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Johnny Herrera Rolls To Victory In Hockett/McMillin Memorial Opener

 

 

By Bryan Hulbert

WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 22, 2016) Besting a stout lineup of 65 drivers, New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera was the class of the field on Thursday night, earning the top spot in Thursday’s kick off to the sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial at the Lucas Oil Speedway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Utilizing a late race restart, Johnny sailed his MVT No. 45x to the cushion to take the lead away from race long leader, Sammy Swindell, despite having worked the bottom early to the front of the field.

(ASCS / John Lee Photo)
“Someone showed me the bottom early, and I was working that line when I showed him my nose there and then he dropped down and blocked that,” commented Herrera of early attempts for the lead. “After that, the bottom started going away or at least I wasn’t as good as I was early and after that red, I committed to just sail the top and it worked.”
Working through a pair of cautions in the opening laps, the field gave chase to Sammy Swindell as Herrera worked to hold off Jonathan Cornell. Able to keep the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 at bay for the first half of the A-Feature, Cornell rolled the bottom to second and eventually the lead while working Lap 15 with Herrera in tow. Caution in the same breath, the lineup reverted back to the last fully completed lap; putting Swindell to the point and Cornell to second.
With brakes fading on the Acme Grapix No. 3s, Swindell made the car as wide as possible but again, it was Cornell to the front only to have the red negate the move as Josh Baughman tagged the wall off the fourth turn.
Able to keep his No. 3s to the bottom, Swindell held the lead with Herrera keeping pace. Working to slower traffic, Johnny switched lines to the top for the lead, but again, the caution flew in favor of Swindell on Lap 21. Twisting up his No. 45x, Johnny took the lead on the restart, and this time the caution flew in Johnny’s favor.
Green for the final time, Johnny set sail to a 1.434 second advantage at the checkered flag.
“I knew we had a good car, but Sammy is just tough to beat,” stated Johnny. “He’s a veteran, just like me, and anytime you can race hard with him and outrun him, that’s always a great thing.”
John Carney II battled to a third place finish with Brad Loyet coming from seventh to fourth. After contending for the lead early on, Jonathan Cornell slipped to complete the top-five.
From 10th, Wayne Johnson ran up to a sixth place finish with Brian Brown seventh. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from 13th crossed eighth with Seth Bergman making the most of a Provisional Start to charge from 23rd to ninth. From 21st, Matt Covington came up to round out the top-ten.
Drawing a field of 65 drivers, eight Heat Races went to Derek Hagar, Chris Morgan, Tony Bruce, Jr., John Carney II, Wayne Johnson, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Corey Nelson. Qualifiers were won by Johnny Herrera, Brian Brown, and Harli White. A trio of B-Features went to Taylor Walton, Chris Martin, and Jack Dover. Provisionals were utilized by Aaron Reutzel, Seth Bergman, and Evan Martin.
Event points following Thursday’s opener finds Johnny Herrera atop with 397 markers. The margin is 11 over Sammy Swindell. John Carney II with 382 is third with Brian Brown at 366. Wayne Johnson makes up the top-five in a tie with Brian Brown.
The sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial continues on Friday, September 23 with Hot Laps getting underway at 6:45 P.M. (CDT). Live online PPV can be found at http://www.lucasoilracingtv.com. For more information, log onto http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
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Race Results:
ASCS National / ASCS Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
6th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial – Night 1
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Car Count: 65
 
