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ASCS National Sprint Series



Hafertepe Leads It All With ASCS Red River At Creek County Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - SAPULPA, Okla. (May 18, 2018) Taking off from the front row with the No. 15d of Andrew Deal, it was the No. 15h of Sam Hafertepe, Jr. who took off with the lead and never looked back with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley's Racing Products.

Getting laps at the Oklahoma quarter-mile in preparation for a Speedweek return on Thursday, June 14 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Hafertepe was chased to the line by Matt Covington who trailed by 2.128 seconds.

Struggling with mechanical issues in his Heat Race, Blake Hahn was on a mission when the green flag dropped for the 25 lap affair, cutting a path from 16th to third with Wayne Johnson and Tyler Thomas, from 10th, rounding out the top-five.
Sean McClelland in sixth was trailed by Micky Walker from 11th. Cannon McIntosh from 13th was eighth with Harli White ninth. From the 20th starting spot, Fred Mattox completed the top-ten.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley's Racing Products goes green again at Lawton Speedway on Saturday, May 19 with action getting underway at 8:00 P.M. (CT). Admission is $15 for adults with kids five and under free. Lawton Speedway is located at 3501 SW Sheridan in Lawton, Okla. More information, directions, and updates on Lawton Speedway can be found online at http://www.lawtonspeedway.comor by calling (580) 355-6417.

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Race Results:
ASCS Red River Region
Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Okla.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Car Count: 22

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [1]; 2. 22-Sean McClelland, [3]; 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [2]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, [8]; 5. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [6]; 6. 54-Will Scribner, [4]; 7. 26M-Fred Mattox, [5]; 8. 5M-Charles McManus, [7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9$-Kyle Clark, [1]; 2. 8-Alex Sewell, [6]; 3. 17W-Harli White, [4]; 4. 53-Brett Wilson, [3]; 5. 2-Mickey Walker, [7]; 6. 90-Lance Norick, [2]; 7. 24-Ben Frey, [5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [1]; 2. 15D-Andrew Deal, [3]; 3. 10B-Kevin Brewer, [4]; 4. 79-Tim Kent, [2]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman, [5]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn, [7]; 7. 20G-Jake Greider, [6]

Pizza Express of Okla. A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 95-Matt Covington, [4]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [16]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [6]; 5. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [10]; 6. 22-Sean McClelland, [8]; 7. 2-Mickey Walker, [11]; 8. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [13]; 9. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 10. 26M-Fred Mattox, [20]; 11. 8-Alex Sewell, [5]; 12. 23-Seth Bergman, [15]; 13. 90-Lance Norick, [18]; 14. 20G-Jake Greider, [19]; 15. 54-Will Scribner, [17]; 16. 24-Ben Frey, [21]; 17. 5M-Charles McManus, [22]; 18. 15D-Andrew Deal, [1]; 19. 53-Brett Wilson, [12]; 20. 9$-Kyle Clark, [7]; 21. 79-Tim Kent, [14]; 22. 10B-Kevin Brewer, [9]

ASCS National Sprint Series



Hafertepe Holds Off Swindell For Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Victory At I-30 Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 12, 2018) Scoring his first victory of the 2018 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. had to hold off Sammy Swindell to get the job done at I-30 Speedway this past Saturday night.
Entering Saturday fourth in tour standings, Sam leaves I-30 Speedway tied with Seth Bergman for the National Tour point's lead with the nod to Bergman who has a pair of wins on the season.

"For the fifth night on this car, we're making strides. Jack Elam called me, and he asked if there was anything he could do, and I said it wasn't anything a little wrench won't fix. We've been working hard the last couple days. We were really disgusted after Lakeside to start on the front row and fall back like we did, but to come out tonight and start fifth and get to the front it was awesome, and winning on Mother's Day Weekend, I have to just thank my Mom and wish her a Happy Mother's Day."

Taking the lead with a Lap 15 pass through turns three and four on race long leader Derek Hagar, the two-time National Tour Champion was joined at the front by Swindell on Lap 18. Clawing his way to second from the 16th starting spot, a restart with three laps to go locked Sammy on the back bumper of the Heidbreder Foundation No. 15h.

"Sammy just had an unfortunate Heat Race. It was one of the last ones where the track changed to the bottom where it was hard to pass, so that's why he had to start that far back, but I knew he'd be coming. He's got this track's number and we all know that he's the guy we have to hold off no matter if he started 16th of 20th, he'd be coming," stated Sam on the front straightaway.

Hafertepe's 31st career Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com triumph, the second attempt at green after Harli White spun in the first and second turns put Sam to third behind Derek Hagar and Wayne Johnson to start things off.

Working Lap 2, the red lights blinked on as Seth Bergman flipped going into turn three. Seth was unharmed, and the race resumed with Hagar starting to put distance over the field. Still chasing Wayne Johnson for second, Hafertepe worked multiple grooves with the No. 2c able to hold until Lap 11 when the cushion in the first turn bit, and sent Wayne flying. Able to stay upright, Wayne rejoined at the tail.

Taking over second with Sammy Swindell already up to third, Hafertepe kept pace with the No. 9jr before finally diving to the lead through the third and fourth turns on Lap 15. Caution working Lap 17 for Skylar Gee who slowed drastically in turn-three with the field bearing down, the laps rolled back to 16 complete with Hafertepe taking off with the lead.

Slowed again on Lap 19, Swindell was all over Hafertepe for the lead. Able to utilize the center through turns one and two to keep his momentum up, Swindell pulled even with Sam at one point, but would not be able to complete the pass.

