Sammy Swindell Dominates Lake Ozark 360 Nationals Opener In ASCS

(Image Credit: Terry Ford)

Sammy Swindell is still winning; dominating by a half-track to open the Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com on Saturday night.

Racing with Tyler Thomas on the start, the No. 3s gained the advantage off the second turn, but a miscue through the third and fourth turns saw Swindell shuffled to third as Tyler Thomas and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. made their way by.

“My car was really good in the Qualifier, and we were able to pull away quite a bit in just a couple laps. We made a couple changes for the Feature, and we were probably a little too tight to start. I ran the top and one and two and it was really good so I ran the top of three and four and it wasn’t so that let Sam [Hafertepe] get by, but I could tell we had them covered and it was just a matter of time,” commented Swindell on his seventh overall win of the season.

“I think these ASCS races, our average is like a second or third. That’s hard to beat, and you know we’ve had some breaks on some of this stuff, but we’ve been getting our car working better all year too so we’ll just work to stay ahead of everybody else.”

Red after the completion of the first lap for Taylor Walton, the driver of the No. 0 was unharmed as the field resumed racing. Dashing around the No. 91t on the restart, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. took command with Swindell quickly following into second on the third lap.

Chasing the No. 15h as the back of the filed came into play, Hafertepe’s night ended abruptly as the Hills Racing entry rolled to a stop atop the first turn with a fueling issue working Lap 7.

Reverting to Lap 6, Swindell took over as the lead and quickly ran away from the race for second. Leaving Tyler Thomas by a half straightaway, the driver of the No. 91t had his hands full in the closing laps as Derek Hagar and Kyle Bellm set sights on the Oklahoma shoe.

Taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 21, Derek Hagar made up very little ground on Swindell before the checkered flag flew. Following the No. 9jr, Kyle Bellm ended his night third with Tyler Thomas holding onto the final transfer into Saturday’s $10,000 to win A-Feature. Rolling up from 10th, Washington’s Seth Bergman completed the top-five. With the DNF by Hafertepe, the point’s battle is back under a blanket with Bergman closing the gap to 24 points with Blake Hahn lurking in third with a 59-point gap to make up.

Earning the night’s CP-Carrillo Hard Charger Award, Sean McClelland never vacated the low line in the D&E Supply No. 22s, advancing 14 positions to finish sixth. Randy Martin in seventh was followed by Wayne Johnson, Johnny Herrera, and Paul Nienhiser to round out the top-ten.

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 the nearly 150 races across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results: Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region. Lake Ozark Speedway- Eldon, Missouri. Saturday, September 1, 2018

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [6]; 3. 22S-Sean McClelland, [3]; 4. 21B-Brian Brown, [2]; 5. 1-Travis Rilat, [5]; 6. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [4]; 7. 1X-Tim Crawley, [7]; 8. 49B-Ben Brown, [9]; 9. 99B-Bailey Elliott, [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [2]; 2. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [6]; 4. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [5]; 5. 99X-John Schulz, [3]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [9]; 7. 0-Taylor Walton, [8]; 8. 65-T.J. Muths, [1]; 9. 007-Brady Barker, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 22-Dustin Barks, [2]; 2. 33M-Mason Daniel, [3]; 3. 27-Danny Thoman, [1]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, [7]; 5. 37H-Nick Howard, [5]; 6. 9M-Wyatt Burks, [4]; 7. 4-Evan Martin, [8]; 8. 8-Jeff Wingate, [9]; 9. (DNF) 75E-Broc Elliott, [6]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 3P-Rusty Potter, [2]; 2. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [8]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [7]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee, [6]; 6. 1XX-Brad Ryun, [4]; 7. 28-Scott Bogucki, [5]; 8. (DNF) 44-Chris Martin, [1]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Roger Crockett, [1]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, [3]; 3. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [6]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [4]; 5. 57-Billy Butler, [2]; 6. 3V-Tyler Utz, [8]; 7. 43-Frank Brown, [5]; 8. (DNF) 1P-Curtis Evans, [7]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 2. 14-Randy Martin, [3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [6]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [4]; 5. 75-Tyler Blank, [8]; 6. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [1]; 7. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [5]; 8. (DNF) 85-Forrest Sutherland, [7]

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

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Randy Martin, [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [3]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [6]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel, [2]; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [9]; 6. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 7. 3V-Tyler Utz, [10]; 8. 75-Tyler Blank, [7]; 9. 27-Danny Thoman, [8]; 10. 22-Dustin Barks, [5]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [1]; 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [6]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [4]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball, [2]; 6. 22S-Sean McClelland, [7]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [10]; 8. 99-Skylar Gee, [9]; 9. 17W-Harli White, [8]; 10. 3P-Rusty Potter, [5]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [4]; 2. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [1]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman, [2]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 5. 11-Roger Crockett, [3]; 6. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [8]; 7. 37H-Nick Howard, [10]; 8. 77X-Alex Hill, [5]; 9. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [7]; 10. 21B-Brian Brown, [9]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 75-Tyler Blank, [3]; 2. 22S-Sean McClelland, [1]; 3. 99-Skylar Gee, [4]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [9]; 5. 3V-Tyler Utz, [2]; 6. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [8]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [5]; 8. 9M-Wyatt Burks, [7]; 9. 44-Chris Martin, [12]; 10. 57-Billy Butler, [6]; 11. 8-Jeff Wingate, [10]; 12. 99B-Bailey Elliott, [11]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 1-Travis Rilat, [2]; 2. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [1]; 3. 21B-Brian Brown, [5]; 4. 0-Taylor Walton, [6]; 5. 22-Dustin Barks, [3]; 6. 27-Danny Thoman, [4]; 7. 4-Evan Martin, [8]; 8. 1P-Curtis Evans, [10]; 9. 43-Frank Brown, [9]; 10. 007-Brady Barker, [11]; 11. 1XX-Brad Ryun, [7]; (DNS) 75E-Broc Elliott,

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 37H-Nick Howard, [2]; 2. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 3. 1X-Tim Crawley, [7]; 4. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [6]; 5. 3P-Rusty Potter, [3]; 6. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [9]; 7. (DNF) 65-T.J. Muths, [11]; 8. (DNF) 99X-John Schulz, [5]; 9. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [1]; 10. (DNF) 49B-Ben Brown, [8]; 11. (DNF) 85-Forrest Sutherland, [10]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [2]; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [3]; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [1]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman, [10]; 6. 22S-Sean McClelland, [20]; 7. 14-Randy Martin, [5]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [11]; 9. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [13]; 10. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [9]; 11. 52-Blake Hahn, [8]; 12. 21-Miles Paulus, [16]; 13. 1-Travis Rilat, [18]; 14. 28-Scott Bogucki, [24]; 15. 95-Matt Covington, [7]; 16. 75-Tyler Blank, [17]; 17. 11-Roger Crockett, [14]; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, [12]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee, [23]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [21]; 21. 37H-Nick Howard, [19]; 22. 49B-Ben Brown, [27]; 23. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [4]; 24. (DNF) 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [22]; 25. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin, [25]; 26. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [15]; 27. (DNF) 0-Taylor Walton, [26]

Lap Leaders: Tyler Thomas 1; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2-6; Sammy Swindell 7-25

CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Sean McClelland +14

FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Tyler Thomas

Provisionals: Skylar Gee; Scott Bogucki; Evan Martin (Regional); Taylor Walton (Promoter); Ben Brown (Promoter)

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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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