Port-A-Cool, US National Dirt Track Championship @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, 9/13-15/2012
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Ft Worth, TX.,(Sept. 15th, 2012) The final day of the Port-A-Cool, US National Dirt Track Championships saw the debut of the high-flying Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car National Tour roll into town. Forty-two drivers, from six states, signed in for inaugural visit, the first for national touring Sprint Car series since the World of Outlaws in 2004.
The Modifieds ran four Last Chance B-mains taking the top four from each to the championship main. The Limited Modified had five LastChance B-mains with three driver moving on to tonight’s big show. Each class drew for two provisional from all the non-qualified, pre-registered drivers to finish filling the fields.
Johnson and Johnson vie for Sprint Car Honors.
As one would expect the top two ASCS points chasers fought it out for the $4,000 and coveted ‘cowboy hat’ in the 40-lap main event. The two combatants, points leader Jason Johnson and second place Wayne Johnson. W. Johnson led early from the pole, but it was J . Johnson getting by after an caution and setting sail. A late yellow, involving W. Johnson would restack the field putting the two nose to tail for the restart. J. Johnson, who scored a World of Outlaw feature win in 2003, got a big lead on green, stretched out his advantage and ran unchallenged to take the checkers.
As the 22-car ASCS Sprint Car roared to life, W. Johnson jumped out front trailed by Travis Rilat, Danny Wood, J. Johnson and Tony Bruce jr. J. Johnson began picking his way to the front with Kevin Swindell trying to follow in his tracks. W. Johnson caught heavy lap traffic on lap 6, while Bruce and Logan Forler traded slide jobs.
Swindell then started exchange of ‘sliders’ with Rilat until making contact with a lapped car, ending his night. Back under green J. Johnson was able to get past W. Johnson for the lead on lap 12 and quickly ease ahead. At the crossed flags it was J. Johnson, W. Johnson, Forler, Rilat and Brady Bacon in the top five.
J. Johnson pulled away to a huge lead, but not without close calls in lapped traffic. Several times J. Johnson would get a run a slower car in the corner, lift, jump the cushion, but was right back on thehammer never giving up ground to W. Johnson. As J. Johnson motored to a full straight lead, Forler, Rilat and Bacon had a spirited battle for third in test of wills and slide jobs.
While trying to put a lap on Kolt Walker, W. Johnson made some contact sending Walker into the turn 2 wall, getting upside down to bring out a red. Walker walked away uninjured with W. Johnson getting a little damage. As the green flew again for the final three laps, J. Johnson again got away and rebuilt his margin over W. Johnson cruising to the win in the Ricky Stenhouse owned, The Shop, AccuDoc Solutions, Fischer Body Shop, H&M Racing, Roush-Yates Powered, Maxim Chassis.
“To come to Texas Motor Speedway, after living in Greenville for years, it’s a big win, no doubt.” stated Johnson. “It’s a special place. This place has been kind to us. We got our very first World of Outlaw victory in 2003 and winning this inaugural event, just adds to it.”
“Having some previous experience here, you’d like to think that it’s an advantage. When we went back to our (set up) notebook, we found we had no notes from here. You really don’t forget what you ran and what you had in to win a race.”
“I knew it was a 40-lap event so I really didn’t want to us up my tires. So I wasn’t concerned about getting by Wayne(Johnson) after that caution on lap 10. It just worked out. You have to pay attention to the lapped car. They can take the air off the wing and make you tight. You giveyourself some distance, put on a big slider and keep the air on the car.”
“I was a bit concerned about that late caution when I heard in the line up he was right behind me. When we pushed off for the restart it looked like his right rear might be low. So I knew he might struggle with that. I just to not spin the tires and get a good start.
