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To most on the outside, it seemed as if the No. 6 Acura Team Penske team faced a pretty easy task at the Motul Petit Le Mans in order to lay claim to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s driver and team titles in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class.
 
All Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Simon Pagenaud had to do was bring the car home in eighth place or better on Saturday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to accomplish the deed. Simple, right?
 
Not so fast. On Sunday morning, some 12 hours after finishing fourth in the 10-hour season finale to claim the title, they recounted the pressure they faced in doing so as they prepared for the evening’s WeatherTech Championship “Night of Champions” to honor title winners in all categories.
 
Montoya was especially animated as he talked about the final double stint he drove in the dark to the checkered flag.
 
“It was so freakin’ stressful!” he said. “Before I got in the car (for the last stint), they came to me and said, ‘Remember, it’s eighth place that we need to finish and we’ve got nearly 10 minutes’ advantage. Don’t screw it up.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’
 
“It’s hard because some laps you start pushing and you’re really comfortable pushing, but you know that by pushing you can get it completely wrong (and make a mistake),” Montoya added. “And then you back off and you start making mistakes and you go, ‘Oh, I need to go back to pushing, but don’t push too hard. Oh, this was really easy, I can do it quicker. No, don’t try it!’”
 
“It becomes a mental struggle,” chimed in teammate Cameron, who could only stand and watch in the team’s pit – a location he wasn’t used to from his two previous WeatherTech Championship titles.
 
“The last couple times I won (the championship), I was in the car so at least the time goes by a little bit quicker and you’re a little bit more in control,” Cameron said. “We were fairly comfortable when we got there (entering the race weekend), so it was literally just so many ways for it to go wrong. You’re just trying to dodge all the pitfalls during the day.”
 
Cameron added he enjoyed seeing the reaction of the No. 6 crew as Montoya crossed the finish line to seal the deal.
 
“It was really cool to see all the guys and how much it means to them, with the amount of effort they put in,” he said.
 
That sentiment was the same across all the class winners on Sunday morning. Like Montoya and Cameron did for Acura in DPi, Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber delivered driver, team and manufacturer championships for Porsche in GT Le Mans (GTLM).
 
“Not just the driver’s championship, that’s special, but what we did as a team,” Bamber said of the significance. “To get the manufacturer’s and the team championship, that’s special, especially because it wasn’t that we had the quickest car and we just sort of ran away in every single race.
 
“It was a hard team effort. Sometimes it was great and sometimes it was really tough. We just did a better job in the bad races to score the most points and you need a good team to do that.”
 
The same feeling carried over to GT Daytona (GTD) champions Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman, co-drivers of the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 that took home driver and team titles. The duo said they were up until 5 a.m. celebrating with their team, a memory they’ll cherish for years.
 
Hindman said it still hasn’t fully hit him that he’s a WeatherTech Championship champion.
 
“I’m going to need more than a night to let it kind of sink in,” he said. “This is the culmination of many, many years of hard work by a lot of people. By my parents, by sponsors, by teams I’ve gotten to work with in the past, even back down to karting. It all kind of snowballs and builds and builds and builds and builds.
 
“I’m just grateful to have this opportunity to work with Mike Shank, with Mario, to work with an unbelievable crew at MSR and Acura and Honda Racing/HPD. We’ve all become more than friends and co-workers this year. That’s a very special bond that will never be broken with anybody who worked on this team and achieved this.”
 
The 2020 WeatherTech Championship season opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 23-26 at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series rookie Gus Dean (@gusdean) will bookend the ARCA Menards Series season for Win-Tron Racing by competing in Friday night’s ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway.

Dean, the Bluffton, S.C. native will make his fourth ARCA start of the year and seek his third ARCA victory in the 20th ARCA Menards Series race the season. Earlier this year, he made starts at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway respectively.

Before his graduation to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Dean spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons driving the No. 32 entry for Kevin Cywinski’s Mooresville, N.C.-based team where the duo became a weekly threat in ARCA competition with Dean returning Win-Tron Racing to Victory Lane at Elko (Minn.) Speedway last summer.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to run the ARCA race with Win-Tron Racing,” said Dean. “Kevin (Cywinski) and my crew chief Jamie (Jones) have been an instrumental part of my racing career as I’ve progressed and anytime we get the chance to compete in a race together – we have one goal in mind, winning.”

Kansas Speedway is the home of Dean’s Win-Tron Racing debut during the 2016 season and eyes his third ARCA Menards Series victory overall in the season finale.

