Hollywood shines at the Devil’s Bowl Summer Nationals

Johnny Herrera parked his Print Place No. 45x in victory lane in the 40th annual Parks Auto Sales Summer Nationals at the Devil's Bowl Speedway (ASCS / Aylwin Photo)
Johnny Herrera parked his Print Place No. 45x in victory lane in the 40th annual Parks Auto Sales Summer Nationals at the Devil's Bowl Speedway (ASCS / Aylwin Photo)
Johnny Herrera parked his Print Place No. 45x in victory lane in the 40th annual Parks Auto Sales Summer Nationals at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway (ASCS / Aylwin Photo)

From Bryan Hulbert


Mesquite, TX — (June 15, 2013) — Round two of the 2013 Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek took the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real to the half-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas where Johnny Herrera picked up his third victory of the season, and first in Speedweek competition in the 40th running of the Parks Auto Sales Summer Nationals.

Herrera drew the pacer’s position in Saturday’s 30 lap Protect the Harvest A-Feature and led the distance.

Challenged coming off turn four for the win by Jeff Swindell, the pair crossed .333 seconds apart. Asked about Swindell closing in so quickly, Herrera explained, “I just started taking it easy there with five to go. I had been running the cushion, and was better there, but had to run a lap on the bottom and got a little cautions, not a lot, but slowed myself down.”

Shaking his head about the final lap, Herrera continued, “I’ll know better next time, instead of running 25 laps real hard, I better run the all.”

Swindell’s runner up finish is his second in as many days. Coming from fourth, Swindell advanced to the runner up position on Lap 10 with the low line pass on Brad Loyet.

Commenting on the car’s performance on the bottom groove, Swindell said, “It was really good on the bottom but the bad thing about the bottom is if you missed just a little bit boy it cost you dearly.” Swindell also commented that he felt like he had the fastest car on the racetrack as he did in fact turn the Hawk Performance Products Fastest Lap of the Night with a 15.583 seconds with an average speed of 115.510mph.

The final step on the podium was graced by Brad Loyet.

Having to rebuild the car after a late race crash the night before, Loyet was pleased with his run, “This is the best I’ve been at the Devil’s Bowl. This place isn’t the easiest place to drive on. It’s been a pretty challenging couple weeks but it all came back together.”

Friday night winner Jason Johnson came from eleventh to fourth with Tony Bruce, Jr. posting the season’s highest PitStopUSA.com Hard Charger of the Night sum, advancing 18 spots from his provisional twenty-third start.

Travis Rilat crossed the stripe sixth with Kyle Sager posting his best finish against the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real with a seventh place showing. Matt Covington, Ray Allen Kulhanek, and Seth Bergman made up the remainder of the top ten.

Heat Races numbered five with Larry Howery topping Wesmar Heat one. Travis Rilat took the Ti22 Heat two with Cole Wood on top BMRS Heat three. Brad Loyet was victorious in Saldana Heat four followed by Kyle Sager in Rod End Supply Heat five.

The night’s two B-Features went to Logan Forler in The Joie of Seating first B-Feature and Brandon Hahn in DMI B-Main two.

The 2013 Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek debuts the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway on Sunday, June 16 with a Fanfest beginning at 2:00 P.M. (CDT) featuring catered BBQ. Races are slated to begin at 7:30 P.M.

Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
40th Parks Auto Sales Summer Nationals
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Car Count: 37

Wesmar Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 69-Larry Howery[1]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[2]; 3. 23-Seth Bergman[4]; 4. 14Z-Zach Pringle[5]; 5. 29-Brandon Hahn[8]; 6. 2K-John Kelly[6]; DNF 7S-Robert Sellers[3]; DNS 7X-Shane Sellers

Ti22 Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 29T-Travis Rilat[1]; 2. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[2]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell[7]; 4. 17T-Channin Tankersley[4]; 5. 45-Martin Edwards[3]; 6. 11-Justin Melton[5]; 7. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[8]; 8. 33-Mark Huddleston[6]

BMRS Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Cole Wood[2]; 2. 19-Patrick Stasa[1]; 3. 17B-Josh Baughman[4]; 4. 4J-John James[3]; 5. 12M-Kolt Walker[7]; 6. 17-Blake Hahn[6]; 7. 2A-Randy Hibbs[5]

