Hafertepe Tops ASCS Speedweek With Salina Speedway Victory

(Image Credit: Mike Pfeifer)

Earning his fifth win of the season, and 42nd overall with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. picked up his first career victory at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. and in doing so, secured his second career ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek title.

Getting the outside of the front row for Saturday’s 30-lap affair, Hafertepe, trailed into the first two turns as Blake Hahn led the way. Slight contact battling for the top spot into the third turn, Hafertepe was able to edge out the Sage Fruit, Co. No. 52 to lead the opening lap.

“I knew I had to get to the lead early and get to the bottom and I ended up getting into Blake down the backstretch, and I didn’t mean too. Just trying to get to the bottom otherwise, we could have easily ended up second or third all night,” commented Hafertepe.

Lap 8

Finding traffic by Lap 8, the driver of the Townline Variety No. 15 picked off several slower cars to open his advantage to well over a straightaway as Blake Hahn battled for the runner-up spot with John Carney II. Caution on Lap 19 for Tanner Berryhill, who spun in the fourth turn, Hafertepe’s lead was 5.396 seconds.

Restarting with four lapped cars in the mix, Hafertepe bolted as John Carney II worked around Blake Hahn for second. Taking the slower cars down to two before the caution flew again on Lap 23 for Grady Chandler who rolled to a stop after contact with Alex Hill, the restart saw Carney drive deep into the first turn, clearing the remaining slower machine and pulling almost even with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Racing hard into turn three, Sam held point before yellow lights flashed again; this time for Fred Mattox and Matt Covington.

With no slower cars between himself and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., the Lap 24 restart saw Carney swap up his attack with a high side run to pull his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 side by side again with Hafertepe. Able to run deep and swing to the center through turns three and four, Sam was able to put distance over Carney.

One Final Chance

One final chance to battle of the lead as the field set up for a green, white, checkered finish after Robbie Price and Fred Mattox came together off the second turn, Carney couldn’t mount the charge as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. grabbed the win by 2.033 seconds.

Asked about the restarts and being pressured, Hafertepe replied, “We just didn’t have a lot of bite going straight to the throttle and actually we’ve had the problem several times. I was just trying to time it right. [John] Carey is good and he’s a smart racer, so I knew I had to do my job, or I’d be having to block into one and two so to come out on top was really good. I’ve never won here before, so this is really cool and I have to say, from the track we had at the start of the night to what they gave us at the end was a hell of a job to the track crew.”

Where They Finished

John Carney II’s 13th podium appearance with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Jordon Mallett used the race’s last restart to work past Blake Hahn for his first career National Tour podium finish. Hahn in fourth was trailed to the line by Harli White.

Battling around the top five most of the night, Scott Bogucki ended up sixth with Roger Crockett seventh. Involved in an early caution and having to fight back from the tail, Grady Chandler came bake to finish eighth. Sean McClelland was ninth with Tanner Berryhill also rebounding from a caution to finish tenth.

A field of 21 was broken down into a trio of SCE Gaskets Heat Races with Harli White, Blake Hahn, and Scott Bogucki each earning wins. No Provisional starts were needed. Speedweek standings with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. earning the crown by 43 markers had John Carney II, Blake Hahn, Scott Bogucki, and Harli White complete the top five in driver standings.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results: Lucas Oil ASCS. Salina Speedway (Salina, Kan.). Saturday, June 8, 2019. Speedweek Round 5

SCE Gaskets Heat Races (All teams advance to the A-Feature)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White, [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 3. 21P-Robbie Price, [2]; 4. 22-Sean McClelland, [6]; 5. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [3]; 6. 77X-Alex Hill, [4]; 7. 98-J.D. Johnson, [7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [1]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [4]; 4. 14-Jordon Mallett, [6]; 5. 47-Tanner Berryhill, [2]; 6. 91-Jeff Stasa, [5]; 7. 90-Lance Norick, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, [1]; 2. J2-John Carney II, [6]; 3. 26M-Fred Mattox, [3]; 4. 9$-Kyle Clark, [5]; 5. 20G-Jake Greider, [2]; 6. 23X-Grady Chandler, [7]; 7. 94L-Layne Himebaugh, [4]

A-Feature

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. J2-John Carney II, [4]; 3. 14-Jordon Mallett, [9]; 4. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 5. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 6. 28-Scott Bogucki, [7]; 7. 11-Roger Crockett, [5]; 8. 23X-Grady Chandler, [13]; 9. 22-Sean McClelland, [8]; 10. 47-Tanner Berryhill, [15]; 11. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 12. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [14]; 13. 20G-Jake Greider, [16]; 14. 26M-Fred Mattox, [10]; 15. 94L-Layne Himebaugh, [21]; 16. 90-Lance Norick, [20]; 17. 91-Jeff Stasa, [17]; 18. (DNF) 21P-Robbie Price, [11]; 19. (DNF) 9$-Kyle Clark, [12]; 20. (DNF) 98-J.D. Johnson, [19]; 21. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [18]

Lap Leader(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-30

About the author

Bryan Hulbert

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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