Brad Loyet Tops The Hockett/McMillin Memorial For The First Time
WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 26, 2015) In an absolute display of dominance, Brad Loyet parked his Vacuworx No. 05 in Victory Lane for his first triumph at the Lucas Oil Speedway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network to become the 18th different winner on the season.
The seventh time Brad Loyet has found Victory Lane since 2012 with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, the win in the fifth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial was a special one for the Loyet family.
“Anytime you come to a race like this, it’s a huge deal. Jesse was a friend of mine. He drove one of my cars before, and actually the first winged car I ever raced was Jesse’s car at Lake of the Ozarks Speedway so it’s pretty cool to be here in Victory Lane,” said Loyet of the win. “I’ve tried really hard to get a win in a Sprint Car here. I’ve won in a Midget, but this feel great.”
Finally rolling after two failed starts that saw Scottie McDonald and Brian Brown walk away uninjured after taking hard flips, the No. 95 of Matt Covington got the jump to the lead from the pole position. Taking the runner-up spot on Lap 3 from Tony Bruce, Jr., the Loyet Landscaping No. 05 worked the cushion of the Lucas Oil Speedway to run down the A-Rock Material No. 95 of Matt Covington.
Finding traffic by Lap 8, Loyet jumped on the advantage. Closing fast, Loyet raced to the lead on Lap 10.
Caution working Lap 11, the restart saw Derek Hagar go to work on Matt Covington for second. Coming from eighth, the R.E. Enterprises No. 9jr took the spot on Lap 14.
Giving chase into traffic, all doors were slammed shut as Brad Loyet raced to victory by 6.803 seconds over Derek Hagar.
“We were way too good early on. We had the car at the beginning that we had at the end last night but hats off to my crew for giving me a good racecar to be able to come from basically mid-pack both nights, and be able to contend for the win,” commented Derek when asked about the runner-up finish. “I know how special it is to win this event. I won it last year and Jesse has a special place in all our hearts.”
Runner up both nights with the Lucas Oil ASCS, Derek completed a weekend sweep with the Impact Signs W.A.R. Non-Wing Sprints for Hockett Motorsports
Holding off the charge of Tony Bruce, Jr. the third spot went to Matt Covington, who ended a 22 race drought between podium finishes.
“We’ve had good speed in the car lately, the driver’s just been making a few mistakes. I did it out there too. I just stayed bottom to middle too long and Loyet showed me the way on the top, but the car felt great. It was the same car we had last night and you know, I’ve been on the pole here before, and thought I was going to win and we fell back to fourth on that one, got third on this one, so we’re getting better and that’s all we can ask for.”
Tim Crawley worked middle to top in the closing laps to get to fourth in the Mike Ward Motorsports No. 88x with Danny Lasoski tearing his way through the field from 21st to complete the top five in the Creason Pipeline No. 33L.
Dicing it up with Johnny Herrera and Tony Bruce, Jr. in the closing laps, Ian Madsen was able to grab sixth with Herrera seventh followed by Bruce. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from 18th was ninth with Wayne Johnson making the most of a 23rd place provisional start to round out the top-ten.
Losing Danny Wood and Ricky Lee Stangl to crashes on Friday night, Matt Close and Danny Lasoski filled in those spots to bring the event count to 53 drivers. Six Heat Races went to Morgan Turpen, Tim Crawley, Johnny Herrera, Brandon Hanks, Jonathan Cornell, and Chance Morton. B-Feature wins went to Seth Bergman, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Randy Martin. Provisional starts were used by Wayne Johnson and Jordan Weaver. It was the first time this season either driver has had to use a provisional.
The final outing of the season for the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region, Jonathan Cornell picked up his fourth series championship.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network competes next at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17. More information on the Winter Nationals can be found at http://www.devilsbowl.com.
A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 88X-Tim Crawley; 5. 33L-Danny Lasoski; 6. 18M-Ian Madsen; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 8. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 10. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 13. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 14. 17-Josh Baughman; 15. 92-Jordan Weaver; 16. 14-Randy Martin; 17. 4-Evan Martin; 18. 52-Blake Hahn; 19. 84-Brandon Hanks; 20. 7M-Chance Morton; 21. (DNF) 10M-Morgan Turpen; 22. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman; 23. (DNF) 21-Brian Brown; 24. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Aaron Reutzel 3,809; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,764; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,706; 4. Seth Bergman 3,492; 5. Matt Covington 3,334; 6. Blake Hahn 3,199; 7. Kyle Bellm 3,115; 8. Jordan Weaver 2,854; 9. Kris Miller 2,365; 10. Jeff Swindell 1,855;
Friday of the Fall Bawl Rained Out: Saturday Will Run Double Features With $20,000 Bonus For A-Feature Sweep
GREENWOOD, Neb. (September 18, 2015) Mother Nature let loose at the I-80 Speedway for the better part of the morning, putting an end to Friday’s portion of the fourth annual Casey’s General Store ASCS Midwest Fall Brawl presented by Just 1 More Promotions.
