LAWTON, Okla. – official release — ASCS/Mike Spivey photo — The last time Sam Hafertepe Jr. stood in Lucas Oil ASCS victory lane was March 26, 2011 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
However, the driver of the No. 15h can now add the other Edwards family owned oval to his resume after scoring his first ASCS National Tour win of the 2014 season at the Lawton Speedway Wednesday night.
Hafertepe’s first National Tour win in the state of Oklahoma, the victory is his third in Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real competition.
Drawing the pole of Wednesday’s 30 lap Protect the Harvest A-Feature, the Lone Star Speedway No. 15h went unchallenged start to finish.
“We had an awesome car tonight. That thing would go anywhere, and it’s good to just get back into victory lane with these guys. It’s been a long time,” said Hafertepe of his victory. “If feels like we’ve been one of the fastest cars every night, just maybe been plagued by our starting position, or something stupid I did, but tonight it all just came together.”
Winning by 4.540 seconds, Hafertepe leaves Lawton tied for second in the Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Speedweek Standings with Brad Loyet, who crossed the finish line second. The win also boosted Hafertepe from sixth to third in the overall Lucas Oil ASCS driver standings.
Loyet’s runner up finish is his seventh top five of the 2014 season, and moved the No. 05 to a 41 point advantage over Jason Johnson in the Tour Standings.
“We didn’t need that. We did not need the track to take rubber. I really think I had a good car off the cushion, maybe better than Sam had, but once it took rubber he just kinda took off,” said Loyet. “Lapped traffic, man, sometimes you just catch them guys and you show them your nose a few times, and finally you just have to move them out of the way. A track like this tonight, you really have to respect the leaders, and that’s what allowed Sam to really pull away from me.”
Dustin Morgan settled for the show position after starting seventh. Quick moves at the start of the race put Morgan third by the fifth lap.
“Jones and Darren worked their butts off to give me this car tonight. Getting third here once again, I just can’t thank these guys enough for the car they gave me,” said Morgan of his third place run.
Blake Hahn posted his third top-five in as many races with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, and now leads the Speedweek standings by 14 over Hafertepe and Loyet who are tied for second. Jeff Swindell completed the top five.