ButlerBuilt Heat Races (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 9JR-Derek Hagar[2]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera[4]; 3. 10C-Jeremy Campbell[6]; 4. 2L-Logan Forler[5]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball[3]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel[9]; 7. 71C-Stacey Alexander[1]; 8. 85-Forrest Sutherland[8]; 9. 5D-Zach Daum[7]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 81A-Chris Morgan[2]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell[5]; 3. 17-Josh Baughman[3]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[1]; 5. 81W-Danny Wood[6]; 6. 95-Matt Covington[7]; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks[8]; 8. 101-Chuck McGillivray[4]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 92J-J.R. Topper[1]; 2. 82-Thomas Kennedy[7]; 3. 76-Jay Russell[3]; 4. 72-Ray Seeman[4]; 5. 50Z-Zach Chappell[8]; 6. 75-Tyler Blank[6]; 7. 75E-Broc Elliott[2]; 8. (DNF) 20K-Kevin Ulmer[5]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 86-Tony Bruce Jr[1]; 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell[8]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[7]; 4. 21K-Kevin Hinkle[2]; 5. 4-Evan Martin[6]; 6. 20G-Jake Greider[3]; 7. 9M-Ryan Leavitt[5]; 8. (DNF) 14K-Kyle Bellm[4]
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II[2]; 2. 42-Andy McElhannon[1]; 3. 8Z-Zach Pringle[3]; 4. 17W-Harli White[8]; 5. 53-Jack Dover[7]; 6. 33-Austin Alumbaugh[6]; 7. 8M-Kade Morton[5]; 8. 49B-Ben Brown[4]
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson[2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 3. 23B-Brian Bell[1]; 4. 93-Taylor Walton[5]; 5. 48-Miles Paulus[3]; 6. 44X-Jared Sewell[7]; 7. (DNF) 11M-Jason McDougal[6]; 8. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton[8]
Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 2. 38-Cody Baker[1]; 3. 05-Brad Loyet[8]; 4. 44-Chris Martin[6]; 5. 26M-Fred Mattox[4]; 6. 87F-Sean McClelland[7]; 7. 27-Danny Thoman[5]; 8. (DNF) 21B-Brandon Hinkle[3]
Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 34-Corey Nelson[2]; 2. 14-Randy Martin[3]; 3. 17G-Ray Allen Kulhanek[8]; 4. 77X-Alex Hill[6]; 5. 3-Nate VanHaaften[7]; 6. 7H-Brian Gramm[1]; 7. 24C-Lanny Carpenter[4]; 8. (DNF) 3Z-Zach Davis[5]
 
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[2]; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar[4]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson[3]; 4. 28-Jonathan Cornell[6]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman[9]; 6. 2L-Logan Forler[10]; 7. 44-Chris Martin[8]; 8. 17G-Ray Allen Kulhanek[5]; 9. 14-Randy Martin[7]; 10. 92J-J.R. Topper[1]
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown[2]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell[5]; 3. 86-Tony Bruce Jr[1]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[3]; 5. 82-Thomas Kennedy[6]; 6. 93-Taylor Walton[10]; 7. 76-Jay Russell[9]; 8. 42-Andy McElhannon[7]; 9. 77X-Alex Hill[8]; 10. (DNF) 81A-Chris Morgan[4]
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White[1]; 2. 11X-John Carney II[4]; 3. 34-Corey Nelson[3]; 4. 05-Brad Loyet[6]; 5. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 6. 8Z-Zach Pringle[9]; 7. 50Z-Zach Chappell[8]; 8. (DNF) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[2]; 9. (DNF) 38-Cody Baker[7]; 10. (DNF) 23B-Brian Bell[10]
 
BMRS B-Features (Top 2 finishers transfer to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 93-Taylor Walton[1]; 2. 76-Jay Russell[2]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman[6]; 4. 10C-Jeremy Campbell[3]; 5. 5D-Zach Daum[15]; 6. 84-Brandon Hanks[9]; 7. 14K-Kyle Bellm[14]; 8. 7M-Chance Morton[12]; 9. 48-Miles Paulus[8]; 10. 3-Nate VanHaaften[4]; 11. 11M-Jason McDougal[10]; 12. 27-Danny Thoman[11]; 13. (DNF) 20K-Kevin Ulmer[13]; 14. (DNF) 92J-J.R. Topper[5]; 15. (DNF) 44X-Jared Sewell[7]; (DNS) 81A-Chris Morgan; (DNS) 81W-Danny Wood
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Martin[2]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[6]; 3. 8Z-Zach Pringle[1]; 4. 42-Andy McElhannon[3]; 5. 75-Tyler Blank[8]; 6. 4-Evan Martin[5]; 7. 24C-Lanny Carpenter[10]; 8. 20G-Jake Greider[9]; 9. 49B-Ben Brown[13]; 10. 75E-Broc Elliott[11]; 11. (DNF) 87F-Sean McClelland[7]; 12. (DNF) 3Z-Zach Davis[12]; 13. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel[4]; (DNS) 38-Cody Baker; (DNS) 23B-Brian Bell; (DNS) 9M-Ryan Leavitt
B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover[5]; 2. 5J-Jamie Ball[9]; 3. 14-Randy Martin[3]; 4. 77X-Alex Hill[4]; 5. 8M-Kade Morton[12]; 6. 33-Austin Alumbaugh[10]; 7. 72-Ray Seeman[6]; 8. 71C-Stacey Alexander[14]; 9. 85-Forrest Sutherland[13]; 10. 50Z-Zach Chappell[2]; 11. 26M-Fred Mattox[8]; 12. 21B-Brandon Hinkle[16]; 13. 7H-Brian Gramm[11]; 14. 101-Chuck McGillivray[15]; 15. 21K-Kevin Hinkle[7]; 16. (DNF) 17G-Ray Allen Kulhanek[1]
 
