Jeff Swindell Capitalizes with Victory at the Lexington 104 Speedway
LEXINGTON, Tenn. (August 22, 2014) - For the third time in 2014, Jeff Swindell stood triumphant with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real. Winning in what could be called the Tennessee veteran's back yard, Swindell topped action at the Lexington 104 Speedway for his fourteenth overall National Tour win.
"The Heartland Catfish car has just been performing great. We should have won last night. I think we dominated that thing pretty good just had a motor issue which is very unusual with these Fisher power plants," commented Swindell. "We should have won here last year too, so this is pretty sweet."
The win was enough to shake up the points as well with Swindell taking second from Jason Johnson. Trailing Brad Loyet by 74, the top five are only separated by 112 points.
Chasing Tony Bruce, Jr. and Jason Johnson at the start, Swindell moved to the runner-up spot on Lap 9 after an engine failure sidelined Johnson, relegating the MVT No. 41 to a fifteenth place finish.
Trying for the lead on the restart, Bruce would power back by the Heartland Catfish No. 94. Finding the tail end of the field in only a matter of laps, Bruce would have a nearly two second advantage over Swindell. That was until Lap 15.
"I think right there when I lost the lead, a couple cars hit that berm in the infield and threw up a whole bunch of loose stuff across the race track and actually put a hole in my radiator at the same time," said Bruce. "I just hit that loose dirt and slid up over the curb, and Jeff drove by us and it's just one of those deals where sometimes it's better to be running second so you can follow the leader and figure out what to do."
Taking the lead and taking off, Swindell was held up a few times in traffic but never bogged down as the H&H Container Services No. 94 crossed 1.757 seconds ahead of Bruce.
Derek Hagar moved up three spots to complete the podium, "We had a really good run. Started sixth and got up to fourth behind Sam [Hafertepe] and just followed the leader. The track was real dusty especially when those lapped cars got down there and hit the berm. One lap you'd roll through and have good grip, then the next you're just sliding through the whole corner."
Tim Crawley came from eighth to fourth; nearly getting third away from Hagar at one point. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. ran as high as third before slipping back to round out the top-five.
Brad Loyet crossed sixth with Johnny Herrera seventh. Seth Bergman originally started eleventh, but evasive maneuvers' on the start forced the Corridor Electric No. 23 to fight back from the tail of the field for eighth. Brandon Hanks from thirteenth and Ohio's Shawn Dancer completed the top-ten.
With 19 drivers drawing in, three Heat Races were contested. Derek Hagar, Brad Loyet, and Jason Johnson each scored wins.
Next stop for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real is the 36th annual Jackson Nationals presented by AtoZ Promotions at the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn. on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.jacksonspeedway.com. or by calling (712) 202-5540.
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 4. 88-Tim Crawley; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 6. 05-Brad Loyet; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 8. 23-Seth Bergman; 9. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 10. 49-Shawn Dancer; 11. 31-Justin Webb; 12. 95-Matt Covington; 13. 42-Andy McElhannon; 14. 17-Blake Hahn; 15. (DNF) 40R-Jason Johnson; 16. (DNF) 57-Zach Roach; 17. (DNF) 11-Jake Roach; DNS 87-Aaron Reutzel; DNS 13-Taylor Tidmore
Lap Leader(s): Tony Bruce, Jr. 1-15; Jeff Swindell 16-30
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 2,726; 2. Jeff Swindell 2,625; 3. Jason Johnson 2.629; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,619; 5. Johnny Herrera 2,614; 6. Seth Bergman 2,478; 7. Aaron Reutzel 2,470; 8. Matt Covington 2,392; 9. Tony Bruce, Jr. 2,391; 10. Blake Hahn 2,383.
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Triumphant in Lucas Oil ASCS Mid-South Showdown
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (August 21, 2014) - It was a historic night for Sam Hafertepe, Jr. as the Sunnyvale, Texas shoe rocketed to his third victory of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, and for the first time at the Riverside International Speedway in the inaugural Mid-South Showdown presented by TBJ Promotions.
After losing legendary Mid-South driver, Shorty Chambliss, on Monday, the night's A-Main was extended to 40 laps in honor of Chambliss' signature No. 40.
"This place has got to be the most awesome place to win a race. I mean, just look at all the history here," said Hafertepe in Victory Lane. "I know Jeff blew up there, but man that was awesome. I wish we could have run lapped traffic all night long. It was a badass racetrack. I was pretty skeptical when we got here tonight. I didn't know what we were going to get, and to get what we got was pretty awesome."
