Hockett Makes it Two-for-Two in ASCS Northwest Speedweek COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 14, 2009) -- Jesse Hockett is undefeated in Oregon. For the second consecutive night, the Warsaw, Mo., native claimed both his heat race and the ...
Hockett Makes it Two-for-Two in ASCS Northwest Speedweek
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 14, 2009) -- Jesse Hockett is undefeated in Oregon.
For the second consecutive night, the Warsaw, Mo., native claimed both his heat race and the 30-lap feature at the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region Speedweek event at Cottage Grove Speedway. However, this victory was vastly different than Monday night's win.
Hockett inherited the lead when polesitter Steven Tiner, who had arguably the most dominant car in the feature, spun out in turn two with seven laps remaining.
"I hated to see that," Hockett said. "He had a good race going and he was definitely way out front. I don't think I would have been able to catch him.
"When you're hot, you're hot and things just seem to go your way."
Hockett held off Shelton, Wash., resident Jay Cole, who had a broken nose wing, and Hard Charger Shane Stewart of Bixby, Okla., in the closing laps for the second feature win in as many career races in Oregon.
"We've just got everything going pretty good," said Hockett, who had never been to the state before arriving at the Speedweek opener Monday at Medford's Southern Oregon Speedway.
For Tiner, who entered the night as the Northwest Region point's leader, the night was full of ups and one incredible down.
The Visalia, Calif., resident was the class of the field for the first 20 laps before lapped traffic doomed him. With seven laps remaining and in the middle of a pack of cars, one car checked up and forced Tiner to jam his brakes and jerk the car left, prompting it to spin out.
"It was nobody's fault but mine," said Tiner, who finished 15th. "As far as I'm concerned, nobody is going to beat me unless I beat myself, and that's what I did tonight.
"I thought I heard people back there. You can't slouch for one lap. I didn't know I had that big of a lead and it bit me in the (rear)."
Cole battled some tough luck of his own in the final laps.
A night after dropping from second to fourth because his brakes failed, Cole had to drive the final handful of laps with a broken nose wing.
"I just tried to hold on," said Cole, who finished second. "It's hard to keep the nose down. You just want to make sure you don't give up the bottom."
With Hockett railing the cushion and Cole locked onto the bottom of the track, Stewart's amazing run from the back finished with a third place.
After driving from seventh to second in his heat race, Stewart was disqualified because his right muffler fell off the car. That forced him to start seventh of eight cars in the first B main, which transferred only the top two finishers to the feature.
Stewart zipped his way to second place on the sixth lap and eventually into the lead two laps later.
"It sounds crazy, but running the B (main) kinda helps you sometimes," Stewart said. "We tightened it up a little bit for the A (main). We just needed to start up front."
Stewart started 17th in the feature, but was up to eighth within the first 10 laps. He then climbed into the top five the lap before Tiner spun, and later picked off Oklahoma City, Okla., native Wayne Johnson for the final spot on the podium.
Roger Crockett of Medford, Ore., who has the fourth-most 360 sprint car victories at the Cottage Grove Speedway, finished fourth.
Johnson rounded out the top five.
Speedweek continues Wednesday (July 15) at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. The front gate will open at 3 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel, and $7 for children ages 4 to 12.
ASCS Northwest Region results from the Cottage Grove Speedway (July 14):
Heat One (10 laps): 1. 11-Roger Crockett, 2. 98m-Mitch Olson, 3. 12-Jared Ridge, 4. 2-Mike Melwicks, 5. 7n-Chadd Noland, 6. 21w-Vern Wheeler, 7. 68-Rob Held, 8. (DQ) 10-Kyle Miller.
Heat Two (10 laps): 1. 13-Jesse Hockett, 2. 0j-Jay Cole, 3. 94z-Zach Zimmerly, 4. 23-Colin Baker, 5. 15d-Dan Dunlap, 6. 83m-Mike Stallings, 7. 6m-Phillip Del Rosa, 8. 3-David Hibbard.
Heat Three (10 laps): 1. 94-Steven Tiner, 2. 26-Tayler Malsam, 3. 25c-Chad Groves, 4. 41-Dale Smith, 5. 6-Kyle Hirst, 6. 44w-Austen Wheatley, 7. 96x-Mack Brown, 8. (DQ) 57-Shane Stewart.
Heat Four (10 laps): 1. 51-Jason Solwold, 2. 35a-Wayne Johnson, 3. 33v-Henry Van Dam, 4. 8-Travis Rutz, 5. 33-Nate Morelock, 6. 5h-Justyn Cox, 7. 12p-Randy Pierce.
First "B" Feature (12 laps): 1. 57-Shane Stewart, 2. 44w-Austen Wheatley 3. 10-Kyle Miller, 4. 68-Rob Held, 5. 33-Nate Morelock, 6. 5h-Justyn Cox, 7. 3-David Hibbard, 8. 15d-Dan Dunlap.
Second "B" Feature (12 laps): 1. 6-Kyle Hirst, 2. 2-Mike Melwicks, 3. 21w-Vern Wheeler, 4. 83m-Mike Stallings, 5. 12p-Randy Pierce, 6. 6m-Phillip Del Rosa, 7. (DNS) 96x-Mack Brown.
"A" Feature (30 laps): 1. 13-Jesse Hockett, 2. 0j-Jay Cole, 3. 57-Shane Stewart, 4. 11-Roger Crockett, 5. 35a-Wayne Johnson, 6. 12-Jared Ridge, 7. 98m-Mitch Olson, 8. 25c-Chad Groves, 9. 41-Dale Smith, 10. 23-Colin Baker, 11. 33v-Henry Van Dam, 12. 26-Tayler Malsam, 13. 6-Kyle Hirst, 14. 94z-Zach Zimmerly, 15. 94-Steven Tiner, 16. 44w-Austen Wheatley, 17. 7n-Chadd Noland, 18. 8-Travis Rutz, 19. 51-Jason Solwold, 20. 2-Mike Melwicks.ASCS Northwest Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Jared Ridge 1,128, 2. Steven Tiner 1,118, 3. Roger Crockett 1,102, 4. Henry VanDam 1,092, 5. Mitch Olson 1,064, 6. Chad Groves 1,007, 7. Justyn Cox 914, 8. Randy Pierce 904, 9. Chadd Noland 717, 10. Colin Baker 605.
ASCS Northwest Speedweek Points (Top Ten through Round Two of Five): 1. Jesse Hockett 300, 2. Jay Cole 288, 3. Wayne Johnson 286, 4. Jared Ridge 278, 5. Roger Crockett 276, 6. Steven Tiner 264, 7. (tie) Henry Van Dam and Mitch Olson 260, 9. Chad Groves 254, 10. Zach Zimmerly 244.