“Kansas Speedway is such a fast race track, but I enjoy racing there,” added Dean. “We had a super competitive car last October but unfortunately didn’t get the finish we deserved.

“We’re bringing the same car we raced at Charlotte in May and it was fast. I think we have a good opportunity to put ourselves in a position to win the race on Friday night and end the ARCA year on a high note.”

In his most recent ARCA race, Dean finished third – his career-best at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in two starts. In all, it was the 25-year-old’s second top-10 finish of the year on the heels of a sixth-place result at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April.

“We started off the year by contending for the win at Daytona, had good presence at Talladega and we’re back again fighting for the win at Charlotte. Everyone is excited to put the band back together one more time in 2019 and we all look forward to making the best of it.”

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Dean will carry additional support from Baker Distributing Company, CAB Installers and LG Air Conditioning Technologies in his 51st career start. “Without them, I wouldn’t have this chance, and I want to thank them personally with a celebration in Victory Lane. That would be perfect.”

Win-Tron Racing car owner Kevin Cywinski says the team is optimistic about their chances for Friday night’s race – but believes his driver will step up to the plate and deliver a good showing.

“We always look forward to having Gus (Dean) behind the wheel,” sounded Cywinski. “Gus is a talented race car driver and he has shown that time and time again in our Win-Tron Racing ARCA cars. We almost got ourselves a win at Charlotte, so we’re approaching Kansas with some unfinished business.

“I’m confident Jamie (Jones) and Gus will show their potential in practice and hopefully we can put this Win-Tron Racing team back in the winner’s circle in the final race of the season.”

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The ARCA Kansas 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 18 with a hour and 55-minute session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Win-Tron Racing

Nolan Pope put together his best race of his season on Saturday night, earning a runner-up finish in the PRA Tours super late model feature at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Pope started eighth in his No. 34 Lee Faulk Racing super late model, but quickly marched his way to the front of the race by the 30th circuit. He stayed at the front of the field for most of the race, only to give up the lead on lap 119 shortly after a slower car cut down on him as Pope attempted to move around him.
 
That cost Pope a lot of time, opening the door for Kodie Conner to get by. The 21-year-old tried his best to hang with Conner, but he was forced to settle for a runner-up result at the historic facility.
 
“We had an incredible race car tonight,” said Pope, who led more than 80 laps in the 125-lap race that ran without a caution period. “We made our way to the lead really quick and led most of the race. I’m not sure if Kodie would have caught us or not if it weren’t for the lap car, but it was still a great race and something we can build off of going forward.”
 
Pope’s crew chief Nick Hughes gave the young gun high marks for his race Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway.
 
“I was really impressed with Nolan’s performance tonight,” Hughes said. “Coming from eighth to take the lead as quickly as he did showed how good he is. He didn’t win, but he learned a lot and brought the car home in one piece. It’s a good day when you’re upset about finishing second.”
 
Pope gave ample credit to Lee Faulk Racing and Development for bringing a strong car to the race track Saturday evening.
 
“Thanks to everyone at Lee Faulk Racing for giving me a great race car. Nick had the car rolling in the corners tonight,” Pope said. “Michael and Lee Faulk always give me great race cars. Thanks to my mom and dad for believing in me and thanks to Tonya and her staff at MPM Marketing for everything they do for me.”
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Ryan Rackley had been close to his first victory in a full sized stock car all year, but on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway he broke through in a big way.

Rackley started from the pole in Saturday’s 35-lap Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division race and proceeded to put on a clinic, leading every lap in the all-green feature to capture his first victory for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.
 
“What a night, I can’t believe we finally put it all together,” said Rackley after his first victory in a stock car. “David and the guys at Lee Faulk Racing and Development brought me a great race car and Michael Faulk spotted a perfect race for me. We’ve been close all season, so to get the monkey off our backs is really gratifying.”
 
David Reutimann, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series during his driving career, had nothing but positive things to say about the 14-year-old’s efforts on Saturday night at the historic Hickory oval.
 
“Ryan did a great job tonight. He’s been close all year, so I’m really glad he was able to put all the pieces together to put our No. 1 in victory lane,” Reutimann said. “I think it’ll be the first of many victories for Ryan and the LFR team.”
 
Rackley, a graduate of karting and Legends car competition, believes Saturday’s victory at Hickory is a sign of bigger things to come.
 