Never out of striking distance, it was high-speed chess as the pair began racing among the back makers, only to have the caution waved for the final time with three laps to run.

Taking the center through the first and second turns to try and get a run on Hafertepe for the lead, Swindell still trailed with all other attempts coming up short.

Sammy's 33rd career podium finish with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, the wily veteran was joined by three-time National Tour Champion, Tim Crawley, who advanced from the 11th starting spot. Along with Sammy, the "Crawdaddy" was among the few who could make the top of the track work in the feature.

Derek Hagar held on to finish fourth with Marshall Skinner making up the top-five. Picking up the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night, Howard Moore advanced position 15 times to finish sixth. Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas from 15th crossed seventh with Blake Hahn eighth. Matt Covington put on a charge from 17th to ninth with Johnny Herrera finishing 10th.
Overall, 38 drivers took to the I-30 Speedway on Saturday night. Heats numbered five with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Derek Hagar, Travis Rilat, Blake Hahn, and Dale Howard picking up wins. A pair of BMRS B-Features went to Cody Gardner and Matt Covington. Two Owner Points Provisionals were used by Roger Crockett and Scott Bogucki. One Regional provisional was awarded to Kevin Hinkle.

Next for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com will be the start to Speedweek at West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas on June 8.

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Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Mid-South Region
I-30 Speedway - Little Rock, Ark.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Car Count: 38

Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature. Top 8 Redraw)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [4]; 3. 99-Skylar Gee, [5]; 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [6]; 5. 88R-Cody Gardner, [7]; 6. 32X-Robert Richardson, [3]; 7. (DNF) 27-Curt Terrell, [1]; 8. (DNF) 2H-Wally Henson, [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [1]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, [5]; 3. 21-Robbie Price, [6]; 4. 17W-Harli White, [7]; 5. 32M-Adam Miller, [2]; 6. 28-Scott Bogucki, [8]; 7. 6-Dustin Gates, [3]; 8. 31W-Justin Webb, [4]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Travis Rilat, [1]; 2. 1X-Tim Crawley, [3]; 3. 44-Chris Martin, [2]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, [4]; 5. 40-Howard Moore, [5]; 6. 8Z-Zach Pringle, [8]; 7. 11-Roger Crockett, [6]; 8. 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [7]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 2. 26-Marshall Skinner, [4]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [7]; 4. D6-Dakota Gaines, [2]; 5. 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [3]; 6. 77X-Alex Hill, [6]; 7. 4-Tommy Snellgrove, [5];

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 47-Dale Howard, [1]; 2. 5J-Jamie Ball, [2]; 3. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [3]; 4. 3-Sammy Swindell, [6]; 5. 38-Rick Pringle, [4]; 6. X-Charlie Louden, [7]; 7. 12T-Joe Young, [5]

BMRS B-Features (Top 3 in each advance to the A-Feature)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 88R-Cody Gardner, [1]; 2. 44-Chris Martin, [2]; 3. 8Z-Zach Pringle, [4]; 4. 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [10]; 5. 31W-Justin Webb, [11]; 6. 11-Roger Crockett, [8]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [7]; 8. 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [6]; 9. 12T-Joe Young, [9]; 10. (DNF) 38-Rick Pringle, [5]; 11. (DNF) D6-Dakota Gaines, [3]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 2. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [1]; 3. 40-Howard Moore, [4]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [3]; 5. X-Charlie Louden, [5]; 6. 32M-Adam Miller, [6]; 7. 6-Dustin Gates, [9]; 8. 2H-Wally Henson, [11]; 9. 32X-Robert Richardson, [7]; 10. 27-Curt Terrell, [10]; 11. (DNF) 4-Tommy Snellgrove, [8]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 2. 3-Sammy Swindell, [16]; 3. 1X-Tim Crawley, [11]; 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [2]; 5. 26-Marshall Skinner, [6]; 6. 40-Howard Moore, [21]; 7. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [15]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn, [9]; 9. 95-Matt Covington, [17]; 10. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [8]; 11. 1-Travis Rilat, [7]; 12. 44-Chris Martin, [20]; 13. 17W-Harli White, [13]; 14. 88R-Cody Gardner, [18]; 15. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [19]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, [12]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [3]; 18. 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [25]; 19. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [14]; 20. (DNF) 8Z-Zach Pringle, [22]; 21. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, [24]; 22. (DNF) 21-Robbie Price, [1]; 23. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman, [4]; 24. (DNF) 47-Dale Howard, [10]; 25. (DNF) 28-Scott Bogucki, [23]

Lap Leader(s): Derek Hagar 1-15; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 16-30
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Howard Moore +15
FSR High Point Driver: Seth Bergman
Provisional(s): Scott Bogucki / Roger Crockett / Kevin Hinkle (Regional)

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Seth Bergman 1,064; 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,064; 3. Wayne Johnson 1,042; 4. Johnny Herrera1,029; 5. Blake Hahn 1,019; 6. Matt Covington 925; 7. Skylar Gee 886; 8. Scott Bogucki 858; 9. Roger Crockett 855; 10. Jamie Ball 845; 11. Robbie Price 811; 12. Harli White; 796; 13. Chris Martin 746; 14. Alex Hill 746; 15. Tony Stewart 642;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Seth Bergman - 2 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway; 5/10 - Lakeside Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Matt Covington - 1 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway) ; Blake Heimbach - 1 (5/5 - Selinsgrove Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 1 (5/9 - Humboldt Speedway); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 1 (5/12 - I-30 Speedway);

ASCS National Sprint Series


Seth Bergman Excels At Lakeside Speedway With The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series

Bryan Hulbert - KANSAS CITY, Kan. (May 10, 2018) The first repeat winner of the 2018 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Washington's Seth Bergman tracked down his first career Lakeside Speedway triumph to become the fifth National Tour winner in just as many events at the Kansas oval.
"This was a tough field. I was trying to conserve my tires there at the beginning because the track was wearing tires all night, but we got to a point where [Brian] Brown lid me and I knew I had to get going," stated Seth who went slide for slide with Brown following a Lap 9 restart.

