ASCoT: Speedweek Sapulpa results 2006-07-09

Johnson Nets ASCS Speedweek Three-Peat with Last Corner Pass SAPULPA, Okla. (July 9, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson only led about ten feet of Sunday night's 30-lap O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour feature event at Creek County ...

Johnson Nets ASCS Speedweek Three-Peat with Last Corner Pass

SAPULPA, Okla. (July 9, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson only led about ten feet of Sunday night's 30-lap O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour feature event at Creek County Speedway, but it was the ten feet that mattered the most as he nipped race-long leader Darren Stewart at the checkered flag to snare his third victory in as many rounds of the 14th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek.

Johnson survived a mid-race scrape  with Travis Rilat, then following a late
restart took quick advantage when  Stewart's balky motor finally gave way in
the final few feet after smoking  heavily over the last half of the event.

"Darren pretty well had us covered tonight until his motor started going bad," Johnson commented after becoming the first driver in ASCS Speedweek history to record three consecutive wins. "I about lost the race in three and four on the white flag lap, but I was in 'win it or wear it' mode by that time and we were able to get the win."

Stewart gunned into the lead at the  drop of the green flag from the pole
position and paced the early rounds in  front of outside front row starter Sam
Hafertepe, Jr., Jerrod Hull, Rilat,  Johnson and Roger Crockett.
Lapped traffic came into play in  short order on the tight 0x00bc-mile oval, with
Stewart encountering the first of the  backmarkers by the sixth lap.  Stewart
worked his way through traffic diligently aboard the  Ostrich-powered Sparks
Construction/RESM Transport No. 91 Eagle, while Hull and  a surging Crockett
relegated Hafertepe to fourth by the twelfth  circuit.
The caution flew a lap later when  Rilat came to a stop in turn four with a
cut right rear tire after contact with  Johnson while dicing for fifth position
in heavy lapped traffic off turn  two.  Johnson continued with nose  wing
damage, gaining a position on the ensuing restart when Hafertepe got into  Dex
Eaton's lapped car entering turn one and flipped.  Hafertepe was uninjured but
done for the  night.

After Sherman Davis and Jesse Hockett tangled in turn two the next time around, current O'Reilly ASCoT point leader Nick Smith looped his mount in turn four on the restart and surrendered fifth position. Sixth-runner Jan Howard clipped Smith and dumped his mount on its side, with Rafe Essary and J.P. Bailey spinning to miss the tangle. Howard retired for the night, with the others rejoining the chase at the tail.

Back under way, Stewart continued  to pace the field with Hull, Crockett and
Johnson in tow.  But by the 20th round,  ominous smoke began emanating from
Stewart's mount.  Stewart kept up the pace however,  holding a six car-length
lead until approaching lapped traffic in the final  handful of laps.

With heavy smoke ultimately billowing from Stewart's machine, Hull, Crockett and Johnson closed the gap, with a scintillating four-car battle for the lead developing. Johnson finally picked off the third position on the 26th round when Crockett got pinned behind a lapped car while charging down the backstretch.

Hull pulled even with Stewart on the 27th lap, but Stewart fought off the bid as he pursued his first ASCS National Tour triumph of the season. With Stewart running the low line, Hull kept the pressure on by using the top side until the 29th lap when he was unable to avoid Bailey's spinning machine in turn three and flipped. Hull exited to the pit area under the ensuing caution with minor damage.

Set for a two-lap dash to the  checkered flag, Stewart did everything in his
power to nurse the familiar Sparks  machine to the finish line.  Johnson
challenged on the high side and nearly slipped into the wall exiting turn four  on
the white flag lap, allowing Stewart to slip away by several  car-lengths.
But with the checkered flag in  sight a lap later, Stewart's sprinter
stumbled down the frontstretch with  Johnson charging by on the high side to sneak
into victory lane by the narrowest  of margins in Lanny Row's Wesmar-powered The
Shop Diesel Service/Custom  Equipment Design No. 41 Eagle.

Crockett settled for a close third, finishing just behind the lead pair in Paul Silva's Wesmar-powered ProBilt Construction No. 57. Gary Wright gained some valuable ground in the championship points chase by charging from 13th to fourth in the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express No. 9 Maxim, with Cody Branchcomb racing from 15th to round out the top five Wells-powered Tel-Star Communications No. 94.

Zach Chappell raced from 17th to sixth, with 18th-starter Skip Wilson, 23rd-starter Sean McClelland, Rilat and 20th-starter Trey Robb completing the top ten.

Smith's point lead took a hit as he  could only muster a 14th-place finish
after his mid-race  spin.
Hafertepe, Hull, Crockett, Johnson  and Stewart topped heat race action for
the 41-car field, with Chappell and  Wilson winning the twin "B" Mains.  Jasiel
Randolph jumped a wheel and flipped in turn four in the second "B"  Main.
Randolph was  uninjured.

