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Reutzel Victorious in Lucas Oil ASCS Classic May 11, 2017

Reutzel Victorious in Lucas Oil ASCS Classic

Scoring his first victory of the season against the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Aaron Reutzel out-dueled defending series champion Sam Hafertepe Jr. in the KC Klassic presented by Racinboys.com at the Lakeside Speedway Thursday night.

Greeted in victory lane first by his son, Carson, the win is Reutzel’s 14th career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory.

“You know, Sam and I have been able race each other clean so hats off to Sam for that. I felt the bottom was there and I was watching lapped cars as I was catching them and none of them were running the top. I wasn’t sure if it was because they couldn’t run up there or not, but I finally did see a nose get under me so I went all out and that’s when Sam went by me, but luckily I was able to get back by him,” commented Reutzel. “This a big win for my guys. We’ve been knocking on the door for a while to get a win.”

Battling early on with Matt Covington, the pair were wheel to wheel at both ends of the four-tenths mile oval for the first three laps before the red lights blinked on for Cody Ledger who ended up going for a ride in the first two turns.

Challenging the low line on the No. 87 on the restart, Reutzel was able to hold off Covington’s No. 95 with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. in tow. Running the top in one and two and the hub in three and four, Aaron was able to garner some breathing room as Hafertepe moved to the runner-up spot on Lap 11.

Starting to work into slower traffic as the race moved past the half-way point, the top three were all within striking distance with the trio utilizing multiple grooves in hopes of gaining the advantage. Building his momentum, Hafertepe had the run. Rolling off the second turn, Hafertepe snagged the top spot on Lap 18. Crossing down the track, Reutzel returned the move in kind as both drivers navigated the bottom side of the Speedway. Having run a diamond line to catch and pass Reutzel, the change of line by Hafertepe was due to a lack of tear-offs.

As Hafertepe explained, “I wanted to keep running the top, but it got to where I couldn’t see the wall anymore and I didn’t want to junk the car.”

Trailing the No. 87 by 0.668 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag, the win by Reutzel stopped Hafertepe’s win streak at five. That ties the Texas native with “The Texan” Gary Wright who went five in a row in 2005. Hafrertepe did, however, set a series record as the first driver to open the season with five consecutive race wins.

Covington posted his best finish of the season with a third-place showing in the T&L Foundry No. 95 with Josh Baughman crossing fourth in the FK Midwest No. 17. Dustin Morgan completed the top five in the Ark Wrecking No. 93.

Terry McCarl ran to a sixth-place finish with Tony Stewart moving from 10th to seventh. Wayne Johnson was the night’s CP-Carrillo Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish eighth. Danny Lasoski from 12th grabbed ninth with Johnny Herrera completing the top 10.

With a field of 36 on hand, four heat races went to Baughman, Hafertepe, Reutzel and Covington who was the night’s FSR Radiator High Point driver with his win from eighth in his heat race. Twin B-features were topped by Blake Hahn and Jack Dover. Provisionals were taken by Kyle Bellm and Skylar Gee based on their owner points. A regional provisional was awarded to Danny Thoman.

For more news visit www.lakesidespeedway.net

Photo courtesy of www.lakesidespeedway.net

Weekly Winners 5/2/17 - 5/8/17 May 8, 2017

Weekly Winners 5/2/17 - 5/8/17

Congratulations to:

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway

James Dennis – Atomic Speedway & Skyline Speedway

Timothy Culp – ArkLa Tex Speedway

Shane Hiatt - Eagle Raceway

Devin Smith - Hamilton County Speedway

Chris Zogg – West Liberty Raceway

Nick Meyer - Hamilton County Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Fairmont Raceway

Lucas Schott – Mississippi Thunder Speedway & Cedar Lake Speedway

Derek Green - Fairmont Raceway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Fayetteville Motor Speedway

Justin Zeitner - Adams County Speedway

Austin Hubbard – Hagerstown Speedway

Mark Newton – Senoia Raceway

Jack Sullivan – Diamond Park Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Princeton Speedway & Arlington Raceway

Myles Michehl - Hamilton County Speedway & Sports Park Raceway

Darrel DeFrance – Hamilton County Speedway

Ashton Winger – Rome Speedway

Corey Madden - Shelby County Speedway

Sheppard Steals The Show At Fayetteville May 6, 2017

Sheppard Steals The Show At Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, NC— May 6, 2017— Brandon Sheppard led all 50-laps during the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 10th race of the 2017 season at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Sheppard’s win at the 3/8-mile track marked his ninth career win.

