Archive for April 15th, 2017

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.”

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Opening Night is a Wash at Knoxville Raceway

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 15, 2017) – Late afternoon thundershowers were too much for those assembled for Kraig Ford/Pella Motors Opening Night at the Knoxville Raceway.  Join us next Saturday night, April 22 as we try to get Kraig Ford/Pella Motors Opening Night in again!  For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!

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The Ragin’ Cajun Scores His First Devil’s Bowl Win

Second Win of the Season, Seventh Career Series Win

MESQUITE, TX — April 15, 2017 — Jason “the Ragin’ Cajun” Johnson dominated night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, leading all 25 laps of the evening’s Feature after winning the Craftsman Club Dash from the pole and running fastest in qualifying.

“It’s one of these nights you always imagine and you dream of,” said Johnson from Victory Lane. “We set quick time, won a heat, won a dash, won a feature. That’s a first for me, so hats off to this crew: Jeff, Jacob, Phillip. They’re working their tails off, and it’s a lot of fun to drive right now,” he continued with a chuckle. “It feels great to be back in Victory Lane.”

Johnson’s second win of the season leaves him fourth in points standings and finally puts a little distance between him and Daryn Pittman. It’s also his seventh career series victory, the first one having been at Texas Motor Speedway fourteen years ago. 

While Johnson led flag-to-flag, Brad Sweet was patiently working his Napa Auto Parts/ Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 up from five to make a late-race push for the lead. Running the bottom, he made a pass for second over Jason Sides between turns three and four, but then chose to follow Johnson on the top and came in after him. 

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Sweet Works the Bottom of the Bowl for the Win

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MESQUITE, TX — April 15, 2017 — For the second night in a row, Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing 49 machine along the bottom of the high-banked half-mile oval at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, this time sticking it out for the win. With only five laps to go, Sweet stole the win from David Gravel, who led all previous laps but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic. 

“Awesome race there with David [Gravel],” said Sweet. “Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good.”

Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him. 

“I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just couldn’t do anything with him,” said Gravel. “He was running the bottom in 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously, the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That’s where Brad was. That’s just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens.”

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Boespflug Bests Windom in Classic Battle of Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana — On a restart two-thirds of the way into Friday night’s 30-lap USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, Chad Boespflug found himself playing defense on Chris Windom.

Some say defense wins championships, but in auto racing, a driver has to be on the offensive. And that’s exactly what the Hanford, California native did after seeing his lead slip away on the 22nd lap. Down the stretch, Boespflug attacked the topside and went after Windom, instigating a compelling, five-lap, hair-raising wheel-to-wheel showdown in which the two were locked into a constant side-by-side battle.

After ripping off lap-after-lap that appeared as if he was on a single-car qualifying run, Boespflug emerged ahead of Windom on the white flag lap, leading the final two circuits to take his first career Bloomington victory and first as a driver for the legendary Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. team.
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Foos Opens FAST Campaign with 1st Career Attica 410 Sprint Win

ATTICA, Ohio – D.J. Foos knows if he is going to claim the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics title he has to beat four time series champion Byron Reed. Foos, in only his fifth year of driving a 410 sprint car, did just that to open the 9th season for the FAST Championship Series at Attica Raceway Park Friday, April 14.

Foos, in his second season driving the Jay Kiser owned #23, took the lead from Reed with four laps to go and survived a brush with the front stretch wall to score his first ever Attica 410 sprint win.

“This is like a dream come true. There’s no better man here to race with than Byron Reed. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and tonight it happened. When I hit that wall I had all kinds of things going through my head. I was like ‘oh man don’t give this one away…I know Byron’s going to try and come back,’” Foos said.
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Brian Bell Wins King of the Wings Prelim at Jackson Motor Speedway

BYRAM, Miss. (April 14, 2017) Notching his fifth career victory with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints, and second with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region, Tennessee’s Brian Bell parked the FSR Radiators No. 23b in Victory Lane on night-one of the King of the Wings II at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss.

Working from the outside line of the leading row, Bell would stave off several attempts at the lead with most coming on restarts. The final attempt coming with two laps to go would not be enough for anyone to challenge as Bell railed the top side of the Speedway to victory.

Marshall Skinner crossed second thanks to a late race pass on Michael Miller who would complete Friday’s podium. Derek Hagar advanced to fourth from seventh with Tim Crawley following from the eighth starting spot.

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Foos Gets 1st Career Attica 410 Win to Open Spring Nationals

ATTICA, Ohio – D.J. Foos wasn’t going to let eight time and defending Attica Raceway Park 410 sprint champion Byron Reed intimidate him. The Fremont, Ohio driver, in only his fifth year behind the wheel of a 410 sprint, hunted down and then passed Reed with four laps to go and drove to his first career Attica victory to open the 28th Annual HD Supply Spring Nationals Presented by Merrill Lynch Financial Services and Fisher Performance.

Foos, a former Attica 305 sprint champion who owns 15 career victories at the track in that division, is in his second year driving the Jay Kiser owned #23. The team has clicked early in 2017, recording a runner-up finish a couple of weeks ago at Mansfield Motor Speedway. It wasn’t easy for Foos who had a close encounter with the front stretch wall with two laps to go. But, he gathered his composure and took the Jet Express, Crown Battery, Kistler Racing Products, Kistler Engines, JLH General Contractor, NAPA of Bryan, Shelluke’s Bar backed machine to victory lane to claim the $5,000 top prize.

The win also opens the ninth season for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics. Foos is a former FAST 305 champion and hopes to dethrone Reed for the 410 FAST title in 2017.
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