Wheatland, MO- (June 23rd, 2014)- Christopher Bell backed up his Creek County Speedway victory on Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Speedway; coming from seventh to earn his first Lucas Oil Speedway triumph in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition and second on the season. In Impact Signs, Awnings, & Wraps WAR Series action Chris Parkinson held off a hard-charging Casey Shuman to score is third win of the season in WAR competition.
"That right there was a blast. It's doesn't get much better than that," said Bell of his Speedweek victory. "Hats off to the track crew. As a racer, when you come to a racetrack, all you want to be able to do is race and tonight, they gave us options to be able to move around and put on a good show."
Cracking the top five on Lap 5, Bell utilized a caution on the eighth round to jump to third. Working past Brad Loyet on Lap 10 for the runner up spot, the Berryman Motorsports No. 31b began running down race long leader, Matt Covington.
Slipping the tires on Lap 14 exiting turn two, the gap closed quickly with Covington again slipping though the groove two laps later to allow Christopher Bell to race into the top spot.
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. worked past Covington for the runner up spot on a Lap 22 restart, but a caution on Lap 23 saw the No. 15h making contact with an infield tire, causing the front axle to snap; sending the Left Front tire flying.
On the restart, nineteenth starting Tim Crawley worked by Covington for second.
"I can't thank John [James] enough, you know we had a little misfortune the middle of the week and had some problems. Maybe we would have had a shot at this Speedweek deal, but you never know," commented Crawley. "I hope everybody enjoyed it, I drove my butt off but come up second."
Brad Loyet crossed third and in doing so, picked up the title of Speedweek Champion by two markers over Jason Johnson.
"I've won in a Midget here, and I've been really close in a Sprint Car, just not yet," said Loyet "I kind of feel like I let my guys tonight. I had a better car than third place but I just messed around too much in one and two too long, and it cost me a good shot at winning this race."
Matt Covington ended up fourth with Johnny Herrera coming from fourteenth to fifth.
Jonathan Cornell from sixteenth grabbed sixth with Jason Johnson coming back to seventh after spinning on Lap 5 and having to come from twentieth. Brandon Hanks grabbed eighth with Seth Bergman from fifteenth to ninth. Dustin Morgan made the charge to tenth from twenty-second.
Speedweek high car count of 53 garnered six Heat Races with Blake Hahn, Jason Johnson, Brad Loyet, Tyler Blank, Jeff Swindell, and Johnny Herrera earning wins. Three B-Features were won by Randy Hibbs, Aaron Reutzel, and Tim Crawley.
The 2nd annual Bob Westphal Memorial Cup went to Brad Loyet. Jason Johnson ended up second with Seth Bergman, Jeff Swindell, and Aaron Reutzel completing the top five in Speedweek standings.
Co-sanctioned with the Speedway Motors Warrior Region with Jonathan Cornell earning high points for the region. Tyler Blank, Josh Fisher, Randy Hibbs, and J.R. Topper completed the top five in regional standings.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returns to action on July 11 at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. For continued updates, log onto www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Mo. Speedweek Round 5 - Finale Saturday, June 21, 2014 Car Count: 53
Heat Races presented by SpeedMart - 8 Laps, winners plus top 10 in passing points to A-Feature.
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Blake Hahn; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 3. 86-Kyle Bellm; 4. 48-Jake Martens; 5. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 6. 4-Evan Martin; 7. 27X-Mark Finnell; 8. 58-Gary Floyd; DNS 94F-Joe Frazier
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 5. 72-Curtis Boyer; 6. 51-Mitchell Moore; 7. 3Z-Zach Davis; 8. 99-Andrew Turley; 9. (DNF) 38-Cody Baker
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 81W-Danny Wood; 3. 17W-Harli White; 4. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 5. 92-Jordan Weaver; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan; 7. 14-Randy Martin; 8. 7M-Chance Morton; 9. 76-Jay Russell
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 9M-Tyler Blank; 2. 31B-Christopher Bell; 3. 92J-J.R. Topper; 4. 77-Zach Chappell; 5. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 6. 17X-Josh Baughman; 7. 34-Corey Nelson; 8. (DNF) 24X-Lanny Carpenter; 9. (DNF) 50-Michael Sosebee
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell; 2. 4J-Tim Crawley; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 33-Kris Miller; 5. 0-Austin Alumbaugh; 6. 81A-Chris Morgan; 7. 8M-Kade Morton; 8. 24-Ricky Lee Stangl; 9. (DNF) 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 72X-Josh Fisher; 4. 2A-Randy Hibbs; 5. 00-Casey Shuman; 6. 27-Danny Thoman; 7. 9-Casey Baker; DNS 22-Dustin Barks
Smiley's Racing Products B-Features - Top 2 advance to the A-Feature.
