Hafertepe Chalks up Chatham ASCS Gulf South Win CHATHAM, Lou. (July 3, 2005) -- Sam Hafertepe, Jr., took quick advantage of Scottie McDonald's misfortune by racing to victory lane in Sunday night's 25-lap Love's Travel Stops ...
Hafertepe Chalks up Chatham ASCS Gulf South Win
CHATHAM, Lou. (July 3, 2005) -- Sam Hafertepe, Jr., took quick advantage of Scottie McDonald's misfortune by racing to victory lane in Sunday night's 25-lap Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region feature at Fast Trax Speedway.
Currently ranked fourth in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points, Hafertepe assumed command on the seventh round when McDonald was forced pitside with engines woes. Hafertepe fought off a brief bid from Gary Watson then raced unabated to his second Gulf South Region victory of the season.
Josh Lofton led the feature field to the green flag but it was outside front row starter McDonald gunning into the lead as Hafertepe quickly moved into second. McDonald had amassed a straightaway lead by the sixth round when the caution flew for a wild front stretch tangle that eliminated David Kulhanek, Chris Sweeney and Ty Johnson.
McDonald slipped away to an eight car length advantage on the ensuing restart, only to surrender the point moments later when his engine expired.
Hafertepe took command and raced to the checkered flag aboard the Wells-powered G-H Plumbing/Smiley's Racing Products No. 15 Maxim. Watson held the second position to the line, with Stephen Chevallier claiming the show position. Jeff Day was fourth, with series point leader Ray Allen Kulhanek rounding out the top five.
Skip Wilson raced from 16th to sixth in front of Lane Whittington, Greg Rilat and Eric Payne, with Tracy Knighton earning the race's Hard Charger award by advancing from 20th to tenth.
McDonald, Hafertepe and Whittington topped heat race action for the 25-car field, with Jerry Bell winning the "B" Main.
Heat Winners: Scottie McDonald, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Lane Whittington.
B Feature: 1. Jerry Bell, 2. Skip Wilson, 3. Eric Payne, 4. Greg Coleman, 5. Larry Hartwell, 6. Tracy Knighton, 7. Darryl Wills, 8. Terry Monroe, 9. Charlie Brown, 10. Brad Stokes. DNS: Kent Lewis, Jr.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. Gary Watson, 3. Stephen Chevallier, 4. Jeff Day, 5. Ray Allen Kulhanek, 6. Skip Wilson, 7. Lane Whittington, 8. Greg Rilat, 9. Eric Payne, 10. Tracy Knighton, 11. Larry Hartwell, 12. Scottie McDonald, 13. Richard Holt, 14. Jerry Bell, 15. Greg Coleman, 16. Ty Johnson, 17. Chris Sweeney, 18. David Kulhanek, 19. David Forbis, 20. Josh Lofton.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Ray Allen Kulhanek 1,384, 2. Stephen Chevallier 1,370, 3. Lane Whittington 1,362, 4. Scottie McDonald 1,348, 5. Greg Rilat 1,331, 6. David Kulhanek 1,306, 7. Chris Sweeney 1,300, 8. Richard Holt 1,229, 9. Greg Coleman 1,081, 10. Ty Johnson 1,063.