“I knew we could do this, it was just a matter of time. Now that we got the first one hopefully the second one will be right around the corner,” Rackley said. “Thanks to David, Lee and Michael Faulk and all the guys at LFR for helping me get here. Also thanks to my parents, my family and friends, the folks from MPM Marketing and everyone else that has made this possible.”
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Starting from the outside of the front row, Logan Seavey went straight to the front and led all 30 laps to win the POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Charlene Meents Memorial feature at Belle-Clair Speedway Sunday night and set a new series record for most victories in a season with 12.

Seavey entered the night tied with Christopher Bell, who won 11 POWRi events in 2014. For the year, Seavey has now recorded 16 national midget car feature events. Overall, Toyota-powered drivers have captured 37 features this season.

As the green flag flew on Sunday night, Seavey rolled the high line straight to the lead over pole-sitter Andrew Felker, with Jesse Colwell, Andrew Layser, Daison Pursley and Zach Daum falling in behind them.

While Seavey paced the field, Colwell would move up into second on lap two, only to have Felker reclaim the spot on lap seven. Behind them, Tanner Thorson had moved into the top five, followed by Daum and Buddy Kofoid, who finished second in Saturday’s POWRi event in his national midget car debut.

As the race approached the midway point, Felker began to close on Seavey and challenge for the lead with the two cars running side-by-side with 14 to go. Seavey was able to hold him off, though, and would pull out to a half-second lead.

Further back in the field, the 17-year old Kofoid had moved into the top four, with Cannon McIntosh having charged from the back of the field up to fifth on lap 22. As the laps continued to wind down Kofoid moved past Colwell for third on lap 28. 

While the action heating up further back in the field, no one had an answer for Seavey upfront as the Sutter, Calif.-native would take the checkered flag for his record-breaking win with Felker placing second and Kofoid earning his second consecutive podium finish in his first two races with Keith Kunz Motorsports. McIntosh passed Colwell for fourth on the final lap, as Colwell would finish fifth to give Toyota four of the top-five finishers. For the night, McIntosh passed 19 cars from his 23rd starting position. Pursley placed eighth and Daum was ninth.

With his fifth-place finish tonight, Colwell extends his championship lead to 50 points over Daum with just three races remaining. 

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League returns to the track next Saturday night at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Bill McAnally Racing drivers Hailie Deegan and Derek Kraus had a packed crowd of fans on their feet at All American Speedway on Saturday, as they battled their way through the field to contend for the win in the closing laps of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA AUTO PARTS / ENEOS 150.

 

Deegan came away with a second-place finish in her No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, while Kraus finished fourth in his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.

 

After starting side-by-side on the front row, the two 18-year-old NASCAR Next drivers encountered trouble in the first portion of the race and ended up charging back through the field to try to grab the win.

 

Deegan, who turned in the fastest lap in time trials to secure her third pole of the year and fifth of her career, was running second to Kraus on Lap 28 when she spun in Turn 4 after contact from the third-place car. Without a caution, she scrambled to stay on the lead lap and begin battling back.

 

“It was rough,” Deegan said after the event. “We had a good car, but we used it up trying to come back through the field. The tires got hot and we didn’t have anything for the end.”

 

Nevertheless, she took a positive view of the event.

 

“It was a good points race for us,” she said. “Bill gave me a great car. All the crew guys, everyone on the team, did a great job this weekend.”

 

Kraus, meanwhile, had to pit with a flat right rear tire after contact with a slower car on Lap 53. He lost a lap in the process and was not able to get back on the lead lap until a late-race caution.

 

Their BMR teammate, Brittney Zamora, charged her No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry up to second place early in the race and remained there through much of the event. Some tight shuffling in a late-race caution left her to finish sixth, however.

 

The Roseville race featured two additional BMR entries, with Dylan Garner in the No. 50 NAPA Belts & Hoses/California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Toyota Camry and Derrick Doering in the No. 12 Burning Barrel Brewing/Community Home Mortgage Toyota Camry.

 

Garner of Yorba Linda, California started fourth – but suffered body damage in an early incident and ended up finishing 12th.

 

Doering, who races in the NASCAR Modified Division at All American Speedway, started 12th and went on to notch a ninth-place finish in his series debut.

 

Kraus of Stratford, Wisconsin was able to maintain his 40-point lead in the championship standings, with two races remaining on the schedule. He has four wins, nine top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 series starts this season. In addition, he scored two wins early this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

 

Deegan of Temecula, California is fourth in the standings. She is three points out of third, four points from second and 44 points out of the lead. She has two wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts this year.

 

Zamora – a 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington – is tied in points for fifth in the standings and is second in rookie points. She has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in her 12 series starts.