O'Reilly ASCoT COMP Cams Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Round Three Results:

Heat  Races (Top 16 in passing points to "A" Main -- Top 6 to Pole Dash;
balance to  Twin "B" Mains)

Brodix Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 29-Travis Rilat, 3. 91-Darren Stewart, 4. 9-Gary Wright, 5. 52-Roy Larkin, 6. 92-Zach Chappell, 7. 22-Koby Barksdale, 8. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 9. 1b-Burt Davis. Wesmar-Shaver

Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 94h-Jerrod Hull, 2. 26-Rafe Essary, 3. 10w-Cody Wampler, 4. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 5. 010-Brian Roberts, 6. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 7. 16$-Eddie Ramsey, 8. 81au-Gavin Punch. Brodix

Heat  Three (8 Laps):  1. 57-Roger  Crockett, 2. 46-Jan Howard, 3.
18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 5.  5$-Danny Smith, 6. 10-Brian
McClelland, 7. 80-Brett Thompson, 8. 11F-Foster  Landon.

Wesmar-Shaver Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 2. 15s-Nick Smith, 3. 72-Sherman Davis, 4. 15x-B.J. Fay, 5. 59-Dex Eaton, 6. 75-Jesse Hockett, 7. 14-Michael Lang, 8. 11z-Mike Goodman.

Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 91-Darren Stewart, 2. 45-J.P. Bailey, 3. 4-Jamie Passmore, 4. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 5. 12-Trey Robb, 6. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 7. 1-Sean McClelland, 8. 26m-Shelly Ward.

Pole Dash (Finishing Order Determines Front Three Rows of "A" Main):

Pole Dash (5  Laps):  1. 91-Darren Stewart, 2.  15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3.
94h-Jerrod Hull, 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 5. 26-Rafe  Essary, 6. 57-Roger Crockett.

Note: After finishing in first, Crockett was disqualified due to a nose wing violation.

Twin "B" Mains -- Top 3 from each Advance to "A" Main

First "B"  Feature (12 Laps):  1. 92-Zach  Chappell, 2. 75-Jesse Hockett, 3.
59-Dex Eaton, 4. 1-Sean McClelland, 5. 52-Roy  Larkin, 6. 10-Brian McClelland,
7. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 8. 81au-Gavin Punch, 9.  11z-Mike Goodman, 10.
16$-Eddie Ramsey, 11. 14-Michael Lang, 12. 010-Brian  Roberts, 13. 1b-Burt Davis.
Second "B"  Feature (12 Laps):  1. 65-Skip  Wilson, 2. 12-Trey Robb, 3.
5$-Danny Smith, 4. 22-Koby Barksdale, 5. 44J-Abe  Sherwood, 6. 11F-Foster Landon,
7. 15x-B.J. Fay, 8. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 9.  80-Brett Thompson, 10. 23-Jimmy
Taylor, 11. 26m-Shelly Ward, 12. 22J-Jasiel  Randolph.

O'Reilly ASCoT COMP Cams Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Round Three "A" Main Event:

"A"  Feature (30 Laps):  1. 41-Jason  Johnson, 2. 91-Darren Stewart, 3.
57-Roger Crockett, 4. 9-Gary Wright, 5.  94-Cody Branchcomb, 6. 92-Zach Chappell,
7. 65-Skip Wilson, 8. 1-Sean  McClelland, 9. 29-Travis Rilat, 10. 12-Trey
Robb, 11. 75-Jesse Hockett, 12.  72-Sherman Davis, 13. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 14.
15s-Nick Smith, 15. 81au-Gavin  Punch, 16. 94h-Jerrod Hull, 17. 26-Rafe Essary,
18. 45-J.P. Bailey, 19. 46-Jan  Howard, 20. 59-Dex Eaton, 21. 15-Sam Hafertepe,
Jr., 22. 5$-Danny Smith, 23.  10w-Cody Wampler, 24. 4-Jamie Passmore.

Lap Leaders: Darren Stewart 1-29, Jason Johnson 30.

Note: Sean McClelland utilized an O'Reilly ASCoT provisional for the main event, with Gavin Punch utilizing an ASCS Speedweek provisional to start the main event.

O'Reilly ASCoT Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Nick Smith 2,193, 2. Gary Wright 2,170, 3. Jason Johnson 2,122, 4. Jesse Hockett 2,117, 5. Travis Rilat 2,082, 6. Darren Stewart 2,054, 7. Jan Howard 1,940, 8. Sean McClelland 1,924, 9. Trey Robb 1,799, 10. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 1,750, 11. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,704, 12. Zach Chappell 1,476, 13. Abe Sherwood 1,416, 14. Jerrod Hull 1,214, 15. Dustin Daggett 1,153.

ASCS  COMP Cams Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Points (Top Fifteen Through Round
Three of  Six):  1. Jason Johnson 450, 2.  Darren Stewart 414, 3. (tie) Nick
Smith and Jerrod Hull 408, 5. Jesse Hockett  406, 6. Travis Rilat 400, 7. Gavin
Punch 396, 8. Roger Crockett 388, 9. Gary  Wright 386, 10. (tie) Sean
McClelland and Tony Bruce, Jr. 378, 12. Trey Robb  376, 13. Zach Chappell 374, 14. Jan
Howard 362, 15. Sam Hafertepe, Jr.  356.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Brett Thompson , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Dex Eaton , Roger Crockett , Jason Johnson , J.P. Bailey , Koby Barksdale , Sean McClelland