Hafertepe Handles ASCS Sooner Region at Mid-America SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (May 13, 2006) -- Sam Hafertepe, Jr., struck for his second American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region feature triumph of the year by wiring the field...
Hafertepe Handles ASCS Sooner Region at Mid-America
SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (May 13, 2006) -- Sam Hafertepe, Jr., struck for his second American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region feature triumph of the year by wiring the field in Saturday night's 25-lap main event at Mid-America Speedway.
Hafertepe gunned into the lead from the outset then withstood some mid-race challenges from defending series champion Sean McClelland as the leaders battled through heavy lapped traffic to secure the win aboard the Wells-powered G-H Plumbing/Smiley's Race Products No. 15 Maxim, besting a stout field of 42 entries.
"I knew if I could make it stick up top on the start and get the lead, we'd have a good shot at it," Hafertepe explained afterward. "My car kept getting tighter and tighter at the end, I was really babying it through the corners to make sure I kept it on the bottom so Sean couldn't slip underneath me."
Starting from the front row outside, Hafertepe jumped into the early lead in front of polesitter McClelland. After a lap three caution for a turn two spin by Joe Wood, Jr., Hafertepe set sail and amassed a half straightaway advantage in the early rounds.
But as lapped traffic came into play, McClelland closed the gap and began challenging for the point as eleventh-starter Sherman Davis climbed to third and entered the mix for the lead in an upset bid for the win.
As the leaders diced for position through traffic, Hafertepe survived a pair of close calls, including a shot from behind by Mike Goodman's lapped car in turn one soon after the midway point and then nearly climbing over Natalie Sather's machine in turn four two rounds later.
Hafertepe maintained the point through both incidents though, then saw nothing but clear track ahead when the caution flew after 18 laps for Davis, whose upset bid was derailed by a flat right rear tire. Davis changed tires and rejoined the chase, climbing back up to eleventh by feature's end.
Hafertepe took off on the restart and opened up a six car-length advantage over McClelland. As Hafertepe closed on the rear of the field on the final lap, McClelland closed to within two car-lengths but was unable to mount a serious bid for the lead before the checkered flag flew.
McClelland maintained a slim ASCS Sooner Region point lead over Hafertepe with the runner-up showing. After celebrating his 14th birthday on Thursday, Trey Robb fought off Kevin Ramey over the final rounds to secure the show position. Ramey earned Hard Charger honors by dashing through the field from 16th to snare fourth, with Brian McClelland advancing from twelfth to round out the top five.
Kenneth Walker crossed the stripe sixth, with Kevin Battles, 19th-starter Zach Chappell, 18th-starter Jamie Passmore and Eddie Ramsey completing the top ten.
Heat race wins were claimed by Eric Baldaccini, Sean McClelland, Rafe Essary, Robb and Hafertepe, with Goodman and Ramey topping the twin 12-lap "B" Mains. Essary held third in the feature on the race's final restart on lap 19, but faded outside the top ten in the closing laps.
Larry Carter flipped in hot laps, but returned for later action.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results:
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 3. 5s-Danny Smith, 4. 50z-Zach Chappell, 5. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 6. 81au-Gavin Punch, 7. 24-Kevin Risley, 8. 010-Brian Roberts, 9. 11F-Foster Landon.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 16s-Eddie Ramsey, 3. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 4. 11-Mike Goodman, 5. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 6. 92-Terry Henry, 7. 35-Wendy Chapa, 8. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 9. 36-Mitchell Gosey.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 26-Rafe Essary, 2. 14b-Kevin Battles, 3. 4-Jamie Passmore, 4. 72-Sherman Davis, 5. 26m-Shelly Ward, 6. 10w-Cody Wampler, 7. 59-Dex Eaton, 8. 22-Koby Barksdale.
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 12-Trey Robb, 2. 2w-Kenneth Walker, 3. 61-Earnest Jennings, 4. 25-Derek Cottrell, 5. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 6. 14-Sean Walden, 7. 15b-Michael Brown, 8. 4am-Travis Jenkins.
Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 10-Brian McClelland, 3. 94s-Natalie Sather, 4. 45-J.P. Bailey, 5. 60-Earl McDoulett, 6. 99-Justin Melton, 7. 9x-Larry Carter. DNS: 85s-Forrest Sutherland.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 11-Mike Goodman, 2. 10w-Cody Wampler, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 60-Earl McDoulett, 5. 61-Earnestennings, 6. 81au-Gavin Punch, 7. 15b-Michael Brown, 8. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 9. 25-Derek Cottrell, 10. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 11. 35-Wendy Chapa, 12. 9x-Larry Carter, 13. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 14. 92-Terry Henry.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 4-Jamie Passmore, 3. 22-Koby Barksdale, 4. 26m-Shelly Ward, 5. 14-Sean Walden, 6. 11F-Foster Landon, 7. 24-Kevin Risley, 8. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 9. 59-Dex Eaton, 10. 45-J.P. Bailey, 11. 99-Justin Melton, 12. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 13. 010-Brian Roberts, 14. 85s-Forrest Sutherland.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 1-Sean McClelland, 3. 12-Trey Robb, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 10-Brian McClelland, 6. 2w-Kenneth Walker, 7. 14b-Kevin Battles, 8. 50z-Zach Chappell, 9. 4-Jamie Passmore, 10. 16s-Eddie Ramsey, 11. 72-Sherman Davis, 12. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 13. 10w-Cody Wampler, 14. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 15. 26-Rafe Essary, 16. 44-Abe Sherwood, 17. 94s-Natalie Sather, 18. 22-Koby Barksdale, 19. 5s-Danny Smith, 20. 11-Mike Goodman.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sean McClelland 584, 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 580,3. Kevin Ramey 550, 4. Brian McClelland 530, 5. J.P. Bailey 431, 6. Trey Robb 424, 7. Dex Eaton 416, 8. Justin Melton 410, 9. Cody Wampler 398, 10. Eric Baldaccini 396.