photo credit - Pat Grant
Tony Bruce, Jr. Leads Flag-to-Flag at Lucas Oil Speedway
WHEATLAND, Mo. (June 20, 2015) What a way to cap off the 23rd ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek and Bob Westphal Memorial as Liberal, Kan. shoe Tony Bruce, Jr. picked up his first Protect the Harvest A-Feature victory in 2015 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.
“It means a lot to me to be standing here. We’ve won a race here before, but this one is pretty special. There’s a lot happening with me personally, so this is a big win for us and everyone who’s involved with this team,” said Bruce in Victory Lane. “Hats off the track crew, Dan, and everybody here at the Lucas Oil Speedway. We’re all standing up there having our doubts that the track prep was going to be good or bad, but man, it turned out excellent and that’s the best thing about coming to this race track is they strive for greatness.”
Executing the bottom groove perfectly, Bruce built his advantage quickly before the caution displayed on Lap 7. Returning to speed, the caution flew again the following lap. Picking things up, the Oil Medics No. 18 began to pace away from the field.
Finding slower traffic at the race’s half-way point, the race for the lead began to tighten up as Bruce navigated the back of the field. Searching lines, Bruce became pined behind a pair of slower cars, allowing Kyle Bellm to take a shot at the race lead.
“I thought we had a chance at Tony there, but I got hung up behind the No. 33 car. You know, we had one shot at it there, and just didn’t get it done, but it got to be a handful. I think a bleeder quit, or we sealed a tire after that last caution but the way we’ve been running, a second here is a hell of a feat.”
Settling for the final podium step after battling most of the race with Jeff Swindell, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson described the hard fought finish, “Me and Jeff, neither one of us wanted to give up that spot, and unfortunately it got a little ugly there. I hate to do that, but we’re looking at the big picture here and we need every point we can get so sometimes you can’t be ‘Mr. Nice Guy’.”
Wayne’s third place finish was enough to secure the 2015 ASCS Sizzlin’s Summer Speedweek Title, fending off Tony Bruce, Jr. by seven points. Jeff Swindell, Seth Bergman, and Matt Covington completed the top-five in Speedweek points.
Having to work out of a B-Feature, the night’s KSE Hard Charger was Seth Bergman, coming from 20th to fourth after several hard fought battles through the top-ten. After running third for much of the second half of the race, Jeff Swindell would end up crossing fifth.
Derek Hagar came from 12th to grab sixth with Aaron Reutzel fading to seventh after challenging several times for a podium finish. Matt Covington eighth, Blake Hahn ninth, with Jonathan Cornell coming 18th rounded out the top-ten.
With 35 drivers making the call at the Lucas Oil Speedway, five Heat Races went to Kyle Bellm, Chance Morton, Matt Covington, Jordan Weaver, and Evan Martin. A pair of B-Features went to Logan Forler and Jonathan Cornell.
Paired with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region, Jonathan Cornell earned high points for the region. Tyler Thomas, Jay Russell, Austin Alumbaugh, and Tyler Blank completed the top-five point’s earners.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real heads for the Skagit Speedway for the 44th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box on June 25-27. Live online PPV is available at http://www.racinboys.com.
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Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Mo.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Car Count: 35
Heat Races: 8 Laps, taking the winner plus the next the next 11 highest in passing points to the A-Feature.