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 2A-Randy Hibbs; 2. 17X-Josh Baughman; 3. 14-Randy Martin; 4. 92J-J.R. Topper; 5. 00-Casey Shuman; 6. 7M-Chance Morton; 7. 3Z-Zach Davis; 8. 24X-Lanny Carpenter; 9. 27-Danny Thoman; 10. (DNF) 48-Jake Martens; 11. (DNF) 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths; 12. (DNF) 0-Austin Alumbaugh; DNS 22-Dustin Barks
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 77-Zach Chappell; 3. 86-Kyle Bellm; 4. 33-Kris Miller; 5. 34-Corey Nelson; 6. 72-Curtis Boyer; 7. 8M-Kade Morton; 8. 51-Mitchell Moore; 9. 76-Jay Russell; 10. 24-Ricky Lee Stangl; 11. 27X-Mark Finnell; DNS 50-Michael Sosebee
B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 4J-Tim Crawley; 2. 93-Dustin Morgan; 3. 81A-Chris Morgan; 4. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 5. 92-Jordan Weaver; 6. 4-Evan Martin; 7. 58-Gary Floyd; 8. 85-Forrest Sutherland; 9. 9-Casey Baker; 10. 99-Andrew Turley; DNS 38-Cody Baker; DNS 94F-Joe Frazier
Protect the Harvest A-Feature
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 31B-Christopher Bell; 2. 4J-Tim Crawley; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 6. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 7. 41-Jason Johnson; 8. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 9. 23-Seth Bergman; 10. 93-Dustin Morgan; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 12. 9M-Tyler Blank; 13. 94-Jeff Swindell; 14. (DNF) 81W-Danny Wood; 15. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 16. (DNF) 77-Zach Chappell; 17. (DNF) 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 18. (DNF) 17-Blake Hahn; 19. (DNF) 72X-Josh Fisher; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White; 21. (DNF) 2A-Randy Hibbs; 22. (DNF) 17X-Josh Baughman
Lap Leader(s): Matt Covington 1-15; Christopher Bell 16-30 FSR High Point: Christopher Bell KSE Hard Charger: Tim Crawley +17 Hawk Performance Fastest Lap: Matt Covington 14.547 seconds CSI Rebound: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Provisional(s): N/A
Continuing an amazing season with the WAR Series presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Chris Parkinson picked up his third win of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday night.
Pete Palazzolo led the field to the green flag with Parkinson to his outside. Palazzolo led into turns one and two and down the backstretch, but Parkinson got a great run on the outside and swept around Palazzolo in turns three and four to lead lap one. Just behind the lead duo was Brad Graham, Chad Goff, and Casey Shuman.
Lap by lap, Parkinson zipped around the high side of Lucas Oil Speedway and continued to extend his lead and just before the first yellow on lap eight for a stopped Brad Graham on the backstretch, Parkinson was ahead by a straightaway.
The yellow was a huge break for Shuman who only took a couple of laps to move into the runner-up spot. With Parkinson comfortably leading, Palazzolo and Josh Stephens were having a nice battle for the third spot. The duo would trade the position seemingly in every corner for a couple of laps.
By lap twelve with Parkinson still leading Shuman, Taylor Walton had used the high side to rocket into third. Over the next handful of laps, it would remain Parkinson, Shuman, and Walton with Palazzolo and Stephens still in the top five.
With heavy lapped traffic all around the speedway, Shuman started to eat into the Parkinson's lead.
Lap by lap, the advantage got smaller. By lap twenty-one, the lead was down to four car lengths.
On lap twenty three, Parkinson had to check up for the lapped car of Lane Stone, Shuman saw his opportunity and made an aggressive slide job on both Parkinson and Stone. Stone was left with nowhere to go and got into the back of Shuman and at the same time, Parkinson was turning underneath both. Just at this time, the yellow appeared for Will Register, who had spun in turn two. This would give the lead back to Parkinson since a full lap had not been completed.
Parkinson was strong on the restart as he ran the high side to perfection. Shuman tried to use the bottom in one and two, but lost ground and moved immediately back up top in three and four.
He made one final run on Parkinson down the backstretch on the white flag lap and attempted a slide job in turns three and four. Parkinson, though, was too strong up high and Shuman followed the Gladstone, MO pilot to flagman Bruce Korte's double checkered with a large number of the crowd on their feet and cheering a great finish.
In seven races this year, Parkinson has finished no worse than fourth in his Parkinson-powered DRC sponsored by 54th Street Grill and Bar, Klein Motors and RV's, and Ozark Barge and Dock Service. His run of top four finishes has moved him within twelve points of the series lead even though he missed the first race of the season.
Shuman, in his first WAR race of 2014, was a strong second in the Jeff Grimes-owned/Universal Truck Load Services/Grimes Transportation Maxim with Ostrich power. Walton was third in John Hillman's Gambler with Hillman power. Point leader Chad Goff was fourth in his B&D Racing/Midwest Specialty Flooring DRC with Kercher-Mopar power. Palazzolo rounded out the top five in his Rolla Auto Salvage/Fuller Automotive Eagle with Covico power.
