At The Line It’s Hafertepe At Canyon Speedway Park

Image Credit: Ben Thrasher

A narrow groove and slower traffic provided a race for the ages at Canyon Speedway Park with the battle to the checkered flag coming down to the final 100 feet as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. barely edged Justin Sanders for Saturday’s SawBlade.com A-Feature win with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

A huge turnaround from the start of his season in Florida, Hafertepe’s goal for the weekend was to test and tune before returning to action with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1. While very confident in his car during the A-Feature, that Florida frustration was lingering going into the night’s races.

“We were frustrated Thursday during practice. We were frustrated last night but we finally clicked on something in the feature tonight and as soon as we took the green and I felt it going into turn-one I said this race is over,” stated Hafertepe.

Taking the lead away from Harli White on Lap 2, Hafertepe spent the first half of the A-Feature uncontested as the track began narrowing from the top to the bottom. Losing the lead on Lap 22 to Justin Sanders, who took the point with a high line pass off the fourth turn, the No. 21k of Thomas Kennedy sat directly in front of the race for the lead.

Not able to clear Kennedy, who had been running third before going around on Lap 5, the advantage came back to Hafertepe on Lap 28. Stalked by Sanders with Harli White racing into the picture as well, the top three raced the white flag with Sanders diving under Hafertepe through the first and second turns.

Still having to contend with lapped traffic as the final two turns came into view, Sanders was forced to the middle groove with Hafertepe diving as low as possible. Dead even off the final turn, both drivers mashed the throttle with the checkered flag in view and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. winning by 0.116 seconds.

Back to back podium finishes for Sanders, the California shoe bettered himself by one spot as Harli White made her second career podium appearance with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

Moving up from seventh, Matt Covington retains the series point’s lead with a fourth-place finish. Dominic Scelzi completed the top five after starting 14th. Roger Crockett moved from ninth to sixth with Colby Copeland making moves from 12th to finish seventh. Tanner Carrick in eighth was trailed by Scott Bogucki with Seth Bergman making up the top ten.

A weekend total of 51 drivers from 15 states and a trio of counties, 48 returned for Saturday’s showdown. A half-dozen SCE Gaskets Heat Races were won by Alex Pettas, Thomas Kennedy, Coton Hardy, Lorne Wofford, Giovanni Scelzi, and Jordon Mallett. Hoosier Tire Qualifiers went to Matt Covington, Blake Carrick, Harli White, and Dominic Scelzi. BMRS B-Features were topped by Giovanni Scelzi and D.J. Netto.

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 ASCS Nation in 2020, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results: Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV. ASCS Southwest Region. Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Ariz.)
Saturday, February 29, 2020. Car Count: 48. Event Count: 51

SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 40 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Alex Pettas[2]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 4. 83T-Tanner Carrick[8]; 5. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[7]; 6. 45C-Lonnie Cox[3]; 7. 8-Devon Borden[5]; 8. 11C-Jeff Lowery[1]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy[2]; 2. 18S-Jason Solwold[3]; 3. 24-Garet Williamson[1]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[6]; 5. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[5]; 6. 0J-Jeremy McCune[4]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[8]; 8. 77X-Alex Hill[7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 41-Colton Hardy[3]; 2. 01-Colby Copeland[2]; 3. 5H-Michael Faccinto[6]; 4. 17-Seth Bergman[8]; 5. 19-Wes Wofford[7]; 6. 12J-Josh Grady[5]; 7. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[4]; 8. 14C-Cody Sickles[1]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Lorne Wofford[1]; 2. 17W-Harli White[4]; 3. 38B-Blake Carrick[2]; 4. 11-Roger Crockett[8]; 5. J2-John Carney II[5]; 6. 44-Chris Martin[7]; 7. 11M-Mindy McCune[6]; 8. 3V-Jim Vanzant[3]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 88N-DJ Netto[2]; 3. 17S-Justin Sanders[5]; 4. 9-Chase Randall[3]; 5. 21P-Robbie Price[7]; 6. 14T-Tim Estenson[4]; 7. 115-Nick Parker[6]; 8. (DNF) 99X-Caleb Saiz[8]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Jordon Mallett[1]; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki[3]; 3. 24D-Danny Sams III[7]; 4. 57-Stevie Sussex III[8]; 5. 22-Jesse Baker[6]; 6. 88-Travis Reber[2]; 7. 2S-Shad Petersen[5]; 8. (DNF) 75X-JT Imperial[4]

