Aaron Reutzel Victorious In Lucas Oil ASCS KC Classic at Lakeside Speedway
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (May 11, 2017) Scoring his first victory of the season against the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Aaron Reutzel out dueled defending series champion, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. in the McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic presented by Racinboys.com.
Greeted in Victory Lane first by his son, Carson, the win is Aaron’s 14th career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory.
“You know, Sam and I have been able race each other clean so hats off to Sam for that. I felt the bottom was there and I was watching lapped cars as I was catching them and none of them were running the top. I wasn’t sure if it was because they couldn’t run up there or not, but I finally did see a nose get under me so I went all out and that’s when Sam went by me, but luckily I was able to get back by him,” commented Aaron. “This a big win for my guys. We’ve been knocking on the door for a while to get a win.”
Battling early on with Matt Covington, the pair were wheel to wheel at both ends of the four-tenths mile oval for the first three laps before the red lights blinked on for Cody Ledger who ended up going for a ride in the first two turns.
Challenging the low line on the No. 87 on the restart, Aaron was able to hold off Covington’s No. 95 with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. in tow. Running the top in one and two and the hub in three and four, Aaron was able to garner some breathing room as Hafertepe moved to the runner-up spot on Lap 11.
Starting to work into slower traffic as the race moved past the half-way point, the top three were all within striking distance with the trio utilizing multiple grooves in hopes of gaining the advantage. Building his momentum, Hafertepe had the run. Rolling off the second turn, Hafertepe snagged the top spot on Lap 18. Crossing down the track, Aaron returned the move in kind as both drivers navigated the bottom side of the Speedway. Having run a diamond line to catch and pass Aaron, the change of line by Hafertepe was due to a lack of tear-offs.
As Sam explained, “I wanted to keep running the top, but it got to where I couldn’t see the wall anymore and I didn’t want to junk the car.”
Trailing the No. 87 by 0.668 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag, the win by Aaron Reutzel stopped Hafertepe’s win streak at five. That ties the Texas native with “The Texan” Gary Wright who went five in a row in 2005. Sam did however set a series record as the first driver to open the season with five consecutive race wins.
Matt Covington posted his best finish of the season with a third place showing in the T&L Foundry No. 95 with Josh Baughman crossing fourth in the FK Midwest No. 17. Dustin Morgan completed the top-five in the Ark Wrecking No. 93.
Terry McCarl ran to a sixth place finish with Tony Stewart moving from 10th to seventh. Wayne Johnson was the night’s CP Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night, advancing six positions to finish eighth. Danny Lasoski from 12th grabbed ninth with Johnny Herrera completing the top-ten.
With a field of 36 on hand, four Heat Races went to Josh Baughman, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Aaron Reutzel, and Matt Covington who was the night’s FSR Radiator High Point driver of the Night with his from eighth to win his Heat Race. Twin B-Features were topped by Blake Hahn and Jack Dover. Provisionals were taken by Kyle Bellm and Skylar Gee based on their owner points. A regional provisional was awarded to Danny Thoman.
The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to action Memorial Day Weekend with El Paso County Raceway on Saturday, May 27 and Phillips County Raceway on Sunday, May 28.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series and the over 150 races that make up the National Tour, as well as seven regional tours, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Warrior Region
Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, Kan.