 

The K&N West race was the featured event for the Annual October Classic at All American Speedway. It benefitted two foundations – the Placer County Breast Cancer Foundation and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. 

 

Off-track activities included a NAPA Big Show at the BMR facility in Roseville on Friday evening, which was part of a fundraiser for the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation.

 

Saturday’s race featured a large turnout at the VIP Hospitality event, with NAPA and Toyota being well-represented. Their guests received a special VIP experience.

 

The Roseville race, won by Jagger Jones, will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

 

The next event on the K&N West schedule will be at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Oct. 26.

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Buddy Kofoid charged from 17th to second in his first-ever national midget car event to lead Toyota in Saturday’s POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at Southern Illinois Raceway.

Jesse Colwell came into the night with a comfortable championship point lead over Zach Daum and early on it looked like he was going to stretch that lead even further as he immediately went to the outside to claim the lead from pole-sitter Tyler Courtney, with Cannon McIntosh in third, followed by Holley Hollan and Logan Seavey.

By lap five, Courtney would began to challenge Colwell, appearing to take over the lead coming off turn two on lap eight, only to see Colwell dive underneath going into turn three and hold on to the top spot, despite making contact with lapped traffic. Shortly afterward, though, third-place McIntosh would flip going into turn one and bounced off the catch fence, bringing out a red flag.

On the restart, Colwell appeared to overshoot turn one and got up near the wall, with Courtney taking advantage to move into the lead. That would just be the beginning of the problems for Colwell as his car began to slip back and by lap 13 his Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammates Tanner Carrick and Hollan would both move past him. Just two laps later, Colwell would slow to a stop in turn two. He would eventually place 21st.

Courtney would lead the field back to green with Carrick, Hollan, Andrew Felker and Chris Andrews rounding out the top five. A hard-charging Andrews moved past Felker and began to battle with Hollan for third. On lap 20, the two would make contact, with Hollan suffering a flat left rear, forcing her to the pits.

After the following restart, Carrick would begin a run at Courtney for the lead. Finally, on lap 24, the two got together with Carrick appearing to suffer a broken right front axle, while Courtney had a flat left rear, giving the lead to Andrews, with Jake Neuman in second, Felker in third and Kofoid up to fourth.

The action was far from over, though, as Neuman would challenge Andrew for the lead on the restart and, once again, the leaders got together, with Andrews spinning to a stop, while Neuman took command of the lead. After the ensuing restart, Kofoid would overtake Felker for second.  At the checkered flag, it was Neuman, Kofoid, Felker claiming the top-three podium positions, with 14-year-old Daison Pursley finishing fourth, Seavey was fifth and Tucker Klaasmeyer placed sixth.  

The biggest winner of the night may have been eighth-place finisher Zach Daum, who gained 130 points on Colwell to close to within just 10 points of the POWRi point lead with four races remaining.  

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League is back in action Sunday night at Belle-Clair Speedway.