“We’ve been working really hard on this Rocket Chassis,” said Sheppard. “I want to thank Mark and Steve and everyone at Rocket Chassis for letting me drive this thing. It’s awesome. We’ve been working really hard lately to get ready for these Carolina tracks and Tennessee tracks because I’ve always struggled a little bit at those places so it definitely feels good to be getting a win and a top-three [last night].”

Tyler Erb started the feature on the outside of the pole and was heavy on the pedal trying to run down pole-sitter Sheppard throughout all 50-laps. The feature saw six cautions due to tire troubles. During every restart Sheppard was able to create an impressive lead over Erb and the rest of the field. In one lap Sheppard was able to gain up to a 1.643 second lead proving how much of a power house he truly is.

Erb was able to reel Sheppard in a few times giving the crowd a glimmer of hope that he could pull off his first ever World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series win come the checker flag. Erb may have not pulled off the win tonight but it is just a matter of time.

The young driver from New Waverly, TX is one of the most consistent drivers in the Series this season. He is currently second in the Series points standings and the only driver in the top-four of points who has not had a Series win this season.

“I sure hope [to land first win soon],” said Tyler Erb. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work lately. I can’t thank everyone enough who supports us.”

Series-Veteran Rick Eckert also found his way to the podium for the first time since his win at the 2017 season opener at Screven Motorsports Complex.

Some drivers were not so lucky come the checker flag at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Frank Heckenast Jr. had a tough break on the last lap of the feature as he got a flat tire on the backstretch making him slow from his top-10 position.

For additional news visit www.woolms.com

Timothy Culp Takes Top Cash at Ark-La-Tex Speedway May 6, 2017

Timothy Culp Takes Top Cash at Ark-La-Tex Speedway

Vivian, Louisiana (05/06/17) – Louisiana-native, Timothy Culp became the fourth different winner of 2017 on the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) presented by Lucas Oil tour on Saturday night. The pilot of the #c8 Rocket Chassis scored the $2,500 victory at Ark-La-Tex Speedway.

Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway played host to the tour on Saturday evening, and a last-to-first charge in his heat race presented Culp with the New Vision Graphics Pole Position for the 40-lap finale. He was joined on the front row by fellow Louisiana native, B.J. Robinson.

Culp paced the field for the first circuit, but it was Robinson who jumped to the top spot on lap 2.

Lap 10 found Culp edging ahead of Robinson to retake the lead, and one circuit later Gavin Landers spun to draw the caution.

On the ensuing restart Robinson jumped the cushion in turn 2. He would be able to recover from this mistake, but not before he lost a handful of spots.

Culp went on to survive a mishap with a lapped car just before the halfway point on his way to his first CCSDS victory of the season. He was followed across the finish line by 8th-starting Billy Moyer Jr., while Chandler Petty, Jack Sullivan, and Garrett Alberson completed the Top 5.

Billy Moyer Jr. received the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award for advancing from his 8th starting spot to a runner-up finish, while Robert Baker received the Henryetta Ford Hard Luck Award after engine issues early in the evening forced him to scratch from the program.

For more news visit www.compdirt.com

Weekly Winners 4/25/17 - 5/1/17 May 1, 2017

Weekly Winners 4/25/17 - 5/1/17

Congratulations to:

Lucas Schott – Mississippi Thunder Speedway (pictured)

Todd Root – Fulton Speedway

Mike Marlar – Volunteer Speedway

Matt Hill – Potomac Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Outlaw Speedway & Utica-Rome Speedway

Craig VonDohren – Big Diamond Speedway

Doug Manmiller – Grandview Speedway

Mat Williamson – Lernerville Speedway

Ryan Susice – Merrittville Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Potomac Speedway

Billy Decker – Fulton Speedway

Donovan Nunnikhoven – I-35 Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – I-96 Speedway

