TMS Media Relations | Sep 13, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 12, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, took home the first of two Lucas Oil ASCS features this weekend at the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
Along with the win, Hafertepe Jr. also took home the $3,000 winner's purse, a Port-A-Cool Cyclone 3000 and the customary Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat.
After an impressive heat race earlier in the evening, Hafertepe Jr earned himself a top-eight spot for the re-draw and landed a starting spot on the outside of row two for the 25-lap feature event.
Starting fourth, Hafertepe Jr. quickly moved into second by the 10th lap just before Johnny Herrera took his sprint car into the wall in Turn 4 on Lap 13, causing a red flag and ultimately ending his night. On the restart, Hafertepe Jr. took advantage of the opportunity and dove into Turn 1 to steal the lead from Fort Worth’s Kevin Ramey after Ramey had dominated the first half of the race.
Despite fighting off two more restarts after cautions on laps 18 and 19, Hafertepe Jr. cruised to his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway.
“This place is awesome, look at the facility,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “To win at a place like this, it’s pretty prestigious. That’s why we got a lot of cars in the pits tonight. To have as good of a car as we did tonight and to be as dominant as we were, I was tickled.”
The win is Hafertepe Jr’s third in the last five races and propels him from fifth to fourth in the ASCS National Tour standings, surpassing Herrera who finished 19th and coming within four points of Jason Johnson (fifth) and Jeff Swindell (sixth) for second-place. The win guarantees Hafertepe Jr. a spot in Saturday night’s feature event, as well. Championship points leader Brad Loyet finished eighth, holding an 86-point advantage over Johnson and Swindell.
“We’re just trying to win races,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “If we go out and win races, we’re doing our job. If we’re on top at the end of this deal, awesome. We’ve won more races than anybody else all year long and we’ve been on fire here lately. I’m not too worried about it. They’ll fall where they fall and we’re just going to keep on trying to win races.”
More exciting dirt track action at the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship gets underway on Saturday beginning with practice at 7 p.m. CT and racing at 8 p.m. The evening showcases feature events from both the Limited Modified division and the Lucas Oil ASCS sprint cars.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call (817) 215-8500.