"That race was a workout. I don't know if I've ever driven that hard, but Brown made me get up on the wheel and I think I caught Tony because he was out front and just didn't know where the track was going. He was leaning on the cushion the whole race, and when you're leading, it's hard to move around and search. I was just fortunate enough to be able to mix it up and found a lane that worked."

The third driver to lead the way in Thursday's McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic A-Feature, Seth found the center line coming into play as the race approached Lap 20. With Stewart railing the cushion at both ends of the four-tenths mile oval, Seth began quickly cutting down his advantage. Setting up for the run with 19 laps complete, Bergman was able to race to the lead on the following lap.

Winner Seth Bergman (Terry Ford Photo)

"When you're the leader, it's hard to search and know if rubber comes in. The guy behind you are able to search around and find it, and the two guys that finished ahead of us are really good Racecar drivers and really good Sprint Car drivers," stated Stewart who ended up third for the second night in a row as Brian Brown worked by Stewart's Rush Truck Centers No. 14 on Lap 21.

Chasing Jack Dover the first round, Stewart stuck the right rear to the cushion and grabbed the lead on the second lap with both crossing the line at the same time. Caution on Lap 9 for Harli White who slowed off the second turn, the restart was short lived as Robbie Price and Paul Nienhiser tangled in the first turn with Nienhiser keeping his No. 9 rolling, and thus, keeping the fifth position. Falling to sixth as the field rolled again on the next restart, Paul's night ended with mechanical issues on Lap 12.

Coming to a stop on Lap 14 with Jamie Ball and Chris Martin tangling on the backstretch, the race resumed with Stewart leading over Dover, Bergman, Brown, and Hafertepe in the top-five. Immediately pulling away as Bergman slide Jack Dover to second, the center groove in play put Seth able to run down the No. 14 and lead the final six laps.
Brian Brown in second advanced nine positions to pick up the night's CP-Carrillo Hard Charger.

"My team, Chad, Michael, Dad, everybody on the Casey's General Store/FVP car did good. I just didn't do my job in the Heat Race and got us buried and really at one point, I passed Seth a couple times so I'm kind of kicking myself for not being able to secure that spot because that could have been me standing there, but Seth did a great job."

Jack Dover slipped to fourth in the closing laps with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. making the top-five. From 10th, Wayne Johnson came up to finish sixth with Blake Hahn coming to seventh from 12th. Scott Bogucki grabbed eighth with Terry McCarl ninth. Johnny Herrera from 16th completed the top-ten.

A field of 30 drivers was on hand for the McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic. Into four Heat Races, wins went to Mason Daniel, Seth Bergman, Scott Bogucki, and Tony Stewart. The night's B-Feature went to Ayrton Gennetten. Three provisional starts were used. On National Tour owner points, Roger Crockett and Matt Covington entered with Curtis Evans qualifying for a Regional Provisional.

The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com races next at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. on Saturday, May 12. Gates open at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 7:30 P.M. (CT). More information on I-30 Speedway can be found online at www.i-30speedway.com.

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Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region
McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Car Count: 30

Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature. Top 8 Redraw)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 33M-Mason Daniel, [3]; 2. 9-Paul Nienhiser, [2]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [4]; 4. 81-Jack Dover, [7]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee, [5]; 6. 21P-Miles Paulus, [8]; 7. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 8. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [1]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [6]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl, [2]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [4]; 5. 4-Evan Martin, [5]; 6. 11-Roger Crockett, [7]; 7. 5J-Jamie Ball, [8]; 8. 1P-Curtis Evans, [3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, [1]; 2. 17W-Harli White, [4]; 3. 44-Chris Martin, [2]; 4. 11W-Wyatt Burks, [5]; 5. 21-Robbie Price, [6]; 6. 92J-J.R. Topper, [7]; 7. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart, [1]; 2. 1-Logan Seavey, [3]; 3. 21B-Brian Brown, [4]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [7]; 6. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [5]; 7. 27-Danny Thoman, [2]

BMRS B-Feature (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)

B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [8]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee, [4]; 3. 21P-Miles Paulus, [1]; 4. 4-Evan Martin, [3]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball, [7]; 6. 21-Robbie Price, [2]; 7. 11-Roger Crockett, [6]; 8. 1P-Curtis Evans, [12]; 9. 27-Danny Thoman, [10]; 10. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [9]; 11. 77X-Alex Hill, [11]; 12. 92J-J.R. Topper, [5]; (DNS) 14K-Kyle Bellm, ; (DNS) 95-Matt Covington,

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [4]; 2. 21B-Brian Brown, [11]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart, [3]; 4. 81-Jack Dover, [1]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [10]; 7. 52-Blake Hahn, [12]; 8. 28-Scott Bogucki, [5]; 9. 24-Terry McCarl, [13]; 10. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [16]; 11. 1-Logan Seavey, [7]; 12. 33M-Mason Daniel, [8]; 13. 99-Skylar Gee, [18]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [17]; 15. 21P-Miles Paulus, [19]; 16. (DNF) 1P-Curtis Evans, [25]; 17. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [21]; 18. (DNF) 44-Chris Martin, [14]; 19. (DNF) 9-Paul Nienhiser, [9]; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White, [6]; 21. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin, [20]; 22. (DNF) 21-Robbie Price, [22]; 23. (DNF) 11W-Wyatt Burks, [15]; 24. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, [24]; (DNS) 95-Matt Covington,

