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– KILGORE, Texas (Oct. 17) – It was another big weekend with another great showing for Jack Dover.
The 21-year-old from Springfield, Neb., picked up a pair of top 10s with the ASCS National Tour at the inaugural three-day LoneStar Sprint Nationals at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.
“I hadn’t raced on that track since they shortened it from a ½ mile to a 3/8 mile,” he said. “It took us awhile to get down there, but it was worth it in the end.”
Truck problems forced Dover to miss Thursday’s race, which might have been a blessing in disguise. The rough track led to more than 30 flipped cars.
The track smoothed out over the rest of the weekend and Dover took full advantage starting with his first heat race. He began on the pole of Friday’s heat and led all 10 laps for the victory, which lined him up sixth in the feature.
With the top four finishers being locked into Saturday’s $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start feature, Dover was on the gas from the first green flag. He picked up a position early and challenged for the fourth-and-final lock-in before lapped traffic slowed him in the closing laps. Dover settled for sixth place, which gave him enough points to start 11th in Saturday’s 40-lap feature.
“I had a couple of opportunities to slide people in the top five, but I didn’t want to take myself or anybody out,” he said. “Luckily we earned enough points to start directly in Saturday’s feature.”
Dover quickly drove into the top 10 and began working his way toward the top five. The first 25 laps went without caution before a spinout by a competitor allowed the group to bunch back up. Dover was sixth on the restart and he passed Johnny Herrera for fifth soon after.
Dover closed to the back of Gary Wright for fourth place, but came up a car length shy of passing for the position at the checkered flag. It was Dover’s 32nd top five of the season.
“The track was really fast up top so it was hard to pass many cars,” he said. “I was definitely going after the win, but I think driving from 11th to fifth was a good night.”
Dover is staying in Texas this week to compete with the ASCS National Tour on Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the 38th annual Winter Nationals.
For live updates of Dover and the Winter Nationals all weekend, check out www.insidelinepromotions.com.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 14 – Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas – Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 6 (6).
Oct. 15 – Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas – Feature: 5 (11).
SEASON STATS –
46 races, 42 features, 9 wins, 32 top fives, 36 top 10s, 38 top 15s, 39 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, with the ASCS National Tour
FAVORITE NUMBER –
6: Consecutive finishes in the top six, including five in the top five.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
ON THE AIR –
Dover was a featured guest on the ASCS Show with Racinboys on Sept. 6 after winning the LOS 360 Nationals. His segment starts around the 3:30 mark into the episode.
He was also on the ASCS Show with Racinboys on Aug. 30. His interview starts approximately four minutes into the show.
He was also on the ASCS Show with Racinboys on June 14 after his win at the Eagle Nationals. His interview begins around 18:40.
Dover’s first interview of the season on the ASCS Show with Racinboys was on June 7. Check out the link below for his interview, which begins around the 6:50 mark.
Here’s a link to some on-board video of Dover winning his heat race at Knoxville Raceway on June 4:
Check out this video of Dover’s feature win and heat race victory at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on Aug. 26:
Here is an interview with Dover after he won the LOS 360 Nationals at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on Sept. 4:
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Eagle Motorsports
Eagle Motorsports, formerly known as Eagle Chassis, has fabricated sprint car chassis since 1998. Eagle chassis have been a part of winning four Knoxville Nationals. For more information, visit www.eaglechassis.com.
“Eagle chassis are one of the easiest to drive and one of the easiest to work on,” Dover said. “And they’ve been great with custom, reliable chassis because of my height.”
Dover would also like to thank Thorpe’s Body Shop, Trail Performance Coatings, Inc., Home Pride Companies, Inc., Certified Transmission, Shaver Engines, The Oil Medics and ButlerBuilt for their continued support.