TULSA, Okla. – From near and far, they’ve come to honor “The Rocket” and “The Wrench” and this weekend, friends and family will again gather to pay tribute with the fourth annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial this Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.
Headlined by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, the National Tour will be joined by the Speedway Motors Warrior Region as the Missouri arm of the ASCS Nation wraps up their 2014 season. Also on the card will be the Impact Signs W.A.R. non-wing sprint cars.
Rounds 14 and 15 for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” since 2006, Jason Johnson leads the series in wins with three to his credit, including the first two Hockett/McMillin Memorial events. The four-time Lucas Oil ASCS National champion is the only driver to have made all 13 previous National Tour A-Features at Lucas Oil Speedway. A pair of top five finishes this past weekend at I-80 Speedway has propelled Johnson from fourth in the tour standings to second.
In ASCS National and Regional competition, 16 events have been held at the Missouri oval.
Brad Loyet brings a 72-point advantage in the National standings into the weekend double-header. Loyet’s best finish at the Lucas Oil Speedway came during the 2014 Speedweek appearance on June 21, crossing third behind Christopher Bell and Tim Crawley.
Defending Hockett/McMillin Memorial champion, Johnny Herrera, jumped two spots to third going into the fourth annual event with Jeff Swindell slipping from third to fourth after suffering a massive crash in the start of Friday night’s feature at the I-80 Speedway. Swindell has placed on the podium once at the Lucas Oil Speedway, doing so on June 22, 2013.
Having to go to a backup car following night one of the Fall Brawl, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. found himself tangled up while trying to avoid another crash on Saturday. The pair of DNF’s forced the No. 15 from second to fifth in tour standings. Hafertepe’s first of two A-Feature appearances at the Lucas Oil Speedway was on September 30, 2006 where the Sunnyvale, Texas driver placed ninth.