From 13th, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Wins at Texas Motor Speedway

FT. WORTH, Texas (April 7, 2017) While several drivers have entered the season with back-to-back wins with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. is the first to go three-for-three right out of the gate; adding his third win in as many outings with a dominating run from 13th at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

The opening night of Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals presented by Machinery Auctioneers, the win is also Hafertepe’s third at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track since 2014.

“My third win here, I feel like we’re getting pretty comfortable here, but I have to thank these fans for coming out tonight. I tried to make it an exciting race, and I think we did coming from 13th,” said Hafertepe who is also Friday’s CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night.

Utilizing the high side of the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Sam was all the way to fifth by the third round. Cracking the top three following a Lap 5 restart for Blake Hahn, who flipped in turn two without injury, Sam restarted third and began working a line unlike anyone on the racing surface.
Giving chase to Wayne Johnson, the Outlaw Wings No. 2c rolled the bottom while Hafertepe set a diamond through turns one and two, then low in three and four. From a half straightaway behind to Wayne’s back bumper, the Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h rolled to the race lead on Lap 10.
Finding the back of the field at the race’s mid-point, Sam rolled into slower traffic with ease as the No. 15h was able to catch drivers slipping the bottom line, giving the resident of Sunnyvale a 4.852-second advantage at the checkered flag.
Wayne Johnson rolled across the line second with Aaron Reutzel third. Danny Jennings earned the final transfer into Saturday’s A-Main. Dustin Morgan, while one spot shy of a transfer, picked up his first top-five of the 2017 season. Tommy Bryant sixth was trailed by Matt Covington, Danny Lasoski, Josh Baughman, and Tony Stewart who started 16th on the grid.
With 40 cars on hand, five Heat Races went to Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Danny Jennings, Wayne Johnson, James Mosher, and Tony Stewart. Qualifier wins were earned by Danny Lasoski, Dustin Morgan, and John Carney II. Two B-Feature scores went to Sammy Swindell and Alex Hill.
Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals presented by Machinery Auctioneers continues on Saturday, April 8, 2017, with Hot Laps getting underway at 7:00 P.M. (CDT). For more information, log onto http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Red River Region
Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track – Ft. Worth, Texas
Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals
Friday, April 7, 2017
Car Count: 40
Heat Races: (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to a Qualifier)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 2. 17-Josh Baughman[2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[7]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[5]; 5. 84-Brandon Hanks[4]; 6. 17W-Harli White[6]; 7. 14K-Kyle Bellm[8]; 8. 1S-Joey Schmidt[3]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1J-Danny Jennings[1]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn[8]; 3. 88X-Craig Dollansky[5]; 4. 8M-Kade Morton[2]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill[3]; 6. 2X-Tucker Doughty[6]; 7. 88-Christopher Bell[7]; 8. 05M-Charles McManus[4]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson[1]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee[2]; 3. 3-Sammy Swindell[3]; 4. 11X-John Carney II[5]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 6. 51-Caleb Martin[4]; 7. 84B-Scott Bogucki[8]; 8. 23B-Brian Bell[7]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 12-James Mosher[2]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 3. 29-Travis Rilat[8]; 4. 20G-Jake Greider[1]; 5. 7M-Chance Morton[7]; 6. 44-Jared Sewell[6]; 7. 13M-Chance McCrary[5]; (DNS) 02-Brandon Long
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart[1]; 2. 55-Brad Queen[2]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski[3]; 4. 93-Dustin Morgan[6]; 5. 1-Justin Henderson[4]; 6. 28-Tommy Bryant[5]; 7. (DNF) 6-Dustin Gates[8]; 8. (DNF) 1SX-Sean McClelland[7]
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers: (Top 16 in Combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 33-Danny Lasoski[1]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson[4]; 3. 28-Tommy Bryant[10]; 4. 29-Travis Rilat[5]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill[9]; 6. 7M-Chance Morton[7]; 7. 20G-Jake Greider[8]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn[6]; 9. 55-Brad Queen[2]; 10. 88X-Craig Dollansky[3]