McCarthy Auto Group KC Classic
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Car Count: 36
Heat Races: (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 14-Tony Stewart; 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 5. 21-Brian Brown; 6. 17W-Harli White; 7. 35L-Cody Ledger; 8. 18-Ian Madsen; 9. 20G-Jake Greider
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 36-Jason Martin; 4. 53-Jack Dover; 5. 44-Chris Martin; 6. 76-Jay Russell; 7. 27-Danny Thoman; 8. 3Z-Zach Davis; 9. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 93-Dustin Morgan; 3. 1-Justin Henderson; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 6. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 7. 12S-Taylor Walton; 8. 92J-J.R. Topper; 9. 49X-Shayle Bade
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington; 2. 24-Terry McCarl; 3. 99-Skylar Gee; 4. 52-Blake Hahn; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball; 6. 0J-Jeremy McCune; 7. 41A-Andee Beierle; 8. 11-Mindy McCord; 9. (DNF) 88-Craig Dollansky
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn; 2. 76-Jay Russell; 3. 18-Ian Madsen; 4. 99-Skylar Gee; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 6. 27-Danny Thoman; 7. 92J-J.R. Topper; 8. 77X-Alex Hill; 9. (DNF) 12S-Taylor Walton; 10. (DNF) 49X-Shayle Bade
B Feature 2: Lineup
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover; 2. 44-Chris Martin; 3. 35L-Cody Ledger; 4. 17W-Harli White; 5. 0J-Jeremy McCune; 6. 3Z-Zach Davis; 7. 20G-Jake Greider; 8. 41A-Andee Beierle; 9. (DNF) 11-Mindy McCord; 10. (DNF) 88-Craig Dollansky
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 17-Josh Baughman; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan; 6. 24-Terry McCarl; 7. 14-Tony Stewart; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 9. 33-Danny Lasoski; 10. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 11. 23-Seth Bergman; 12. 21-Brian Brown; 13. 53-Jack Dover; 14. 44-Chris Martin; 15. 1-Justin Henderson; 16. 52-Blake Hahn; 17. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 18. 18-Ian Madsen; 19. 76-Jay Russell; 20. 5J-Jamie Ball; 21. 99-Skylar Gee; 22. (DNF) 36-Jason Martin; 23. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm; 24. (DNF) 35L-Cody Ledger; 25. (DNF) 27-Danny Thoman
Lap Leader(s): Aaron Reutzel 1-17, 19-25; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 18
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Wayne Johnson +6
FSR High Point Driver: Matt Covington
Provisional(s): Kyle Bellm (P1) / Skylar Gee (P1) / Danny Thoman (Regiona)
Brad Loyet Off The Final Turn Wins ASCS Regional Showdown At Lucas Oil Speedway
WHEATLAND, Mo. (May 6, 2017) Winning out over a three car battle with a last lap pass to seal the deal, Missouri's Brad Loyet returned to ASCS victory Lane at Lucas Oil Speedway in the regional showdown between the between the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products and the Speedway Motors Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Warps.
Taking the green from the third row in the sixth annual Impact Signs Open Wheel Showdown, the Vacuworx No. 05 of Loyet wasted little time moving forward as Jonathan Cornell took the early advantage from the pole starting position.
Up to second on Lap 9, Loyet was joined by Oklahoma’s Alex Sewell the following lap as the pair stalked the No. 28. Taking over the runner-up spot from the No. 05, Sewell slid his way into the lead on Lap 13. Fending off slide jobs from the No 28, the Sedalia ace finally reclaimed the top spot on the 18th circuit.
Still anyone’s race as Brad moved back to second with seven laps to run, it all came down to the final turn. Charging the bottom of turn three in second, the slide job off the final turn was gold with Loyet picking up the evening’s $2,000 winner’s check.
The runner-up finish is the best of the season for Cornell after three races with Alex Sewell likewise posting his best ASCS result so far in 2017. From seventh, Josh Baughman crossed fourth with New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera fifth from 14th. Evan Martin crossed sixth with Washington’s Gary Taylor seventh from 16th. Finishing eight was Dustin Morgan with a run from 19th followed by Cody Baker and Mile Paulus to complete the top-ten.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region is in action with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on Thursday, May 11 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. before venturing to Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo. on Saturday, May 13. Between those dates, the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products returns to Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. before teaming back up with the ASCS Warriors at Springfield.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven regions that make up the ASCS Nation, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS Red River / ASCS Warrior
Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
6th annual Impact Signs Open Wheel Showdown
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Car Count: 30