Protect the Harvest A-Feature
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[3]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell[1]; 3. 11X-John Carney II[5]; 4. 05-Brad Loyet[7]; 5. 28-Jonathan Cornell[2]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson[10]; 7. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[13]; 9. 23-Seth Bergman[23]; 10. 95-Matt Covington[21]; 11. 53-Jack Dover[19]; 12. 86-Tony Bruce Jr[12]; 13. 44-Chris Martin[18]; 14. 82-Thomas Kennedy[9]; 15. 17W-Harli White[8]; 16. 5J-Jamie Ball[22]; 17. 76-Jay Russell[20]; 18. 34-Corey Nelson[11]; 19. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn[15]; 20. (DNF) 2L-Logan Forler[16]; 21. (DNF) 17-Josh Baughman[14]; 22. (DNF) 93-Taylor Walton[17]; 23. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel[24]; 24. (DNF) 9JR-Derek Hagar[6]; 25. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin[25]
Lap Leader(s): Sammy Swindell 1-21; Johnny Herrera 22-25
FSR High Point Driver: Sammy Swindell
Hard Charger: Seth Bergman +14
Provisional(s): Seth Bergman / Aaron Reutzel / Evan Martin (Regional)
Event Points – Thursday, September, 22, 2016
  1. Johnny Herrera – 397
  2. Sammy Swindell – 386
  3. John Carney II – 382
  4. Brian Brown – 366
  5. Wayne Johnson – 366
  6. Brad Loyet – 365
  7. Jonathan Cornell – 363
  8. Sam Hafertepe Jr – 357
  9. Tony Bruce Jr – 352
  10. Harli White – 343
  11. Corey Nelson – 340
  12. Thomas Kennedy – 339
  13. Derek Hagar – 335
  14. Chris Martin – 329
  15. Blake Hahn – 326
  16. Jay Russell – 324
  17. Josh Baughman – 322
  18. Logan Forler – 318
  19. Zach Pringle – 316
  20. Taylor Walton – 315
  21. Andy McElhannon – 312
  22. Randy Martin – 310
  23. Jeremy Campbell – 309
  24. Alex Hill – 303
  25. Zach Chappell – 300
  26. Cody Baker – 299
  27. J.R. Topper – 299
  28. Ray Allen Kulhanek – 297
  29. Chris Morgan – 297
  30. Brian Bell – 292
  31. Matt Covington – 223
  32. Jack Dover – 223
  33. Jamie Ball – 213
  34. Seth Bergman – 203
  35. Ray Seeman – 199
  36. Evan Martin – 197
  37. Tyler Blank – 195
  38. Austin Alumbaugh – 194
  39. Miles Paulus – 194
  40. Nate VanHaaften – 193
  41. Jake Greider – 192
  42. Fred Mattox – 192
  43. Kade Morton – 192
  44. Brandon Hanks – 191
  45. Kevin Hinkle – 191
  46. Lanny Carpenter – 190
  47. Stacey Alexander – 189
  48. Sean McClelland – 189
  49. Kyle Bellm – 187
  50. Broc Elliott – 187
  51. Brian Gramm – 187
  52. Aaron Reutzel – 187
  53. Zach Daum – 186
  54. Jason McDougal – 186
  55. Chance Morton – 186
  56. Danny Wood – 186
  57. Ben Brown – 185
  58. Jared Sewell – 185
  59. Forrest Sutherland – 185
  60. Danny Thoman – 185
  61. Zach Davis – 182
  62. Brandon Hinkle – 182
  63. Ryan Leavitt – 181
  64. Kevin Ulmer – 181
  65. Chuck McGillivray – 180
 
2016 ASCS National Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,957; 2. Johnny Herrera 3,738; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,501; 4. Blake Hahn 3,484; 5. Matt Covington 3,369; 6. Logan Forler 3,347; 7. Seth Bergman 3,307; 8. Aaron Reutzel 3,157; 9. Josh Baughman 2,497; 10. Kyle Bellm 2,386;