From Bryan Hulbert
Fort Worth, TX — (September 13, 2014) — The Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship added a new name to the list of winners on Saturday night as Washington’s Seth Bergman topped the field for his second Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win of the 2014 season.
“We’ve been coming here the past three years looking at these things drooling on them and going back to the hot shop in the summer wishing we had one. I was talking with my crew guy Ryan, saying how cool it would be to get one these from y’all and bring it to the shop. I’m just so happy for people like you, doing things like this to give back to us racers. It means a lot,” commented Seth as he was presented with his Port-a-Cool Cyclone 3000, along with Hat, Helmet, and $4,000 check.
Working into the night’s redraw through his Heat Race, Seth drew the sixth starting spot for the night’s 30 lap feature event. Racing into fourth by lap five, the race for the lead was the focus as Friday night’s winner; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. worked on running down Jeff Swindell.
Taking the point on Lap 9 with a low line pass exiting turn four, Hafertepe was soon the target of the Corridor Electric No. 23 as Bergman advanced to the runner up spot on Lap 12. Working into heavier traffic, the pair raced side-by-side into turn one on Lap 16 with Bergman taking the low line.
“Sam’s been awfully tough and he did everything he could do there. He got to the lead quick and waited for the rubber to come and luckily we were racing in traffic there and by chance, I went to the bottom in one and two to get a lapped car and I felt something down there and I knew it was going to be there, I just hoped he didn’t see it in time before I got there.”
Putting a straight-a-way on the field, the caution waved on Lap 24 for Aaron Reutzel who lost a tire. The caution flew again on Lap 28 as Stevie Smith ended up parked on the exit of turn four. Giving Hafertepe chances to pick off the three slower cars that had accumulated between the two, it still wasn’t enough as Seth cross the stripe 1.762 seconds ahead of Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Lucas Oil ASCS points leader, Brad Loyet came from ninth to third with Johnny Herrera rebounding from a flip on Friday night to finish fourth. After leading the first eight laps, Jeff Swindell settled for fifth.
Channin Tankersley raced from thirteenth to sixth with Matt Covington seventh. Travis Rilat from eighteenth was eighth with Zach Chappell from nineteenth to ninth. Tony Bruce, Jr. completed the top ten.
The race for the season ending $60,000 champion’s check still finds Brad Loyet leading by 83 markers. A win and a runner up moved Sam Hafertepe, Jr. to the second spot with Jeff Swindell slipping to third 96 points back from Loyet. Jason Johnson fell to fourth following a fourteenth place finish in the A-Feature with Johnny Herrera currently fifth.
Night two of the Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship saw 38 drivers checking in with four Heat Races going to Aaron Reutzel, Kevin Ramey, Seth Bergman, and Tony Bruce, Jr. B-Features went to Patrick Stasa and Travis Rilat.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real heads to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 for the Casey’s General Store Fall Brawl III, featuring a shot at a $50,000 bonus for any driver who can sweep the weekend.
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Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track – Ft. Worth, Texas
Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Car Count: 38
SpeedMart Heat Races (8 laps): Winners plus the next 8 highest in Passing Points transfer to the A-Feature.
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 12W-Dale Wester; 3. 17W-Harli White; 4. 41-Jason Johnson; 5. 74B-John Carney II; 6. 88-Scottie McDonald; 7. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 8. 74E-Claud Estes III; 9. (DNF) 4X-Shawn Petersen
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Kevin Ramey; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell; 3. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 4. 11-Roger Crockett; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan; 6. 33-Zach Chappell; 7. 48-Jake Martens; 8. 02-Brandon Long; 9. (DNF) 3H-Brandon Hanks
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 05-Brad Loyet; 3. 29-Travis Rilat; 4. 1-Sean McClelland; 5. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 6. 5T-Ty Williams; 7. 4J-John James; 8. 2K-John Kelly
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 19-Patrick Stasa; 4. 17-Blake Hahn; 5. 21X-Taylor Velasquez; 6. 12-James Mosher; 7. 5X-Tyson Hall; 8. (DNF) 45-Martin Edwards
Smiley’s Racing Products B-Features (12 laps): Top 3 from each advance to the A-Feature.
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 19-Patrick Stasa; 2. 33-Zach Chappell; 3. 5T-Ty Williams; 4. 88-Scottie McDonald; 5. 21X-Taylor Velasquez; 6. 2K-John Kelly; 7. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 8. 4J-John James; 9. (DNF) 17-Blake Hahn; DNS 12-James Mosher; DNS 02-Brandon Long
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 4. 11-Roger Crockett; 5. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 6. 74E-Claud Estes III; 7. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 8. (DNF) 93-Dustin Morgan; DNS 5X-Tyson Hall; DNS 45-Martin Edwards; DNS 48-Jake Martens
Protect the Harvest A-Feature (30 Laps)
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 5. 94-Jeff Swindell; 6. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 7. 95-Matt Covington; 8. 29-Travis Rilat; 9. 33-Zach Chappell; 10. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 11. 74B-John Carney II; 12. 4-Stevie Smith; 13. 1J-Danny Jennings; 14. 41-Jason Johnson; 15. 1-Sean McClelland; 16. 3H-Brandon Hanks; 17. (DNF) 7M-Kevin Ramey; 18. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel; 19. (DNF) 5T-Ty Williams; 20. (DNF) 12W-Dale Wester; 21. (DNF) 19-Patrick Stasa; 22. (DNF) 17W-Harli White
Lap Leader(s): Jeff Swindell 1-8; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 9-16; Seth Bergman 17-30;
KSE Hard Charger: Travis Rilat +10
FSR High Point: Jeff Swindell
Hawk Performance Fastest Lap: Jeff Swindell – 15.530 seconds
CSI Rebound: Aaron Reutzel