Sweet Victory For Carney at the Devil’s Bowl

MESQUITE, Texas (October 15, 2016) “To finish first, you must first finish” is very applicable quote from legendary driver, Rick Mears, when talking about the race Saturday night at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway as John Carney II held off several attempts from Sammy Swindell for the win in the 43rd annual Winter Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

With the rubber down on the Devil’s Bowl, the race was about patience. Falling to second on the initial start, the caution brought the field back to a complete restart as four cars tangled on the front stretch.

Gluing the Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 11x to the hub, Carney was chased the first lap by Sammy Swindell before the caution flew upon completion of the opening lap for Travis Rilat who rolled to a stop exiting the third turn.

“I pretty much knew after I messed up on the first start, that if I ever gave him [Sammy] the bottom, he’d be able to beat me,” said Carney. “With the track conditions like this, the win is pretty much a gift to myself but I’ll take it either way.”

At speed, Swindell all but pushed Carney around the famed half-mile. Never falling more than three car lengths from the No. 11x, Swindell’s biggest opportunity to advance came on Lap 10. Missing the line, Carney slide wide off the second turn. With a haze of blue following, Swindell ran the nose of the Acme Graphix No. 3s to Carney’s left rear but would have to roll out of the throttle to avoid the Hoosier climb.

All but beating the bumper off the No. 3s trying to rattle the El Paso native, Carney would not be shaken for his first career Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network A-Feature win. Carney is the 136th overall winner in Lucas Oil ASCS competition and fifth first time winner in 2016.

“It’s a shame, we showed him where the line was. I had it on the start, and I knew what to do and where to go but we definitely had a faster car,” said Swindell who crossed the checkered flag 0.388 seconds behind Carney.

“My corner speed was so much better, and to be able to run up behind someone that close, you usually lose the front end real bad but our car was able to just stay there and run with him. I was surprised at how good it was being that close too, but if we could have ever gotten out in the open; I was gone.”

Riding third start to finish was Johnny Herrera.

“It was 25 laps, and I knew it was going to be hard on tires so I could have run up there and been on their back bumpers and ran third, or stayed conservative and been there if they bumped wheel and missed the rubber so I just rode.”

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. trailed Herrera to the line with Aaron Reutzel coming across fifth. From ninth, Tony Bruce, Jr. was able to get to sixth with Andy Shouse digging his way from 17th to seventh. Brandon Long crossed eighth with Logan Forler mounting an impressive charge from 18th to ninth. Joe Wood, Jr. ended up rounding out the top-ten. Wood was one of the few drivers to try the high line.

Saturday’s finale of the 43rd Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals saw 45 drivers checking in. Five Heat Races were topped by Josh Baughman, Alex Hill, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Jamie Ball, and Kevin Ramey. Qualifiers were won by Scottie McDonald, Tony Bruce, Jr. and Brandon Long. A pair of B-Features saw Andy Shouse and Logan Forler with wins. The night’s only provisional was used by Brandon Hanks.

The next event for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results:

ASCS National / ASCS Red River
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
43rd annual Winter Nationals – Night 2
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Car Count: 45
Event Count: 47

ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 30 in Race Passing Points advance to Qualifiers on an 18 car invert)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman, [1]; 2. 29-Travis Rilat, [2]; 3. 88-Scottie McDonald, [4]; 4. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [6]; 5. 1J-Danny Jennings, [3]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [5]; 7. 95-Matt Covington, [7]; 8. 3-Raven Culp, [9]; 9. 77C-C.J. Hulsey, [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 2. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [3]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 5. 7M-Chance Morton, [5]; 6. 98-Ryan Padgett, [1]; 7. 28-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 8. (DNF) 7H-Brian Gramm, [8]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [4]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 3. 13-Martin Edwards, [5]; 4. 27-Andy Shouse, [8]; 5. 17G-Skylar Gee, [3]; 6. 20G-Jake Greider, [7]; 7. 6-Kaden Taylor, [2]; 8. 07-Michael Bookout, [1]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5J-Jamie Ball, [2]; 2. 2L-Logan Forler, [4]; 3. 2K-Brandon Long, [6]; 4. 51-Caleb Martin, [8]; 5. 8M-Kade Morton, [3]; 6. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [5]; 7. 2-Mickey Walker, [7]; 8. (DNF) 05M-Charles McManus, [1]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 91-Kevin Ramey, [2]; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr, [8]; 3. 26M-Fred Mattox, [1]; 4. 76-Zane Lawrence, [5]; 5. 12-James Mosher, [6]; 6. 12W-Dale Wester, [4]; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks, [7]; 8. 58-Gary Floyd, [3]

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

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Scottie McDonald, [1]; 2. 13-Martin Edwards, [2]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman, [3]; 4. 91-Kevin Ramey, [4]; 5. 76-Zane Lawrence, [7]; 6. 03-Joe Wood Jr, [6]; 7. 12W-Dale Wester, [10]; 8. 17G-Skylar Gee, [9]; 9. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn, [5]; 10. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton, [8]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [1]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [2]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [6]; 4. 27-Andy Shouse, [3]; 5. 2L-Logan Forler, [4]; 6. 20G-Jake Greider, [8]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [5]; 8. 8M-Kade Morton, [9]; 9. 26M-Fred Mattox, [7]; 10. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [10]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2K-Brandon Long, [4]; 2. 29-Travis Rilat, [2]; 3. 51-Caleb Martin, [3]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 5. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [1]; 6. 1J-Danny Jennings, [8]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [9]; 8. 5J-Jamie Ball, [5]; 9. 12-James Mosher, [7]; 10. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington, [10]

