his first ASCS victory of the 2014 season.
Friday, July 4, 2014
• Jonathan Cornell (ASCS Warrior) - One victory certainly deserves another as the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 again found victory, this time at the Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo. Cornell also has the distinction of grabbing the win in the series first visit to the Missouri oval.
• Kyle Hirst (ASCS Northwest) - Night one at the Cottage Grove Speedway saw Kyle Hirst parked in victory lane for the third time since the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek began at the Siskiyou Motor Speedway on June 29.
• Travis Elliot (ASCS Gulf South) - Greeted by many of his friends and competitors in victory lane, Travis Elliot led start to finish at the Shady Oaks Speedway for his first career ASCS Gulf South victory. Elliot is the 55th winner against the south Texas based region.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
• Bob Ream, Jr. (ASCS Southwest) - Grabbing his first ASCS career victory on March 15 at the Arizona Speedway, the veteran non-wing racer turned winged driver backed up his Arizona Speedway victory on Saturday with a mid-race pass on Kaylene Verville. The win is Ream's third this season, and second in as many races with a win in Tucson on June 28.
• Logan Forler (ASCS Northwest) - Racing up and down the west coast in 2014, Logan Forler found victory at the Cottage Grove Speedway to cap off the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek. The win is Forler's second career win with the Northwest Region.
• Brandon Berryman (ASCS Gulf South) - The Battleground Speedway saw the grandstands near capacity, and Brandon Berryman in victory lane for the first time in 2014, leading non-stop for the night's $2,500 prize.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
• Double X Speedway (ASCS Warrior) - A perfect weekend for Jonathan Cornell as the VKCC Motorsports No. 28 worked past Jason Johnson in the closing laps for a repeat victory at the Double X Speedway in California, Mo.
A few details about the weekend:
• First Timers - There were a few first time winners over the weekend. Colin Baker picked up his first ASCS Northwest victory at the Coos Bay Speedway on July 1. Travis Elliot finally raced to victory with the ASCS Gulf South Region on July 4 at the Shady Oaks Speedway. First time seasonal wins went to Brandon Berryman and Logan Forler.
• Chased by Rain - While several events were chased by rain, two events during the weekend fell to wet weather. Just as the drivers had draw in, and lineups were set, ASCS Gulf South at Cotton Bowl Speedway on July 3 the rains began to fall. Taking a four day swing to three, the ASCS Warrior Region rescheduled the July 5 date at the Randolph County Raceway to July 19.
• Speedweek Winner - Six nights, six podium finishes, and three wins gave Kyle Hirst the title of "Champion" in the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek. Hirst found victory at Siskiyou Motor Speedway (6/29), Willamette Speedway (7/2), and Cottage Grove Speedway (7/4). Hirst's margin of victory was 135 over Colin Baker. J.J. Hickle raced to a third in Speedweek points with Trey Starks and Jonathan Allard making up the top five.
• Red, White, and Blue Tour - Taking three wins in three nights, Jonathan Cornell pocketed $6,328 for his efforts with each night paying $1,776 plus an extra $1,000 for his repeat victories. Cornell won by 54 points over Kyle Bellm. Zach Chappell recent return to competition ended with a third in points.
• Hard Charging - Bob Ream, Jr. was the biggest mover over the weekend in terms of winning, coming from eleventh to victory at the Arizona Speedway. Jonathan Cornell's win on July 3 was from the sixth spot. Kyle Hirst from fifth took the win on July 4.
• From the B-Main - After a seventh place finish in his Heat put Evan Martin in the B-Main, the drive was on from there as Martin advanced to start eighteenth; ultimately charging to fifth at the Double X Speedway. Jay Russell joined the forward march from seventeenth to seventh on Thursday night.
• Zach Chappell - It's been a while since the name Zach Chappell made a regular appearance in ASCS finishes, but the former ASCS National Champion fared well in his recent return to action, posting a trio of top-tens during the Warrior Region's Red, White, and Blue Tour including a runner up at the Callaway Raceway on Friday night.
