Brian Brown Pockets $15,000 To Win Lucas Oil ASCS High Roller Classic
SEDALIA, Mo. (August 21, 2016) Denied the big prize in 2015, Brian Brown was all business as the Casey’s General Store/FVP No. 21 led start-to-finish in Sunday’s W-K Chevrolet High Roller Classic presented by Casey’s General Stores with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at Sedalia’s Missouri State Fair Speedway.
Brown’s second career National Tour triumph at the “Historic Half-Mile”, and 17th overall with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, the $15,000 payday was made all the sweeter as the Missouri native brought along the memory of Bryan Clauson.
“This win is for Bryan Clauson, Matt Wood Racing, and Elk Grove Ford. A lot of you may not know this, but that’s one of Bryan’s engines and Matt Wood let us borrow it so he’s been riding with us the whole night and all his crew guys are here. If we can bring a smile to their face just for a minute, it’s worth it,”
Rolling top-shelf into the race lead through the first two turns after starting third, Brown led Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Josh Baughman through the opening laps. Challenged briefly by the No. 15h, following a restart on Lap 1, Brown was able to quickly extend his advantage with traffic coming into play on Lap 7.
Allowing Hafertepe to close, the caution would bring the field single file on the eighth circuit. With clean air to his advantage, Brown’s No. 21 powered away from the field. Meeting traffic again at the race’s half-way point, the gap between first and second was again cut down quickly by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. who now had Wayne Johnson to contend with for the runner-up spot. Taking the fight to the back of the field, Brown worked feverishly to keep Hafertepe and Johnson at bay before the caution again flew on Lap 22 for Brad Loyet.
To the green, the race on the track was for third as Josh Baughman, who had fallen as far back as sixth, was on the rebound. Denied the spot by Wayne Johnson, the final rounds were in sight with Brian Brown setting sail once again, but one last caution flew on Lap 28 for Kyle Bellm who lost an engine while running seventh.
Keeping the field to his back bumper, the race for the silver was three wide as Josh Baughman stormed the bottom groove to jump from fourth to second on the restart, but would not be able to catch the No. 21.
Baughman’s second podium of the weekend, the Texas native now has a dozen top-five finishes in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition in 56 feature starts.
“We had a great car, we’re just not good from the front row but we’re on the podium every night. I can’t say enough about my team. We’re there and I hope the wins come really soon. These guys work really hard,” said Baughman who was able to claim the runner-up spot despite the engine appearing to let down in the closing laps.
Able to follow Baughman by the No. 15h, Wayne Johnson put the City Vending No. 2c on the final podium step for the wily veteran’s fifth podium of the season.
“I’ve got to thank my guys, they’ve been busting their butts. We built this car is a couple of day here a couple weeks ago and we’ve been working on this thing ever since. This car is a Maxim and it’s really changed our year. We struggled and struggled but now, when me make adjustments to this thing, you can tell and it’s showing with the way we’re finishing.”
Commenting on the final restart, Johnson said, “I really figured Sam was going to block us on that last restart, so went to the top, and when I did, that opened the door for Josh to slide us both, but that’s part of it.”
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. would hold on for a fourth place finish with Danny Lasoski bringing the Team Jack Foundation No. 1m home fifth. Matt Covington from 11th crossed the line sixth with Terry McCarl charging from 17th to seventh. With mechanical issues sending the No. 28 to the pits early in the B-Main, a Promoter’s Provisional put the Sedalia driver 25th in the lineup with Cornell not wasting the chance with a run to eighth with Blake Hahn following in ninth.
Having won the B-Feature, Johnny Herrera was subsequently disqualified for going to his pit before reporting to the scales. While the No. 45x was stripped of the B-Main win, Herrera was still eligible to utilize a point’s based provisional and in doing so, was able to run from 23rd to tenth.
The Missouri State Fair Speedway saw 31 drivers in competition. Four Heat Races went to Brian Brown, Chris Morgan, Danny Lasoski, and Kyle Bellm. Terry McCarl was credited with the win in the B-Feature. Provisional starters numbered three with Danny Thoman in with 100% attendance with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps in 2016. Johnny Herrera used a point’s based provisional, and Jonathan Cornell was granted a Promoter’s Provisional.