Oklahoman Tim Kent, making his first ever WAR start, was sixth in the Risley Trash Service XXX with John Helm moving up ten spots to run seventh. Jeff Wingate was eighth and was followed by Warren Johnson, making his first ever start in a sprint car. Kevin Risley rounded out the top ten.
Earlier in the evening, part-time WAR competitor Cody Baker suffered burns in ASCS competition which prevented him from being able to run the rest of the evening. The officials with the WAR Series would like to wish him a speedy recovery. Shuman was the fast qualifier on the evening . Risley, Walton, and Bob Thoman were the heat race winners. Even though Thoman's night ended on a sour note with brake problems, the WAR Series would like to wish he and his wife Brenda congratulations as the couple celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary at the track.
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Time Trials-1. 00-Casey Shuman, Rattlesnake Bend, AZ-15.306, 2. 09-Josh Stephens, Buckner, MO-15.366, 3. 65-Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, MO-15.465, 4. 9-Chad Goff, Spring Hill, KS-15.502, 5. 04-Brad Graham, Springfield, MO-15.559, 6. 77X-J.D. Black, Grain Valley, MO-15.569, 7. 7s-Wade Seiler, Alton, IL-15.665, 8. 70-Pete Palazzolo, Pacific, MO-15.635, 9. 38-Cody Baker, Lone Jack, MO-15.704, 10. 88-Chad Tye, Independence, MO-15.813, 11. 8-Jeff Wingate, Centertown, MO-15.967, 12. 94K-Tim Kent-Bristow, OK-15.976, 13. 24-Kevin Risley, Collinsville, OK-16.005, 14. 14-Taylor Walton, Warrensburg, MO-16.070, 15. 27-Bob Thoman, Higginsville, MO-16.078, 16. 73-Lane Stone, Concordia, MO-16.178, 17. 12-John Helm, Kearney, MO-16.436, 18. 21X-Steve Stroud, St. Charles, MO-16.704, 19. 10-Will Register, Sedalia, MO-16.962, 20. 0H-Brian Hatlestad, Belle Vista, AR-17.030, 21. 42-Warren Johnson, Overland Park, KS-18.882, 22. 21C-Chris Desselle, Richmond, MO-No Time
1st Heat- 8 laps
1. 24-Kevin Risley (3), 2. 00-Casey Shuman (7), 3. 73-Lane Stone (2), 4. 7s-Wade Seiler (5), 5. 9-Chad Goff (6), 6. 88-Chad Tye (4), 7. 10-Will Register (1), 8. 21C-Chris Desselle (8)
2nd Heat- 8 laps
1. 27-Bob Thoman (1), 2. 70-Pete Palazzolo (3), 3. 09-Josh Stephens (5), 4. 04-Brad Graham (6), 5. 8-Jeff Wingate (4), 6. 0H-Brian Hatlestad (7), 7. 12-John Helm (2)
3rd Heat- 8 laps
1. 14-Taylor Walton (2), 2. 65-Chris Parkinson (4), 3. 94K-Tim Kent (3), 4. 21X-Steve Stroud (1), 5. 42-Warren Johnson (5) DNS: 77X- J.D. Black and 38-Cody Baker
1. 65-Chris Parkinson (2), 2. 00-Casey Shuman (5), 3. 14-Taylor Walton (9), 4. 9-Chad Goff (4), 5. 70-Pete Palazzolo (1), 6. 94K-Tim Kent (11), 7. 12-John Helm (17), 8. 8-Jeff Wingate (12), 9. 42-Warren Johnson (18), 10. 24-Kevin Risley (8), 11. 7s-Wade Seiler (7), 12. 77X-J.D. Black (16), 13. 88-Chad Tye (13), 14. 73-Lane Stone (14), 15. 09-Josh Stephens (6), 16. 04-Brad Graham (3), 17. 21X-Steve Stroud (15), 18. 0H-Brian Hatlestad (20), 19. 21C-Chris Desselle (22), 20. 10-Will Register (21), 21. 27-Bob Thoman (10)-DNF, DNS: 38 Cody Baker
This coming weekend June 27th-28th at Lucas Oil Speedway, the NBRA Hydros take to Lake Lucas for the first time this season with a Test & Tune on Friday and the 3rd Annual NBRA Lucas Oil North-South Shootout on Saturday. On the dirt track on Saturday night June 28th, it's KIX 105.7 and 92.3 BOB FM Mid-Season Championship for the Budweiser Weekly Racing Series.
Visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the complete event information including times, pricing, and ticket information or call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.
Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway's 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.
One very happy Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell at speed in the 31b
Chris Parkinson and crew celebrate in RACEceiver Victory Lane!
Chris Parkinson salutes the crowd
Parkinson runs the top with Shuman clawing his way around the bottom
Chris Parkinson looking for the traction up top