Starting on the pole, Hafertepe fell to the chasers position on the start as Jeff Swindell flew to the lead on the outside line; doing so twice after the first start fell through.
Slowed on the second round, the green flew long enough to find traffic on Lap 7.
Caution on Lap 10, the next run went to Lap 28 with Hafertepe continuing to chase Swindell through heavy traffic.
On the restart, Swindell wouldn't get the jump he had been getting. With Hafertepe hanging close, the race became a three car fight with Johnny Herrera in the mix.
Breathing down the neck of Swindell, a small amount of smoke began coming from the Hood of the Heartland Catfish No. 94. With the engine laying down, Swindell held the middle groove, but couldn't make the car wide enough as Hafertepe made the race winning pass on Lap 35.
With just enough left, Swindell was able to hold on for a runner-up finish.
"With about eight or nine to go, something went south on the Motor so she was only running on about six cylinders so I just started running the middle of the track at a little more than half-throttle. I never even stood on it hard so I couldn't believe it took them so long to get to me," commented Swindell. "I was just trying to salvage a finish out of it. I don't know if I could have run her a little harder and stayed up there, but I figured they'd be hounding on me. I guess that means we had a good lead going into that."
Johnny Herrera third podium appearance of the season is his second in as many races after jumping to fourth on the start from sixth before falling to ride fifth for nine laps.
"We had a really good racecar. There in the middle of the race, we jumped to the top there and got back to fourth. We were just kind of riding there, and got to third and was actually running up to Sam there before the yellow came out. After that, is just wasn't ever as good. For some reason, it got really tight in the right rear. Afterwards, we checked and had less than six pounds of air on the Right Rear so now I know. I just wonder if it got cut there at the start when I got into the No. 14 car on the first lap when he got into wall."
Tim Crawley was on a mission after a crash in his Heat forced the No. 88 to the B-Feature. Winning that, Crawley marched from seventeenth to fourth with Howard Moore doing the late Shorty Chambliss proud with a fifth place finish.
Jason Johnson posted a sixth place finish with the No. 40r on the wing for Shorty Chambliss and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. whose career began with the help of Shorty. Brandon Hanks posted a seventh place run with Ernie Ainsworth, Seth Bergman, and Bake Hahn making the top-ten after having to drop the tail early as the cause of a caution on Lap 2.
Drawing 29 drivers to the Riverside International Speedway, four Heat Races saw Brandon Hanks, Jeff Swindell, Johnny Herrera, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. taking wins. Tim Crawley topped the night's B-Feature.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real heads for the Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn. on Friday, August 22, 2014. Fans that show their ticket stub or pit passes from Riverside will get a $5 discount at the gate.
A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 88-Tim Crawley; 5. 40-Howard Moore; 6. 40R-Jason Johnson; 7. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 8. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth; 9. 23-Seth Bergman; 10. 17-Blake Hahn; 11. 49-Shawn Dancer; 12. (DNF) 39-Brad Bowden; 13. (DNF) 14-Jordon Mallett; 14. (DNF) 26-Marshall Skinner; 15. (DNF) 3-A.G. Rains; 16. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet; 17. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel; 18. (DNF) 9JR-Derek Hagar; 19. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington; 20. (DNF) 42-Andy McElhannon; 21. (DNF) 2-Bryce Vowan; 22. (DNF) 1-Eddie Gallagher; 23. (DNF) 14Z-Zach Pringle
Lap Leader(s): Jeff Swindell 1-34; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 35-40
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Brad Loyet - 3, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 3, Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Jeff Swindell - 2, Brian Brown - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Derek Hagar - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 2,604; 2. Jason Johnson 2,529; 3. Jeff Swindell 2,502 4. Johnny Herrera 2,495; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,494; 6. Aaron Reutzel 2,405; 7. Seth Bergman 2,362; 8. Matt Covington 2,286; 9.Blake Hahn 2,281; 10. 2,249;
Hafertepe Hangs on for Victory at the Salina Highbanks
SALINA, Okla. (August 16, 2014) - The eleventh time the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real graced the clay of the Salina Highbanks Speedway saw Sam Hafertepe, Jr. becoming the track's seventh different winner; topping the field for the second time in 2014 in the inaugural Oklahoma Open-Wheel Thunder Nationals.
His fourth career victory with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, the Sunnyvale, Texas driver held off the hard charging No. 45x of Johnny Herrera on the closing lap; using a slower car as a pick exiting the final turn.