However, that doesn’t mean the weekend’s Home Pride Hail Storm $20,000 Double Down Back-2-Back Challenge is off the table as Saturday, September 19 will feature a double A-Feature. The format for Saturday will see standard ASCS format utilized to determine the lineups for Heat Races, B-Features, and the night’s first A-Feature.
The Top 12 in the first A-Feature will be locked into the second A-Feature, inverted (winner starts 12th, second starts 11th, etc.). A second set of Heat Races will not be run. The remainder of the finishing order will be split into the first three rows of twin B-Features (13th to the pole of B1, 14th to the pole of B2, etc.).
Going back to the night’s earlier B-Features, starting with the first non-transfer in each, drivers will be split into the second set of B-Features with the first non-transfer from the earlier B1 starting seventh in the corresponding B-Feature. The first non-transfer from the earlier B2 will start seventh in their corresponding B-Feature. First B-Feature will set the lineups for the inside rows of the A-Feature (13, 15, 17, 19, 21). Second B-Feature will set the lineup for the outside rows of the A-Feature (14, 16, 18, 20, 22)
ASCS National Provisionals will be allowed in both features. Both B and A features will pay full points.
Because of the loss of the first night, the Saturday payout will be adjusted to the following:
A-Feature Payout (Both Features):
B-Feature’s will payout $112.50 to each non-transfer driver.
All other bonuses will remain in place with $6,000 in lap money as well as the $1,000 Hard Charger Award in each A-Feature, plus the Select Auto Fastest Lap of the Race worth $100 in each A-Feature. Top it off with the Electrical Systems, Inc. $300 lucky podium draw or each A-Feature.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS History – I-80 Speedway: The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series has seen action at the I-80 Speedway 12 times since 1996. Gary Wright picked up the win in the series inaugural visit on July 28, 1996. Three shows in 1997 went to Bruce Divis, Mike Chadd, and Doug Wolfgang. The series returned in 2004 with Zach Chappell taking the win. Brian Brown was victorious the following year. Danny Lasoski went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. Wayne Johnson added his name to the list of winners in 2014. Two visits in 2015 in the Road to Knoxville on July 30 and 31 went to Ian Madsen and Jack Dover
Need To Know Information:
Series: Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network
What: 4th annual Casey’s General Store ASCS Midwest Fall Brawl
Where: I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, Neb.
Address: 13909 - 238th Street, Greenwood, NE 68366
Directions: I-80 Speedway is located one block north of Interstate I80 Exit 420
Seth Bergman Does It Again With Lucas Oil ASCS At Texas Motor Speedway
FT. WORTH, Texas (September 12, 2015) For the second year in a row, Washington’s Seth Bergman parked the Oil Field Equipment and Manufacturing No. 23 in Victory Lane in the Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Champion at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
For his win, Seth pocketed $4,000 and earned another Portacool Cyclone 3,000 to go with his commemorative Simpson Helmet and custom Cowboy Hat.
Challenged for the lead at the race’s halfway point, Bergman commented on the battle, saying, “It was very, very, tricky. I was just thankful to be able to get the lead back and finish this thing off. It’s tough to get a track in perfect condition with so many cars. We knew rubber was going to be a factor which makes it tougher being out front because you don’t know where to go. I found the rubber down in three and four, but I almost got past, I felt, by a guy ripping the top so I went back to the top and started chasing the rubber down the track and got ripped by for the lead, but that’s just part off it on a rubber down race track. Sometimes you’re a sitting duck but thankfully the Racecar was good enough, I was able to get back in the hunt.”
Battling early on with Johnny Herrera for the point, Seth had his hands full with early race cautions to keep the MVT No. 45x at bay. Getting a green flag run to Lap 11, the caution flew for Shawn Petersen who spun in the first two turns.
Taking off on the restart, the track surface continued to yield multiple racing grooves through turns one and two, but was stuck to the bottom on the other end as rubber set in. Moving around the track, Seth was finally forced to the low line at both ends of the Texas Motor Speedway as traffic loomed with the feature nearing the half way point.