“(Ricky) Stenhouse jr.’s guys did great on this car. Phillip Deese is wrenching this thing and he’s making the right calls on the chassis. He definitely had it dialed in for the A-main tonight. Since the beginning of the season Ricky and I have trying to win on the same day. Today was that day.“
Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars
41 Jason Johnson, Eunice, La., 77 Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, Tenn., 5h Logan Forler, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 29 Travis Rilat, Forney, 99 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla., 45x Johnny Herrera, Albuqueque, NM.,18 Tony Bruce jr., Owosso, Okla., 23 Seth Bergman, Snohomish, Wash., 2 Dustin Morgan, Tulsa, Okla., 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, Mo., 28 Tommy Bryant, The Woodlands, 81Danny Wood, Norman, Okla., 17b Josh Baughman, Odessa, 45k Kolt Walker, Kermit, 11c Matt Covington, Glenpool, Okla., 1a Kevin Ramey, Ft. Worth, 17r Aaron Reutzal, Clute, 9 Gary Wright, Hooks, 15h Sam Hafertepe jr, Sunnyvale, 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, Tenn., 45 Martin Edwards, Mesquite, 21w Wes Wofford, Alamogordo, NM., 22 Koby Barksdale, Norman, Okla.
ASCS B-mains(Top 3 to A-main)
1a Kevin Ramey, 21w Wes Wofford, 45 Martin Edwards, 11 Justin Melton, 05 Brad Loyet, 25 Blake Hahn, 12w Dale Wester, 74e Claud Estes, 4x Shawn Peterson, 85 Jerry Bell, 14b Robert Byrom, 58 Gary Floyd, 29f Brandon Hahn---DNS
2 Dustin Morgan, 22 Koby Barksdale, 2L Logan Payne, 74x Joshua Hodges, 10 George White, 17w Brad Welborn, 69 Larry Howery, 92h Richie Harris, 12 Shawn Mize, 17 Bruce Griffith jr, 11s Joe Wood jr
ASCS heats(heat winner, plus top 11 in passing points)
81 Danny Wood, 5h Logan Forler, 45 Martin Edwards, 12w Dale Wester, 28 Tommy Bryant, 05 Brad Loyet, 17w Brad Welborn, 12 Shawn Mize, 69 Larry Howery
11c Matt Covington, 77x Wayne Johnson, 17r Aaron Reutzel, 2 Dustin Morgan, 21w Wes Wofford, 11p Preston Peebles II, 25 Blake Hahn, 92h Richie Harris, 14r Robert Byrom
41 Jason Johnson, 29 Travis Rilat, 99 Brady Bacon, 15h Sam Hafertepe jr, 74e Claud Estes, 74x Joshua Hodges, 85 Jerry Bell, 29f Brandon Hahn
39 Kevin Swindell, 9 Gary Wright, 17b Josh Baughman, 23 Serth Bergman, 22 Koby Barksdale, 4x Shawn Peterson, 17 Bruce Griffith jr., 58 Gary Floyd
45k Kolt Walker, 45x Johnny Herrera, 18 Tony Bruce jr, 1a Kevin Ramey, 11s Joe Wood jr, 10 George White, 2l Logan Payne, 11 Justin Melton
Brown Finally Bags First Win
To say Chris Browns luck at TMS Dirt Track has been good and bad, at the same time, is probably an understatement. Twice, in the past, Brown has been first across the finish line driving other people’s cars, but never has been credited with the win. This weekend, Brown was debuting his own, new car.
Tonight was his night for redemption.
Brown, who came out of today’s B-mains, started ninth in the main and slowly, steadily made his way to the front. It took three quarters of the race to catch race-long leader, John Whittington and diving inside off turn 4, Brown got by for the top spot on lap 31. From there Brown was able to put some distance on Whittington taking the checkers by a half straightaway.
Twenty-cars took the green for the 40-lap Modified main event with Whittington getting out first trailed by Tristan Dycus, John Allen, Randy Timms and Shane Hebert. It was a mad scramble on lap 1 with a four wide battle that saw Hebert come away with and Chris Henigan moving into the topfive and Brown now up to sixth.
Henigan continued a charge getting up to challenge Hebert for second, taking the spot, while Brown grabbed fifth. A solo spin slowed the action with Henigan trying Whittington high on the restart. Hebert tried tofill in the hole low with he and Henigan now side by side, with Hebert taking the spot back.