• Rickey Hood - The hall-of-fame driver made his first ASCS start of the season this past Saturday night with the ASCS Southwest Region, moving through the field to fifth from fifteenth at the Arizona Speedway.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returns to action for three nights. Friday, July 11 will see the National Tour square off with the ASCS Frontier Region at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. before moving down the road to the Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 12. The Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. welcomes the National Tour on Friday, July 18.
ASCS Lone Star makes the trek to the Lubbock Speedway on Friday, July 11 and Abilene Speedway on Saturday, July 12.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region will make the trip to the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D. on Friday, July 11. West Texas ASCS 305 takes on El Paso on Friday night and Las Cruces on Saturday.
Johnson Sprints to NCRA/ASCS Dodge City Victory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dodge City, Kansas – June 28, 2014 - Four-time and defending National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car champion C.J. Johnson took advantage of early race leader Jake Martens miscue to claim victory as the series joined forces with the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas.
Johnson and Martens started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature with Martens taking the lead as the green flag fell. Seth Bergman, Jeff Stasa and Kevin Ramey were the top five as Martens quickly opened up a half stretch lead by lap two.
While Martens kept his advantage, Johnson and Bergman battled for the runner up position with Johnson holding off the Washington resident throughout the early portion of the feature. Slower cars changed the complexion of the race on lap eight as Martens looked to put a couple of cars a lap down. One lap later was costly as he went to pass one of those slower cars and drifted high exiting turn two and brushed the wall. This allowed Johnson and Bergman to pass the early race leader, dropping him back into the third position.
This set up a two car battle for the top spot as Johnson, aboard his familiar #45x ASI powered, JE chassis, ran the middle portion of the three-eighths mile clay oval. Lap seventeen saw Bergman down low and look to make a bid for the lead coming out of turns three and four, only to have Johnson maintain the lead.
Two laps later the Bergman’s power plant went up and smoke and he retired into the infield and credited with an 18th place finish.
From then on there was no catching Johnson as he went the rest of the caution free feature unchallenged to claim his first series feature victory of the season and first since May of last year. He also became the tenth different NCRA feature winner in the last ten appearances.
The victory put a positive on what was a trying night for the NCRA sprint car champion as he suffered a blown motor on the last lap and would coast to victory in the first heat race.
Martens rebounded to finish a disappointing second while ninth starting Sean McClelland finished third. Kevin Ramey came home fourth with Jordan Weaver rounding out the top five. Luke Cranston was the races hard charger as he worked the Danny King owned #e85 sprinter from his fifteenth starting position to a sixth place finish.
The three, eight lap heat races for the twenty-five car field were won by Johnson, Martens and Bergman while Cranston led wire to wire the twelve lap “B” feature.
It was not a good night for Oklahoma’s Dustin Morgan, who came into the night leading ASCS Sooner Region points. After blowing a tire during his heat race, Morgan was a victim of circumstance as a couple cars got crossed up on the front stretch. Morgan’s right rear made contact with one of the sprinters and executed several end over end flips from the flag stand, eventually ending up entering turn one. He was uninjured.
The NCRA and ASCS Sooner Region will load up and head to 81 Speedway in Park City for a Sunday night “Harvest of Gold Challenge.”
A Featurere (25 Laps): 1) 45x-C.J. Johnson, 2) 48-Jake Martens, 3) 1h-Sean McClelland, 4) 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5) 92-Jordan Weaver, 6) E85-Luke Cranston, 7) 91-Jeff Stasa, 8) 17x-Josh Baughman, 9) 1x-Tony Bruce, Jr., 10) 72-Ray Seemann, 11) 8-Alex Sewell, 12) 81-Jon Freeman, 13) 10c-Jeremy Campbell, 14) 17w-Harli White, 15) 98-J.D. Johnson, 16) 33-Kris Miller, 17) 85-Forrest Sutherland, 18) 23-Seth Bergman, 19) 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 20) 2j-Zach Blurton.
ASCS Regions set for 17 events in 9 nights
TULSA, Okla. (June 25, 2014) - June into July shows no signs of slowing down for the regions that comprise the American Sprint Car Series as this coming weekend begins a stretch of nine consecutive nights of racing across the ASCS Nation.
