Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Tour Returns to Electric City Speedway
By Vikki Higginbotham & Bryan Hulbert
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (July 11, 2014) – Friday night at the speedway found packed grandstands as the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Tour came to town. Joining them for the evening were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.
In their heats the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds showed only one caution brought out by Cody Kuglin. Kody Harvie, Kory Wermling and Zach Olson grabbed the heat wins. With sixteen cars on the track, the battle for the top spot was sure to be a great race. Multiple cautions plagued the event and several cars had to drop out. However, Wermling wasn’t fazed by the cautions. He took his #9K from a 9th place starting position to the front of the field and added another feature win to his season. Wermling is now 32 points ahead of Zach Olson in track points.
Losing the lead on the final lap in 2013 at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. Brad Loyet was not about to let the win slip through his hands again as the ASCS National points leader raced to his second Protect the Harvest A-Feature victory of 2014 in front of a capacity crowd with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real.
“Last year I just gift wrapped that one for Tony Bruce, but this feels awesome,” said Loyet. “It feels good to come out here and get a win. My guys work hard and right there before the feature, they asked what I thought and we changed it up a little bit on the set-up and we just shot out of there like a cannon.”
Gridding the Miller Truck Lines No. 05 tenth, Loyet wasted little time working to the front of the field. Advancing to the runner-up spot by the third round, Loyet set his sights on Blake Hahn for the race lead, “I knew I had a better car than Blake on the bottom, and I was worried he was going see me down there and start running the bottom on the restarts. They had a really good car, so hats off to those guys.”
Stalking Hahn in slower traffic, the duo took the race three wide on multiple occasions; the most notable coming before a Lap 16 caution for Joe Ramaker in which the pair went three deep in traffic with two different cars through turns three and four.
Finally getting the run on Lap 21, Loyet snagged the lead the following lap.
Blake Hahn’s runner up finish is his second of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real.
“I thought we could have had something but Brad definitely had something on the bottom. Leading it, I didn’t want to get off the top because I thought we were pretty fast so it was hard to get off the top but overall the car was good,” commented Hahn of his runner up finish.
Challenged in the closing laps for the second step on the podium by Matt Covington, the T&L Foundry No. 95 ended up settling for third.
“I think I had a car good enough to win, but just made a couple mistakes there early in the race and let Brad get around me,” said Covington. “He did great, Blake did a good job by coming off the top otherwise we were both going to go by him. All three of us just had good cars.”
After running fifth to second in the night’s B-Feature, Seth Bergman mounted a charge from eighteenth to fourth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. coming from thirteenth to round out the top-five.
Johnny Herrera from eleventh was sixth with Jeff Swindell from sixteenth after an engine change following a Heat Race win on seven cylinders forced the Heartland Catfish No. 94 off the front row. Aaron Reutzel suffered engine problems early, putting the BC Funds No. 87 in the B-Feature. Finishing third, the Clute, Texas driver surged from nineteenth to eighth.
Tony Bruce, Jr. was another driver suffering engine problems. Changing the power-plant following his Heat Race, Bruce then gave up his fifteenth starting spot with a trip to the work area, ultimately coming from twenty-second to ninth. Trever Kirkland raced as high as fifth, but ended up slipping back to complete the top-ten.
A total of 33 drivers drew in for four Heat Races going to Jeff Swindell, Paxton Lambrecht, Trever Kirkland, and Matt Covington. The night’s B-Feature was won by Phil Dietz, who suffered suspension damage that relegated the No. 72 twenty-first.
Joined with the ASCS Frontier Region, Trever Kirkland garnered high points. Kelly Miller, Paxton Lambrecht, Joe Perry, and David Hoiness were the top-five point earners. Five drivers made their first National Tour A-Feature start on Friday: Bryan Brown, Jerry Brey, Steve Reeves, Paxton Lambrecht, and Ryder Olson.
THIS WEEK: WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Heat #1 – Kody Harvie, Cody Kuglin, Paul Leach, Patrick Harvie, Josh Olsen, John Price
Heat #2 – Kory Wermling, Ron Sasek, Jeramy Myers, Jim Myre, JJ Johnson
Heat #3 – Zach Olson, Pat Liscum, Jerry Sangrey Jr., Mike Pistelak, Bob Price
Feature – Wermling, Olson, Sasek, K. Harvie, Myre, Johnson, Sangrey Jr., Pistelak, Olsen, Leach, Kuglin, P. Harvie, Liscum, Myers, B. Price, J. Price
LUCAS OIL ASCS Sprints
Heat #1 – Johnny Herrera, Seth Bergman, Joe Ramaker, Jerry Brey, Jeff Swindell, Shad Peterson, Blake Hahn, Chris Roberts, Bryan Brown
Heat #2 – Paxton Lambrecht, Ryder Olson, Tony Bruce Jr., Joe Perry, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Boyce, Leroy Bruch, Cliff Nelson Jr.
Heat #3 – Trever Kirkland, Vernon Hill, David Hoiness, Damon McCune, Bob Shiplet, Steve Reeves, John Nelson, Cliff Nelson
Heat #4 – Matt Covington, Kelly Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brad Loyet, Phil Dietz, Jason Johnson, Jeremy McCune, Cody Masse
B Feature – Dietz, Bergman, Reutzel, Johnson, Reeves, Boyce, Brown, D. McCune, Brush, Masse, Nelson Jr., Peterson, Roberts, Shiplet, J. McCune, C. Nelson, J. Nelson
Feature Event – Loyet, Hahn, Covington, Bergman, Hafertepe Jr., Herrera, Swindell, Reutzel, Bruce Jr., Kirkland, Johnson, Miller, Lambrecht, Perry, Hoiness, Brey, Hill, Olson, Reeves, Ramaker, Dietz, Boyce