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Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series

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

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

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

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

News and Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lap Leader(s): Matt Covington 1-30

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

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

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

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Tony Bruce, Jr. Takes Winter Nationals Preliminary Checkers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals Next for Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series

TULSA, Okla. (October 13, 2014) - The final leg of the 2014 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real gets underway this Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 with the 41st running of the Winter Nationals and James McElreath Memorial at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

Races 79 and 80 for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real at the famed half-mile oval, the 2014 season has seen three nights contested at the Devil's Bowl so far with Tony Bruce, Jr. picking up his second career victory at the Edwards family owned facility during preliminary action at the Spring Nationals on March 21, 2014. Upon the series return to finish out the Spring Nationals the following week, Patrick Stasa notched his first National Tour win.

Moving to June 14, 2014 and the start of Speedweek, Seth Bergman became the first Washington driver to grab a National Tour win at the Devil's Bowl Speedway.

With only 10 nights of racing remaining on the docket, every lap will count as Brad Loyet looks to capture his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Championship. The three time Lucas Oil POWRi Midget Champion would be the first Missouri native to capture the National Championship of the American Sprint Car Series.

Loyet's first trip to the famed Devil's Bowl came in 2012 for the Spring Nationals. The event was topped by Jason Johnson while Loyet raced to a thirteenth place finish.

Taking a 62 point advantage into the weekend double-header, Jason Johnson holds second with a slim 10 point advantage over Johnny Herrera and only 12 over Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Jeff Swindell who are tied for fourth with the nod going to Hafertepe with four victories on the season to Swindell's three.

Of the drivers in the top five, Jason Johnson lead the series among active drivers with 10 wins at the Devil's Bowl. Johnny Herrera has two victories to his credit as does Jeff Swindell. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. has a single Devil's Bowl victory with the National Tour. Current leader, Brad Loyet, has yet to top the field at the Devi's Bowl, with a best finish of third on June 15, 2013.

Summer Nationals winner, Seth Bergman, currently holds sixth in tour standings. Matt Covington in seventh has a best finish of second with the National Tour on March 21, 2014. Tony Bruce, Jr. with a pair of wins at the Devil's Bowl holds eighth. Blake Hahn enters the weekend on a high note during the Summer Nationals with a runner-up finish. One year ago Aaron Reutzel, currently tenth in points, stood on the podium with Brian Brown and Tony Bruce, Jr.

Paired with the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region, Patrick Stasa enters the weekend with the 2014 title tied up with a 248 point advantage over Shawn Petersen. Josh Baughman third, Kevin Ramey fourth, and John Carney II make up the top five.

The 41st annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals and James McElreath Memorial will be preceded by the Steve King Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Rockwall, Texas. To enter, email Tom Lorenz at tomlorenz@smileysracing.com or Chelsie Lorenz at clorenz@smileysracing.com.

Friday, October 17 will include the Texas Outlaw Modified Touring Series as well as the Blaine's Limited Modifieds. Saturday, October 18 will see Outlaw Modifieds swapped for the A.S.I. RaceSaver 305cid Sprint Cars and will again include the Blaine's Limited Modifieds. Both nights open at 6:00 P.M. (CT) with racing getting underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT).

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Quick Look - Devil's Bowl Speedway:

Past Devil’s Bowl Winter National Champions: 2013 - Brian Brown, 2012-Jeff Swindell, 2011-Danny Lasoski, 2010-Jack Dover, 2009-Kevin Ramey, 2008-Jason Johnson, 2007-Jason Johnson, 2006-Travis Rilat, 2005-Gary Wright, 2004-Shane Stewart, 2003-Gary Wright, 2002-Tyler Walker, 2001-Joey Saldana, 2000-Sammy Swindell, 1999-Gary Wright, 1998-Sammy Swindell, 1997-Mark Kinser, 1996-Mark Kinser, 1995-Gary Wright, 1994-Sammy Swindell, 1993-Dave Blaney, 1992-Gary Wright, 1991-Mike Peters, 1990-Steve Kinser, 1989-Jack Hewitt, 1988-Doug Wolfgang, 1987-Sammy Swindell, 1986-Bobby Davis, Jr., 1985-Dave Blaney, 1984-Sammy Swindell, 1983-Sammy Swindell, 1982-Steve Kinser, 1981-Doug Wolfgang, 1980-Doug Wolfgang, 1979-Sammy Swindell, 1978-Sammy Swindell, 1977-Bobby Marshall, 1976-Bobby Marshall, 1975-Jan Opperman, 1974-Joe Saldana

