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Sam Hafertepe Jr. Leads All of the Laps at Lawton Speedway to Score ASCS National Win
Sam Hafertepe returns to Victory Lane in ASCS National Tour action at Lawton Speedway Credit: Mike Spivey

Sam Hafertepe Jr. Leads All of the Laps at Lawton Speedway to Score ASCS National Win

By Bryan Hulbert

LAWTON, Okla. (June 18, 2014) – The last time Sam Hafertepe, Jr. stood in Lucas Oil ASCS victory lane was March 26, 2011 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The driver the No. 15h can now add the other Edwards family owned oval to his resume, scoring his first ASCS National Tour win of the 2014 season at the Lawton Speedway

Hafertepe’s first National Tour win in the state of Oklahoma, the victory is his third in Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real competition.

Drawing the pole of Wednesday’s 30 lap Protect the Harvest A-Feature, the Lone Star Speedway No. 15h went unchallenged start to finish, “We had an awesome car tonight. That thing would go anywhere, and it’s good to just get back into victory lane with these guys. It’s been a long time,” said Hafertepe of his victory. “If feels like we’ve been one of the fastest cars every night, just maybe been plagued by our starting position, or something stupid I did, but tonight it all just came together.”

Winning by 4.540 seconds, Hafertepe leaves Lawton tied for second in the Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Speedweek Standings with Brad Loyet who crossed second. The win also boosted Hafertepe from sixth to third in the overall Lucas Oil ASCS driver standings.

Loyet’s runner up finish is his seventh top five of the 2014 season, and moved the No. 05 to a 41 point advantage over Jason Johnson in the Tour Standings.

“We didn’t need that. We did not need the track to take rubber. I really think I had a good car off the cushion, maybe better than Sam had, but once it took rubber he just kinda took off,” said Loyet.

Asked about his battles through traffic, the driver of the Miller Truck Line No. 05 replied, “Lapped traffic, man, sometimes you just catch them guys and you show them your nose a few times, and finally you just have to move them out of the way. A track like this tonight, you really have to respect the leaders, and that’s what allowed Sam to really pull away from me.”

Dustin Morgan settled for the show position after starting seventh. Quick moves at the start of the race put Morgan third by the fifth lap.

“Jones and Darren worked their butts off to give me this car tonight. Getting third here once again, I just can’t thank these guys enough for the car they gave me,” commented Morgan of his third place run which ties him for fourth in Speedweek standings.

Blake Hahn posted his third top-five in as many races with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, and now leads the Speedweek standings by 14 over Hafertepe and Loyet who are tied for second.

2013 Speedweek Champion, Jeff Swindell, completed the top five.

Matt Covington raced into the top five on one occasion, but ended up sixth from ninth. Despite engine problems, Aaron Reutzel crossed seventh with Jason Johnson coming from fourteenth to eighth. Wayne Johnson advanced three spots to ninth with Christopher Bell coming from twentieth to tenth, only after charging to third from fourteenth in the night’s first B-Feature.

Wednesday saw 44 drivers drawing in, making for six Heat Races with Blake Hahn, Johnny Herrera, Matt Covington, Brandon Long, Tim Crawley, and Brad Loyet grabbing the early wins. A pair of B-Features went to Tony Bruce, Jr. and Jake Martens.

Paired with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region, Dustin Morgan garnered high points for the region. Zach Pringle was second with Jake Martens third, Robert Sellers fourth, and Joe Wood, Jr. earning fifth place points.

The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real goes into round three of the 2014 Speedweek at the Creek County Speedway on Thursday, June 19 in Sapulpa, Okla. Races are scheduled to begin at 8:00 P.M. (CT) at the quarter-mile oval.

For news, updates, and continued coverage of the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Lawton Speedway – Lawton, Okla.
2014 Speedweek – Round 2
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Car Count: 44