Having to negotiate the back of the field, Herrera saw a nearly two second deficit erased in a lap. On the back bumper of Bergman by Lap 18, the pair had company as John Carney II took advantage of a hole created in the battle between Herrera and Bergman to steal away the race lead on the twenty-first round.
Trying to use a slower car as a pick, Carney ended up having the same slower car used against him as Seth Bergman worked the middle line around the Coyote Candle Co. No. 74b on Lap 26 exiting the fourth turn to reclaim the lead.
Slipping the following lap to third, attention on the track turned to fourth through seventh with Josh Baughman, Aaron Reutzel, Wayne Johnson, and Matt Covington exchanging spots at either end of the track with Baughman holding the advantage in fourth.
Caution on Lap 36 for Johnny Herrera who saw his Right Rear Tire come apart, Seth was unchallenged to the win on the restart; crossing 3.151 seconds ahead of John Carney II.
Carney’s best National Tour finish of the 2015 season, the No. 74b was chased to the stripe by Josh Baughman who was the night’s KSE Hard Charger after a third place finish in the B-Feature put the No. 17 nineteenth on the grid. Struggling in his Heat Race, Aaron Reutzel also came through the B-Feature, coming from 18th to fourth. Sneaking through the running order in the closing laps, Ray Allen Kulhanek completed the top-five.
Wayne Johnson was sixth with Matt Covington seventh. Channin Tankersley from 14th was eighth with Kyle Bellm ninth from 22nd. Having to change a tire during Shawn Petersen’s caution on Lap 11, Blake Hahn came back to complete the top-ten.
Bringing 35 drivers to the Texas Motor Speedway, four Heat Races went to Johnny Herrera, Seth Bergman, Wayne Johnson, and Jake Martens. The B-Feature went to Danny Jennings. One provisional start was used by Kris Miller.
The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products joined in action with high points going to Kade Morton.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network competes next at the 4th annual Casey’s General Store ASCS Midwest Fall Brawl at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. More information on the event can be found at http://www.i-80speedway.com.
A-Feature (40 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 74B-John Carney II; 3. 17-Josh Baughman; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 6. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 7. 95-Matt Covington; 8. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 9. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 10. 52-Blake Hahn; 11. 1J-Danny Jennings; 12. 92-Jordan Weaver; 13. 8M-Kade Morton; 14. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 15. 2K-John Kelly; 16. 45-Martin Edwards; 17. 4J-John James; 18. 02-Brandon Long; 19. 48-Jake Martens; 20. 17W-Harli White; 21. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 22. 1A-Kevin Ramey; 23. 33-Kris Miller
2015 Lucas Oil ASCS Winners: Aaron Reutzel 6; Seth Bergman 4; Jason Solwold 3; Johnny Herrera 3; Jason Sides 1; Mark Smith 1; Brian Brown 1; Blake Hahn 1; Wayne Johnson 1; Tony Bruce, Jr. 1; Ian Madsen 1; Jack Dover 1; Dusty Zomer 1; Danny Lasoski 1; Terry McCarl 1;
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Aaron Reutzel 3,399; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,278; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,244; 4. Seth Bergman 3,037; 5. Matt Covington 2,897; 6. Blake Hahn 2,757; 7. Kyle Bellm 2,698; 8. Jordan Weaver 2,468; 9. Kris Miller 2,080; 10. Jeff Swindell 1,855;
ASCS Rules Statement: No Aluminum Blocks
TULSA, Okla. (September 3, 2015) During the 2014 Performance Racing Industries Trade Show, the American Sprint Car Series unveiled plans to implement an Aluminum Block option for the 2016 racing season.
However, after several meetings with our Directors, Promoters, Car Owners, and Drivers at all levels of the American Sprint Car Series, the decision has been made to hold off on the Aluminum Block option.
“We put the rule out there in 2014 in order to allow everyone to know what we wanted to do that way we were able to gain feedback from as many sources as possible, and the response was tremendous,” said ASCS National Coordinator, Matt Ward.
“We’ve heard from just about everyone, ASCS affiliated or not, on what they thought of the potential for the Aluminum Block and with respect to everyone’s concerns, we are going to put the option on hold. This sport is an expensive one, and that was one of the biggest concerns we heard at all levels and with the current state, we don’t want to price anyone out of the sport. The purpose of ASCS is to continue to grow and promote the sport of Sprint Car racing, and that’s what we are going to do. We cannot thank everyone enough for contacting us with their concerns and ideas.”
