Hafertepe Sets Sail At Lawton

Sam Hafertepe Jr. in victory lane at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway. (TWC photo)
Sam Hafertepe Jr. in victory lane at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway. (TWC photo)

LAWTON, Okla. — A podium finish the night before was bettered by two spots Wednesday at Lawton Speedway as Sam Hafertepe Jr. picked up his fourth victory of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network during round three of ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek.

“Our team right now is clicking better than I’ve ever had a team click in my entire career,” said Hafertepe. “Having the right people behind me and in the right places, we’ve been able to win a lot of races so I’m very fortunate to be the monkey driving the car sometimes. This is a hell of a team. We’ve been building it over the course of five years now and we get better every night.”

Racing to the lead from second starting spot, Hafertepe held off all challenges the first half of the race with a pair of cautions working lap two and lap 15.

Back to the 14th lap on the restart, that is where the Heidbreder Foundation No. 15h was challenged for the lead. Moving off the cushion of the first two turns, Hafertepe surrendered the point to Scott Bogucki down the back straightaway.

Driving 20-foot deeper into turn three to pitch the car across the fourth turn, Hafertepe snagged the top spot with the pair again trading the position through turns one and two. Exchanging another round of slide jobs coming to lap 16, Hafertepe broke the momentum of the Sawblade.com No. 28 to begin pulling away until the red lights blinked on with 21 laps complete for Roger Crockett who slammed into the wall off the second turn.

“I shouldn’t have moved off the top,” Hafertepe said. “We were able to get him back, but I just second guessed myself and should have just stayed on the cushion on the restart, but at least it made it interesting for the fans”

Keeping the pack at bay on the restart, the race for second picked up as Wayne Johnson flew past Bogucki on the cushion in turns three and four.

In pursuit of the No. 15h, Johnson was unable to keep pace with Hafertepe. Bogucki held on for third with Jordon Mallett posting his first top-five finish of the season in fourth. John Caney II picked up a pair of spots to cross fifth.

The finish:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [5]; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki, [3]; 4. 14-Jordon Mallett, [6]; 5. J2-John Carney II, [7]; 6. 03-Joe Wood Jr, [13]; 7. 17W-Harli White, [12]; 8. 95-Matt Covington, [15]; 9. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr, [16]; 10. 92-Jordan Weaver, [1]; 11. 52-Blake Hahn, [4]; 12. 5J-Jamie Ball, [9]; 13. 74B-Jake Bubak, [14]; 14. 21P-Robbie Price, [8]; 15. 23X-Grady Chandler, [20]; 16. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [17]; 17. 77X-Alex Hill, [11]; 18. 90-Lance Norick, [19]; 19. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, [10]; 20. (DNF) 10K-Kyle Ezell, [18]; 21. (DNF) 22X-Steven Shebester, [21]