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

41st Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals
Friday, October 17, 2014 - Open at 6:00 P.M. / Racing at 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Open at 6:00 P.M. / Racing at 8:00 P.M.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway
11711 Lawson Rd.
Mesquite, TX 75181

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.devilsbowl.com
Email: info@devilsbowl.com
Phone: 972-222-2421


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

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,526; 2. Jason Johnson 3,464; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,454; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,452; 5. Jeff Swindell 3,452; 6. Seth Bergman 3,310; 7. Matt Covington 3,170; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,128; 9. Blake Hahn 2,980; 10. Aaron Reutzel 2,934;

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2015 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour to Begin with $10,000 to win Ronald Laney Memorial

TULSA, Okla. (October 8, 2014) One of the most highly anticipated events in dirt track racing is without a doubt the Winter Nationals at Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park. A gathering of the nation's finest dirt track warriors, it's seen by many fans as the official kickoff to the dirt track racing season.

The last time the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real was a part of the Winter Nationals lineup was 2008 with Kenny Adams, Terry McCarl, and Jason Johnson each garnering victories at "The Clay by the Bay".

In 2015, that list of winners will grow as officials with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real and East Bay Raceway Park are pleased to announce the National Tour's 2015 season opener at the 39th annual Winter Nationals and 14th annual Ronald Laney Memorial, happening February 19-21, 2015.

"I'm looking forward to having the ASCS (American Sprint Car Series) back in the house. They've always done a great job for us and always put a good show so hopefully, it'll be another homerun for us," commented East Bay Raceway Park Promoter, AL Varnadore.

Beginning in 1999 as the "King of the 360's", Gary Wright won the inaugural event worth $4,000.

Ronald Laney captured the coveted crown in 2000 but would not get his second victory at East Bay as the Humble, Texas racer tragically lost his life in 2002 at the age of 29 after hard contact with the wall exiting turn-two sent Laney flipping into oncoming traffic. Racing continued with the event renamed the Ronald Laney Memorial. Tennessee's Jason Sides was ultimately crowned the 2002 champion

What has become a truly star studded event will offer drivers a champion's payout of $10,000 with preliminary nights paying $2,000 to win. Oklahoma's Wayne Johnson claimed the winner's purse in 2014, marking the second time the 2000 Lucas Oil ASCS National Champion has won the King of the 360's and Ronald Laney Memorial.

"It's been too long since the Lucas Oil ASCS has been a part of the Ronald Laney Memorial," said ASCS National Coordinator, Matt Ward. "Al and his staff have always been awesome to work with, and the event is second to none for anyone who enjoys dirt track racing Personally, Ronald meant a lot to all of us and to have his race be a part of ASCS is important."

Along with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, the three nights will include the Florida Mini Sprints. Racing will be preceded by practice on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Entry forms, ticket information, and full schedule of events for the 2015 East Bay Raceway Park Winter Nationals is available at http://www.eastbayracewaypark.com.

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Event Information:
What: $10,000 to win King of the 360's and Ronald Laney Memorial
Where: East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, Fla.
When: February 19-21, 2015
Website: http://www.eastbayracewaypark.com

Entry: Drivers are encouraged to pre-enter. Concrete parking areas are reserved based on advanced registration. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.eastbayracewaypark.com/winternationals/driver-registration

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877 457-5611 or (813) 677-7223. Three night tickets are $70 each. Single day tickets are available. Thursday tickets are $15, Friday tickets are $25, and Saturday tickets are $30.