Lap Leader(s): Jack Dover 1; Tony Stewart 2-19; Seth Bergman 20-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Brian Brown +9
FSR High Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Provisional(s): Matt Covington / Roger Crockett / Curtis Evans (Regional)

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Seth Bergman 975; 2. Wayne Johnson 946; 3. Johnny Herrera 919; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 914; 5. Blake Hahn 903; 6. Matt Covington 812; 7. Scott Bogucki 793; 8. Roger Crockett 790; 9. Skylar Gee 788; 10. Jamie Ball 751; 11. Robbie Price 721; 12. Harli White 692; 13. Tony Stewart 642; 14. Chris Martin 642; 15. Alex Hill 640;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Seth Bergman - 2 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway; 5/10 - Lakeside Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Matt Covington - 1 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway) ; Blake Heimbach - 1 (5/5 - Selinsgrove Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 1 (5/9 - Humboldt Speedway)

ASCS National Sprint Series



Blane Heimbach Prevails With Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series At Selinsgrove Speedway

SELINSGROVE, Penn. (May 5, 2018) Becoming the 141st winner with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, three-time Selinsgrove Speedway track champion, Blane Heimbach, put on a dominating performance to pocket $5,000, plus a $500 bonus thanks to Mach1 Chassis, at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night.
Beating the rain by minutes to wrap up the 11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves, Heimbach was greeted by roaring applause as he exited his car on the front stretch. An emotional moment for Blane, the driver of the Goff Racing No. 12 choked back tears when he addressed the crowd and dedicated the race to his friend, Craig Vanhorn.

"That race meant more to me than anyone here will know. I lost a crew member that has been with me since I started, and this is the first Sprint Car race I've won without him here. I'm not easy to work with or for, but I've had a group of guys that have helped me for a long time, and this winter just seemed like it was trial after trial with people having health issues, then losing one of my best guys, we've just started piecing together a new crew," stated Blane.

"After working with somebody for 20 years, you don't even have to really talk. He knows what you want, and you know what he's going to do so working through that, it's been troublesome at times. I really took for granted over the years how good I had it and this just makes me appreciate what they've done, and how long they've been with me."

Earning the front row with pole sitter, Seth Bergman, through the Heat/Qualifier format, Heimbach jetted into the lead through the first and second turns as Seth was left to fend off Trey Starks. Unable to hold off the charge of the Textron Off-Road No. 44s, the caution gave the Washington native a shot at the lead on Lap 3 but was unable to mount the charge.

Working into slower traffic by the 10th revolution, the Mach1 Chassis No. 12 slipped past the backmarkers with ease. Opening to nearly three seconds over Starks, the No. 44s was able to chip away to bring the advantage to 1.967 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag.

Starks best career finish with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, the Champion Brands No. 44s was joined on the podium by Davie Franek, who raced through the field from 10th. Posting his seventh top-five finish in just as many starts with the National Tour, Mark Smith crossed fourth in the Mach1 Chassis No. M1. Slipping back from the pole, Seth Bergman completed the top-five and reclaimed the top spot in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com driver standings.

Derek Locke in sixth was followed by Roger Crockett. Moving up from 12th, Scott Bogucki finished eighth with J.J. Grasso advancing nine positions to pick up the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night. Blake Hahn rounded out the night's top-ten.

A field of 41 drivers on hand dropped into five Heat Races with Ryan Kissinger, Seth Bergman, Mark Smith, Blake Heimbach, and Mike Walter grabbing wins. Three Hoosier Tire Qualifiers were won by Robbie Stillwaggon, Roger Crockett, and Eddie Strada. A pair of BMRS B-Mains went to Ryan Smith and J.J. Grasso. One point based provisional was used by Skylar Gee. A promoters provisional was awarded by Chad Layton.

The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com returns to competition with another new facility on the lineup at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. on Wednesday, May 9, followed by the return to Lakeside Speedway on Thursday, May 10 for the McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Capital Renegade United Race Club
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, Penn.
11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Car Count: 41

Heat Races (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 66-Ryan Kissinger, [1]; 2. 77-Derek Locke, [3]; 3. 44S-Trey Starks, [5]; 4. 63-Josh Weller, [2]; 5. 10X-Ryan Smith, [4]; 6. 35-Chad Layton, [8]; 7. 5G-Curt Michael, [6]; 8. 08-Jason Clauss, [7]; 9. 1-Travis Rilat, [9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [6]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [2]; 3. 99K-Cody Keller, [5]; 4. 25-J.J. Grasso, [3]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill, [4]; 6. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [8]; 7. 76-Larry Kelleher, [1]; 8. 55-Alex Vigneault, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [1]; 2. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 3. 11-Roger Crockett, [4]; 4. 42E-Eddie Strada, [5]; 5. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [8]; 6. 88C-Chad Miller, [6]; 7. (DNF) X-Dan Mazy, [7]; 8. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 12-Blane Heimbach, [2]; 2. 21-Robbie Price, [1]; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki, [4]; 4. 29-Jason Shultz, [3]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [8]; 7. 44-Chris Martin, [6]; 8. 17W-Harli White, [5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 33W-Mike Walter, [2]; 2. 1W-Eric Tomecek, [1]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek, [3]; 4. 3Z-Ryan Taylor, [7]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee, [6]; 6. 2-Bill Balog, [8]; 7. 67W-Justin Whittall, [5]; 8. 19-Tyler Bear, [4]

Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [1]; 2. 44S-Trey Starks, [4]; 3. 1W-Eric Tomecek, [2]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman, [6]; 5. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee, [8]; 8. 66-Ryan Kissinger, [5]; 9. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [9]; 10. 77X-Alex Hill, [10]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Roger Crockett, [2]; 2. 28F-Davie Franek, [1]; 3. 12-Blane Heimbach, [6]; 4. M1-Mark Smith, [5]; 5. 95-Matt Covington, [3]; 6. 25-J.J. Grasso, [7]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [9]; 8. 63-Josh Weller, [8]; 9. 99K-Cody Keller, [4]; 10. 88C-Chad Miller, [10]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 42E-Eddie Strada, [1]; 2. 77-Derek Locke, [5]; 3. 21-Robbie Price, [3]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [2]; 5. 2-Bill Balog, [10]; 6. 10X-Ryan Smith, [9]; 7. 29-Jason Shultz, [7]; 8. 35-Chad Layton, [8]; 9. 33W-Mike Walter, [6]; 10. (DNF) 3Z-Ryan Taylor, [4]

BMRS B-Main (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 10X-Ryan Smith, [1]; 2. 29-Jason Shultz, [4]; 3. 66-Ryan Kissinger, [2]; 4. 63-Josh Weller, [5]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [3]; 6. 76-Larry Kelleher, [11]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [7]; 8. 44-Chris Martin, [9]; 9. 19-Tyler Bear, [10]; 10. (DNF) X-Dan Mazy, [6]; 11. (DNF) 08-Jason Clauss, [8]; (DNS) 3Z-Ryan Taylor, ; (DNS) 5J-Jamie Ball,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 25-J.J. Grasso, [1]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [5]; 3. 33W-Mike Walter, [2]; 4. 35-Chad Layton, [4]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee, [3]; 6. 5G-Curt Michael, [7]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [10]; 8. 17W-Harli White, [9]; 9. 88C-Chad Miller, [6]; 10. 67W-Justin Whittall, [8]; (DNS) 99K-Cody Keller, ; (DNS) 55-Alex Vigneault,

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 12-Blane Heimbach, [2]; 2. 44S-Trey Starks, [4]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek, [10]; 4. M1-Mark Smith, [7]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman, [1]; 6. 77-Derek Locke, [3]; 7. 11-Roger Crockett, [5]; 8. 28-Scott Bogucki, [12]; 9. 25-J.J. Grasso, [18]; 10. 52-Blake Hahn, [14]; 11. 42E-Eddie Strada, [8]; 12. 10X-Ryan Smith, [17]; 13. 2-Bill Balog, [13]; 14. 95-Matt Covington, [15]; 15. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [6]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [16]; 17. 21-Robbie Price, [9]; 18. 35-Chad Layton, [24]; 19. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [20]; 20. 66-Ryan Kissinger, [21]; 21. 33W-Mike Walter, [22]; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, [23]; 23. 1W-Eric Tomecek, [11]; 24. (DNF) 29-Jason Shultz, [19]
Lap Leader(s): Blane Heimbach 1-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: J.J. Grasso +9
FSR High Point Driver: Seth Bergman
Provisional(s): Skylar Gee / Chad Layton (Promoter)

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Seth Bergman 709; 2. Johnny Herrera 679; 3. Wayne Johnson 674; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 667; 5. Blake Hahn 642; 6. Roger Crockett 638; 7. Matt Covington 622; 8. Scott Bogucki 588; 9. Skylar Gee 580; 10. Jamie Ball 553; 11. Robbie Price 540; 12. Travis Rilat 516; 13. Harli White 504; 14. Alex Hill 489; 15. Chris Martin 456;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Seth Bergman - 1 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Matt Covington - 1 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway) ; Blake Heimbach - 1 (5/5 - Selinsgrove Speedway);

ASCS National Sprint Series



Hodnett Masters Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series At Williams Grove Speedway

MECHANICSBURG, Penn. (May 4, 2018) Wheeling the Trone Outdoor/Lealands.com No. 27 to a $4,000 score with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Pennsylvania's Greg Hodnett dominated the 11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves at Williams Grove Speedway.

"Anytime we can win at this point is great for us," chuckled Hodnett. "We've been struggling this year so it's great anytime we can come out and compete. These guys are the best of the best in this type of racing. Mark [Smith] can go anywhere and win, and guys like Sam [Hafertepe] being a past champion, he's excellent so I'm just proud of this team."

The fifth winner in just as many events in 2018, Hodnett earned the FSR Radiator and Racing Products High Point Driver of the Night through the combination Heat/Qualifier format to position himself on the pole of Saturday's 25-lap A-Feature.

"We were lucky enough to position ourselves up front and take advantage of it and that was huge with the rubber coming in towards the end where there wasn't much passing. Everything went our way with this car just because we never got into traffic because of the yellows. Every time we came up on something, I would like it was going to get hairy because I didn't know what I was going to do, but everything just fell into place."

Working to slower traffic on Lap 10, the race's first caution flew for the No. 29 of Jason Shultz whose rear axle snapped rolling down the backstretch. Reverting to the last fully completed lap, Mark Smith tried to build a run on the No. 27 but would be denied as Steve Buckwalter went after Smith for second. Unchanged in the top-three, the cautions lights blinked on again on Lap 12 for Blake Hahn who came to a top in turn-four.

