TULSA, Okla. — What was once one has become two as the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to competition with the Rushmore Rumble at South Dakota’s Black Hill Speedway, July 22-23.
The series’ upcoming weekend was originally a pairing of Black Hill and Wyoming’s Gillette Thunder Speedway, but the rodeo in Gillette caused Ed Kirchoff – who promotes both facilities – to move the Gillette date to Black Hill.
First seeing action with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network 18 years ago, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman topped the Aug. 8, 1998 Black Hills event. Returning to the half-mile oval in 2014, Missouri’s Brad Loyet added some Black Hills Gold to his pocket.
Last year’s stop went to Johnny Herrera, who traded wins back and forth with Aaron Reutzel through Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
Pushing closer to the 26th annual Arnold Motor Supply ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals, the season looks much different than the year before as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. looks to continue his momentum through the Rushmore Rumble. The current Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points leader has picked up 14 podium finishes in 19 events contested.
Going into the South Dakota double header, Hafertepe is on a streak of five consecutive podium appearances, along with seven straight top-fives and 15 top-10s.
Trailing by 162 markers, Herrera holds the runner-up spot going into the track that he won at in 2015. Having not finished outside of the top-10 in his last six starts, Herrera has had to fight through engine woes during this year’s trip to the Northwest.
Rolling off a pair of wins at the Gallatin Speedway, Blake Hahn enters the weekend the highest he has ever been in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour standings. Off the lead by 335 points, the battle for the championship may be down to a pair of drivers at this point, but the race to be in the top-five is still very close as Wayne Johnson trails Hahn by only 10 points in fourth, with Logan Forler on their heels in fifth at just 40 points further back.
CREDIT: ASCS Racing