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Leading start to finish for his ninth victory of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. made it back-to-back wins in the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford at Creek County Speedway.
Sam's 46th career National Tour victory, the Sunnyvale, Texas driver is now tied with Tim Crawley for fourth in overall wins.
"It's been a long time since I've been out of the front straightaway, I don't even remember what it feels like," chuckled Sam who reclaimed the National Tour point's lead by 14 markers.
Taking lessons from the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire, Hafertepe was able to put his J&J Chassis anywhere he needed too throughout the 30-lap SawBlade.com A-Feature.
"This was an awesome Racecar. I don't think there was a better car here all night. We didn't touch it, we just left it alone, and we definitely got the balance back in this thing. It's back to a dominate Racecar and going to Devil's Bowl next week, that's one of my favorite tracks in the world. I can't wait for that."
Taking the lead from the right of the front row, Hafertepe was trailed by Tucker Doughty for the opening lap before Matt Covington shot in second. Opening his lead to nearly two seconds, Hafertepe's advantage dropped quickly as the leaders hit traffic on Lap 7.
Caution working Lap 9 for debris, Covington looked for a way around Hafertepe but with no success. Opening his advantage again, lapped traffic was of little issue for the Heidbreder Foundation No. 15h.
Under caution working Lap 28, slower cars in the mix shook things up behind Hafertepe as Roger Crockett moved by the No. 95 for second. With clean air to his advantage, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. raced to the finish with a 2.224-second advantage over Crockett's Route 66 Chevrolet No. 11. Battling a shower of power steering fluid over the final few laps that kept the No. 95 off the cushion, Matt Covington managed to hold on for his seventh podium finish of the season. Tyler Thomas in fourth was followed to the finish by Jordon Mallett.
A comeback night for Howard Moore, who had power steering issues early in the evening, the A.G. Rains owned No. 3 crossed sixth with Seth Bergman hard charging from 18th to seventh after racing ninth to second in the BMRS B-Feature. Blake Hahn picked up three spots to eighth with Robbie Price in ninth. After nearly going upside down on Lap 18, El Paso's John Carney II rebounded to a tenth-place finish.
A field of 34 was on hand for the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford. Four SCE Gaskets Heat Races went to Matt Covington, Tyler Thomas, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Jordon Mallett. BRMS B-Feature was topped by Sean McClelland. One provisional was taken by Alex Hill.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to competition on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at the famed Devi's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.devilsbowl.com.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV
ASCS Sooner Region
Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.)
John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Car Count: 34
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [1]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [3]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [4]; 4. 17W-Harli White, [6]; 5. 17B-Ryan Bickett, [2]; 6. 26M-Fred Mattox, [8]; 7. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [5]; 8. 11H-Emilio Hoover, [7]; 9. 65L-Nicholas Lucito, [9]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [1]; 2. 9$-Kyle Clark, [2]; 3. 90-Lance Norick, [3]; 4. J2-John Carney II, [6]; 5. 2-Brad Bowden, [4]; 6. 77X-Alex Hill, [5]; 7. 23-Seth Bergman, [7]; 8. 94L-Layne Himebaugh, [9]; 9. 44-Jared Sewell, [8]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki, [3]; 3. 21P-Robbie Price, [6]; 4. 7F-Noah Harris, [4]; 5. 11X-Avery Goodman, [7]; 6. 24-Garet Williamson, [1]; 7. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [5]; 8. 79-Tim Kent, [8]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Jordon Mallett, [2]; 2. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [4]; 3. 3-Howard Moore, [5]; 4. 8-Alex Sewell, [6]; 5. 22-Sean McClelland, [7]; 6. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [8]; 7. 75E-Broc Elliott, [1]; 8. 15D-Andrew Deal, [3]
BMRS B-Feature (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 22-Sean McClelland, [1]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, [9]; 3. 2-Brad Bowden, [5]; 4. 26M-Fred Mattox, [3]; 5. 7F-Noah Harris, [2]; 6. 24-Garet Williamson, [10]; 7. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [4]; 8. 77X-Alex Hill, [7]; 9. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [8]; 10. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [11]; 11. 79-Tim Kent, [12]; 12. 94L-Layne Himebaugh, [15]; 13. 17B-Ryan Bickett, [6]; 14. 44-Jared Sewell, [18]; 15. 75E-Broc Elliott, [13]; 16. (DNF) 65L-Nicholas Lucito, [16]; 17. (DNF) 11H-Emilio Hoover, [14]; 18. (DNF) 15D-Andrew Deal, [17]
Sawblade.com A-Feature
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [7]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [5]; 5. 14-Jordon Mallett, [3]; 6. 3-Howard Moore, [9]; 7. 23-Seth Bergman, [18]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn, [11]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price, [4]; 10. J2-John Carney II, [13]; 11. 8-Alex Sewell, [14]; 12. 28-Scott Bogucki, [8]; 13. 22-Sean McClelland, [17]; 14. 17W-Harli White, [12]; 15. 2-Brad Bowden, [19]; 16. 24-Garet Williamson, [22]; 17. 90-Lance Norick, [15]; 18. 26M-Fred Mattox, [20]; 19. 7F-Noah Harris, [21]; 20. (DNF) 11X-Avery Goodman, [16]; 21. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty, [1]; 22. (DNF) 9$-Kyle Clark, [10]; 23. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, [23]
Lap Leader(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-30
Hard Charger: Seth Bergman +11
High Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe, Jr,
Provisional(s): Alex Hills (Points)
2019 National Tour Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,920; 2. Blake Hahn 3,906; 3. Roger Crockett 3,646; 4. Matt Covington 3,633; 5. Scott Bogucki 3,554; 6. John Carney II 3,524; 7. Robbie Price 3,301; 8. Harli White 3,284; 9. Jordon Mallett 3,228; 10. Tucker Doughty 2,941; 11. Alex Hill 2,900; 12. Seth Bergman 1,606; 13. Jamie Ball 1,163; 14. Dylan Westbrook 1,082; 15. Paul Nienhiser 892;
