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Carney Claims Winter Nationals

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John Carney II held off several overtaking attempts by dirt track ace Sammy Swindell to win the 43rd annual Winter Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Saturday night at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. 

With the track in Mesquite, Texas, fully rubbered-in, the 30-lap A-Feature was all about patience. Gluing his Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 11x to the hub, Carney was chased on the first lap by Swindell before the caution flew upon completion for Travis Rilat, who rolled to a stop exiting Turn 3.

“I pretty much knew after I messed-up on the first start that if I ever gave him (Swindell) the bottom, he’d be able to beat me,” Carney said. “With the track conditions like this, the win is pretty much a gift to myself. But I’ll take it either way.”

At speed, Swindell all but pushed Carney around the famed half-mile oval. Never falling more than three car-lengths away from the No. 11x, Swindell’s biggest opportunity to advance came on Lap 10. Missing the line, Carney slide wide off Turn 2. With a haze of blue following, Swindell ran the nose of the Acme Graphix No. 3s up to Carney’s left rear but would have to roll out of the throttle to avoid the Hoosier climb.

All but beating the bumper off the No. 3s trying to rattle the El Paso native, Carney would not be shaken for his first career Lucas Oil ASCS A-Feature win. Carney is the 136th overall winner in Lucas Oil ASCS competition and fifth first-time winner in 2016.

“It’s a shame, we showed him where the line was,” Swindell said. “I had it on the start and I knew what to do and where to go but we definitely had a faster car.” Swindell crossed the finish line 0.388-seconds behind Carney.

“My corner speed was so much better,” Swindell said, “and to be able to run up behind someone that close, you usually lose the front end real bad. But our car was able to just stay there and run with him. I was surprised at how good it was being that close, too, but if we could have ever gotten out in the open _ I was gone.”

Riding third start-to-finish was Johnny Herrera, who won Friday night’s 25-lap A-Feature. “It was 25 laps, and I knew it was going to be hard on tires so I could have run up there and been on their back bumpers and ran third,” Herrera said, “or stayed conservative and been there if they bumped wheels and missed the rubber. So I just rode.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. trailed Herrera to the line with Aaron Reutzel coming across fifth. From ninth, Tony Bruce Jr. advanced to sixth with Andy Shouse digging his way from 17th to seventh. Brandon Long crossed eighth with Logan Forler mounting an impressive charge from 18th to ninth. Joe Wood Jr. rounded out the top-10. Wood was one of the few drivers to try the high line.

Saturday’s finale of the 43rd Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals saw 45 drivers checking-in. Five Heat Races were topped by Josh Baughman, Alex Hill, Hafertepe Jr., Jamie Ball, and Kevin Ramey. Qualifiers were won by Scottie McDonald, Tony Bruce Jr. and Brandon Long. A pair of B-Features saw Shouse and Forler with wins. The night’s only provisional was used by Brandon Hanks.

Next event on the schedule is the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5.

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

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Saturday’s ASCS National/ASCS Red River results from the 43rd annual Winter Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas:

ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 30 in Race Passing Points advance to Qualifiers on an 18 car invert)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman, [1]; 2. 29-Travis Rilat, [2]; 3. 88-Scottie McDonald, [4]; 4. 86-Tony Bruce Jr., [6]; 5. 1J-Danny Jennings, [3]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [5]; 7. 95-Matt Covington, [7]; 8. 3-Raven Culp, [9]; 9. 77C-C.J. Hulsey, [8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 2. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [3]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 5. 7M-Chance Morton, [5]; 6. 98-Ryan Padgett, [1]; 7. 28-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 8. (DNF) 7H-Brian Gramm, [8].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., [4]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [6]; 3. 13-Martin Edwards, [5]; 4. 27-Andy Shouse, [8]; 5. 17G-Skylar Gee, [3]; 6. 20G-Jake Greider, [7]; 7. 6-Kaden Taylor, [2]; 8. 07-Michael Bookout, [1].

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5J-Jamie Ball, [2]; 2. 2L-Logan Forler, [4]; 3. 2K-Brandon Long, [6]; 4. 51-Caleb Martin, [8]; 5. 8M-Kade Morton, [3]; 6. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [5]; 7. 2-Mickey Walker, [7]; 8. (DNF) 05M-Charles McManus, [1].

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 91-Kevin Ramey, [2]; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr., [8]; 3. 26M-Fred Mattox, [1]; 4. 76-Zane Lawrence, [5]; 5. 12-James Mosher, [6]; 6. 12W-Dale Wester, [4]; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks, [7]; 8. 58-Gary Floyd, [3].

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

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Scottie McDonald, [1]; 2. 13-Martin Edwards, [2]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman, [3]; 4. 91-Kevin Ramey, [4]; 5. 76-Zane Lawrence, [7]; 6. 03-Joe Wood Jr., [6]; 7. 12W-Dale Wester, [10]; 8. 17G-Skylar Gee, [9]; 9. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn, [5]; 10. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton, [8].