Heat Races presented by SpeedMart – 8 Laps, winners plus top 10 in passing points to A-Feature.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Blake Hahn[2]; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson[3]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell[8]; 4. 7S-Robert Sellers[7]; 5. 21C-Tyler Cothran[5]; 6. 2K-John Kelly[4]; 7. (DNF) 7X-Shane Sellers[1]; 8. (DNF) 31B-Christopher Bell[6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[2]; 2. 48-Jake Martens[1]; 3. 14Z-Zach Pringle[5]; 4. 7MR-Kevin Ramey[8]; 5. 92-Jordan Weaver[3]; 6. 8-Alex Sewell[6]; 7. 3H-Brandon Hanks[4]; 8. 58-Gary Floyd[7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel[6]; 3. 17W-Harli White[3]; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[4]; 5. 1-Sean McClelland[7]; 6. 40-Howard Moore[5]; 7. 25-Sterling Hoff[2]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 02-Brandon Long[4]; 2. 93-Dustin Morgan[7]; 3. 7A-Paul Solomon[1]; 4. 7M-Chance Morton[3]; 5. 10K-Kyle Ezell[5]; 6. 57-Kyle Chady[6]; 7. 5-Joe Bob Lee[2]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 4J-Tim Crawley[1]; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr[2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson[5]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[4]; 5. 1C-Cody Cothran[6]; 6. 8M-Kade Morton[3]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 2. 81W-Danny Wood[2]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 4. 17X-Josh Baughman[5]; 5. 33-Kris Miller[1]; 6. 15B-Cody Wampler[7]; 7. (DNF) 21-Brandon Jennings[4]

Smiley’s Racing Products B-Features – Top 3 advance to the A-Feature.

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[4]; 2. 81W-Danny Wood[1]; 3. 31B-Christopher Bell[14]; 4. 3H-Brandon Hanks[11]; 5. 57-Kyle Chady[9]; 6. 33-Kris Miller[8]; 7. 21C-Tyler Cothran[6]; 8. 2K-John Kelly[10]; 9. 25-Sterling Hoff[12]; 10. 15B-Cody Wampler[7]; 11. 17W-Harli White[2]; 12. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton[5]; 13. (DNF) 58-Gary Floyd[13]; 14. (DNF) 7A-Paul Solomon[3]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens[1]; 2. 17X-Josh Baughman[2]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman[4]; 4. 1-Sean McClelland[3]; 5. 1C-Cody Cothran[5]; 6. 10K-Kyle Ezell[6]; 7. 8-Alex Sewell[8]; 8. 21-Brandon Jennings[11]; 9. 5-Joe Bob Lee[12]; 10. 40-Howard Moore[9]; 11. 8M-Kade Morton[10]; 12. (DNF) 92-Jordan Weaver[7]; 13. (DNF) 7X-Shane Sellers[13]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 3. 93-Dustin Morgan[7]; 4. 17-Blake Hahn[4]; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell[5]; 6. 95-Matt Covington[9]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel[8]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson[14]; 9. 77X-Wayne Johnson[12]; 10. 31B-Christopher Bell[20]; 11. 7MR-Kevin Ramey[11]; 12. 14Z-Zach Pringle[13]; 13. 23-Seth Bergman[21]; 14. 17X-Josh Baughman[19]; 15. 3H-Brandon Hanks[23]; 16. (DNF) 48-Jake Martens[17]; 17. (DNF) 18-Tony Bruce Jr[22]; 18. (DNF) 7S-Robert Sellers[15]; 19. (DNF) 03-Joe Wood Jr[16]; 20. (DNF) 81W-Danny Wood[18]; 21. (DNF) 02-Brandon Long[2]; 22. (DNF) 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 23. (DNF) 4J-Tim Crawley[10]

Lap Leader(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-30
FSR High Point: Dustin Morgan
KSE Hard Charger: Christopher Bell +10
Hawk Performance Fastest Lap: Zach Pringle 14.261 seconds
CSI Rebound: Danny Wood
Provisional(s): Brandon Hanks (P1)

2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu – 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. – 1, Patrick Stasa – 1, Derek Hagar – 1, Jeff Swindell – 1, Brad Loyet – 1, Seth Bergman – 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1

2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 1,370; 2. Jason Johnson 1,329; 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,312; 4. Jeff Swindell 1,305; 5. Aaron Reutzel 1,285; 6. Johnny Herrera 1,278; 7. Blake Hahn 1,223; 8. Seth Bergman 1,206; 9. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,199; 10. Matt Covington 1,161;

2014 Speedweek Driver Standings (Top 10) 1. Blake Hahn 272; 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 258; 3. Brad Loyet 258; 4. Seth Bergman 254; 5. Dustin Morgan 254; 6. Aaron Reutzel 249; 7. Jeff Swindell 247; 8. Jason Johnson 241; 9. Tim Crawley 222; 10. Matt Covington 216;

The 2014 season marks the twenty-third year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

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