2019 Race Winners: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 9 (5/17 - I-96 Speedway; 5/18 - I-96 Speedway; 5/25 - Lake Ozark Speedway; 6/5 - Lawton Speedway; 6/8 - Salina Speedway; 7/12 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/19 - Big Sky Speedway; 9/1 - Lake Ozark Speedway; 10/12 - Creek County Speedway); Blake Hahn - 5 (6/20 - Skagit Speedway; 7/20 - Big Sky Speedway; 8/30 - 34 Raceway; 9/19 - Lucas Oil Speedway; 9/21 - Lucas Oil Speedway); Robbie Price - 2 (6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 8/31 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Scott Bogucki - 2 (6/14 - Brown County Speedway; 6/15 - Black Hills Speedway); Thomas Kennedy - 2 (4/25 - Eagle Raceway, 4/26 - U.S. 36 Raceway); James McFadden - 2 (8/2 - Knoxville Raceway; 8/3 - Knoxville Raceway); John Carney II - 1 (5/26 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Travis Rilat - 1 (6/4 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (6/21 - Skagit Speedway); Devon Borden - 1 (6/28 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Matt Covington - 1 (6/29 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Ryan Giles - 1 (8/1 - Knoxville Raceway); Wayne Johnson - 1 (8/6 - Southern Iowa Speedway); Josh Baughman - 1 (9/20 - Lucas Oil Speedway);
Weather-Related Cancellations - 11: Devil's Bowl Speedway (3/15 and 3/16); Williams Grove Speedway (5/3); Selinsgrove Speedway (5/4); Lakeside Speedway (5/9); I-30 Speedway (5/11); Route 66 Motor Speedway (6/1); Creek County Speedway (6/6); Gallatin Speedway (7/13); Riverside International Speedway (8/24); Creek County Speedway (10/11);
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Early entry has been open since September 24, 2019, and the entries are rolling in for the 35th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout as the count has already shot past the 500 mark for the "Midwest Mecca of Micros".
Happening January 1-4, 2020, atop the clay of the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. the list of Golden Driller hopefuls stands at 503 entries among 221 Drivers from 145 Municipalities and 23 States.
Among those entered, 16 drivers have topped the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout with five of those entered returning to add to their 2019 victories, including Blake Hahn who leads the list of past champions with eight Golden Drillers to his credit.
Austin Wood, who topped Junior Sprint competition will be back in action as well as Delaware's Kyle Spence, Tulsa's Shawn Mahaffey, and California's Jake Hagopian.
Since the start of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, 354 drivers have earned their place in history across 64 divisions, ranging from Karts, Quads, and beyond. South Dakota's Gregg Bakker leads the all-time win list with 13 victories in 250 Pro and Open Pro Quad competition.
There is still plenty of time to enter. Teams who have not yet entered the 2020 event can do so at http://www.tulsashootout.com or by calling (918) 838-3777, Monday-Friday between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. (CT).
Discounted $100 entry fee per class goes through Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Starting Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the fee per class goes to $125 with all early entry cut off on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. After that, teams will be able to enter the event during move-in on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, with all entries coming to a stop at Noon on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
The 35th edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout will see no change to the class lineup with A-Class (Wing, Non-Wing, and Restricted), Outlaw (Wing and Non-Wing), and Junior Sprints as well as the new Oklahoma 600cc Modifieds in action. For all classes, RaceCeivers are mandatory. The frequency will be 454.000.
Rules for each class have been finalized and posted. Changes to point out for teams is in A-Class and Stock Non-Wing.
Starting with the 2020 event, all stock classes will be allowed to run Electronic or Mechanical Injectors with a mechanical fuel pump with stock OEM throttle bodies or carbs only will be allowed. No mixing of manufacturers.
Rules for the 600cc Modifieds were also updated and can be found at http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co/downloads/get.aspx?i=497387
Rules questions can be directed to Matt Ward, who is the director of competition for the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Contact for Matt Ward includes Cell Phone at (918) 995-1650 or the office at (918) 838-3777.
Every lap of action will be shown live on http://www.racinboys.com. Prices and where to purchase will be posted soon.
The Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout takes place at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. More information on the event will be released as the event draws closer. All official rules, event information, and dates are online at http://www.tulsashootout.com. Fans can also follow the Tulsa Shootout at https://www.facebook.com/TulsaShootout and on Twitter (@TulsaShootout).
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Event: 35th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout
Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Early Parking: December 30, 2019
All Parking: December 31, 2019
Event Dates: January 1, 2020 - January 4, 2020
Discounted Early Entry ($100 per class entered): September 24, 2019 - December 3, 2019
Late Entry ($125 per class entered): December 4, 2019 - December 18, 2019
At Race Entry ($125 per class entered): December 31, 2019
Entries can be paid by Cash, Master Card, or Visa. No personal checks are accepted without prior approval. Entry includes Saturday Pit Pass.
Mail Entries To: Tulsa Shootout 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112
Fax Entries To: (918) 836-5517
Call Entries To: (918) 838-3777
Enter Online At: http://www.tulsashootout.com
Entries will NOT be accepted via social media.
**Rules for the represented classes can be found at https://www.tulsashootout.com/classes. For any clarification on rules, contact Matt Ward at (918) 995-1650 or (918) 838-3777.
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2020 Class Lineup
Winged Outlaw
Non-Wing Outlaw
A-Class Winged
Stock Non-Wing
Restricted
Oklahoma 600cc Modifieds
Junior Sprints
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What is traditionally a big NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff racing weekend began early as the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series crowned a champion Thursday night – 17-year-old Zack Novak, of Clinton, Connecticut.