Spread among the Gulf South, Northwest, Sooner, Southwest, and Warrior Regions, a total of 17 ASCS 360cid sanctioned events are scheduled from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6.
The lion's share of events belongs to the ASCS Northwest Region with their Regional Speedweek kicking off on Sunday, June 9 in Yreka, Cali. and ending Saturday, July 5 in Cottage Grove, Ore. The first five nights will pay $2,000 to win with the final night getting a boost to $2,500 to win.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region offers up four nights with each paying $1,776 to win plus a $2,500 bonus to win all four nights of the Tiger Towing Red, White, and Blue Series with support from Xtreme Paint and Body, Yeager's Harley Davidson, Putnam Chevrolet, and Midwest Specialty Flooring going Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6.
The Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region offers up three nights starting Thursday, July 3 through Saturday, July 5 with each paying $2,000 to win plus a $500 bonus to win two of the three nights, or $1,000 to sweep the weekend.
The American Bank of Oklahoma kicks off the week on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 in Kansas against the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) with each night paying $2,000 to win.
ASCS Southwest has two nights at either end of the week in Tucson and Queen Creek with each paying $1,250 to win. Tucson races on Saturday, June 28 with Queen Creek in action on Saturday, July 5.
Winner's share plus potential bonuses alone exceed $35,000 for the nine nights of racing with over 150 drivers expected to take part in ASCS competition over the next week as Regional competition heads to 15 ovals across six states.
Results will be posted as soon as possible to http://www.ascsracing.com.
Breakdown of Events:
Saturday, June 28, 2014
• Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, Kan. (ASCS Sooner vs. NCRA) - After the closing of the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kan. the Steve King Memorial has found a new home at the Dodge City Raceway Park. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. (CT). and includes the 305cid United Rebel Sprint Series. Admission is $20. For more information, log onto http://www.dodgecityraceway.com or call (620) 225-3277.
• Tucson International Raceway - Tucson, Ariz. (ASCS Southwest) - Round three of 2014 at the Arizona oval, the Jim Allen Memorial is scheduled to begin at 6:45 P.M. (MT). Admission is $15 with kids 11 years of age and younger admitted free into the grandstands. Support classes will include X-Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hornets, Factory Stocks, and Mini Sprints. For more information, log onto http://www.tucsoninternationalraceway.com or call (520) 664-2074.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
• 81-Speedway - Park City, Kan. (ASCS Sooner vs. NCRA) - Round two of the ASCS / NCRA face-off, the “Harvest of Gold Challenge” at the 81-Speedway just north of Wichita kicks off at 7:00 P.M. (CT). The last ASCS Sooner event held at 81-Speedway was on May 9, 2004 with Oklahoma City's Andy Shouse grabbing the win. Sunday night will also include the Mod Lites. Admission is $15. For more information, log onto http://www.81speedway.org or call (316) 755-1781.
• Siskiyou Motor Speedway - Yreka, Ca. (ASCS Northwest) - The start of the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek, with a first time visit to the Siskiyou Motor Speedway. Races at the Northern California oval begin at 6:00 P.M. (PT). Admission is $15 for adults with kids five years and younger admitted free into the grandstands. For more information, log onto http://www.siskiyoumotorspeedway.com.