Asked about that final turn and whether or not he could hear Herrera closing, Hafertepe replied, "That's why I dropped down there because I knew if I used that lapped car to block, we would probably win the race. You just have to drive smart sometimes."
"To be honest, we weren't set up for that track at all," commented Hafertepe when questioned about how technical the track was. "We were awesome in one and two and we were taking advantage of it down there. I knew the guys were searching around because I could see the middle getting a little dark so I knew them guys were running down there so when we came to lapped cars, I could roll through there pretty nice but I wasn't going to move until I saw a nose and really, we were just making something up in three and four. I didn't have a very good car down there at all."
After having to roll back the start for spun cars and false starts, the field finally fired with Mike Goodman jumping to the lead over Tony Bruce, Jr. Slowing for the spun No. 65L of Nicolas Lucito with a single lap completed, the focus of the restart was the race for second with Jason Johnson taking the runner up spot on Lap 3.
Caution again on Lap 4 for a tangle between Mickey Walker and Blake Hahn, a single lap passed before the caution waved again.
Setting up for the restart on Lap 5, the field dove into turn one with Jason Johnson taking a huge run to the bottom line. Drifting up the track in a bid for the lead, the Right Rear of Johnson's No. 41 found the Left Front of Mike Goodman's No. 11am as Goodman tried to hold the lead.
The contact sent Goodman skyward into the catch fence, and severely damaged the No. 41 in the process. Goodman was shaken, but unharmed in the incident. Johnson would not return after begin docked a lap by ASCS officials for his crew entered the track under a closed red and working on the car outside the work area.
Finding Goodman and Johnson out of competition, the lead fell into the hands of Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
With Dustin Morgan and Tony Bruce, Jr. in tow, the Lone Star Speedway No. 15h opened his advantage quickly. Finding slower traffic on Lap 12, the gap would begin to shrink as Morgan now found himself under fire from Aaron Reutzel who made the pass for second, only to see the caution put the field back a lap on the sixteenth round. Reutzel's night ended two laps later with mechanical problems.
Coming from ninth, Johnny Herrera now occupied the third spot. Setting sights on Dustin Morgan for second, Herrera raced by on Lap 23.
"I wasn't really good at the start of the race, but I just kept staying with it," said Herrera. "We've been fighting engine issues all night just trying to get up and run hard, but we kept going at it and kept the car free and you know, as the track freed up, we got better so thank God for the track getting free but I love this place. It's a fun place every time we come here. We should have won a race here already, and got close again tonight."
Dustin Morgan raced to his third podium finish of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
"Everything's really just going our way right now. Jimmy, Darren, Dad, the Mulkeys'...everyone who works their butt off at the shop, to give me a racecar like this. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be standing here."
Talking about his race with Herrera for second, Morgan commented, "I kind of crowded Johnny a couple times, but Johnny's fast. It's fun racing with him and I just tried to stay in front of him. He just had a better car, but thirds alright."
Brad Loyet race to fourth from thirteenth with Tony Bruce, Jr. slipping back to fifth at the checkered flag.
Jeff Swindell climbed from tenth to sixth with Matt Covington holding at seventh. Fourteenth starting Seth Bergman was eighth with Danny Jennings ninth. Blake Hahn worked back to complete the top-ten.
A field of 21 drivers saw three Heat Races going to Mike Goodman, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Jason Johnson.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real competes next at the Riverside International Speedway on Thursday, August 21 in the Mid South Showdown presented by TBJ Promotions. Discounted tickets are on sale at http://www.tbjpromotions.com.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 93-Dustin Morgan; 4. 05-Brad Loyet; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 94-Jeff Swindell; 7. 95-Matt Covington; 8. 23-Seth Bergman; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings; 10. 17-Blake Hahn; 11. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 12. 2-Mickey Walker; 13. 9$-Kyle Clark; 14. 5-Ty Williams; 15. 8-Alex Sewell; 16. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel; 17. (DNF) 1-Sean McClelland; 18. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm; 19. (DNF) 11AM-Mike Goodman; 20. (DNF) 41-Jason Johnson; 21. (DNF) 65L-Nicholas Lucito
Lap Leader(s): Mike Goodman 1-5; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 6-30
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Brad Loyet - 3, Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Jeff Swindell - 2, Brian Brown - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 2, Derek Hagar - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 2,506; 2. Jason Johnson 2,407; 3. Jeff Swindell 2,630 4. Johnny Herrera 2,630; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,344; 6. Aaron Reutzel 2,309; 7. Seth Bergman 2,249; 8. Matt Covington 2,194; 9.Tony Bruce, Jr. 2,184; 10. Blake Hahn 2,171;
Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series
TULSA, Okla. (July 28, 2014) - Regional competition in the American Sprint Car Series took center stage this past weekend as the ASCS Southwest and Frontier Regions took to the track at three facilities in Arizona and Montana.
