Weather Shortens Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals to Saturday Affair
MESQUITE, Texas (March 18, 2016) With rain starting to move into the DFW area, along with the threat for a severe storm set to move in as teams would be rolling into the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, promoter Lanny Edwards has made the call to cancel Friday’s portion of the Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals.
According to Edwards, races will be on for Saturday, March 19 with scheduled start time at 8:00 P.M. (CT).
Johnny Herrera Storms To Season Opening Win With The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
WACO, Texas (March 17, 2016) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network opened the 2016 season with the series debut at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway and New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera rough riding the highline for 14th career National Tour triumph.
“This is incredible,” said Herrera of this season opening victory. “All winter, we just looked forward to coming and racing. We did run a few races previous to this and kind of struggled, but to come back to my grassroots, ASCS racing, I tell you; it’s just good to start off on the right foot. We got new Maxim Chassis this year. We switched to the “Big Max” design and so far, so good.”
Chasing Tommy Bryant down the back stretch of the opening lap, the No. 28 saw his Sawblade.com entry nearly get out from under him off the fourth turn, opening the door for Herrera to take the lead. Going red working Lap 2, the No. 23 of Seth Bergman went upside down. He was okay, but unable to return.
Setting a torrid pace on the restart, Herrera was quick to find slower traffic while still opening up a nearly a straightaway advantage over Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller. Slowed by caution on Lap 14, the cautions followed in droves afterwards with several drivers spinning in the closing laps.
Using slower cars as picks, Miller battled hard with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. giving up the position on Lap 23 to the No. 15h. Miller mounted a huge charge around the slower car of Steven Russell off the fourth turn, only to make contact with the Right Front of Russell’s No. 91, flattening the Left Rear of the Indy Race Parts No. 2. Sam also received damage to the Left Front, and went to the work area. Hafertepe was able to return, but damage again on the front end on Lap 27 ended his night.
In the chaos of slower cars, Logan Forler, running well on the bottom groove, carefully brought his Steve Forler Trucking No. 2L into the runner-up spot. Working the hub of the Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Logan gave it all he had on the race’s final restart with three go to, but would not be able to hang with the No. 45x.
“On that restart I was going to give it all I had but he kind of got me coming off of four and I just had nothing for him. At that point, it was over, but Johnny and I are really good friends and I’m happy for him,” said Forler of the last chance at the lead. “It’s good to come out here and run good with these guys. It’s a tough group, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Tommy Bryant posted his first career podium finish in National Tour competition, despite having mechanical issues the latter part of the event.
Asked about the opening lap pass, Bryant replied, “The track was a little rough but it had some slick spots, and I just didn’t pedal the car very good coming off of four, but all in all, a good night but I did have a fuel line break with about 10 laps to go, so I’m just covered in fuel. My whole leg is cold and wet. Probably the dumbest thing I’ve done in my career, but we got a good finish tonight and we’re proud of that.”
Coming from ninth, Matt Covington wrestled his way to fourth in the A-Rock Material No. 95, with Blake Hahn recovering from an early spin to place the Lucas Oil No. 52 fifth despite the front end being knocked back on the right side.
Wayne Johnson claimed sixth with Aaron Reutzel seventh after starting 13th. Terry Gray eighth was followed by team mate Morgan Turpen, who was the evening’s Hard Charger from 19th to ninth. Brad Loyet was the first driver a lap down in tenth.
Overall, 26 drivers took part in the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network’s opening night. Four Heat Races went to Logan Forler, Seth Bergman, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Wayne Johnson. The night’s B-Feature was topped by Kyle Bellm. No provisionals were taken into the A-Feature.
The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network joins up with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the 43rd Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals. Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway get underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT) each night. Admission is $25 for adults. Military Id, Seniors (60+), and children ages 13-15 are admitted for only $10. Children 12 and under are free into the Grandstands. Pit Passes each day are $30. More information on the Devil’s Bowl Speedway be found by calling (972) 222-2421 or online at http://www.devilsbowl.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network
Heart O' Texas Speedway - Waco, Texas
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Car Count: 26
A-Feature (30 Laps) 1. Johnny Herrera; 2. Logan Forler; 3. Tommy Bryant; 4. Matt Covington; 5. Blake Hahn; 6. Wayne Johnson; 7. Aaron Reutzel; 8. Terry Gray; 9. Morgan Turpen; 10. Brad Loyet; 11. Josh Baughman; 12. Claud Estes III; 13. Steven Russell; 14. Zane Lawrence; 15. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 16. Parker Price-Miller; 17. Harli White; 18. Ryan Padgett; 19. Jake Greider; 20. Brandon Hanks; 21. Kyle Bellm; 22. Seth Bergman.
Lap Leaders: Johnny Herrera 1-30
2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Johnny Herrera 150; 2. Logan Forler 142; 3. Tommy Bryant 135; 4. Matt Covington 130; 5. Blake Hahn 125; 6. Wayne Johnson 122; 7. Aaron Reutzel 119; 8. Terry Gray 116; 9. Morgan Turpen 113; 10. Brad Loyet 110;
Lucas Oil ASCS On The Road For Texas Trio
TULSA, Okla. (March 14, 2016) With Oklahoma a wash, that means the “Lone Star State” is next for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network as Waco’s Heart O’ Texas Speedway will now host the opening event for the 2016 season on Thursday, March 17, with the famed Devil’s Bowl Speedway following on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 with the 43th Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals.
Adding to the weekend’s trio of nights, the 2016 lineup of MAVTV Motorsports Network coverage also kicks off with all three nights being filmed.
Celebrating their 50th year of racing, the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas will become the 21st Texas based oval to host a Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour event. Since 1993, the National Tour has seen 166 events contested across the state, or 20 percent of the total races run with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
While the National Tour and Red River Region are making their first stop this Thursday, the Heart O’ Texas Speedway has been a regular stop for ASCS Regional action since 2004. In all, 30 regional events have been contested at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway between the ASCS Gulf South, Sooner, and Lone Star Regions. In terms of total wins, Kevin Ramey holds the top spot with seven trips to Victory Lane and is one of 18 drivers on the winner’s list.
With the lion’s share of the total races contested in Texas, the Devil’s Bowl Speedway has seen action on 83 occasions with the National Tour; most recently in October, 2015 with the Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals which saw Wayne Johnson and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. split the weekend. For Lanny and Beverly Edwards, the 2016 season is their 43rd as the promoters of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Since 1994, a total of 29 drivers have won at least one Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Gary Wright posted 20 wins before retiring in 2012 from the National Tour, and is the all-time winningest driver at the Devil’s Bowl in ASCS action.
Along with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, the three night run will also be co-sanctioned with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.
Thursday, March 17 at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway will see races getting underway at 7:30 P.M. (CT). Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and kids five and under admitted free into the grandstands. Pit Passes are $35. For additional information on the Heart O’ Texas Speedway, call (254) 829-2294 or log onto http://www.heartotexspeedway.com.
Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway get underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT) each night. Admission is $25 for adults. Military Id, Seniors (60+), and children ages 13-15 are admitted for only $10. Children 12 and under are free into the Grandstands. Pit Passes each day are $30. More information on the Devil’s Bowl Speedway be found by calling (972) 222-2421 or online at http://www.devilsbowl.com.
1. Johnny Herrera 150
2. Logan Forler 142
3. Tommy Bryant 135
4. Matt Covington 130
5. Blake Hahn 125
6. Wayne Johnson 122
7. Aaron Reutzel 119
8. Terry Gray 116
9. Morgan Turpen 113
10. Brad Loyet 110