Monday, June 30, 2014
• Southern Oregon Speedway - Medford, Ore. (ASCS Northwest) - The second round of action for the ASCS Northwest Speedweek, the Southern Oregon Speedway kicked off the 2014 season on May 22 with California's Andy Forsberg leading start to finish. Admission for the Monday show is $22.50. For more information, log onto http://www.sospeedway.com or call (541) 826-6825.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
• Coos Bay Speedway - Coos Bay, Ore. (ASCS Northwest) - The season's only trip to Coos Bay Speedway, the Oregon oval is located 8.5 miles south of the town of Coos Bay. Round three in the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek, the night includes Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Outlaw, and Hornets. Races start at 6:30 P.M. (PT) and admission is $20. For further information, log onto http://www.coosbayspeedway.us or call (541) 269-2474.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
• Willamette Speedway - Lebanon, Ore. (ASCS Northwest) - The second of three trips to the Oregon oval in 2014, the Willamette Speedway hosts the Wednesday portion of the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek. Visiting on May 23, Washington's Jared Peterson grabbed the win ahead of Seth Bergman and Reece Goetz. Admission for the mid-week spectacular is $15 with kids five years of age and younger admitted free. Races begin at 6:00 P.M. (PT) and include Sportsman and Street Stocks in a challenge race between the two. For more information, log onto http://www.trophymotorsports.com or call 360-699-7223.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
• Cotton Bowl Speedway - Paige, Texas (ASCS Gulf South) - The second holiday weekend visit of the season to the Cotton Bowl Speedway, this year's Memorial Day Weekend visit saw Johnny Herrera park it in Victory Lane on May 23. The IMCA Lone Star Series will join the Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region. Races are scheduled to begin at 8:00 P.M. (CT) with admission set a $15 for adults. For more information, log onto http://www.cottonbowlspeedway.com or call (512) 748-4218.
• Double X Speedway - California, Mo. (ASCS Warrior) - The first of a four day stretch for the Speedway Motors Warrior Region, the Double X Speedway has seen Regional action once already in 2014 with Jason Johnson winning the "Tribute to Jesse" on May 25. Admission prices and start time were not published at the time of writing. For more information, log onto http://www.xxspeedway.com or call (573) 796-4694.
Friday, July 4, 2014
• Callaway Raceway - Fulton, Mo. (ASCS Warrior) - The first time the Callaway Raceway has hosted the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region, the quarter-mile Fulton, Mo. oval will include ULMA Limited Late Models, USRA Modifieds, and USRA B-Mods. Included in the program will be a fireworks display. Admission is $20 with discounts for Senior, Military, and kids. Races are scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. (CT). For more information, log onto http://www.callawayraceways.com or call 573-642-6580.
• Cottage Grove Speedway - Cottage Grove, Ore. (ASCS Northwest) - Night one of a weekend double-header to cap off the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek, the Cottage Grove Speedway saw a sweep of the Memorial Day Weekend by Seth Bergman. Races are scheduled to begin at 6:45 P.M. (PT). For more information, log onto http://www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call (360) 699-7223.
• Shady Oaks Speedway - Goliad, Texas (ASCS Gulf South) - The one-third mile oval located just at the edge of Goliad first hosted the Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region on May 24 with Blake Hahn making the late race pass for the win. Admission for the Independence Day showing is only $15 with kids ages five years and younger admitted free. The night will also include Limited Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf/Mod Lites. More information can be found at www.shadyoakspeedway.com or by calling (361) 645-8353.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
• Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, Ariz. (ASCS Southwest) - The sweeping one-third mile oval appears on the ASCS Southwest schedule five times in 2014 with the July 5 event marking the third appearance of the year. Two visits this season has yielded two first time winners with Bob Ream, Jr. topping action on March 15 followed by Alex Pettas who raced to victory on May 31. Saturday, July 5 gets underway at 8:00 P.M. (MT) and includes Pure Stocks, Mod Lites, and Bombers. Admission is $15 and kids six years of age and younger get in free. For more information, log onto http://www.arizonaspeedway.net or call (480) 926-6688.
• Battleground Speedway - Highlands, Texas (ASCS Gulf South) - In the region's last visit to the Battleground Speedway, Travis Rilat laid waste to the field in the Ronald Laney Memorial. Round four for the Gulf South Region at the high-banked three-eighths mile oval, events at the Battleground Speedway round out a three-night stretch for the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region. The night will include Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Limited Modifieds, Late Models, and Modified Dwarfs. Races get underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT). For more information, log onto http://www.battleground-speedway.com or call (830) 302-0336.
• Cottage Grove Speedway - Cottage Grove, Ore. (ASCS Northwest) - Capping off the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek races on Saturday, just like Friday, begin at 6:45 P.M. (PT). For more information, log onto http://www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call (360) 699-7223.