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 2. 38-Cody Baker; 3. 5D-Zach Daum; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 5. 86-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 1X-Gary Taylor; 7. D6-Dakota Gaines; 8. 92J-J.R. Topper
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman; 2. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 12S-Taylor Walton; 5. 84-Brandon Hanks; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan; 7. 26M-Fred Mattox; 8. 10-Kevin Brewer
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Alex Sewell; 2. 34-Corey Nelson; 3. 21-Miles Paulus; 4. 44-Jared Sewell; 5. 7L-Mark Chisholm; 6. 3-Brian Gramm; (DNS) 52-Blake Hahn
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 2. 4-Evan Martin; 3. 11M-Jason McDougal; 4. 27-Danny Thoman; 5. 27T-Tucker Klaasmeyer; 6. 20G-Jake Greider; 7. 8M-Kade Morton
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 86-Tony Bruce Jr; 2. 1X-Gary Taylor; 3. 44-Jared Sewell; 4. 84-Brandon Hanks; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan; 6. 3-Brian Gramm; 7. 26M-Fred Mattox; 8. D6-Dakota Gaines; 9. 11M-Jason McDougal; 10. 27T-Tucker Klaasmeyer; 11. 8M-Kade Morton; 12. 7L-Mark Chisholm; 13. 20G-Jake Greider; 14. 92J-J.R. Topper; 15. 10-Kevin Brewer; 16. 52-Blake Hahn
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 3. 8-Alex Sewell; 4. 17-Josh Baughman; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 6. 4-Evan Martin; 7. 1X-Gary Taylor; 8. 93-Dustin Morgan; 9. 38-Cody Baker; 10. 21-Miles Paulus; 11. 86-Tony Bruce Jr; 12. 12S-Taylor Walton; 13. 34-Corey Nelson; 14. 27-Danny Thoman; 15. 3-Brian Gramm; 16. 5D-Zach Daum; 17. 44-Jared Sewell; 18. 84-Brandon Hanks; 19. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 20. 85-Forrest Sutherland
Randy Martin Triumphs With ASCS Warrior Region at Randolph County Raceway
MOBERLY, Mo. (April 22, 2017) Having to get towed to the track after his rig left him on the side of the road didn’t seem to slow down California, Missouri’s Randy Martin as the wily veteran netted his 47th career victory with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps; parking his familiar No. 14 machine in Victory Lane at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. on Saturday night.
Taking the green from the pole, Martin completed the opening circuit with the lead, but would fall to the runner-up spot for the second rotation as sixth starting, Kyle Bellm, shot to the point through the third and fourth turns.
Caution with six laps complete, the restart saw Martin adjust his line just slightly to return the favor on the RAMS No. 14k. From there, Randy was untouched as Bellm settled for silver. Coming from seventh, Jonathan Cornell placed his No. 28 on the podium for the second time in as many races.
Starting 11th, Austin Alumbaugh came through the pack to finish fourth with Taylor Walton fifth. Tony Bruce, Jr., Danny Thoman, Harold Pohren, J.C. Bland, and Tyler Blank made up the top-ten.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps races again on Saturday, April 28 at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo. For continued updates on the ASCS Warrior Region, as well as any of the seven regions and National Tour that make up a lineup of over 150 races in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS Warrior Region
Randolph County Raceway – Moberly, Mo.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Impact Signs Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 2. 12S-Taylor Walton; 3. 50P-Harold Pohren; 4. 72-Curtis Boyer; 5. 49B-Ben Brown; 6. 33-Austin Alumbaugh; 7. 98-J.C. Bland
Impact Awnings Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 2. 27-Danny Thoman; 3. 21-Miles Paulus; 4. 14-Randy Martin; 5. 86-Tony Bruce; (DQ) 75-Tyler Blank…Blank DQ’d for Nose Wing positioned to far forward.
Speedway Motors A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 14-Randy Martin; 2. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 3. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 4. 33-Austin Alumbaugh; 5. 12S-Taylor Walton; 6. 86-Tony Bruce; 7. 27-Danny Thoman; 8. 50P-Harold Pohren; 9. 98-J.C. Bland; 10. 75-Tyler Blank; 11. 49B-Ben Brown; 12. 72-Curtis Boyer; 13. 21-Miles Paulus
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Gets One For The Thumb At Missouri State Fair Speedway
SEDALIA, Mo. (April 15, 2017) Tying a record set by Gary Wright in 2005, Sunnyvale, Texas shoe Sam Hafertepe, Jr got one for the thumb at the Missouri State Fair Speedway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network; beating out Johnny Herrera by mere feet at the drop of the checkered flag.
“Let me tell you, Johnny and I raced well together last year and it’s the same this year. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he does, and he shows the same towards me and when we can put on a show like that in front of these fans, that’s what makes them want to come back every time,” said Hafertepe was congratulated in the car by Herrera.
Asked about his fifth win in as many starts, Sam replied, “This is incredible. We really didn’t have the best car early on. We were way to tight and I had to start making it work, especially in three and four where they were just eating us up but just hats off to my guys.”