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan[2]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman[1]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman[3]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel[6]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[5]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart[4]; 7. 17W-Harli White[9]; 8. 45X-Johnny Herrera[7]; 9. 14K-Kyle Bellm[10]; (DNS) 84-Brandon Hanks
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II[1]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 3. 99-Skylar Gee[3]; 4. 1J-Danny Jennings[5]; 5. 3-Sammy Swindell[2]; 6. 12-James Mosher[6]; 7. 1-Justin Henderson[8]; 8. 2X-Tucker Doughty[9]; 9. 84B-Scott Bogucki[10]; 10. 8M-Kade Morton[7]
BMRS B-Feature: (Top 3 advance to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 3-Sammy Swindell[1]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera[4]; 3. 7M-Chance Morton[2]; 4. 8M-Kade Morton[6]; 5. 1-Justin Henderson[3]; 6. 2X-Tucker Doughty[5]; 7. 44-Jared Sewell[9]; 8. 13M-Chance McCrary[10]; 9. 6-Dustin Gates[8]; 10. 1S-Joey Schmidt[12]; 11. 88X-Craig Dollansky[7]; 12. 1SX-Sean McClelland[11]
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 77X-Alex Hill[1]; 2. 20G-Jake Greider[2]; 3. 55-Brad Queen[4]; 4. 17W-Harli White[3]; 5. 84B-Scott Bogucki[5]; 6. 88-Christopher Bell[9]; 7. 05M-Charles McManus[11]; 8. 14K-Kyle Bellm[6]; 9. 84-Brandon Hanks[7]; 10. 51-Caleb Martin[8]; 11. 23B-Brian Bell[10]; 12. 02-Brandon Long[12]
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[13]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson[1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 4. 1J-Danny Jennings[6]; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan[4]; 6. 28-Tommy Bryant[8]; 7. 95-Matt Covington[2]; 8. 33-Danny Lasoski[5]; 9. 17-Josh Baughman[9]; 10. 14-Tony Stewart[16]; 11. 29-Travis Rilat[11]; 12. 11X-John Carney II[7]; 13. 45X-Johnny Herrera[19]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee[10]; 15. 23-Seth Bergman[12]; 16. 12-James Mosher[15]; 17. 55-Brad Queen[22]; 18. 77X-Alex Hill[18]; 19. 20G-Jake Greider[20]; 20. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn[14]; 21. (DNF) 3-Sammy Swindell[17]; 22. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton[21]
Lap Leader(s):Wayne Johnson 1-9; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 10-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. +13
FSR High Point Driver: Wayne Johnson 
Provisional(s): N/A
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 2 (3/17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 3/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 4/7 – Texas Motor Speedway);
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10: 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 450; 2. Johnny Herrera 374; 3. Wayne Johnson 356; 4. Seth Bergman 355; 5. Justin Henderson 349; 6. Matt Covington 345; 7. John Carney II 334; 8. Aaron Reutzel 322; 9. Blake Hahn 297; 10. Josh Baughman 294;
ASCS Online:
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucasoilascs
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Audio Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com
Live Scoring (Where Applicable): http://www.ascsracing.com/live and the Race Monitor App
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Kyle Bellm (Nixa, Mo.): http://www.kylebellm.com
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, Wash.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Matt Covington (Glenpool, Okla.): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Skylar Gee (Leduc, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/SkylarGee99
Jake Greider (Haysville, Kan.): https://twitter.com/JakeGreider2013
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, Texas): http://www.sam15.com
Justin Henderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Okla.): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.): http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com
Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts
Ray Allen Kulhanek (Danbury, Texas): http://www.rayallenkulhanek.com
Dustin Morgan (Owasso, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/dustin.p.morgan?hc_ref=SEARCH
Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas): http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com
Harli White (Lindsay, Okla.): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net
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, CP Carrillo Pistons, EMI, 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, Zotto Mattress, Spray Nine, 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, BMRS, SpeedMart, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass.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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