WHEATLAND, Mo. — official release — ASCS photo — Five nights and four winners as Christopher Bell backed up his Creek County Speedway victory Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, racing from seventh to win the finale of Lucas Oil ASCS Speedweek.
“That right there was a blast. It’s doesn’t get much better than that,” said Bell. “Hats off to the track crew. As a racer, when you come to a race track, all you want to be able to do is race and tonight, they gave us options to be able to move around and put on a good show.”
Cracking the top five on lap five, Bell utilized a caution on the eighth round to jump to third. Working past Brad Loyet on lap 10 for the runner up spot, the Berryman Motorsports No. 31b began running down race long leader, Matt Covington.
Slipping the tires on lap 14 exiting turn two, the gap closed quickly with Covington again slipping though the groove two laps later to allow Christopher Bell to race into the top spot.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. worked past Covington for the runner up spot on a lap-22 restart, but a caution on lap 23 saw the No. 15h making contact with an infield tire, causing the front axle to snap; sending the Left Front tire flying.
On the restart, nineteenth starting Tim Crawley worked by Covington for second.
“I can’t thank John (James) enough, you know we had a little misfortune the middle of the week and had some problems. Maybe we would have had a shot at this Speedweek deal, but you never know,” said Crawley. “I hope everybody enjoyed it. I drove my butt off but come up second.”
Brad Loyet crossed third and in doing so, picked up the title of Speedweek champion by two markers over Jason Johnson.
“I’ve won in a midget here and I’ve been really close in a sprint car, just not yet,” said Loyet “I kind of feel like I let my guys tonight. I had a better car than third place but I just messed around too much in one and two too long, and it cost me a good shot at winning this race.”
Matt Covington ended up fourth with Johnny Herrera coming from 14th to fifth.