No other changes have been proposed to the current ASCS engine program. For questions regarding any of the rules set forth by the American Sprint Car Series, contact the business office at (918) 838-3777.
Travis Rilat Rules ASCS Frontier at Billings Motorsports Park
BILLINGS, Mont. (August 15, 2015) Travis Rilat added his second victory of the 2015 season with the ASCS Frontier Region this past Saturday night at the Billings Motorsports Park, topping the ASCS Frontier Region at the three-eighths mile oval.
Rilat got ahead of the field early after starting third on the night’s feature lineup. Marching through the running order was Bryan Brown who crossed second from 12th with Joe Ramaker making the final podium step. Darren Smith, on route to Washington after visiting the Knoxville Raceway stopped by to finish fourth from 15th with Roger Cummings from 18th completing the top five.
Leroy Brush, Tristan Spiers, Jeremy McCune, Skylar Gee, and Jay Burns made up the top ten.
The ASCS Frontier Region races next at the Electric City Speedway with a three night run on September 4, 5, and 6 at the Great Falls oval. For continued updates on the ASCS Frontier Region, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 39C-Travis Rilat; 2. 38B-Bryan Brown; 3. 98-Joe Ramaker; 4. 81-Darren Smith; 5. 00-Roger Cummings; 6. 24-Leroy Brush; 7. 51T-Tristan Spiers; 8. 0J-Jeremy McCune; 9. 99-Skylar Gee; 10. 0-Jay Burns; 11. 27DD-David Hoiness; 12. 12-Josh Ostermiller; 13. 34-Rob Matherly; 14. 33T-Travis Stortz; 15. 72-Phil Dietz; 16. 4-Cliff Nelson Jr.; 17. 4N-John Nelson; 18. 37-Trever Kirkland; 19. 38-Jerry Brown Jr
Bob Ream, Jr. Charges to ASCS Southwest Victory at CSP
PEORIA, Ariz. (August 15, 2015) For the second time in 2015, and fifth time in his career, Phoenix, Arizona’s Bob Ream, Jr. parked his No. 8 machine in Victory Lane with the ASCS Southwest Region, doing so at the Canyon Speedway Park this past Saturday.
Taking the green from seventh, Ream was one of three leaders in the night’s 25 lap feature event, taking over the top spot following a restart on Lap 21 from Lance Norick who had led laps 13-20 after working past early race leader, Billy Chester.
Ream was also the SpeedMart Hard Charger of the Night.
Norick held on to finish second with Chester slipping back to complete the night’s podium. Ryan Linder from sixth was fourth with California’s Tyler Seavey completing the top five. Casey Buckman, Derek Sell, Rick Ziehl, Danny Mathus, and Cody Sickles complete the top-ten.
Heat Races were sponsored by the Arizona Speedway with Ryan Linder and Lance Norick each picking up an extra $50. The ASCS Southwest Region competes next at the Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. on August 29. More information and updates on the ASCS Southwest Region can be found at http://www.ascsracing.com.
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 8-Bob Ream Jr; 2. 90-Lance Norick; 3. 5C-Billy Chester III; 4. 9-Ryan Linder; 5. 74-Tyler Seavey; 6. 91-Casey Buckman; 7. 9S-Derek Sell; 8. 20Z-Rick Ziehl; 9. 42-Danny Mathus; 10. 14-Cody Sickles; 11. 15C-Joey Chester; 12. 4-Ryan Murphy; 13. 12-James Mosher; DNS 22-Mike Rux Jr
Jack Dover Wins the Lucas Oil ASCS Road to Knoxville at I-80 Speedway
GREENWOOD, Neb. (July 31, 2015) Becoming the 12th different winner in 2015 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Nebraska’s Jack Dover thrilled his hometown crowd, holding off Brian Brown to lead flag-to-flag in the “Road to Knoxville” finale at the I-80 Speedway.
“I knew I had to do something, especially in lapped traffic because the track was too good so I knew those guys were going to be right there with me,” commented Dover. “I was able make the move pretty quick, and luckily the track was good enough I was able to move anywhere I wanted. The car was good, the Moss Racing Engine was great, and really just a good confidence booster going into the Knoxville Nationals next week.”
Asked what it meant to return to Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil ASCS, Dover replied, “It means a lot. I’d won every year I’d with the National Tour expect last year so it’s been a while since I’ve gotten one of these.”
