From Bryan Hulbert
FT. WORTH, Texas (April 6, 2018) For the third time in his career, Washington’s Seth Bergman rolling into Victory Lane at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track to pick up the first night of Tony Stewart Presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com.
“This place had been good to me. We’ve won a couple of races here over the past few years, but nonetheless, he [Sam Hafertepe, Jr.] made me earn it,” explained Seth when asked about the challenges for the lead.
Seth Bergman picked up Night 1 of Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals. The win is his 11th with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com. (Vince Vellella/ASCS)
“The track was heavy tonight and I was good in open air, but when I got into traffic, it really dirtied up the wing and made it tough to get around there so that made lapped traffic even tougher and Sam obviously did a good job getting to me. I feel like I made a few mistakes there that let him get close, but we got lucky with the caution when he got to the inside of me. Sometimes it pays to be lucky like that, and tonight it did.”
Drawing the pole for the 25-lap feature event, Bergman would have to take two shots at holding the lead as the red flew following the first attempt for Harli White who flipped wildly into the wall through the first and second turns after contact from Wayne Johnson. Both drivers were unharmed.
With the field restacked Seth again took off with the lead in the Oil Field Equipment and Manufacturing No. 23 with Matt Covington and Tony Stewart giving chase. Caution working the third-lap, Matt Covington would have to drop to the tail of the field as the left sideboard came off the top-wing of his Covington/Graves Motorsports No. 95.
Keeping Tony Stewart at bay on the restart, Bergman would pull several car lengths over the Rush Truck Center No. 14 with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. holding third. Racing past Stewart on Lap 10 for the runner-up spot, Hafertepe began to close the gap as Bergman started to contend with slower traffic.
Fighting dirty air with laps clicking off, handling the No. 23 became a handful for Seth with the car darting every way but straight as traffic continued to work into the mix.
Stalking into the final two laps, the stage was set for Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Building the run as the leaders ran to the white flag, Seth worked into turn-one only to have dirty air again come into play as the two trailed a slower car. Trying to diamond through the first and second turns, it was too late as Hafertepe shot to the race lead only to have the caution lights blink on as Chance Morton spun to a stop off the second turn.
Back to the last fully completed lap, the final two revolutions saw Seth hit his marks perfectly as he stretched his advantage to 1.007 seconds over Sam Hafertepe, Jr. at the drop of the checkered flag. Working to third on Lap 17, Sammy Swindell held on to claim the final podium step with Tony Stewart fighting a failing power-steering gear to hold the final transfer spot into Saturday’s A-Feature. Running from the ninth starting spot, Blake Hahn completed the night’s top-five.
With the top-wing starting to buckle, Danny Jennings was able to hold on to finish sixth. Having to transfer through the second B-Feature, Australia’s Scott Bogucki stormed through the field from 20th to earn the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night. Brandon Hanks was eighth with Robbie Price coming from 18th to ninth. The top-ten rounded out with Johnny Herrera.
A field of 35 drivers was on hand to open up Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals. Five Heat Races were topped by Wayne Johnson, Zane Lawrence, Harli White, Blake Hahn, and Tony Stewart. BMRS B-Features went to Alex Sewell and Robbie Price. Two provisional starts were utilized by Travis Rilat (BDS Motorsports), and Skylar Gee (Skylar Gee Motorsports).
Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals continues on Saturday, April 7 with grandstands opening at 6:00 P.M. and racing at 7:30 P.M. (CT). For tickets, updates, and more log onto http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Red River Region
Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track – Ft. Worth, Texas
Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals
Friday, April 6, 2018
Car Count: 35
Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson, ; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks, ; 3. 1J-Danny Jennings, ; 4. 28X-Brady Bacon, ; 5. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 6. 99-Skylar Gee, ; 7. 9-Bobby Breen, 
Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 76-Zane Lawrence, ; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, ; 3. 95-Matt Covington, ; 4. 7M-Chance Morton, ; 5. 77X-Alex Hill, ; 6. 5X-Tyson Hall, ; 7. 56X-Mark Chisholm, 
Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White, ; 2. 3-Sammy Swindell, ; 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas, ; 4. 05-Zane Hendricks, ; 5. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr, ; 6. 12W-Dale Wester, ; (DNS) 6-Dustin Gates,
Heat Race #4 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, ; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera, ; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 4. 21-Robbie Price, ; 5. 26M-Fred Mattox, ; 6. (DNF) 1-Travis Rilat, ; 7. (DNF) 55-Brad Queen, 
Heat Race #5 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart, ; 2. 8M-Kade Morton, ; 3. 5J-Jamie Ball, ; 4. 8-Alex Sewell, ; 5. 17-Derek Hagar, ; 6. 44-Chris Martin, ; 7. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, 
BMRS B-Main (Top 3 in each advance to the A-Feature)
B-Main (12 Laps): 1. 8-Alex Sewell, ; 2. 28X-Brady Bacon, ; 3. 77X-Alex Hill, ; 4. 26M-Fred Mattox, ; 5. 44-Chris Martin, ; 6. 05-Zane Hendricks, ; 7. 55-Brad Queen, ; 8. (DNF) 12W-Dale Wester, ; 9. (DNF) 56X-Mark Chisholm, ; (DNS) 1-Travis Rilat,
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 21-Robbie Price, ; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 3. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr, ; 4. 11-Roger Crockett, ; 5. 5X-Tyson Hall, ; 6. 9-Bobby Breen, ; 7. 99-Skylar Gee, ; 8. (DNF) 17-Derek Hagar, ; (DNS) 6-Dustin Gates,
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (Lineup, 25 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 17W-Harli White; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 6. 14-Tony Stewart; 7. 76-Zane Lawrence; 8. 8M-Kade Morton; 9. 52-Blake Hahn; 10. 3-Sammy Swindell; 11. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 12. 84-Brandon Hanks; 13. 1J-Danny Jennings; 14. 91T-Tyler Thomas; 15. 7M-Chance Morton; 16. 5J-Jamie Ball; 17. 8-Alex Sewell; 18. 21-Robbie Price; 19. 28X-Brady Bacon; 20. 28-Scott Bogucki; 21. 77X-Alex Hill; 22. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr
Lap Leader(s): Seth Bergman 1-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Scott Bogucki +13
FSR High Point Driver: Tony Stewart
Provisional(s): Travis Rilat / Skylar Gee
2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 284; 2. Seth Bergman 258; 3. Sammy Swindell 257; 4. Blake Hahn 241; 5. Wayne Johnson 235; 6. Scott Bogucki 229; 7. Johnny Herrera 229; 8. Danny Jennings 224; 9. Roger Crockett 215; 10. Matt Covington 214; 11. Robbie Price 201; 12. Harli White 199; 13. Jamie Ball 198; 14. Skylar Gee 195; 15. Tony Bruce, Jr. 191;
2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Roger Crockett – 1 (3/16 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1 (4/6 – Texas Motor Speedway);