Hafertepe Tops Battle At Big Sky Opener In ASCS

For the seventh time this season, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. rolled the Heidbreder Foundation/Hills Racing Team No. 15h into Sawblade.com Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network; topping Friday’s edition of the Battle at Big Sky Speedway presented by Track Enterprises.

“I knew we had a good car. Just got in the right spot and drove by all those guys to get the lead,” commented Hafertepe the win.

Rolling off seventh for the 25 Lap affair, the first start was short-lived as pole-sitter, Travis Reber, spun in the second turn, collecting Bryan Brown and Cody Masse in the process. None of the three drivers were able to continue.

Moving Hafertepe to sixth on the restart, the No. 15h was up to third by Lap 2 as Harli White took command over Blake Hahn. Moving to third the following lap, the leaders began inching towards traffic with Hafertepe trailing by nearly a second before finally getting the run on the No. 17w. Searching around the three-eighths-mile oval, Sam pulled side by side with Harli on the ninth laps, with White able to hold the point. Working Lap 10 however, the lead swapped hand as Hafertepe shot to the top of the leaderboard.

Tiptoeing through traffic, Sam was able to gap the field as White raced with Scott Bogucki. Swapping the positions numerous times over the next couple laps, the Sawblade.com No. 28 secured the spot on Lap 18 with Blake Hahn following two laps later.

Having worked to a half straightaway advantage, Hafertepe’s lead was chopped to mere car lengths as the No. 15h was held at bay by slower traffic battling for position. Rolling to the right of Mindy McCune several times, the No. 11m, Hafertepe kept the 15th place driver as a pick until the final two laps. With Bogucki and Hahn nearly on Hafertepe’s back bumper, neither were able to make any moves before the checkered flag dropped.

On the race through lapped traffic, Sam stated, “When we got to traffic, I knew we were better, but I didn’t want to press it. I just played the block on the outside with guys on the bottom. On a deal like that, no one is going to get beside you. We just had to play our cards right and be at the right place at the right time to get it done,”

A much-needed rebound for Bogucki after getting upside down one week ago, the No. 28 was challenged several times by Blake Hahn in the closing laps with Hahn settling for third. Harli White slipped to fourth for her sixth top-five run of the season with Roger Crockett, who topped the night’s BMRS B-Feature, ripping his way through the field from 17th to complete the top five.

Matt Covington held sixth with Tucker Doughty seventh. Jordon Mallett picked up four spots to grab eighth with Alex Hill and Trever Kirkland rounding out the top ten.

A field of 29 drivers was on hand for Night 1 of the Battle at Big Sky Speedway. Four SCE Gaskets Heat Races were won by Travis Reber, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Matt Covington, and Scott Bogucki. The BMRS B-Feature went to Roger Crockett. One provisional was used by Damon McCune base on ASCS Frontier Regional performance.

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: ASCS Frontier Region. Big Sky Speedway (Billings, Montana), Battle at Big Sky. Friday, July 19, 2019

SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Travis Reber, [4]; 2. 9K-Kory Wermling, [1]; 3. 37-Trever Kirkland, [3]; 4. 21P-Robbie Price, [5]; 5. 14-Jordon Mallett, [8]; 6. 77-Damon McCune, [2]; 7. 0-Ned Powers, [7]; 8. 00B-Michael Bingham, [6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 3. J2-John Carney II, [1]; 4. 11-Roger Crockett, [3]; 5. 2JR-Kelly Miller, [5]; 6. 0J-Jeremy McCune, [4]; 7. 35M-Cody Masse, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [1]; 2. 77X-Alex Hill, [5]; 3. 3-Jordan Milne, [2]; 4. 11M-Mindy McCune, [6]; 5. 2-Shad Petersen, [4]; 6. 38B-Bryan Brown, [7]; 7. 2M-Mike Manwill, [3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, [1]; 2. 17W-Harli White, [7]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [5]; 4. 33-Robert DeHaan, [6]; 5. 1M-Willie Hernandez Jr, [2]; 6. 19-Jalen Powers, [3]; 7. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr, [4]

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

B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 11-Roger Crockett, [1]; 2. 2JR-Kelly Miller, [2]; 3. 0J-Jeremy McCune, [6]; 4. 38B-Bryan Brown, [4]; 5. 0-Ned Powers, [9]; 6. 35M-Cody Masse, [10]; 7. 77-Damon McCune, [8]; 8. 1M-Willie Hernandez Jr, [5]; 9. 2-Shad Petersen, [3]; 10. 2M-Mike Manwill, [11]; 11. (DNF) 19-Jalen Powers, [7]; 12. (DNF) 00B-Michael Bingham, [12]; (DNS) 12H-Tony Bruce Jr,

Sawblade.com A-Feature

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [7]; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki, [8]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [2]; 4. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 5. 11-Roger Crockett, [17]; 6. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 7. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [5]; 8. 14-Jordon Mallett, [12]; 9. 77X-Alex Hill, [4]; 10. 37-Trever Kirkland, [13]; 11. J2-John Carney II, [16]; 12. 2JR-Kelly Miller, [18]; 13. 21P-Robbie Price, [15]; 14. 9K-Kory Wermling, [9]; 15. 11M-Mindy McCune, [10]; 16. 0J-Jeremy McCune, [19]; 17. 0-Ned Powers, [21]; 18. 33-Robert DeHaan, [11]; 19. 3-Jordan Milne, [14]; 20. (DNF) 77-Damon McCune, [23]; 21. (DNF) 88-Travis Reber, [1]; 22. (DNF) 38B-Bryan Brown, [20]; 23. (DNF) 35M-Cody Masse, [22]

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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