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 4. 42-Andy McElhannon; 5. 23-Seth Bergman; 6. 27-Danny Thoman; 7. (DNF) 72X-Josh Fisher
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Chance Morton; 2. 76-Jay Russell; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 20K-Kevin Ulmer; 5. 99X-Mike Ell; 6. 3B-Brad Greer; 7. 99-Andrew Turley
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 3. 8M-Kade Morton; 4. 24S-Ricky Lee Stangl; 5. 84-Brandon Hanks; 6. 75-Tyler Blank; 7. 34-Corey Nelson
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 92-Jordan Weaver; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 2L-Logan Forler; 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 6. 86-Tyler Thomas; 7. 1X-Brad Ryun
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 4-Evan Martin; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell; 3. 33-Kris Miller; 4. 33A-Austin Alumbaugh; 5. 24L-Lanny Carpenter; 6. 9M-Ryan Leavitt; DNS 51-Mitchell Moore
B-Feature(s): 12 laps, taking the top 3 to the tail of the A-Feature.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks; 3. 33-Kris Miller; 4. 75-Tyler Blank; 5. 72X-Josh Fisher; 6. 24S-Ricky Lee Stangl; 7. 24L-Lanny Carpenter; 8. 9M-Ryan Leavitt; 9. 99-Andrew Turley; DNS 51-Mitchell Moore
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 86-Tyler Thomas; 4. 3B-Brad Greer; 5. 20K-Kevin Ulmer; 6. 34-Corey Nelson; 7. 1X-Brad Ryun; 8. (DNF) 27-Danny Thoman; 9. (DNF) 99X-Mike Ell
A-Feature: 30 Laps
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 2. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 3. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell; 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 8. 95-Matt Covington; 9. 52-Blake Hahn; 10. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 11. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 12. 86-Tyler Thomas; 13. 2L-Logan Forler; 14. 84-Brandon Hanks; 15. 42-Andy McElhannon; 16. 8M-Kade Morton; 17. 4-Evan Martin; 18. 7M-Chance Morton; 19. 92-Jordan Weaver; 20. (DNF) 33-Kris Miller; 21. (DNF) 76-Jay Russell; 22. (DNF) 33A-Austin Alumbaugh
Lap Leader(s): Tony Bruce, Jr. 1-30
KSE Hard Charger: Seth Bergman +16
FSR High Point: Tony Bruce, Jr.
photo credit - Jerry Jenkins
Alumbaugh Wins the 'Tribute to Jesse' with the ASCS Warriors at Double X Speedway
CALIFORNIA, Mo. (June 21, 2015) The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region took on the Double X Speedway this past Sunday night for the annual Tribute to Jesse with Austin Alumbaugh picking up his second win in three nights with the ASCS Warriors.
Austin’s win was enough to push the No. 33 into the points lead by 23 markers over Jonathan Cornell.
Leading start-to-finish for the $2,000 score, Alumbaugh was chased to the line by Derek Hagar in the Hockett Motorsports No. 75h. Mississippi’s Andy McElhannon snagged third with Tyler Thomas fourth. Jonathan Cornell completed the top-five from the tail after taking the Hockett Challenge. While Jonathan didn’t pick up the $4,100 bonus, Cornell did pick up an extra $500 for winning the Cory Wierman Dash for Cash.
Ricky Stangl crossed sixth with Josh Fisher, Jay Russell, Corey Nelson, and Brandon Hanks making up the top-ten.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region looks forward to the Tiger Towing Red, White, and Blue Tour, starting July 2 at the Double X Speedway in California, Mo., followed by the Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo. on July 3, Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. on July 4, and Double X Speedway again on July 5.
For continued updates on the ASCS Warrior Region, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region
Double X Speedway – California, Mo.
Sunday, June 21, 015
Car Count: 24
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 2. 33A-Austin Alumbaugh; 3. 24S-Ricky Lee Stangl; 4. 99-Mike Ell; 5. (DNF) 49-Ben Brown; DNS XX-A.J. Wirts
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Danny Thoman; 2. 76-Jay Russell; 3. 34-Corey Nelson; 4. 75H-Derek Hagar; 5. 20-Kevin Ulmer; 6. 4-Evan Martin
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 86-Tyler Thomas; 2. 42-Andy McElhannon; 3. 84-Brandon Hanks; 4. 75E-Brock Elliott; 5. 93-Taylor Walton; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 75-Tyler Blank; 2. 72X-Josh Fisher; 3. 24C-Lanny Carpenter; 4. (DNF) 48-Dean Hathman; DNS 12C-Faron Crank; DNS 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 20-Kevin Ulmer; 2. 4-Evan Martin; 3. 48-Dean Hathman; 4. 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths; 5. 49-Ben Brown; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp; DNS XX-A.J. Wirts; DNS 12C-Faron Crank
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 33A-Austin Alumbaugh; 2. 75H-Derek Hagar; 3. 42-Andy McElhannon; 4. 86-Tyler Thomas; 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 6. 24S-Ricky Lee Stangl; 7. 72X-Josh Fisher; 8. 76-Jay Russell; 9. 34-Corey Nelson; 10. 84-Brandon Hanks; 11. 4-Evan Martin; 12. 75-Tyler Blank; 13. 93-Taylor Walton; 14. 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths; 15. 99-Mike Ell; 16. 20-Kevin Ulmer; 17. 48-Dean Hathman; 18. (DNF) 24C-Lanny Carpenter; 19. (DNF) 27-Danny Thoman; 20. (DNF) 75E-Brock Elliott