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

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki[2]; 3. 21K-Thomas Kennedy[5]; 4. 17-Seth Bergman[3]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 6. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[8]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[9]; 8. 18-Lorne Wofford[4]; 9. 19-Wes Wofford[7]; 10. 88-Travis Reber[10]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 38B-Blake Carrick[1]; 2. 17S-Justin Sanders[2]; 3. 11-Roger Crockett[3]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 5. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 6. J2-John Carney II[8]; 7. 21P-Robbie Price[7]; 8. 41-Colton Hardy[6]; 9. 0J-Jeremy McCune[9]; 10. 11M-Mindy McCune[10]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White[5]; 2. 01-Colby Copeland[2]; 3. 24-Garet Williamson[1]; 4. 24D-Danny Sams III[6]; 5. 44-Chris Martin[8]; 6. 14-Jordon Mallett[4]; 7. 57-Stevie Sussex III[3]; 8. 115-Nick Parker[10]; 9. 14T-Tim Estenson[9]; 10. (DNF) 9-Chase Randall[7]

Qualifier 4 (8 Laps): 1. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[1]; 2. 83T-Tanner Carrick[4]; 3. 18S-Jason Solwold[3]; 4. 88N-DJ Netto[2]; 5. 5H-Michael Faccinto[5]; 6. 22-Jesse Baker[7]; 7. 8-Devon Borden[10]; 8. 2-Alex Pettas[6]; 9. 12J-Josh Grady[8]; 10. 45C-Lonnie Cox[9]

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

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[5]; 3. 41-Colton Hardy[3]; 4. 24-Garet Williamson[2]; 5. 21P-Robbie Price[7]; 6. 22-Jesse Baker[6]; 7. 8-Devon Borden[15]; 8. 115-Nick Parker[9]; 9. 14T-Tim Estenson[11]; 10. 11C-Jeff Lowery[12]; 11. 2S-Shad Petersen[13]; 12. 88-Travis Reber[10]; 13. 2-Alex Pettas[4]; 14. (DNF) 0J-Jeremy McCune[8]; 15. (DNS) 99X-Caleb Saiz; 16. (DNS) 75X-JT Imperial

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 88N-DJ Netto[1]; 2. J2-John Carney II[5]; 3. 14-Jordon Mallett[2]; 4. 19-Wes Wofford[8]; 5. 44-Chris Martin[3]; 6. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[13]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[7]; 8. 9-Chase Randall[9]; 9. 18-Lorne Wofford[6]; 10. 12J-Josh Grady[10]; 11. 11M-Mindy McCune[12]; 12. 45C-Lonnie Cox[11]; 13. 14C-Cody Sickles[16]; 14. 3V-Jim Vanzant[15]; 15. 57-Stevie Sussex III[4]; 16. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill[14]

Sawblade.com A-Feature

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 2. 17S-Justin Sanders[8]; 3. 17W-Harli White[1]; 4. 95-Matt Covington[7]; 5. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[14]; 6. 11-Roger Crockett[9]; 7. 01-Colby Copeland[12]; 8. 83T-Tanner Carrick[2]; 9. 28-Scott Bogucki[5]; 10. 17-Seth Bergman[13]; 11. 52-Blake Hahn[22]; 12. 14-Jordon Mallett[21]; 13. J2-John Carney II[20]; 14. 5H-Michael Faccinto[16]; 15. 21K-Thomas Kennedy[3]; 16. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[17]; 17. 18S-Jason Solwold[11]; 18. 38B-Blake Carrick[10]; 19. 24D-Danny Sams III[4]; 20. (DNF) 88N-DJ Netto[18]; 21. (DNF) 41-Colton Hardy[19]; 22. (DNF) 21P-Robbie Price[23]; 23. (DNF) 41S-Giovanni Scelzi[15]

Lap Leader(s): Harli White 1; Justin Sanders 22-27; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2-21, 28-30
Hard Charger: Dominic Scelzi +9
High Point Driver: Harli White
Provisional(s): Robbie Price (Points)

Driver Point Standings (Top 15): 1. Matt Covington 280; 2. Justin Sanders 277; 3. Harli White 257; 4. Dominic Scelzi 255; 5. Colby Copeland 244; 6. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 238; 7. Roger Crockett 235; 8. Giovanni Scelzi 230; 9. Blake Hahn 216; 10. Scott Bogucki 213; 11. Jason Solwold 212; 12. Michael Faccinto 208; 13. Jordon Mallett 208; 14. Tanner Carrick 206; 15. D.J. Netto 200;

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Hatched in El Paso, Texas in the mid 1980’s, Bryan Hulbert first became involved in racing at the age of 7 with the family Street Stock. Bryan began working professionally in racing as a track side reporter at the El Paso Speedway Park (EPSP) and Southern New Mexico Speedway (SNMS) in August of 2006 and became the lead announcer and PR Director at both tracks in July 2007 while working on a Marketing Degree at New Mexico State University. In September 2011, Bryan was hired by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series and now the full time Announcer and PR Manager for the national series.
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