Herrera Handles ASCS Rocky Mountain Region in Aztec Prelim AZTEC, N.M. (September 19, 2008) -- Not even a price on his head could shake Johnny Herrera, as he raced to victory lane in Friday night's 25-lap American Sprint Car Series ...
Herrera Handles ASCS Rocky Mountain Region in Aztec Prelim
AZTEC, N.M. (September 19, 2008) -- Not even a price on his head could shake Johnny Herrera, as he raced to victory lane in Friday night's 25-lap American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region feature to open the 29th Annual Floyd Reynolds Memorial at Aztec Speedway.
The triumph marked Herrera's sixth series win of the year and eleventh consecutive ASCS Rocky Mountain triumph in New Mexico dating back to 2005 and brought him half way to collecting the $1,000 bounty placed on him for the weekend.
Any driver that can defeat Herrera in Saturday night's ASCS Rocky Mountain Region finale can collect the $1,000 bonus. If Herrera defies his foes for a twelfth time in a row, the extra greenbacks are in his pocket.
While Herrera started Friday's feature from the front row outside, it was second row starter Rickey Hood leading the opening round.It was all that the veteran shoe would lead though, as Herrera took command on the second lap and never relinquished control despite a pair of late cautions that gave Hood newfound hope.
The final caution set up a green-white-checkered run to the stripe with Hood on Herrera's tailtank, but Herrera was up to the task with Hood settling for runner-up honors.
Seventeen-year-old Derrik Ortega clinched the 2008 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region championship by claiming the show position, with Colt Treharn and past series champ Patrick Bourke rounding out the top five.
Dustin Hall was sixth, with Bob Schaeffer, Ben Gregg, Chad Corken and Billy Page completing the top ten.
Hood, Schaeffer, Treharn and Bourke topped heat race action for the 33-car field, with Jordan Mattson and Joshua Hodges victorious in "B" Main competition.
ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Results from Aztec Speedway:
Heat Winners (10 Laps): Rickey Hood, Bob Schaeffer, Colt Treharn, Patrick Bourke.
First "B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 24-Jordan Mattson, 2. 78-Jody Williams, 3. 22J-John Gaston, 4. 99x-Chuck Jackson, 5. F2-L.C. Kesterson, 6. 77-Mark Sweet, 7. 57-Don Stoutner. DNS: 05-Justin Wolf Medlock, 21-Trent Blair.
Second "B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 2. 23-James High, 3. 10-Danielle Ossenfort, 4. 0j-Jeremy McCune, 5. 21p-Paul Whitehead, 6. 99-Jake Ossenfort. DNS: 61-Cory Schultz, 40x-Scott Box.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 45x-Johnny Herrera, 2. 3d-Rickey Hood, 3. 35-Derrik Ortega, 4. 77x-Colt Treharn, 5. 27-Patrick Bourke, 6. 74u-Dustin Hall, 7. 93-Bob Schaeffer, 8. 22b-Ben Gregg, 9. 11-Chad Corken, 10. 9-Billy Page, 11. 23-James High, 12. 8-Brett Ream, 13. 15-Bud Goodwin, 14. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 15. 9m-Ricky Montgomery, 16. 22m-Jesse Baker, 17. 24-Jordan Mattson, 18. 78-Jody Williams, 19. 3-Julee Jamison, 20. 5-Kyle McCutcheon.
ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Derrik Ortega 2,006, 2. Jeremy McCune 1,738, 3. Colt Treharn 1,734, 4. Bob Schaeffer 1,720, 5. Chad Corken 1,715, 6. Danielle Ossenfort 1,645, 7. Jake Ossenfort 1,626, 8. Dustin Hall 1,482, 9. Justin Wolf Medlock 1,300, 10. Mark Sweet 1,282.