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be the AGCO Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. with the National Sprint League. The Lucas Oil ASCS will complete on Friday, September 2 and Sunday, September 4 of the three day event.
For continued update on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS National / ASCS Warrior
Missouri State Fair Speedway - Sedalia, Mo
2nd annual High Roller Classic
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Car Count: 31
ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Provisional(s): Johnny Herrera (Points Provisional); Danny Thoman (Regional Provisional); Jonathan Cornell (Promoter Provisional)
(Image Credit: Terry Ford)
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Holds On For Lucas Oil ASCS Victory at St. Francois County Raceway
FARMINGTON, Mo. (August 20, 2016) The debut of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at the St. Francois County Raceway came down to the final lap as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. narrowly held off local track champion, Joey Montgomery, at the line to win the Dean Adams Classic.
Leading from the drop of the green, the race’s third and final caution flew as the leaders took the white flag. Going back to the last fully completed lap, the final rounds were a dogfight as Hafertepe worked every inch of the quarter-mile oval to hold off Montgomery, who had marched to second from the 10th starting spot.
“I told everybody all night that No. 5 car was probably the best car here,” commented Sam who notched his seventh National Tour win of the season. “I knew he started back pretty far. We were so good for so long, I wasn’t sure where he was and I was getting through lapped traffic pretty good, but thank God the race wasn’t one more lap.”
Taking off from the outside of the front row, Hafertepe had to outrun Josh Baughman into the first two turns. Keeping the No. 17 at bay after several attempts at the lead through the opening laps, the Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h found the back of the field on Lap 7.
Caution before being able to put many cars a lap down on Lap 9 for Derek Hagar, the restart was short lived as Brad Loyet and Jeff Masson rolled to a stop in turns one and two. Hager took advantage of the situation to return to the racing surface as he was still on the lead lap, but would still see his night end early.
Trying to keep pace with Hafertepe, the No. 17 of Josh Baughman had his hands full with Joey Montgomery. Working the Odessa, Texas racer to third after several laps, the leaders were again in slower traffic. Allowing the No. 5 to close the gap, the laps were clicking off faster than the gap could close, but the caution would set up for a fight to the finish.
Railing the top of the St. Francois Country Raceway, Montgomery set the No. 15h in the crosshairs, but the slide and block off the final turn was just enough to keep the driver from Fredericktown, Mo. out of Victory Lane.
With the very loud approval of the fans, Joey Montgomery’s runner up finish marks the second time the Missouri driver has finished on the podium in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition; matching his performance at West Plains Motor Speedway on July 27, 2002.
“It laid rubber down there, so I knew I had to do something else. It was working, but he did what he should have. He came up and that’s exactly what you need to do,” commented Montgomery when asked about the last lap attempt at the win.
With his race including a little bumper tag with Montgomery, the No. 17 of Josh Baughman placed third for his fifth podium of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS.
“I hate giving up starting on the front row there, but overall we had a good night. We’ve been on the podium I think the last month and a half we been out here so we’ve got nothing to hang our head about. Just one of those deals where we could have made a couple changes, but congratulations to Sam. He’s no slouch. Does this for a living, and he’s taught me a lot.”
Coming from eighth, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson claimed the fourth spot ahead of Logan Forler, however, the No. 2L did not report the scales and was unfortunately disqualified, putting Kyle Bellm to fifth officially. Joe B. Miller from 11th crossed sixth with Johnny Herrera coming from 12th to finish seventh. Blake Hahn was eighth with Dustin Adams and Matt Covington making up the top-ten.
Bringing 28 drivers to the St. Francois County Raceway, four Heat Races went to Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Kyle Bellm, Dustin Adams, and Wayne Johnson. Suffering engine woes prior to Hot Laps, Seth Bergman found his way into the B-Main where the No. 23 would go on to win. One provisional was awarded based on Regional competition with Danny Thoman earning the spot.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to competition on Sunday, August 21 at the Missouri State Fair Speedway for the $15,000 to win High Roller Classic. Racing at the “Historic Half Mile” gets underway at 7:00 P.M. (CDT).
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVT Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS National / ASCS Warrior
St Francois County Raceway - Farmington, Mo.
Inaugural Dean Adams Classic
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Car Count: 28
ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Main)