• Randolph County Raceway - Moberly, Mo. (ASCS Warrior) - Sprint Cars and Fireworks? It's a combination better than Butter on Popcorn as the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region and Impact Signs W.A.R. Sprint Cars headline Saturday night at the Randolph County Raceway. The ULMA Late Models and Hobby Stocks will also be on hand at the extremely high-banked four-tenths mile oval. Races get underway at 7:00 P.M. (CT) with Fireworks following the night's program. For more information, log onto http://www.randolphcountyraceway.com or call (660) 833-1727.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
• Double X Speedway - California, Mo. (ASCS Warrior) - Capping off four nights for the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region back where it began, the Double X Speedway will be the proving ground to see if anyone will claim the $2,500 bonus for winning all four nights. Admission prices and start time were not published at the time of writing. For more information, log onto http://www.xxspeedway.com or call (573) 796-4694.
Tony Bruce, Jr. Charges to Victory at Outlaw
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (June 20, 2014) - A blown engine, a flip, and an overall terrible night the first three nights of Speedweek all turned around for Tony Bruce, Jr. on Friday night, coming from thirteenth to win at the Outlaw Motorsports Park with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real.
The fourth winner in as many nights of the 2014 Bob Westphal Memorial Cup ASCS Speedweek, Bruce worked past race long leader Brad Loyet with three laps to run for his second score of the 2014 season.
"We've had a terrible Speedweek to say the least. Had a motor failure at Devil's Bowl, got upside down at Lawton, and just looked like a complete idiot last night; luckily, I don't look like an idiot here tonight," said a joyous Tony Bruce, Jr.
Making his advance to the front via the bottom line, Bruce was one of the few drivers able to make the hub of the Outlaw Motorsports Park work, "I paid attention the last time I was here. The car was real good all the way around the racetrack, bottom or top."
Battling early with Jeff Swindell for the lead, Brad Loyet held the point but unfortunately, a spark plug wire worked loose on the Vacuworx No. 05, putting Loyet on seven cylinders in the closing laps after originally fearing the engine was going flat.
"On that one restart, I'm sure everyone heard a different tone in the engine. Just lost a spark plug wire. I guess it's pretty good to run second and not get passed until three to go when running on seven cylinders," commented Loyet on finishing second.
Jason Johnson worked to the final podium step after starting sixth in the Curb Records No. 41.
"We were committed to the top. When Tony found the bottom and was getting the moisture off the bottom, I tried it once or twice but just couldn't get a good run so we stayed up top, then with about two to go, we started running out of fuel and were just trying to hang on."
Johnny Herrera rolled up to fourth from eighth. After running second for 24 laps, and challenging several times for the lead, contact with the wall nearly ended the night for Jeff Swindell, who put together a strong final showing, despite a damaged race car, to cross fifth.
Dustin Morgan worked out of the B-Feature, and rolled to sixth after starting seventeenth. Seth Bergman climbed from tenth to seventh with Tim Crawley eighth. Aaron Reutzel came back to ninth after losing a left rear tire on Lap 16, forcing the BC Funds No. 87 to sixteenth in the last half of the A-Feature. Matt Covington came from twentieth to complete the top ten.
Drivers numbering 33 drew in at the Outlaw Motorsports Park, yielding four Heat Races. Aaron Reutzel, Tim Crawley, Christopher Bell, and Jeff Swindell each grabbed wins. The night's B-Feature was won by Dustin Morgan.
Paired with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region, Dustin Morgan earned high points for the region. Alex Sewell seconds, Harli White third, Mike Goodman fourth, with Danny Wood rounding out the top five in point earners for the region.
The Bob Westphal Memorial Cup concludes on Saturday, June 21 at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. For continued updates, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Outlaw Motorsports Park - Muskogee, Okla.