This left Henigan vulnerable to Brown for third who got the position on lap 16. Coming to halfway the top six had sorted out with asix-car fight going on for seventh. At hallway it was Whittington, Hebert, Brown, Henigan and Allen holding the top five. Hebert and Brown began to contend second and were reeling in Whittington for the lead at the same time.
By lap 25 the top three were racing under a blanket as Jason Ingalls, probably the fastest car at this point, took fifth from Allen. As the lead trio approached lapped traffic, Ingalls took fourth from Henigan. Brown finally completed the pass on Hebert and was on Whittington for the lead.
Brown got under Whittington as they came off turn 4 wheel to wheel. After swapping a little paint, Brown eased into turn 1 with the lead. Brown started to ease away the final few circuits going on to take the victory in the Lone Star Hydro Maintenance, Motul, VP racing Fuel, Roush-Yates powered, Hughes Chassis.
“Patience!” exclaimed Brown. “I just tried to pick them off one by one. I knew the car was fast and just had to work my way up without being too hard on the tires. I know Johno(Whittington) is fast and it’s never easy to get around him. I got under him and took the lead.”
“We just picked up this car and my guys busted their tails getting it ready. Jason(Hughes) has been a big help making sure it was ready to pick up and giving me advise on how to set it up. All our hard work paid off.”
“This is redemption. After taking the checkers two times before and not getting the wins makes this even bigger.”
21b Chris Brown, Cleveland, 5w John Whittington, Vidor, 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, La., 12 Jason Ingalls, Hallsville, 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan., X12 Johnny Bone jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., 14t Tristan Dycus, Waxahacie, 8 Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., 188 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., 56 Troy Taylor, Ft. Worth, 24 Sean Jones, Mansfield, J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM., G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM., 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, 303 Chase Jupe, Waco, 2c Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, 45t Eric Tomlinson, Waco, 17p Travis Penrod, Davis, Okla., 14 David Ashley, Zachary, La., 707 PJ Egbert, Copperas Cove, 60 William Gould, Calare, Okla., J41 Monte Bolton, Lubbock, 90 Tommy Fain, Tuscola
Modified Pole Dash
5w John Whittington, 98 John Allen, 16 Chris Henigan, 60 William Gould, 9 Shane Hebert, 2c Chris Huckeba, 45t Eric Tomlinson
Modified B-mains(Top 4 to A-main)
21b Chris Brown, 12 Jason Ingalls, 303 Chase Jupe, 17p Travis Penrod, 2w Paul White, 34n CA Nix, 21c Chris Cole, 85 Thomas Tillison jr, 18m Wayne Melton, 7p Greg Penny, 5x Danny Veal, 129 Bryan Vollmer, 74j Jasen Hammond, C3 Rick Duke, C22 Chase Del Rio, 4m Bobby Malchus, L1 Larry Clevenger, 90 Tommy Fain, 6x Rob Litton
24 Sean Jones, 188 Chad Wheeler, 15 Dennie Gieber, 707 PJ Egbert, 14x Josh Landers, 87 Justin McCoy, 52d Chad Davis, 6 Chris Theordore, 18j Dustin Johnson, 121 Scooter Bates, 21j Tim Jones, 10x Jeremy Ishmael, 9a Kirk Acord, 21f Kyle Sweeney, 410 Brad Dohertry, 88x David Wright, 22 Ronald Pilkington, 25d Donnie Shipp, 07 Jason Hilliard, 7m Steve Maughn
5t Randy Timms, 8 Dustin Hyde, X12 Johnny Bone jr, J17 Jacob Gallardo, 88xxx Clyde Dunn jr, 1s Ronnie Sigman, 121e Bobby Ruffin, 781 Trevor Egbert, 51xx Micah Thompson, 57k Kelly King, 68 Brandon Stewart, 81b Cody Simpson, 101 Jeremy Willis, 18e Tommy Evans, 17m Shawn Brassfield, 36 BryanMewborn, 12x Corey Babbitt, 2 Brandon Stewart, 33x Brad Pannell, 32 Doug Byrns, 02 Gary Corbin, 2x Gene Weaver
56 Troy Taylor, 14 David Ashley, 41 Monte Bolton, 17 Fito Gallardo, 66x Mike Dillard, 1 Colby Smith, 15b Thomas Blackwell, 11x WesleyVeal, 8 Steve Miller, 44 Fred Wojtek, 03 Dillon Smith, 111 Shelby Williams, 11 Jeff Algayer, 33a Chris Armstrong, 49 Chadd Howell, 77 Shawn Greenlee, 71 Philip Houston, 18 Britton Weger, 7g Kelly Gorham, 55h Buddy Honaker, 27 Allen Juelch, 011 David Hennan
Whiteaker Joins Elite Club with Limited Modified Win
After coming close in the past, Steve Whiteaker jr. finally pulled off the TMS double winning in both a Modified and Limited Modified. This puts him in very good company, with only one other person, Troy Taylor.