Rolling to green, the race at the front was for fifth as Lucas Wolfe set sights on Wayne Johnson. Finally getting a break for the fifth spot, on Lap 18, the following lap was Wolfe's last for the night as the left sideboard peeled off the wing of the No. 5w. Putting Johnson back to fifth, the final restart was not enough for anyone to get a run on Greg Hodnett, who sped away to a 1.082-second advantage at the drop of the checkered flag.

Mark Smith second was joined on the podium by Steve Buckwalter. Grabbing fourth, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. has taken over the point's lead with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com by 17 points. Completing the top-five was Wayne Johnson.

Chad Layton in sixth was tracked to the checkered flag by New York's Jason Barney. Picking up seven positions, Washington's Trey Starks was Friday's CP-Carrillo Hard Charger. Johnny Herrera crossed ninth with Davie Franek tenth.

A field of 46 drivers from 15 states, Australia, and Canada was on hand on Friday night's 11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves opener. Five Heat Races went to Johnny Herrera, Mark Smith, Jason Barney, Ryan Smith, and Chuck Hebing. A trio of Qualifiers was topped by Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Lucas Wolfe, and Greg Hodnett. Two B-Features went to Chuck Hebing and Seth Bergman, with Seth tearing from 11th to win the second B-Feature. Two provisional starts were utilized by Blake Hahn and Matt Covington.

The 11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves continues at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, May 5, 2018, with racing getting underway at 7:00 P.M. (ET). More information on Selinsgrove Speedway can be found online at http://www.selinsgrovespeedway.com.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Captial Renegade United Race Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Penn.
11 Oaks Farm Battle of the Groves
Car Count: 46

Heat Races (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [2]; 2. 99K-Cody Keller, [1]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [5]; 4. 35-Chad Layton, [10]; 5. 49-Mallie Shuster, [6]; 6. 22-Bryn Gohn, [4]; 7. 44-Chris Martin, [8]; 8. 21-Robbie Price, [7]; 9. 1W-Aaron Ott, [9]; 10. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington, [3]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [4]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, [6]; 3. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, [3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, [9]; 6. 44S-Trey Starks, [5]; 7. 10-Paulie Colagiovanni, [1]; 8. 63-Josh Weller, [8]; 9. 42E-Eddie Strada, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Jason Barney, [1]; 2. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [4]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek, [9]; 4. 7-Steve Buckwalter, [7]; 5. 19-Kyle Reinhardt, [8]; 6. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 7. 23-Seth Bergman, [6]; 8. 5G-Curt Michael, [5]; (DNS) 55-Alex Vigneault,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 10X-Ryan Smith, [1]; 2. 2-Bill Balog, [6]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, [8]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee, [2]; 5. 77-Derek Locke, [7]; 6. 29-Jason Shultz, [4]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [9]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 9. (DNF) X-Dan Mazy, [5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 45-Chuck Hebing, [2]; 2. 17W-Harli White, [1]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 4. 67W-Justin Whittall, [3]; 5. 11-Roger Crockett, [8]; 6. 119-Chandler Leiby, [7]; 7. 28-Scott Bogucki, [4]; 8. (DNF) 3-Ryan Taylor, [6]; 9. (DNF) 88C-Chad Miller, [9]

Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 7-Steve Buckwalter, [7]; 3. 87-Jason Barney, [3]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [4]; 5. 2-Bill Balog, [5]; 6. 28F-Davie Franek, [6]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [10]; 8. 17W-Harli White, [1]; 9. 99-Skylar Gee, [9]; 10. 67W-Justin Whittall, [8]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, [2]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [1]; 3. M1-Mark Smith, [6]; 4. 44S-Trey Starks, [10]; 5. 10X-Ryan Smith, [3]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, [5]; 7. 45-Chuck Hebing, [4]; 8. 77-Derek Locke, [7]; 9. 19-Kyle Reinhardt, [9]; 10. 49-Mallie Shuster, [8]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Greg Hodnett, [6]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [3]; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, [7]; 4. 35-Chad Layton, [5]; 5. 99K-Cody Keller, [2]; 6. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [4]; 7. 55-Alex Vigneault, [8]; 8. 44-Chris Martin, [10]; 9. 119-Chandler Leiby, [9]; 10. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [1]

BMRS B-Main (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 45-Chuck Hebing, [2]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee, [5]; 3. 77-Derek Locke, [4]; 4. 55-Alex Vigneault, [3]; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby, [6]; 6. 28-Scott Bogucki, [9]; 7. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon, [1]; 8. 42E-Eddie Strada, [14]; 9. 3-Ryan Taylor, [12]; 10. 22-Bryn Gohn, [8]; 11. X-Dan Mazy, [15]; (DNS) 49-Mallie Shuster, ; (DNS) 63-Josh Weller, ; (DNS) 10-Paulie Colagiovanni, ; (DNS) 88C-Chad Miller,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [11]; 2. 1-Travis Rilat, [2]; 3. 29-Jason Shultz, [8]; 4. 99K-Cody Keller, [1]; 5. 19-Kyle Reinhardt, [5]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 7. 67W-Justin Whittall, [6]; 8. 95-Matt Covington, [15]; 9. 44-Chris Martin, [4]; 10. 52-Blake Hahn, [13]; 11. 21-Robbie Price, [10]; 12. 5J-Jamie Ball, [9]; 13. 5G-Curt Michael, [14]; 14. (DNF) 1W-Aaron Ott, [12]; 15. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [7]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 27-Greg Hodnett, [1]; 2. M1-Mark Smith, [2]; 3. 7-Steve Buckwalter, [4]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [3]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [6]; 6. 35-Chad Layton, [7]; 7. 87-Jason Barney, [8]; 8. 44S-Trey Starks, [15]; 9. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [10]; 10. 28F-Davie Franek, [12]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, [14]; 12. 10X-Ryan Smith, [16]; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, [11]; 14. 1-Travis Rilat, [20]; 15. 23-Seth Bergman, [18]; 16. 52-Blake Hahn, [23]; 17. 99-Skylar Gee, [19]; 18. 11-Roger Crockett, [13]; 19. 45-Chuck Hebing, [17]; 20. (DNF) 5W-Lucas Wolfe, [5]; 21. (DNF) 2-Bill Balog, [9]; 22. (DNF) 29-Jason Shultz, [22]; 23. (DNF) 77-Derek Locke, [21]; 24. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington, [24]
Lap Leader(s): Greg Hodnett 1-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Trey Starks +7
FSR High Point Driver: Greg Hodnett
Provisional(s): Blake Hahn / Matt Covington