Fighting the tight race car though the opening laps, a restart on Lap 8 would prove pivotal for Hafertepe who was able to maneuver out of dirty air. Advancing into the chase for the lead, Hafertepe trailed Johnny Herrera by just shy of a half straightaway as the pair began to find traffic at the races midpoint.
With the aid of traffic the Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h quickly reeled in the No. 45x and began to challenge on the fifteenth round. Pulling even with Herrera of the following lap, Sam was able to secure the lead and begin putting slower cars between he and the MVT No. 45x.
Caution on lap 18 for Jake Greider and Seth Bergman breathed new life into the battle for the top spot as Herrera charged the bottom side of the speedway through turns one and two to capture the lead as the field advanced to the back stretch.
Challenging in kind though the third and fourth turns, Hafertepe was able to get back on point as Herrera fell to a ten car length deficit. Fighting an increasingly tight machine through the high side of turns one and two, the No. 15h saw his advantage being to dwindle. Rolling to twin flags, Herrera was there. Pulling to Sam’s back bumper, the pair raced under the white flag with Herrera trapped in dirty air. Shuffled up the racetrack, Johnny quickly regain momentum and again challenged as the leaders hit the final two turns.
Holding Hafertepe to the top of the race track, Johnny hustled the bottom for everything he had but would come up a mere feet shy of the win.
To the approval of his hometown fans, Jonathan Cornell would run third in the Starline Brass No. 28 with Blake Hahn posting his first top five of the season in the Pizza Express No. 52. Having to rebuild his car after a flip at Texas Motor Speedway, Missouri’s Kyle Bellm advanced from eighth to fifth in the RAMS No. 14k.
Posting his best finish of the season, Canada’s Skylar Gee crossed sixth with Aaron Reutzel earning the CP Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night with a blistering run from 18th to seventh. Justin Henderson crossed eighth with Sammy Swindell from 12th to ninth. The top-ten rounded out with Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson.
The 25 car field was split into three Heat Races with Kyle Bellm, Skylar Gee, and Justin Henderson earning wins. New for the 2017 season, a Dash for Cash was run for the drivers with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps with Randy Martin making the closing laps pass to pick up a nice $600 bonus.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network hits the track again on Thursday, May 11 at the McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic presented by RacinBoys.com at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series and the over 150 National and Regional races that make up the ASCS Nation in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Warrior Region
Missouri State Fair Speedway - Sedalia, Mo
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Car Count: 25
Heat Races: (All Drivers advance to the A-Feature)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 93-Dustin Morgan; 5. 3-Sammy Swindell; 6. 12S-Taylor Walton; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 8. 5-Matt Close; (DNS) 27-Danny Thoman
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Skylar Gee; 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 38-Cody Baker; 6. 20G-Jake Greider; 7. 77X-Alex Hill; 8. 41A-Andee Beierle
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Justin Henderson; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 21-Miles Paulus; 4. 17W-Harli White; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 6. 17-Josh Baughman; 7. 81A-Chris Morgan; 8. (DNF) 14-Randy Martin
ASCS Warrior Dash:
Warrior Dash (10 Laps): 1. 14-Randy Martin; 2. 38-Cody Baker; 3. 21-Miles Paulus; 4. 5-Matt Close; 5. 12S-Taylor Walton; 6. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 7. 81A-Chris Morgan; 8. 27-Danny Thoman
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 4. 52-Blake Hahn; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 6. 99-Skylar Gee; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 8. 1-Justin Henderson; 9. 3-Sammy Swindell; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 11. 95-Matt Covington; 12. 17W-Harli White; 13. 14-Randy Martin; 14. 38-Cody Baker; 15. 93-Dustin Morgan; 16. 77X-Alex Hill; 17. 23-Seth Bergman; 18. 41A-Andee Beierle; 19. 20G-Jake Greider; 20. 21-Miles Paulus; 21. 17-Josh Baughman; 22. 81A-Chris Morgan; 23. 12S-Taylor Walton; 24. 27-Danny Thoman; 25. 5-Matt Close
Lap Leader(s): Johnny Herrera 1-16; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 17-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Aaron Reutzel +11
FSR High Point Driver: Skylar Gee