From Andrew Kunas
Billings, MT — (June 13, 2015) — After a miserable first two weeks to open his 2015 season, it looks like David Hoiness has turned his year around big time. One night after ending a winless drought of nearly two years, Hoiness found victory lane for the second night in a row in ASCS Frontier Region sprint car action when he took the checkered flag at Billings Motorsports Park.
The Billings driver, piloting the Hoiness Racing No. 27DD Wesmar-powered J&J, came from the third starting position to win the 25-lap feature at the same track where he won his first career main event in 2008. With his win, he moved up to sixth in the ASCS Frontier Region point standings.
Hoiness crashed while racing for the lead in the season opening main event at Billings on May 29th and had another crash the following week at Electric City Speedway, and also struggled on other nights, which Hoiness admitted had the team’s spirits down. Hoiness, however, ran strong and won a wild main event Friday night at Gallatin Speedway before completing his weekend with another win at Billings. Before Friday, his last trip to victory lane came in August 2013 at Gallatin.
Series points leader J.J. Hickle of Quilcene, Washington extended his run of podium finishes to start the year to six with a runner-up effort in the Peterson Racing No. 23n Ostrich-powered Rocket. Outside pole-sitter Josh Ostermiller of Billings had his best finish of the season, taking third in the Harvey Ostermiller No. 12 Wesmar-powered GF1.
Phil Dietz of Laurel, Montana maintained his second place position in the point standings after coming from ninth to finish fourth in the Dietz Prevost Racing No. 72 Kistler-powered Maxim. Hickle and Dietz, who are separated by 46 points, are the only two drivers to have finished in the Top 5 every night so far this season.
Trever Kirkland of Helena, Mont. finished fifth in the Kirkland Racing No. 37 Shark-powered Triple X. Randy Pierce, Skylar Gee, Kelly Miller, pole-sitter Tyler Liebig and Bryan Brown rounded out the Top 10.
Utah’s Chauncey Filler won the B-Feature, taking Seth Ostmiller, Junior Nelson and Johnny Nelson with him to the A-Feature. Heat races earlier in the evening were won by Hickle, Joe Ramaker and Miller.
The ASCS Frontier Region sprint car tour next returns to Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. for two nights of action on Friday and Saturday, June 19th and 20th.
The Frontier Region of the American Sprint Car Series, presented in part by Speedmart Inc. is a winged 360 dirt sprint car tour racing around the state of Montana and beyond. More information on the ASCS Frontier Region can be found online at frontier.ascsracing.com or you can follow the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ascsfrontier. The national website of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by MAVTV American Real is www.ascsracing.com.
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American Sprint Car Series – Frontier Region
Billings Motorsports Park
June 13, 2015
Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 23n J.J. Hickle, 2. 12p Randy Pierce, 3. 38 Trevor Turnbull, 4. 12 Josh Ostermiller, 5. 99 Skylar Gee, 6. 33 Travis Stortz, 7. 4 Junior Nelson, 8. 4n Johnny Nelson.
Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. 98 Joe Ramaker, 2. 27DD David Hoiness, 3. 75 D.J. Brink, 4. 38b Bryan Brown, 5. 2 Shad Petersen, 6. 00 Roger Cummings, 7. 24 Leroy Brush, DNS – 6 Steve Nelson.
Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. 2jr Kelly Miller, 2. 55 Tyler Liebig, 3. 0J Jeremy Mccune, 4. 72 Phil Dietz, 5. 37 Trever Kirkland, 6. 18 Seth Ostermiller, 7. 74u Chauncey Filler (DNF), DNS – 51t Tristan Spiers.
B-Feature (12 laps): 1. 74u Chauncey Filler, 2. 18 Seth Ostermiller, 3. 4 Junior Nelson, 4. 4n Johnny Nelson, 5. 6 Steve Nelson (DNF), 6. 33 Travis Stortz (DNF), 7. 24 Leroy Brush (DNF), DNS – 51t Tristan Spiers. First four finishers transfer to A-Feature.
A-Feature (25 laps): 1. 27DD David Hoiness, 2. 23n J.J. Hickle, 3. 12 Josh Ostermiller, 4. 72 Phil Dietz, 5. 37 Trever Kirkland, 6. 12p Randy Pierce, 7. 99 Skylar Gee, 8. 2jr Kelly Miller, 9. 55 Tyler Liebig, 10. 38b Bryan Brown, 11. 38 Trevor Turnbull, 12. 74u Chauncey Filler, 13. 18 Seth Ostermiller, 14. 2 Shad Petersen, 15. 4 Junior Nelson, 16. 00 Roger Cummings, 17. 4n Johnny Nelson, 18. 98 Joe Ramaker (DNF), 19. 75 D.J. Brink (DNF), 20. 0J Jeremy Mccune (DNF).
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ASCS Frontier Region
Top 15 points (as of 6/13)
1. J.J. Hickle, 862
2. Phil Dietz, 816
3. Kelly Miller, 768
4. Skylar Gee, 739
5. Trever Kirkland, 738
6. David Hoiness, 717
7. Joe Perry, 631
8. Jeremy Mccune, 626
9. Josh Ostermiller, 620
10. Roger Cummings, 603
11. Bryan Brown, 580
12. Seth Ostermiller, 528
13. D.J. Brink, 487
14. Junior Nelson, 483
15. Leroy Brush, 460