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 602; 2. Johnny Herrera 585; 3. Seth Bergman 584; 4. Wayne Johnson 576; 5. Blake Hahn 532; 6. Matt Covington 520; 7. Roger Crockett 519; 8. Skylar Gee 515; 9. Jamie Ball 488; 10. Scott Bogucki 472; 11. Travis Rilat 451; 12. Robbie Price 444; 13. Harli White 439; 14. Alex Hill 424; 15. Sammy Swindell 399;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Seth Bergman - 1 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Matt Covington - 1 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway)

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29

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Mark Smith Scores With ASCS Mid-South At Tennessee National Raceway

HOHENWALD, Tenn. (April 28, 2018) On the road to shake down his car before the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com heads for Pennsylvania, Mark Smith picked up a cool $2,000 at Tennessee National Raceway with the ASCS Mid-South Region on Saturday night.

The debut of the ASCS Mid-South Region at the Tennessee National Raceway, Smith worked through a Heat and Qualifier format to position the Optilumen LED Lighting No. M1 on the pole of the night's 25-lap feature event. Chased by Blake Hahn, the Griffith Truck and Equipment No. 52 grabbed the lead for a moment in the early laps, but would be shuffled back to second as the caution flew.

Unchallenged from there, Smith clicked off the 25th lap a half straightaway ahead of the field.

Blake Hahn would hold onto to finish second with Johnny Herrera moving to the final podium step after starting sixth. Moving up from 10th, Cody Gardner claimed fourth with Brian Bell scoring the Stealth Recovery Hard Charger of the Night with a run from 15th to fifth.

Harli White crossed sixth with Ernie Ainsworth seventh. Howard Moore, Justin Webb, and Curt Terrell made up the night's top-ten.

The ASCS Mid-South Region rolls again on Saturday, May 12 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

Race Results:

ASCS Mid-South Region
Tennessee National Raceway - Hohenwald, Tenn.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Car Count: 17

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [1]; 2. 40-Howard Moore, [4]; 3. 88R-Cody Gardner, [3]; 4. 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [2]; 5. 17W-Harli White, [7]; 6. (DNF) 15J-Jeremy Middleton, [6]; 7. (DNF) 23B-Brian Bell, [5]; 8. (DNF) 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [8]; 9. (DNF) 14B-Bo Barber, [9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [2]; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks, [3]; 3. 2H-Wally Henson, [1]; 4. 8Z-Zach Pringle, [6]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [5]; 6. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [4]; 7. 31W-Justin Webb, [7]; 8. 27-Curt Terrell, [8]

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, [1]; 2. M1-Mark Smith, [5]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 4. 8Z-Zach Pringle, [4]; 5. 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [2]; 6. 31W-Justin Webb, [7]; 7. 2H-Wally Henson, [3]; (DNS) 21K-Kevin Hinkle, ; (DNS) 14B-Bo Barber,

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [2]; 3. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [1]; 4. 40-Howard Moore, [6]; 5. 27-Curt Terrell, [8]; 6. 84-Brandon Hanks, [5]; 7. 88R-Cody Gardner, [4]; 8. (DNF) 23B-Brian Bell, [7]

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [1]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [2]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [6]; 4. 88R-Cody Gardner, [10]; 5. 23B-Brian Bell, [15]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 7. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, [8]; 8. 40-Howard Moore, [4]; 9. 31W-Justin Webb, [13]; 10. 27-Curt Terrell, [11]; 11. 2H-Wally Henson, [12]; 12. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, [14]; 13. 14B-Bo Barber, [17]; 14. 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [16]; 15. 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [9]; 16. 84-Brandon Hanks, [7]; 17. 8Z-Zach Pringle, [5]

Apr
28

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Matt Covington Victorious In Lucas Oil ASCS Debut At Paducah International Raceway

PADUCAH, Ky. (April 27, 2018) Using every inch of banking at the Paducah International Raceway on Friday night, Oklahoma's Matt Covington parked his T&L Foundry No. 95 in Victory Lane in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com debut at the Western Kentucky oval.

"I had a great time racing here and we had a really good car. This is my kind of track with the high banks and the wall all the way around. I like to get up there and lean on that wall and tonight we just had really good speed. We've had good speed all year. We knew if we just kept doing what we were doing, it would pay off and it is," stated Matt.

