ASCS: Loyet Storms to Lawton Speedweek Loot; Becomes Eighth Winner in 10 Races

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Brad Loyet celebrates after winning Wednesday night's ASCS National Tour feature at Lawton Speedway. (Mike Howard photo)

Brad Loyet celebrates after winning Wednesday night’s ASCS National Tour A-Main at Lawton Speedway in Oklahoma. (Mike Howard photo)

LAWTON, Okla. — Brad Loyet became the eighth winner in 10 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network races this season on Wednesday night at Lawton Speedway.

Round two of the ASCS Sizzin’ Summer Speedweek, the win is Loyet’s fifth overall on the season and eighth with the ASCS National Tour since 2012.

Rolling past Brandon Hanks on the cushion on the fourth round, third-starting Loyet was uncontested the remainder of the 30-lap event.

“I was following those guys on the bottom the first two or three laps and the car; it was good there, but I wasn’t going to them there so I put it up on the top,” said Loyet. “The car was rotating good all night.”

After a caution on lap six, the restart saw Johnny Herrera and Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the move, as Herrera (from seventh) and Hafertepe (from 10th) trailed each other through the pack.

When the field went back at it again, following a lap-seven red flag that saw John Carney II and Channin Tankersley walk away from going upside down, Loyet took off with Jason Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint points leader Barney on his back bumper.

With the leaders working through traffic, the race’s final caution came on lap 25. Having worked the bottom the entire race, Herrera stuck low, only to have Hafertepe charge around on the top for the runner-up spot.

“We were just terrible early. We needed to be good early and take advantage of it before it laid rubber but we got better at the end; but we just missed it tonight,” Hafertepe said. “To run second, really to come back there like we did at the end of the race, I shouldn’t be complaining. When you run second you shouldn’t be complaining about missing it, but that’s how good our team’s been lately. We’ve expected to run this good every night.”

Taking over the point lead by seven markers and extending his Speedweek lead to 20, Hafertepe was trailed to the line by Herrera, who finished third.

Barney bounced around the top five the entire race, with the No. 87b ultimately crossing fourth. Blake Hahn raced from ninth to finish fifth.

A field of 37 drivers from 13 states took part in Wednesday’s program.


RESULTS: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series; Lawton Speedway; June 15, 2016

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera[10]; 4. 87B-Jason Barney[4]; 5. 52-Blake Hahn[9]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel[11]; 7. 2L-Logan Forler[8]; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks[2]; 9. 17-Josh Baughman[19]; 10. 23-Seth Bergman[15]; 11. 28-Tommy Bryant[20]; 12. 03-Joe Wood Jr[13]; 13. 66-Ray Allen Kulhanek[18]; 14. 91-Steven Russell[24]; 15. 171-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[22]; 16. 85-Forrest Sutherland[14]; 17. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 18. 14K-Kyle Bellm[21]; 19. (DNF) 117-Bryan Clauson[5]; 20. (DNF) 5-Joe Bob Lee[16]; 21. (DNF) 4J-John Carney II[12]; 22. (DNF) 31B-Channin Tankersley[17]; 23. (DNF) 2C-Wayne Johnson[23]; 24. (DNF) 81W-Danny Wood[6]

Lap Leader(s): Brandon Hanks 1-3; Brad Loyet 4-30
Hard Charger: Josh Baughman (+10)


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