ASCS National History - East Bay Raceway Park: Thirteen events have been held at the East Bay Raceway Park with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour with eight winners. Lucas Oil ASCS Winners - East Bay Raceway Park: Terry McCarl 4, Gary Wright 3, David Steele, Garry Lee Maier, Jason Johnson, Kenny Adams, Larry Pinegar, Travis Rilat

Lucas Oil ASCS Winners (by date) - East Bay Raceway Park: David Steele (2/11/1996), Garry Lee Maier (2/12/1996), Larry Pinegar (2/9/1997), Gary Wright (2/10/1997), Travis Rilat (1/26/2006), Terry McCarl (1/27/2006), Terry McCarl (1/28/2006), Gary Wright (1/25/2007), Terry McCarl (1/26/2007), Gary Wright (1/27/2007), Kenny Adams (1/31/2008), Terry McCarl (2/1/2008), Jason Johnson (2/2/2008)

King of the 360's Ronald Laney Memorial Champions: Wayne Johnson (2014 and 2010), Danny Holtgraver (2013), Glenn Styres (2012), Daryn Pittman (2011), Jesse Hockett (2009), Jason Johnson (2008), Gary Wright (2007 and 1999), Terry McCarl (2006), Chad Kemenah (2005), Sport Allen (2003), Jason Sides (2002), Jeff Sheppard (2001), Ronald Laney (2000)

The 2015 season will mark the twenty-fourth year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

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ASCS Lone Star Set to Light-up Lone Star Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (October 5, 2014) - A $3,000 payday awaits the winner of this coming Saturday night's A-Feature at the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas as the Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region takes on the high-banked three-eighths mile oval.

The final stand before facing the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at the Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, Patrick Stasa enters the region's final three dates with a 248 point advantage on the 2014 season title. Shawn Peterson currently rides second with Josh Baughman, Kevin Ramey, and John Carney II making the top five in driver standings.

The region's last visit to the Texas oval came on April 7, 2012 with Wayne Johnson taking the regional victory over Martin Edwards and Logan Forler.

The Texas Sprint Car Championship takes place on Saturday, October 11 with gates opening at 5:00 P.M. (CT). Hot Laps get underway at 7:00 P.M. (CT) with the night including Factory Stocks for a $1,000 to win affair. For more information on the Lone Star Speedway, log onto http://www.lonestarspeedway.com.

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Derek Hagar Prevails in Traffic for Victory in the Hockett/McMillin Memorial

WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 27, 2014) - For the second night in a row, the fourth running of the Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial found a first time winner at the Lucas Oil Speedway as Derek Hagar grabbed the lead from Jeff Swindell in slower traffic for his second Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour victory of 2014.

"This means a lot," commented Derek before taking a pause to gain his composure. "Me and Jesse were team mates the year that he passed away at Manzanita in the Silver Crown cars, and at Indianapolis at the mile. That was the only time I ever heard Jesse say he was scared of the racecar was at the Indy mile. I had to look at him twice like, ''Did you just say that Jesse?'' He goes, ''Man, you guys are rolling these things into the corner. I'm used to throwing her in there, not driving her straight in wide open" but I know Jesse will always be with me, we were pretty good buds, and I'm glad this trophy is going in the house on the fireplace."

Coming from fifth Hagar jumped to third on the start. Chasing Wayne Johnson in the opening laps for second, the pair exchanged slide jobs while tracking down Jeff Swindell before hooking bumpers on the exit of turn two; sending the No. 77 of Johnson into the wall and into the Pits. Johnson was unharmed and was scored twenty-second.