With Chick Magnet Motorsports CEO, Josh Hegwood, joining the Covington/Graves Motorsports team in Victory Lane, the native of Knoxville, Iowa was all smiles with checkered flag in hand, "I think Josh has been with me for about five years, but this might be the first time he's actually got the chance to be in Victory Lane to be in the picture with me"

Covington's sixth career win with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, the 25-lap feature began from the third starting spot. Holding the position through the first start, the red flew before the field could complete the lap as race leader, Scott Bogucki, flipped in turns one and two. Scott was unharmed.

Rolling back to the green with Carson Short and Mark Smith now on the front row, the Mach Chassis No. M1 bolted to the point with Matt Covington making it three wide through the first and second turns to grab second from the No 21x. Chasing into traffic, Covington began to diamond the corners of the three-eighths-mile oval. Working the sixth lap, Covington worked past Smith for the point. Exchanging slid jobs with Covington able to answer on each occasion, the No. 95 would eventually start to pull an advantage as traffic became heavier.

Pulling to nearly a straightaway advantage, the race for the second spot heated up with Tony Stewart running down Smith as the pair worked through traffic. Getting to the runner-up spot on Lap 16, the caution flew as the field worked the following lap. Reverting to the last fully completed lap, Covington returned to speed with a pair of lapped cars between himself and Stewart.

With the advantage of clean air, Matt Covington quickly grew his advantage to over a half straightaway at the checkered flag. Tony Stewart held onto second with Mark Smith picking the final podium step. Moving through from 13th, Seth Bergman worked his way to fourth, and with it, took over the top spot in the 2018 series standings by a dozen points. Earning Friday's CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night, Wayne Johnson advanced position 10 times to round out the top-five.

Matching Johnson's passing total, Blake Hahn followed the No. 2c to sixth from 16th. Making his first feature start with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Carson Short crossed seventh with Howard Moore eighth from 18th. Tim Crawley and Morgan Turpen completed the top-ten.

With a field of 33 drivers checking in at Paducah International Raceway, the field was split into four Heat Races with Tony Stewart, Johnny Herrera, Mark Smith, and Matt Covington picking up wins. The night's BMRS B-Main went to Mason Daniel. Provisionals were utilized by Travis Rilat and Harli White.

Next stop for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com is Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 4 and Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, May 5. Both are co-sanctioned with The Capital Renegade United Race Club. For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Paducah International Raceway - Paducah, Ky
Friday, April 27, 2018
Car Count: 33

Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart, [4]; 2. 1X-Tim Crawley, [2]; 3. 21X-Carson Short, [6]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel, [1]; 5. 40-Howard Moore, [5]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee, [7]; 7. 14B-Bo Barber, [8]; 8. (DNF) 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [3]; 9. (DNF) 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [2]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, [1]; 3. 23B-Brian Bell, [4]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [6]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [5]; (DNS) 2H-Wally Henson,

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [6]; 2. 44-Chris Martin, [2]; 3. 10M-Morgan Turpen, [5]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [7]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill, [1]; 6. 6-Sean Hosey, [8]; 7. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks, [3]; 8. (DNF) 07T-Brandon Taylor, [4]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [1]; 2. 10-Terry Gray, [2]; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki, [6]; 4. 11-Roger Crockett, [8]; 5. 21-Robbie Price, [5]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 7. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [7]; 8. (DNF) 8Z-Zach Pringle, [4]

BMRS B-Main (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)

B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 33M-Mason Daniel, [2]; 2. 40-Howard Moore, [3]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [7]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee, [5]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball, [11]; 6. 77X-Alex Hill, [6]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [8]; 8. 6-Sean Hosey, [1]; 9. (DNF) 1-Travis Rilat, [10]; 10. (DNF) 21B-Brandon Hinkle, [16]; 11. (DNF) 14B-Bo Barber, [9]; 12. (DNF) 8Z-Zach Pringle, [14]; 13. (DNF) 21K-Kevin Hinkle, [15]; 14. (DNF) 21-Robbie Price, [4]; (DNS) 84-Brandon Hanks, ; (DNS) 07T-Brandon Taylor, ; (DNS) 2H-Wally Henson,

Protect the Harvest A-Feature:

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [3]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, [6]; 3. M1-Mark Smith, [4]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman, [13]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [15]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn, [16]; 7. 21X-Carson Short, [1]; 8. 40-Howard Moore, [18]; 9. 1X-Tim Crawley, [10]; 10. 10M-Morgan Turpen, [7]; 11. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [5]; 12. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [19]; 13. 1-Travis Rilat, [23]; 14. 5J-Jamie Ball, [21]; 15. 77X-Alex Hill, [22]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, [20]; 17. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, [8]; 18. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [9]; 19. (DNF) 33M-Mason Daniel, [17]; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White, [24]; 21. (DNF) 23B-Brian Bell, [14]; 22. (DNF) 44-Chris Martin, [11]; 23. (DNF) 10-Terry Gray, [12]; 24. (DNF) 28-Scott Bogucki, [2]
Lap Leader(s): Mark Smith 1-6; Matt Covington 7-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Wayne Johnson +10
FSR High Point Driver: Mark Smith
Provisional(s): Travis Rilat / Harli White

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Seth Bergman 484; 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 472; 3. Johnny Herrera 472; 3. Blake Hahn 467; 5. Matt Covington 455; 6. Wayne Johnson 451; 7. Roger Crockett 423; 8. Jamie Ball 423; 9. Skylar Gee 417; 10. Scott Bogucki 407; 11. Sammy Swindell 399; 12. Robbie Price 379; 13. Harli White 374; 14 Tony Stewart 372; 15. Alex Hill 359;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Seth Bergman - 1 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Matt Covington - 1 (Paducah International Raceway);

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