Whiteaker, who started fifth, hung around the front during the first half of the race. Just past halfway, Whiteaker used a line in the middle to get past Doug Easterling on lap 22. Whiteaker was then able increase his lead with lapped traffic the only thing slowing him down in the final laps as he took the checkers.
The field of 25 took the green for the 30-lap Limited Modified championship race with JC Howell grabbing the lead chased by Robert Elliott, Easterling, RJ Stroman and Derick Grigsby. Elliott, Easterling andStroman were three wide on lap for second and continued three abreast on lap 2 until Easterling secured the spot.
Easterling got alongside Howell for the lead taking over the top spot on lap 4. Elliott followed Easterling by Howell for second until Howell went around with Grigsby and Whiteaker getting a piece of the actiontrying to avoid him. Once back under green, Stroman, Whiteaker and Grigsby were three wide for third. That fightgave Randy Timms an opening get by both Stroman and Whiteaker for fourth.
Grigsby made his way under Elliott for second as Stroman and Whiteaker retook spots from Timms. As the top four sorted out, Stroman pulled off leaving JJ Jennings and Michael Daniels side by side for fifth. At the mid- point it was Easterling, Grigsby, Whiteaker, Elliott and Jennings in the top five, with a six-car scramble for seventh.
After a caution for a blown motor by Dustin Butcher, Whiteaker ducked Grigsby to snag second. Whiteaker then found a line in themiddle and got beside Easterling for the lead getting out front on lap 22, while Jennings passed Elliott for fourth. Whiteaker then pulled away in theTroy Cottrell owned, Dave & Jana Schurry, New Vision Graphics, Churchs Chicken, Swenson Race Products, Swenson Racing Shocks, D&SS Const., WW Bodies, Mullins Race Engines, Express Night Train Chassis to take home his second cowboy hat.
“We had a good racecar(Express) and motor(Mullins),” replied Whiteaker. “After wrecking the Modified last night, winning this feature makes up for the bad luck in the Modified. Winning in both classes mean quite a bit because of how few have done it. There’s a lot of people running, and Troy(Taylor) is usually fast in either.”
“The Modified win was bigger. When you race a Modified you’re almost expected to do good in a Limited Modified. They’re both good wins. I’ve had a Limited Modified win taken away a couple times. I’ve been leading and broke a header tube in the final laps and broke a brake line in the early race here this year. I’m glad this one worked out until the end.”
“I found I was able to keep my momentum in the middle. There was a little moisture on the bottom, but you had to nearly park the car in the corner. I didn’t come here to run fourth, so I searched around. I could carry more momentum, where he had to stop on the bottom and take back off. These cars are all about momentum!”