Speedweek Round 4
Friday, June 20, 2014
Car Count: 33
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 05-Brad Loyet; 3. 11AM-Mike Goodman; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 5. 17W-Harli White; 6. 33-Kris Miller; 7. 8-Alex Sewell; 8. 92-Jordan Weaver; 9. 14K-Kyle Bellm
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 4J-Tim Crawley; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 48-Jake Martens; 4. 93-Dustin Morgan; 5. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 6. 7X-Shane Sellers; 7. 57-Kyle Chady; 8. (DNF) 36-Jonathan Beason
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 31B-Christopher Bell; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 5. 81W-Danny Wood; 6. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 7. 21X-Taylor Velasquez; 8. (DNF) 1-Sean McClelland
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 17-Blake Hahn; 4. 7S-Robert Sellers; 5. 17X-Josh Baughman; 6. 95-Matt Covington; 7. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 8. 58-Gary Floyd
B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan; 2. 7X-Shane Sellers; 3. 81W-Danny Wood; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 8-Alex Sewell; 6. 17X-Josh Baughman; 7. 92-Jordan Weaver; 8. 7S-Robert Sellers; 9. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 10. 21X-Taylor Velasquez; 11. 33-Kris Miller; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 13. 58-Gary Floyd; 14. (DNF) 57-Kyle Chady; 15. (DNF) 3H-Brandon Hanks; DNS 1-Sean McClelland; DNS 36-Jonathan Beason
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 2. 05-Brad Loyet; 3. 41-Jason Johnson; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan; 7. 23-Seth Bergman; 8. 4J-Tim Crawley; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 10. 95-Matt Covington; 11. 17-Blake Hahn; 12. 8-Alex Sewell; 13. 17W-Harli White; 14. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 15. (DNF) 31B-Christopher Bell; 16. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 17. (DNF) 77X-Wayne Johnson; 18. (DNF) 11AM-Mike Goodman; 19. (DNF) 81W-Danny Wood; 20. (DNF) 48-Jake Martens; 21. (DNF) 14Z-Zach Pringle; 22. (DNF) 7X-Shane Sellers
Lap Leader(s): Brad Loyet 1-27; Tony Bruce, Jr. 28-30
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Derek Hagar - 1, Jeff Swindell - 1, Brad Loyet - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 1, Christopher Bell - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 1,616; 2. Jason Johnson 1,606; 3. Jeff Swindell 1,552; 4. Johnny Herrera 1,524; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,520; 6. Aaron Reutzel 1,517; 7. Seth Bergman 1,438; 8. Blake Hahn 1,437; 9. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,434; 10. Matt Covington 1,396;
2014 Speedweek Driver Standings (Top 10) 1. Jason Johnson 518; 2. Brad Loyet 504; 3. Jeff Swindell 494; 4. Seth Bergman 486; 5. Blake Hahn 486; 6. Aaron Reutzel 481; 7. Dustin Morgan 470; 8. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 466; 9. Matt Covington 451; 10. Johnny Herrera 447;
Travis Rilat on top with Gulf South at Beaumont
BEAUMONT, Texas (June 20, 2014) - The Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region invaded the Golden Triangle Raceway Park on Friday night with Travis Rilat making the late race pass for the win.
Starting fourth, Rilat moved by Travis Elliot on Lap 16 for the point. Elliot, who inherited the lead on Lap 13 after a spin on the part of Klint Angelette, held on for second with Terry Gray, Channin Tankersley, and Tommy Bryant making up the top five.
Eighteenth starting Ray Allen Kulhanek clawed to sixth with Morgan Turpen seventh. Johnny Brown, Greg Rilat, and Chris Sweeney completed the top ten.
The Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region heads for the Royal Purple Raceway on Saturday, June 21. For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region
Golden Triagle Raceway Park - Beaumont, Texas
Friday, June 20, 2014
Car Count: 23
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 39C-Travis Rilat; 2. 15T-Travis Elliott; 3. 10-Terry Gray; 4. 11-Channin Tankersley; 5. 28-Tommy Bryant; 6. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 7. 10M-Morgan Turpen; 8. B51-Johnny Brown; 9. 17T-Greg Rilat; 10. 93-Chris Sweeney; 11. 3-Gary Watson; 12. 19-Klint Angelette; 13. 36-John Pate; 14. 7-Wyatt Rector; 15. 24-Brandie Jass; 16. (DNF) 29-Mike Walling; 17. (DNF) 5X-Tyson Hall; 18. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith; 19. (DNF) 28H-Mark Harris; 20. (DNF) 7A-Paul Solomon
Lap Leader(s): Klint Angelette 1-12; Travis Elliot 13-15; Travis Rilat 16-25
Dover Snags ASCS Warrior Bud Shootout at U.S. 36 Raceway
CAMERON, MO. (June 13, 2014) - The 14th annual Budweiser Shootout at the U.S. 36 Raceway attracted 26 Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region drivers, with Nebraska's Jack Dover leading every lap turned in the Home Pride No. 53 for a cool $2,000 payday.
Fourth starting Jake Martens crossed second with Jay Russell earning the Hard Charger award; coming from thirteenth to third to earn half of the night's 50/50 drawing worth $232.00.
Twelfth starting Jonathan Cornell crossed fourth with Cody Baker making up the top five. Chris Morgan, J.R. Topper, Cole Wood, Kyle Bellm, and Russ Hall completed the top ten. Awarding $500.00 to Heat Race winners, Jack Dover, Jake Martens, Cody Baker, and Randy Hibbs each earned a Heat Race win.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region pairs with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on Saturday, June 21 at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. For continued updates, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover; 2. 48-Jake Martens; 3. 76-Jay Russell; 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 5. 38-Cody Baker; 6. 81A-Chris Morgan; 7. 92J-J.R. Topper; 8. 17W-Cole Wood; 9. 77-Kyle Bellm; 10. 29-Russ Hall; 11. 9M-Tyler Blank; 12. 11W-Wyatt Burks; 13. 51-Mitchell Moore; 14. 93-Taylor Walton; 15. 47-Trevor Reynolds; 16. 09-Joshua Stephens; 17. 2A-Randy Hibbs; 18. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 19. 24-Ricky Stangl; 20. 9-Casey Baker; 21. (DNF) 1B-Jordan Boston
Tim Crawley Tops ASCS Lone Star at Timberline Speedway
CORLEY, Texas (June 13, 2014) - Making a last minute trip to the Timberline Speedway paid off for Tim Crawley, who captured his first victory of the season, taking the win in the John James owned No. 4j with the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region.
Going three-wide the first four laps with Patrick Stasa and Tyson Hall, the Benton, Ark. driver finally gained the advantage following a Lap 5 caution.
Surviving several late race cautions, Crawley was unchallenged at the finish, but unfortunately, the $2,000 pay was quickly consumed as the engine let go at the checkered flag. Patrick Stasa held on for second with Zach Pringle edging out Channin Tankersley for third at the line. Gary Wright's return to competition ended with "The Texan" coming from fifteenth to fifth.
John Carney II crossed sixth with Kevin Ramey, Josh Baughman, Michael Lang, and Harli White making up the top five.
The Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region joins with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on Saturday, June 14 at the Devil's Bowl Speedway. For updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 4J-Tim Crawley; 2. 19-Patrick Stasa; 3. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 4. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 5. 33-Gary Wright; 6. 74B-John Carney II; 7. 7M-Kevin Ramey; 8. 17X-Josh Baughman; 9. 14-Michael Lang; 10. 17W-Harli White; 11. 5X-Tyson Hall; 12. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 13. 2K-John Kelly; 14. 2J-Steve Schaberg; 15. (DNF) 45-Martin Edwards; 16. (DNF) 17-Blake Hahn; 17. (DNF) 9-Josh McCord; 18. (DNF) 7A-Paul Solomon; DNS 12M-Kolt Walker
Lap Leader(s): Tyson Hall 1-4; Tim Crawley 5-25
2014 ASCS National Points
1. Brad Loyet 2026
2. Jason Johnson 1975
3. Jeff Swindell 1925
4. Johnny Herrera 1893
5. Aaron Reutzel 1876
6. Sam Hafertepe Jr.1864
7. Seth Bergman 1811
8. Blake Hahn 1773
9. Matt Covington 1765
10. Tony Bruce Jr. 1759