The weekend saw two drivers returning to Victory Lane and added a new winner to the ASCS ranks.
Friday, July 25, 2014
• Trever Kirkland (Frontier Region) - It's not common to see anyone sneak by Joe Ramaker, but Trever Kirkland did just that in the closing laps at the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. Friday night for his first ASCS score.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
• Joe Ramaker (Frontier Region) - Finishing second Friday night was enough to light a fire under Joe Ramaker who led all by three laps on Saturday night at the BMP Speedway. The win is Ramaker's fourth on the season and twelfth overall with the Region.
• Joshua Williams (Southwest Region) - For the second time in 2014, Joshua Williams found victory at the Tucson International Raceway with the ASCS Southwest Region. Williams found the lead at the mid-point in the race and never looked back.
A few notes on the weekend:
• Left Rear Down - Had the left rear tire on Ryan Linder's machine not gone down at Tucson, the race may have played out very different. Posting a picture to Facebook the following day, little remained of the Hoosier that let go on Lap 12.
• Rickey Hood - More and more, Rickey Hood is the "Ageless Wonder" as the crafty veteran charged from twentieth to fifth Saturday night with the Southwest Region in Tucson. This marks the second race in a row that Hood has been the night's Hard Charger, running from fifteenth to fifth at the Arizona Speedway on July 5.
• Ream is Rolling - Bob Ream, Jr. seems to have this winged stuff figured out. The former non-wing champion has made seven A-Features with the Southwest Region in 2014 and has not finished outside the top-five yet.
• Hard Hit - Leroy Brush might still be seeing stars after taking a vicious hit during his Heat Race at the Gallatin Speedway on Friday. The hit was hard enough to strip the frame from the front engine plate forward. Brush was unhurt.
• Back in Front - It didn't take long for Joe Ramaker to regain the points lead with the ASCS Frontier Region. After two hard nights against the National Tour, Ramaker closed to the gap on Kelly Miller to four points on Friday night, then put his account to the black by 11 on Saturday.
• Overall Ziehl - Speaking of hot streaks, Rick Ziehl is also posting his share of top-fives this season in both ASCS 360cid and 305cid competition. Ziehl has 13 top fives' between the two sanctions and has not finished outside the top ten in 14 starts.
• Fighting Back - Not in the terms of fists, but overcoming adversity. As reported by ASCS Frontier Regional P.R. Director, Andrew Kunas, Saturday night at BMP Speedway saw Phil Dietz cut a tire running second. Forcing the caution, a trip to the work area brought the No. 72 to the tail where Dietz powered back to finish fourth.
• Quick Thank You - Many thanks need to be given to the ASCS Regional Directors who take the time to promote the sport of Sprint Car racing. These are the people who get screamed at by upset drivers, their crew, their wives, girlfriends, mistresses', cousins, brothers, and anyone else left who feels they need to scream. Trust me when I say, the pay is not enough to endure some of the frustration, but the rewards often outweigh the grief otherwise they would have quit years ago. Please take some time to appreciate what these people do and give them a pat on the back for helping to keep the sport of Sprint Car racing alive.
It's finally here, the 24th annual Arnold Motor Supply ASCS Knoxville Nationals at the 19th annual Casey’s General Stores/Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Don Long’s Searsboro Telephone Company.
Things kick off in Knoxville on Thursday, July 31 and run through Saturday, August 2. The Front Row Challenge is scheduled for Monday, August 4 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.
Tickets for the Arnold Motor Supply ASCS Knoxville Nationals are on sale at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.
Front Row Challenge tickets can be purchased by calling (515) 957-0020.
2014 ASCS National Points
1. Brad Loyet 2726
2. Jeff Swindell 2625
3. Jason Johnson 2629
4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 2619
5. Johnny Herrera 2614
6. Seth Bergman 2478
7. Aaron Reutzel 2470
8. Matt Covington 2392
9. Tony Bruce Jr. 2391
10. Blake Hahn 2383