BMRS B-Features (Top 3 finishers transfer to the tail of the A-Feature)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 27-Andy Shouse, [1]; 2. 76-Zane Lawrence, [2]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [3]; 4. 1J-Danny Jennings, [4]; 5. 17W-Harli White, [5]; 6. 3-Raven Culp, [10]; 7. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [7]; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks, [8]; 9. 77C-C.J. Hulsey, [12]; 10. 2-Mickey Walker, [9]; 11. 6-Kaden Taylor, [11]; 12. (DNF) 26M-Fred Mattox, [6]; 13. (DNF) 05M-Charles McManus, [13]; (DNS) 52-Blake Hahn, ; (DNS) 12-James Mosher,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler, [1]; 2. 7M-Chance Morton, [8]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [9]; 4. 8M-Kade Morton, [7]; 5. 17G-Skylar Gee, [6]; 6. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 7. 20G-Jake Greider, [4]; 8. 12W-Dale Wester, [5]; 9. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 10. 58-Gary Floyd, [11]; 11. (DNF) 98-Ryan Padgett, [10]; 12. (DNF) 28-Jonathan Cornell, [14]; (DNS) 7H-Brian Gramm,

Protect the Harvest A-Feature

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II, [1]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [2]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [4]; 6. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [9]; 7. 27-Andy Shouse, [17]; 8. 2K-Brandon Long, [6]; 9. 2L-Logan Forler, [18]; 10. 03-Joe Wood Jr, [11]; 11. 91-Kevin Ramey, [16]; 12. 95-Matt Covington, [22]; 13. 29-Travis Rilat, [14]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [12]; 15. 51-Caleb Martin, [15]; 16. 7M-Chance Morton, [20]; 17. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [21]; 18. (DNF) 76-Zane Lawrence, [19]; 19. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald, [8]; 20. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm, [7]; 21. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks, [23]; 22. (DNF) 13-Martin Edwards, [10]; (DNF) 17-Josh Baughman, [13]

Lap Leader(s): John Carney II 1-25
FSR High Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Hard Charger: Andy Shouse +10
Provisional(s): Brandon Hanks (Regional)

2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4,541; 2. Johnny Herrera 4,343; 3. Wayne Johnson 4,116; 4. Blake Hahn 3,992; 5. Matt Covington 3,922; 6. Logan Forler 3,864; 7. Aaron Reutzel 3,756; 8. Seth Bergman 3,470; 9. Josh Baughman 2,968; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,771;

2016 ASCS National Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 7 (5/13 – Texas Motor Speedway; 6/12 – Rt. 66 Motor Speedway; 6/18 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 6/25 – Skagit Speedway; 7/1 – Grays Harbor Raceway; 7/2 – Grays Harbor Raceway; 8/20 – St. Francois County Raceway); Johnny Herrera 6 (3/17-Heart O’ Texas Speedway; 6/3-Hartford Speedway; 7/22 – Black Hills Speedway; 7/23 – Black Hills Speedway; 9/22 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 10-15 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway); Blake Hahn 3 (7/8 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/9 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/28 – Park Jefferson Speedway); Wayne Johnson 3 (3/19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 9/23 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 9/24 – Lucas Oil Speedway) Brian Brown 2 (5/5 – Lakeside Speedway; 8/21 – Missouri State Fair Speedway); Brad Loyet 2 (6/15 – Lawton Speedway; 6/17 – Mo. State Fair Speedway); Bryan Clauson 2 (6/16 – Creek County Speedway; 7/31 – Badlands Motor Speedway); Aaron Reutzel 2 (5/14 – Texas Motor Speedway; 9/4 – Jackson Motorplex); Brandon Hanks 1 (3/25-Cotton Bowl Speedway); Josh Baughman 1 (3/26 – Bronco Raceway Park); Marc Duperron 1 (6/24 – Skagit Speedway); Jamie Ball 1 (8/4 – Knoxville Raceway); Jamie Veal 1 (8/5 – Knoxville Raceway); Sammy Swindell 1 (8/6 – Knoxville Raceway); Ian Madsen 1 (9/2 – Jackson Motorplex); Terry McCarl 1 (10/1 – I-80 Speedway); John Carney II (10/16 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway)

ASCS National Drivers Online:

Josh Baughman: http://www.joshbaughman.com
Kyle Bellm: http://www.kylebellm.com
Seth Bergman: http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Matt Covington: http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Sam Hafertepe, Jr.: http://www.sam15.com
Blake Hahn: http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Johnny Herrera: http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com
Wayne Johnson: https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts
Logan Forler: https://twitter.com/ForlerRacing
Brad Loyet: http://www.loyetmotorsports.com
Aaron Reutzel: http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com
Steven Russell: https://www.facebook.com/steven.russell.71066?fref=ts

ASCS Online:

American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucasoilascs
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)
Instagram: ASCSRACING
Audio Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com
Live Scoring (Where Applicable): http://www.ascsracing.com/live and the Race Monitor App

ASCS Sponsors:

Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV Motorsports Network is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.

Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by ButlerBuilt Professional Seating Systems. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.

Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, LucasOilRacing.tv, Carlyle Tools, and General Tire.

Communications for the American Sprint Car Series is provided by Racing Electronics. All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.

Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, Fuel Safe, DMI Rear Ends, BMRS, SpeedMart, Competition Suspension, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection.

Sources: ASCS PR
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