Saldana Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet[1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[2]; 3. 1-Danny Jennings[3]; 4. 12W-Dale Wester[4]; 5. 74X-Joshua Hodges[5]; 6. 54-Evan Pardo[6]; 7. 21-Michele Melton[7]

Rod End Supply Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Kyle Sager[2]; 2. 93-Dustin Morgan[4]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera[6]; 4. 2L-Logan Forler[5]; 5. 14-Michael Lang[3]; 6. 74E-Claud Estes III[7]; DNF 6-Ryan Beechler[1]

The Joie of Seating B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler[1]; 2. 12M-Kolt Walker[2]; 3. 74X-Joshua Hodges[4]; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[8]; 5. 12W-Dale Wester[3]; 6. 54-Evan Pardo[7]; 7. 2A-Randy Hibbs[9]; DNF 45-Martin Edwards[5]; DNF 6-Ryan Beechler[10]; DNF 7X-Shane Sellers[11]; DNF 2K-John Kelly[6]

DMI B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 29-Brandon Hahn[1]; 2. 17T-Channin Tankersley[2]; 3. 4J-John James[3]; 4. 11-Justin Melton[7]; 5. 21-Michele Melton[8]; DNF 17-Blake Hahn[6]; DNF 74E-Claud Estes III[4]; DNF 33-Mark Huddleston[10]; DNF 7S-Robert Sellers[9]; DNS 14-Michael Lang

Protect the Harvest A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[1]; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell[4]; 3. 05-Brad Loyet[5]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson[11]; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[23]; 6. 29T-Travis Rilat[3]; 7. 21K-Kyle Sager[2]; 8. 95-Matt Covington[9]; 9. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[10]; 10. 23-Seth Bergman[13]; 11. 2L-Logan Forler[17]; 12. 12M-Kolt Walker[19]; 13. 17W-Cole Wood[6]; 14. 74X-Joshua Hodges[21]; 15. 19-Patrick Stasa[12]; 16. 1-Danny Jennings[15]; 17. 29-Brandon Hahn[18]; 18. 14Z-Zach Pringle[16]; 19. 17T-Channin Tankersley[20]; DNF 93-Dustin Morgan[7]; DNF 4J-John James[22]; DNF 69-Larry Howery[8]; DNF 17B-Josh Baughman[14]

Lap Leaders: Johnny Herrera 1-30
PitstopUSA.com Hard Charger: Tony Bruce, Jr. +18
FSR High Points of the Night: Jeff Swindell 15.583 seconds
Hawk Performance Products Fastest Lap of the Night: Jeff Swindell
Provisionals: Tony Bruce, Jr. (P2)

2013 “A” Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-4, Johnny Herrera-3, Brian Brown-1, Roger Crockett-1, Kyle Bellm-1, Brad Loyet-1, Danny Lasoski-1, Jack Dover-1, Seth Bergman-1

Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Johnny Herrera 1,831; 2. Jason Johnson 1,733; 3. Brad Loyet 1,647; 4. Seth Bergman 1,587; 5. Logan Forler 1,584; 6. Jeff Swindell 1,584; 7. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,562 8. Cole Wood 1,411; 9. Dustin Morgan 1,401; 10. Brandon Hahn 1,129;

Bob Westphal Memorial Speedweek Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Jeff Swindell 284; 2. Jason Johnson 280; 3. Johnny Herrera 269; 4. Ray Allen Kulhanek 243; 5. Matt Covington 241; 6. Cole Wood 239; 7. Travis Rilat 232; 8. Brad Loyet 225; 9. Logan Forler 224; 10. Seth Bergman 223;

The 2013 season marks the twenty-second year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of nine different Regions throughout the nation.

Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.

Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix

Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Hawk Performance Products, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, and General Tire.

Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, PitstopUSA.com, Engler Machine and Tool, Roush Yates Racing Engines, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Fuel Safe, Saldana Racing Products, SBI Fuel Bladders, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Xtreme Accu-Tach, Simpson, LeJoie Seating, Ti 22 Performance, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DMI Rear Ends, Rod End Supply, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection Systems.
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