89 Steve Whiteaker jr., Corpus Christi, 88 Doug Easterling, Rule, 69 Derick Grigsby, Marshall, 26g JJ Jennings, Corpus Christi, 1f Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla., 9h Shane Hebert, Lafayette, La., 53 Edward Oakes, Center, 63 Shane Hoefling, Meyersville, 711 Michael Daniels, Caddo Mills, 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., 128 Gabe Tucker, Carbon, 77x Garrett Gregory, Tomball, 103 JC Howell, Gun Barrel City, 24 Jake Upchurch, Midlothian, 56 Troy Taylor, Ft. Worth, 1j Josh Ferguson, Silsbee, 10g Mike Goodson, Ardmore, Okla., 4r Kevin Rowland, Mesquite, 39x Jimmy Staats, Edgewood, 39 Chad Cambron, League City, 77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola, 21x Jimmie Helona, Crawford, 38 Matt Mueller, Stamford, 90 Dustin Butcher, Corpus Christi, 88x RJ Stroman, New Boston
Limited Modified Pole Dash
103 JC Howell, 1f Robert Elliott, 88x RJ Stroman, 88 Doug Easterling, 89 Steve Whiteaker jr, 26g JJ Jennings, 128 Gabe Tucker, 69 Derick Grigsby,
Limited Modified B-mains(Top 3 to A-main)
711 Michael Daniels, 39x Jimmy Staats, 10g Mike Goodson, B75 Waylon Ball, 0 Fran Collins, 2w Paul White, 43 Robby Edwards, 39 Chad Cambron, 28j Justin Nabors, 25 Michael Guenat, 11s Creed Sherley, 6x Ray Brown, 116 Tim Mooman, 89 Jeff Sexton, 01 Clint Pelzel, 5w John Whittington, 15w Dennie Gieber, 21b Gene Bryce, 18r Robby Sanders, 26 Braydon Dodson, 72 Zach Tesch, 13b Clint Bates, 21c EL Gilpin, 4s Jason Ingalls
5t Randy Timms, 38 Matt Mueller, 1j Josh Ferguson, 113 Jesse Manning, 41g Curtis Allen, D25 David Tanner, 7d Austin Thiess, 139 Dusty Lout, 19j Jeff Welborn, 75 Kyle Nelson, 22t Darrell Thompson, 1t Nacole Torrez, 111 Alex Overstreet, 7 Greg Moran, C14 Kenneth Chamberlain, 86 Paul Vines, 105 Jay McClanahan, 601 Chris Cogburn, 02 Dustin Mooney, 72x Jay Coone, 87 Johnny Brazell, 75x Wally Beaty
9h Shane Hebert, 77 Tyler Fain, 4r Kevin Rowland, 23m Jimmy Day, 1* Jason Troutman, 84x Tim Clonch, 24w David Welch, 22 Dakota Moore, 2 Brian Short, 518 Stephen Davis, 94 Gary Fritchen, 22x Johnny Jarrel, 1 Tim Linares, 3 George White, 37 Chris Balthrop, 55 Ricky Burk, 25x Roy Petty jr, 15k Kyle Westover, 99f Gary Fritchen, 23x Justin White, 46 Jason Bolden, 822 Chris Webb
56 Troy Taylor, 24 Jake Upchurch, 63 Shane Hoefling, 41 Jacob Pirkle, 76 Jeff Rowland, 44c Bobby Smith jr, 23g Glen Gordy, 12 TJ Steele, 8 Rick Murray, 23p Caine Pylant, 34s John South, 51 Rodney Walker, B1x Jason Tiner, 83 Monty Nichols III, 21x Jimmie Helona, 54 Cody Shoemaker, 05Aaron Anderson, 116x Randy Kirkland, 1c Ken Hobbs, 20 Ronnie Welborn, 47 Andy Wojtaszczyk
77x Garrett Gregory, 53 Edward Oakes, 90 Dustin Butcher, 00 Tory Yant, 17 Jesse McNorton, 5s Kevin Simpson, 02 Dillon Burks, 84 Tom Lorenz, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 4 Bo Day, 31 Ty North, 123 Chris Jewell, 45x Jeff Reynolds, 70m Henry Munson, 6 Matt Wester, 120 Todd Short, 99 Kristi Byrd, 45 Jason Hood, 81b Cody Simpson, 47x Gary Stuckey, 118 Robby Crabtree