BRANDON, S.D. — Bryan Clauson banked $10,000 for winning Sunday night’s Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network feature at Badlands Motor Speedway.
The win was Clauson’s second series victory of the season.
The debut event for the Lucas Oil ASCS at Badlands Motor Speedway, the victory is No. 26 on Clauson’s Circular Insanity Tour. Clauson is 112 races into his quest for 200.
“I love racing here at Badlands,” Clauson said. “I haven’t had the opportunity to get up here as much as I like with us traveling a little bit more, but I really enjoy racing here. I’ve always run pretty well here too so that helps.”
Firing off from third, Clauson moved to the runner-up spot on the third round following a lap-two caution flag for Matt Covington and Dylan Peterson. With Tommy Barber leading the way, the caution flew again on lap five.
Bringing the field nose to tail, Barber was untouchable on the restart as Clauson worked to hold off the No. 6 of Carson McCarl.
Building a comfortable lead, the 212 Bar and Grill No. 75 would be denied the win. Rounding the second turn on lap nine, Barber found cars parked and his path blocked. On the binders, it was too late as Barber tagged the spun No. 429 of Robby Wolfgang.
With Clauson taking over the point, it was a matter of running smooth laps as the field jockeyed for position behind the No. 17w.
Using the lap-nine restart, Josh Baughman moved to the runner-up spot in the FK Midwest No. 17. Having come from the 12th starting spot, Baughman worked to keep Clauson in sight as Aaron Reutzel moved to third on lap 12.
Finding traffic, the margin from first to third closed rapidly. With Baughman and Reutzel both closing in fast, the line had moved from the top to the bottom as rubber began setting in. Having to carefully negotiate traffic, Clauson would hold on for the night’s $10,000 prize; crossing 1.295 seconds ahead of Josh Baughman.
Baughman has finished runner-up in his last two Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, outings with this one coming in the Texas racer’s debut at the three-eighths mile oval.
“We’d never been here before and we were pretty excited to come out here and race. This is a pretty prestigious place,” Baughman said. “You know, we started 12th and got to second. Congrats to Clauson and those guys. Those guys work hard and I know my guys have been busting their tails. We’ve been racing a lot here lately and it shows. The results are starting to show the work. I really feel like we should have had one of these two won this week but we won’t put our heads down over two seconds in a row.”
From eighth, Aaron Reutzel crossed third for his 34th career podium finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition.
Carson McCarl and Dusty Ballenger rounded out the top five.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour; Badlands Motor Speedway; July 31, 2016
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17W-Bryan Clauson; 2. 17-Josh Baughman; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 4. 6-Carson McCarl; 5. 2D-Dusty Ballenger; 6. 3-Tim Kaeding; 7. 23-Seth Bergman; 8. 52-Blake Hahn; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 11. 2L-Logan Forler; 12. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 13. 1H-Justin Henderson; 14. 95-Matt Covington; 15. 11X-Gregg Bakker; 16. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 17. 25-Dylan Peterson; 18. (DNF) 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 19. (DNF) 101-Chuck McGillivray; 20. (DNF) 75-Tommy Barber; 21. (DNF) 429-Robby Wolfgang; 22. (DNF) 23W-Scott Winters.
Lap Leader(s): Tommy Barber 1-9; Bryan Clauson 10-30
FSR High Point Driver: Aaron Reutzel
Hard Charger: Josh Baughman (+10)
CREDIT: ASCS Racing