Novak, a home-schooled high school junior, will be honored during another traditionally huge racing weekend, the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he will be introduced and given his iRacing trophy in pre-race ceremonies prior to the season-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Novak and another of the iRacing Series’ Championship 4 competitors, Keegan Leahy, of the G2 Esports Channel team, dueled in the waning laps of Thursday’s race on a simulated Homestead track. Novak passed Leahy for good with seven laps remaining in an action-packed 140-lap race. The other two championship-eligible drivers, Bobby Zalenski (representing Joe Gibbs Racing) and Blake Reynolds (of Team Dillon Esports), finished fourth and ninth, respectively.

The series features the country’s elite sim-racers, who compete driving Gen-6 cars on simulated versions of NASCAR tracks.

With the victory, Novak has earned a $40,000 share of a record $100,000 purse as well as tests in a US Legends Series car and a NASCAR Pinty’s Series car.

A day after his victory, Novak said he’s still taking it all in. And still smiling.

“A lot of kids I used to go to school with that I probably hadn’t talked to in a year they’ve been calling and really supportive of it, they said they watched the whole race and they were super interested and congratulated me,’’ Novak said.

And, he said Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted to him Thursday night after the race, “that was pretty cool.’’

The whole experience with NASCAR’s iRacing championship has been a huge positive in Novak’s life. He won the inaugural eNASCAR IGNITE Series Championship last year – an online racing series that competed in Legends cars for competitors age 13-16.

This year he earned four victories – at Daytona, Kansas and Kentucky tracks before scoring his best ever trophy run at Homestead, a venue where he’d previously averaged only a 23.5-place performance. He had seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 18 races this season.

Novak, who is lifelong racing fan, used to race quarter-midgets but instead found a way to combine his desire to race with his love of NASCAR competition. Although he was the first iRacing driver selected by Roush-Fenway Racing’s team this year, he said he also has liked another Ford organization, Team Penske, which boasts his longtime favorite driver – fellow Connecticut native Joey Logano.

“It’s cool that a kid from Connecticut won the first nationally televised, NASCAR Sanctioned iRacing Championship,’’ Logano said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. “Obviously esports is an emerging market and building in global popularity every day and I’m glad to see NASCAR is part of the discussion, both with iRacing and 704Games in the NASCAR Heat Pro League.”

The big paycheck Novak earned for his work this week will be put to good use. He said he expected to use some money to upgrade and improve his SIM setup and possibly to do some “real-life” races in a Legends car.

“I’ve thought about it slightly, but not too much,’’ he conceded. “I want to use it to set myself up for the next few years, and not go blowing through it way too fast,’’ Novak said. “I’d like to use some of it to help the people that helped me get to this point. I really haven’t planned too much about it.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a life-changer, but it is a huge help for my family and I.’’

Novak’s family – his father Greg, mother Julie and only sibling, a sister Kelsey, 21 – were seen on the NBCSN television broadcast proudly congratulating him after the victory.

The night of every race, Novak said, his parents gather the family’s two dogs and cat and put them in the master bedroom next to Novak’s room, then hook up a laptop to the family television so they can watch the race live on a big screen. This week’s NBCSN live telecast was hugely popular for the family.

After the championship win Thursday, Greg Novak had homemade cheeseburgers and homemade fries ready for a celebratory family meal.

“We all sat and ate and talked about how the race went and I was still in shock at the point,’’ Novak said. “I ate dinner with my parents then tried to thank as many people as I could.’’