Jason Trammell – Volunteer Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Mike Norris – Lernerville Speedway

Billy Briley – West Texas Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Smoky Mountain Speedway

Michael Duritsky – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

Tyler Clem – Volusia Speedway Park

Dave Blazavich – Dog Hollow Speedway

Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway

James Dennis – Skyline Speedway & I-77 Raceway Park

Jason Williams – Senoia Raceway

Kent Arment - Dakota State Fair Speedway

Darron Fuqua - Humboldt Speedway

Decker Scores Third-Straight Highbank Hold-Up Win April 29, 2017

Decker Scores Third-Straight Highbank Hold-Up Win

FULTON, NY – April 29, 2017 – Billy Decker raced from the sixth-starting position to take the lead from outside polesitter Brett Hearn on lap 46 and held off a surging Matt Sheppard to claim his third straight Highbank Holdup 100 victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night.

After taking the lead, Decker battled through lapped traffic to build a lead over Hearn. He then had to contend with Sheppard, who rallied from the 11th starting spot to take the runner-up position on lap 56. Decker defended against the reigning champion’s efforts, particularly over the final 10 laps, to secure his first Series win since last year’s edition of the event on April 30, 2016.

“It was tough sledding,” Decker said of the battles throughout the race. “I think if you were rolling you could go pretty good. Matt (Sheppard) came a long way and there was a lot of dicing. I could really carry some speed through the center of the turn and I think that’s what did it.”

Before Decker paced the field, Billy Whittaker and Hearn brought the 30-car field to the green flag for the Series’ season opening points race. Whittaker paced the field over the first four laps until Hearn assumed the point on lap five.

Decker quickly made his presence felt though, as he immediately jumped into the top-five and by lap 12 was challenging Jimmy Phelps for second. At lap 30, Hearn, Phelps and Decker raced nose-to-tail in a thrilling three-car battle for the lead.

Meanwhile, Sheppard methodically paced his way forward and took third from Phelps before the halfway point and set out to track down the leader Decker and second-place runner Hearn.

The only caution of the race came on lap 62, after Sheppard had taken over the second spot, when Tim Sears Jr. spun his No.83 at the bottom of turn two. Sheppard wasn’t able to use the outside lane on the restart to get by Decker, but Phelps rallied to retake the third spot and relegated Hearn to fourth.

From there, Decker enjoyed a five car-length lead under the watchful eye of Sheppard until 20 laps to go when Decker wandered back into lapped traffic Inside the final 10 laps, Decker nearly gifted the win to Sheppard when he slipped up the track in turn three, but regrouped without losing the top spot.

“The last 20 laps I got a little bit tight,” Decker said. “I went to put a move on the 22-car (of Brandon Walters) in lapped traffic and Matt got underneath us. I learned my lesson pretty quick there.”

Sheppard made a final push over the last five laps after the top two had separated from third-place Phelps by a half lap. Sheppard couldn’t muster enough momentum to steal the victory.

“He was a little better at times and I think I was a little better at times,” Sheppard said of Decker. “We didn’t draw the best redraw number tonight, but we had a really good racecar. It’s a great night for us and a great start to the series. It was a fun race and the track was really nice tonight.”

Sheppard nearly capitalized on a $100 bonus as the eleventh starter courtesy of 811 Dig Safely New York. Eighth starting Bobby Varin was the other driver eligible for the award.

Phelps rounded-out the podium while Hearn and Larry Wight completed the top-five.

“We missed it a little bit, but this was our first race of the year,” Phelps said. “We did a bunch of testing, but we haven’t gotten to apply it. We were close. We took off pretty decent, but we just needed to be better about 30 laps in after everybody’s tires cycled in. To be able to start the season off on the right foot close to home in front of the best fans on dirt is good.”

Decker nearly started the season with a perfect night. He earned the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time award with a lap of 16.485 seconds around the 3/8-mile oval. Hearn bested Decker by one spot to win heat one. Whittaker, Wight and Pat Ward were the other heat winners.

Alan Johnson earned the KSE Hard Charger award after racing from 21st to 8th. Johnson won the first Last Chance Qualifier while Chad Phelps won the other. Garry Tomkins, the first driver to exit the race on lap 22, was the recipient of the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com