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 86-Tony Bruce Jr., [1]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [2]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., [6]; 4. 27-Andy Shouse, [3]; 5. 2L-Logan Forler, [4]; 6. 20G-Jake Greider, [8]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [5]; 8. 8M-Kade Morton, [9]; 9. 26M-Fred Mattox, [7]; 10. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [10].


Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2K-Brandon Long, [4]; 2. 29-Travis Rilat, [2]; 3. 51-Caleb Martin, [3]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [6]; 5. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [1]; 6. 1J-Danny Jennings, [8]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [9]; 8. 5J-Jamie Ball, [5]; 9. 12-James Mosher, [7]; 10. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington, [10].

BMRS B-Features (Top 3 finishers transfer to the tail of the A-Feature)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 27-Andy Shouse, [1]; 2. 76-Zane Lawrence, [2]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [3]; 4. 1J-Danny Jennings, [4]; 5. 17W-Harli White, [5]; 6. 3-Raven Culp, [10]; 7. 1S-Joey Schmidt, [7]; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks, [8]; 9. 77C-C.J. Hulsey, [12]; 10. 2-Mickey Walker, [9]; 11. 6-Kaden Taylor, [11]; 12. (DNF) 26M-Fred Mattox, [6]; 13. (DNF) 05M-Charles McManus, [13]; (DNS) 52-Blake Hahn, ; (DNS) 12-James Mosher.

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler, [1]; 2. 7M-Chance Morton, [8]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [9]; 4. 8M-Kade Morton, [7]; 5. 17G-Skylar Gee, [6]; 6. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 7. 20G-Jake Greider, [4]; 8. 12W-Dale Wester, [5]; 9. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 10. 58-Gary Floyd, [11]; 11. (DNF) 98-Ryan Padgett, [10]; 12. (DNF) 28-Jonathan Cornell, [14]; (DNS) 7H-Brian Gramm.

Protect the Harvest A-Feature

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II, [1]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [2]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., [5]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [4]; 6. 86-Tony Bruce Jr., [9]; 7. 27-Andy Shouse, [17]; 8. 2K-Brandon Long, [6]; 9. 2L-Logan Forler, [18]; 10. 03-Joe Wood Jr., [11]; 11. 91-Kevin Ramey, [16]; 12. 95-Matt Covington, [22]; 13. 29-Travis Rilat, [14]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [12]; 15. 51-Caleb Martin, [15]; 16. 7M-Chance Morton, [20]; 17. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [21]; 18. (DNF) 76-Zane Lawrence, [19]; 19. (DNF) 88-Scottie McDonald, [8]; 20. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm, [7]; 21. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks, [23]; 22. (DNF) 13-Martin Edwards, [10]; (DNF) 17-Josh Baughman, [13].

Lap Leader(s): John Carney II, 1-25
FSR High-Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe Jr. 
Hard Charger: Andy Shouse, plus 10
Provisional(s): Brandon Hanks (Regional)

2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top-10): 1. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 4,541; 2. Johnny Herrera 4,343; 3. Wayne Johnson 4,116; 4. Blake Hahn 3,992; 5. Matt Covington 3,922; 6. Logan Forler 3,864; 7. Aaron Reutzel 3,756; 8. Seth Bergman 3,470; 9. Josh Baughman 2,968; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,771.

2016 ASCS National Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 7 (5/13 – Texas Motor Speedway; 6/12 – Route 66 Motor Speedway; 6/18 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 6/25 – Skagit Speedway; 7/1 – Grays Harbor Raceway; 7/2 – Grays Harbor Raceway; 8/20 – St. Francois County Raceway); Johnny Herrera 6 (3/17-Heart O’ Texas Speedway; 6/3-Hartford Speedway; 7/22 – Black Hills Speedway; 7/23 – Black Hills Speedway; 9/22 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 10-15 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway); Blake Hahn 3 (7/8 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/9 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/28 – Park Jefferson Speedway); Wayne Johnson 3 (3/19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 9/23 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 9/24 – Lucas Oil Speedway) Brian Brown 2 (5/5 – Lakeside Speedway; 8/21 – Missouri State Fair Speedway); Brad Loyet 2 (6/15 – Lawton Speedway; 6/17 – Missouri State Fair Speedway); Bryan Clauson 2 (6/16 – Creek County Speedway; 7/31 – Badlands Motor Speedway); Aaron Reutzel 2 (5/14 – Texas Motor Speedway; 9/4 – Jackson Motorplex); Brandon Hanks 1 (3/25-Cotton Bowl Speedway); Josh Baughman 1 (3/26 – Bronco Raceway Park); Marc Duperron 1 (6/24 – Skagit Speedway); Jamie Ball 1 (8/4 – Knoxville Raceway); Jamie Veal 1 (8/5 – Knoxville Raceway); Sammy Swindell 1 (8/6 – Knoxville Raceway); Ian Madsen 1 (9/2 – Jackson Motorplex); Terry McCarl 1 (10/1 – I-80 Speedway); John Carney II (10/16 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway)

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 16 2016
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