Novak said he’s prepared to invite more than a dozen people to accompany him to the Homestead-Miami finale where he will receive his trophy. And he’s looking forward to seeing where these two milestone victories take him.

“I’ve enjoyed the last 12 hours and am just soaking it all in,’’ Novak said. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls and a lot of support from people who I haven’t talked to in a long time and they truly care.

“That’s the best feeling.’’

With the grounds of the Creek County Speedway saturated by several rounds of rain Thursday, Friday's program at the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford has been cancelled, making the weekend showdown a single night affair on Saturday, October 12.

"We got hit with a few hard showers and we are pumping water off the track in anticipation of more in tonight's forecast. With the rain and cold, we need a day for the grounds to soak up the water to where we can even get into the facility," stated Creek County Speedway promoter, Steve Hahn.
Saturday, October 12, Grandstands will open at 3:00 P.M. Driver's Meeting at 3:30 P.M. followed by Hot Laps at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 5:40 P.M. (CT).
Events Saturday will offer up a $4,000 to win, $400 to start A-Feature with $150 non-transfer payout. October 12, admission is $25 for adults, $6 for youth 11-14, and free for kids 10 and under. Pit Passes are $40.
Saturday also includes the USAC Wingless Sprints of Oklahoma.
Creek County Speedway is located at 18450 West Hwy. 66 between Sapulpa and Kellyville. For more information on Creek County Speedway, including a complete lineup of events and directions, log onto http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co or call (918) 693-RACE (7223) or (918) 838-3777. The track can also be found on social media at https://www.facebook.com/CreekCountySpeedway and Twitter @CreekSpeedway.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
Quick Notes:
Who: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series
What: John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford
When: Saturday, October 12
Where: Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.)
Mufflers: ASCS Muffler Required
RACEceiver Frequency: 454.000Mhz
Times: Subject to change
Pits: Noon
Grandstands: 3:00 P.M.
Driver's Meeting: 3:30 P.M.
Hot Laps: 5:00 P.M.
Racing: 5:40 P.M.
Contact Information: Creek County Speedway
Address: 18450 West Hwy. 66 (Between Sapulpa and Kellyville)
Phone: (918) 693-7223
Website: http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreekCountySpeedway
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/creekspeedway
2019 National Tour Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. Blake Hahn 3,790; 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,770; 3. Roger Crockett 3,504; 4. Matt Covington 3,498; 5. Scott Bogucki 3,448; 6. John Carney II 3,414; 7. Robbie Price 3,188; 8. Harli White 3,182; 9. Jordon Mallett 3,103; 10. Tucker Doughty 2,852; 11. Alex Hill 2,835; 12. Seth Bergman 1,487; 13. Jamie Ball 1,163; 14. Dylan Westbrook 1,017; 15. Paul Nienhiser 892;
2019 Race Winners: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 8 (5/17 - I-96 Speedway; 5/18 - I-96 Speedway; 5/25 - Lake Ozark Speedway; 6/5 - Lawton Speedway; 6/8 - Salina Speedway; 7/12 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/19 - Big Sky Speedway; 9/1 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Blake Hahn - 5 (6/20 - Skagit Speedway; 7/20 - Big Sky Speedway; 8/30 - 34 Raceway; 9/19 - Lucas Oil Speedway; 9/21 - Lucas Oil Speedway); Robbie Price - 2 (6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 8/31 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Scott Bogucki - 2 (6/14 - Brown County Speedway; 6/15 - Black Hills Speedway); Thomas Kennedy - 2 (4/25 - Eagle Raceway, 4/26 - U.S. 36 Raceway); James McFadden - 2 (8/2 - Knoxville Raceway; 8/3 - Knoxville Raceway); John Carney II - 1 (5/26 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Travis Rilat - 1 (6/4 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (6/21 - Skagit Speedway); Devon Borden - 1 (6/28 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Matt Covington - 1 (6/29 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Ryan Giles - 1 (8/1 - Knoxville Raceway); Wayne Johnson - 1 (8/6 - Southern Iowa Speedway); Josh Baughman - 1 (9/20 - Lucas Oil Speedway);
Weather-Related Cancellations - 11: Devil's Bowl Speedway (3/15 and 3/16); Williams Grove Speedway (5/3); Selinsgrove Speedway (5/4); Lakeside Speedway (5/9); I-30 Speedway (5/11); Route 66 Motor Speedway (6/1); Creek County Speedway (6/6); Gallatin Speedway (7/13); Riverside International Speedway (8/24); Creek County Speedway (10/11);
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