LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Jack Dover logged his name into the record books as the winner of the 600th Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National feature in history Friday night at Southern New Mexico Speedway.
The 20-year-old from Springfield, Neb., started the evening by outgunning NASCAR ace Tony Stewart in his heat race. He followed that up by overtaking Tim Crawley and Johnny Herrera on the first lap of the 25-lap feature to easily score the victory at the five-sixteenths-mile clay oval.
With the victory Dover locked himself into Saturday’s $6,000-to-win finale along with Herrera, Steve Kinser (who was making his series debut) and Wayne Johnson, who finished second through fourth.
After driving past Crawley and home-stater Herrera, Dover’s only truly close call came when he was forced to loop it to avoid the stalled car of Trey Starks, who spun in turns one and two on the 11th lap.
“I wasn’t looking as far ahead then as I should have been and I about got into him,” Dover said. “I knew if I could keep it going it would be okay, but it was real close to dying out on me. That would have been really frustrating.”
Dover kept it under power though and retained the lead, He survived a few more caution flags to secure his fourth ASCS National victory in just his 67th career series feature start.
Crawley settled for fifth in Mike Ward’s Boater Sports No. 88 Maxim.