Trading slide jobs with Don Droud, Jr. on the start, the pair exchanged the lead several times with Dover beating the Casey’s General Store No. 2 to the line each time. Working low on the No. 53 on Lap 5, the pair tagged bumpers entering the third turn, sending Droud spinning into the inside wall.
Returning to green, Dover was chased by Jeff Swindell with Brian Brown in tow. Finding traffic on Lap 17, the caution flew again on Lap 19 for the No. 41P of Seth Brahmer who came to a stop with a blown engine.
With a pair of slower cars between Dover and Swindell, the chance for Dover to build his lead saw the No. 53 at a nearly five second advantage in a matter of laps. Finally clearing the slower cars on Lap 25, Swindell began closing the gap with Brown still giving chase.
Caution on Lap 27 for Seth Bergman who came to a stop atop the fourth turn with steam billowing from under the bonnet of the No. 23, slower cars were out of the picture as the chase was on.
Restarting third, Brown stuck his FVP No. 21 to the center line, pulling past Swindell with two to go. With a full head a steam, the white flag flew with Brown on the heels of the No. 53. Into the final two turns, Dover drove low with Brown high; holding off Brian Brown at the line by 0.149 seconds.
“It was kind of one lane, and I tried to make the top work as long as I could before I had to move down,” said Brown. “You know, Jeff kind of left me a lane there at the end through the middle, but just came up a little bit short. I just didn’t get through turns one and two the way I needed to in order to make a run on Jack.”
Jeff Swindell crossed third in the MVT No. 94 for his 40th career Lucas Oil ASCS podium finish.
“Brown had a good run on the restart. I just fattened the engine up too much tonight, and the air got a little bit better tonight so it just stumbled taking off,” said Swindell. “I knew we didn’t have a chance until the yellow came out, but it just stumbled, and Brian got a good run on the top. I heard him out there in two, and left just barely enough room to get through there and I think I slowed him down a little bit. I think he may have had a shot at it, but just didn’t get through that hole quick enough.”
After taking a tumble the night before, Wayne Johnson raced to fourth with Thursday’s winner, Ian Madsen, completing the top-five.
Johnny Herrera came from 11th to sixth with Aaron Reutzel taking a B-Main finish and turning into a seventh place run. Billy Alley was eight from 12th with Matt Covington and Josh Baughman completing the top-ten.
With 27 drivers returning for the second night of the “Road to Knoxville” a trio of Heat Races went to Bill Balog, Seth Brahmer, and Wayne Johnson earning wins. Aaron Reutzel won the B-Feature. Kyle Bellm took a provisional into the night’s feature event.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network heads of the 25th running of the Arnold Motor Supply Knoxville Nationals, happening August 6-8, 2015 at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. For more updates, including the rundowns of nightly qualifiers, log onto http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.
A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover; 2. 21-Brian Brown; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell; 4. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 5. 18-Ian Madsen; 6. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 8. 3A-Billy Alley; 9. 95-Matt Covington; 10. 17-Josh Baughman; 11. 4J-Lee Grosz; 12. 92-Jordan Weaver; 13. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 14. 52-Blake Hahn; 15. 81-Stuart (Stu) Snyder; 16. 77-John Klabunde; 17. 33-Kris Miller; 18. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman; 19. (DNF) 24BH-Bill Balog; 20. (DNF) 41P-Seth Brahmer; 21. (DNF) 99-Tony Rost; 22. (DNF) 2-Don Droud Jr; 23. (DNF) 31C-Justyn Cox
Lap Leader(s): Jack Dover 1-30
2015 Lucas Oil ASCS Winners: Aaron Reutzel 5; Seth Bergman 3; Jason Solwold 3; Johnny Herrera 3; Jason Sides 1; Mark Smith 1; Brian Brown 1; Blake Hahn 1; Wayne Johnson 1; Tony Bruce, Jr. 1; Ian Madsen 1; Jack Dover 1;
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Aaron Reutzel 2,869; 2. Johnny Herrera 2,816; 3. Wayne Johnson 2,758; 4. Seth Bergman 2,527; 5. Matt Covington 2,455; 6. Blake Hahn 2,364; 7. Kyle Bellm 2,304; 8. Jordan Weaver 1,058; 9. Kris Miller 1,788; 10. Jeff Swindell 1,540;
1. Aaron Reutzel 3809
2. Johnny Herrera 3764
3. Wayne Johnson 3706
4. Seth Bergman 3492
5. Matt Covington 3334
6. Blake Hahn 3199
7. Kyle Bellm 3115
8. Jordan Weaver 2854
9. Kris Miller 2365
10. Jeff Swindell 1855