Single file to the green, Swindell and Hagar both worked topside with the pair finding traffic by Lap 18. Vacating the highline in traffic, the pair began working top and bottom. Saddled on the low line in turns one and two, Swindell sat trapped by traffic as the cushion cleared for Hagar. At the right place at the right time, Hagar stuck the cushion for the lead down the back straight-a-way on Lap 24.

"Sometimes it's better to be sitting in the catbird seat watching the track change and being able to move around a little bit," commented Swindell of the runner up finish. "I changed the car a little bit from last night. I was kind of halfway between where I was going to be later tonight until they did the re-work, so I kind of guessed at that and had a great car on the bottom in the beginning - we just got caught in traffic and it shut us down."

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. claimed his second bronze finish in as many nights. Pleased with the overall weekend, Hafertepe was a little down on the finish, "We dropped way back, but we had a great racecar though. Congrats to Derek, he did a hell of a job but like I said, we just got moved back there at the beginning. We had a good enough car, I just used up my tires trying to get back through there but that's how racing goes sometimes."

After taking a provisional into Friday's A-Feature, Tony Bruce, Jr. raced to a fourth place finish after starting seventh. Eighth starting Johnny Herrera completed the top five.

Jason Johnson crossed sixth with Brian Brown seventh. Tim Crawley ended his weekend in eighth with Jack Dover from eleventh, and Seth Bergman from seventeenth to complete the top ten.

A total of 50 drivers took part in the fourth annual Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial. Entries numbering 45 took part in Saturday's program with five Heat Races going to Brian Brown, Miranda Arnold, Derek Hagar, Blake Hahn, and Evan Martin. A pair of B-Features went to Seth Bergman and Dusty Zomer.

Matt Covington used his final full-point provisional of the season to make the A-Feature.

Brad Loyet brought out the caution on Lap 27. Going to the work area, Loyet came back for a sixteenth place finish and a 62 point advantage over Jason Johnson. Johnny Herrera trails the runner-up spot by 10 points with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Jeff Swindell tied for fourth only 74 points back from Loyet.

The final point's night for the Speedway Motors Warrior Region, Jonathan Cornell secured the 2014 title.

The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real competes next at the 41st Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. More information can be found at http://www.devilsbowl.com.

Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Mo.
4th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Car Count: 45
Event Count: 50

A-Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9JR-Derek Hagar[5]; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell[3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[7]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera[8]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson[4]; 7. 21-Brian Brown[9]; 8. 88-Tim Crawley[6]; 9. 53-Jack Dover[11]; 10. 23-Seth Bergman[17]; 11. 11-Roger Crockett[14]; 12. 4-Evan Martin[13]; 13. 93-Dustin Morgan[20]; 14. 16-Anthony Nicholson[21]; 15. 82-Dusty Zomer[18]; 16. 05-Brad Loyet[16]; 17. 17WX-Jonathan Cornell[19]; 18. 52-Blake Hahn[12]; 19. 95-Matt Covington[23]; 20. 75-Tyler Blank[15]; 21. 5M-Miranda Arnold[10]; 22. (DNF) 77X-Wayne Johnson[1]; 23. (DNF) 9M-Taylor Walton[22]

Lap Leader(s): Jeff Swindell 1-23; Derek Hagar 24-30

Lucas Oil Speedway 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 (9/27/2014)

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 3,526; 2. Jason Johnson 3,464; 3. Johnny Herrera 3,454; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,452; 5. Jeff Swindell 3,452; 6. Seth Bergman 3,310; 7. Matt Covington 3,170; 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 3,128; 9. Blake Hahn 2,980; 10. Aaron Reutzel 2,934;

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

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2014 ASCS National Points
Oct. 18

1. Brad Loyet 3740
2. Jeff Swindell 3704
3. Johnny Herrera 3689
4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 3687
5. Jason Johnson 3668
6. Seth Bergman 3487
7. Matt Covington 3455
8. Tony Bruce Jr. 3400
9. Aaron Reutzel 3199
10. Blake Hahn 3141
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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