OCALA, Fla. (February 27, 2015) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Series presented by MAVTV American Real paid its first visit Florida's Bubba Raceway Park with Aaron Reutzel picking up his second Protect the Harvest A-Feature win of the 2015 season.
Reutzel's sixth Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Victory since 2014 the Clute, Texas driver took off from the pole to lead flag-to-flag for his third podium in four starts.
"I tell you what; this team has got some momentum right now. It just seems like we can't do anything wrong," said Reutzel. "I knew all we had to do was win the start, and once I did I just stayed around the tires. My highs are like 7,500RPM, I don't think I went any further than half-throttle at anytime. I got too lapped there and I knew if I just followed them, I'd be alright. I was actually trying to let them get away from me but I just kept getting slower and slower like I was pulling them back to me."
Nearly collected in slower traffic on the final lap, the caution displayed before Johnny Herrera could mount a charge on the B.C. Funds No 87.
Asked about the caution, Reutzel replied, "I really didn't want to see that caution. That's like the third race I've been leading on a rubber down track and had a caution on the white flag lap and just something happened, so I was just like well, here we go again, but I knew if I could just get the jump and roll into one and two, I'd be okay."
Johnny Herrera's second straight podium of the season, the MVT No. 45x made quick moves on the start to go from second to fourth by Lap 4.
"We kind of figured this thing was going to take rubber, and whoever was good off the front row, then that's where it was going to be won from. Reutzel up there and wasn't going to make any mistakes so I knew we were just going to be setting pace with him."
Clicking his fourth podium finish in as many starts, Pennsylvania's Mark Smith brought the Mach 1 Chassis No. M1 third after starting seventh.
"We were able to move forward, which is tough to do on a track like that. I didn't have the tire I wanted on the Left Rear, but we had to get as far as we could get and third was it," commented Smith. Asked about being locked into the redraw, Mark replied, "That's cool, I like that."
The final transfer into Saturday's A-Feature went to Ohio's Greg Wilson. From eighth, Brad Loyet finished one spot shy in fifth.
Derek Hagar crossed sixth with Danny Martin, Jr. seventh. Danny Holtgraver from 11th claimed eighth with Chad Kemenah advancing eight spots to ninth as the evening's Hard Charger. Parker Price-Miller completed the top-ten.
A total of 43 drivers drew in with five Heat Races going to Danny Martin, Jr., A.J. Maddox, Johnny Herrera, Greg Wilson, and Brad Loyet. B-Features were won by Chad Kemenah and Travis Rilat. The A-Feature saw 24 starters as Jeff Swindell and Matt Covington each used a provisional.
Events at the Bubba Raceway Park continue on Saturday, February 28 with races scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. (ET). Live PPV of the Lucas Oil ASCS spectacular can be found at http://www.racinboys.com.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Fla.
Bubba Army Winter Nationals
Friday, February 27, 2015
Event Car Count: 43
Heat Races: (8 Laps, taking winners plus Top 11 in Passing Points to the A-Feature.)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 24-Danny Martin Jr.; 2. M1-Mark Smith; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 17B-Josh Baughman; 7. 33M-Randy Hannagan; 8. 5X-Tyson Hall; 9. 36-Ken Laureno
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3A-A.J. Maddox; 2. 0-Glenn Styres; 3. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 6. 66-Danny Smith; 7. 10-Terry Gray; 8. 33-Kris Miller; DNS 83-Mark Ruel Jr
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 4. 20K-Thomas Kennedy; 5. 14-Tyler Clem; 6. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 7. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 8. 92-Jordan Weaver; DNS 21K-Lou Kennedy Jr.
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. W20-Greg Wilson; 2. 49-Shawn Dancer; 3. 29-Travis Rilat; 4. 52-Blake Hahn; 5. 10B-Mitch Brown; 6. 7K-Kyle Pitts; 7. 17-Lane Whittington; DNS 94-Jeff Swindell
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 4. 92K-Matt Kurtz; 5. 40-Caleb Helms; 6. 95-Matt Covington; 7. 10M-Morgan Turpen; 8. 6S-Robbie Smith
B-Features: (12 Laps, top 3 advance to the A-Feature.)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 3. 92K-Matt Kurtz; 4. 10B-Mitch Brown; 5. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 6. 66-Danny Smith; 7. 95-Matt Covington; 8. 10M-Morgan Turpen; 9. 40-Caleb Helms; 10. 17-Lane Whittington; 11. 33-Kris Miller; 12. 6S-Robbie Smith; DNS 94-Jeff Swindell; DNS 83-Mark Ruel Jr
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 4. 7K-Kyle Pitts; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman; 6. 33M-Randy Hannagan; 7. 10-Terry Gray; 8. 14-Tyler Clem; 9. 5X-Tyson Hall; 10. 92-Jordan Weaver; 11. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 12. 36-Ken Laureno; DNS 21K-Lou Kennedy Jr.
A-Feature: (25 Laps, top 4 lock into Saturday's feature event.)
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. M1-Mark Smith; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 05-Brad Loyet; 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 7. 24-Danny Martin Jr.; 8. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 10. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 11. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 12. 23-Seth Bergman; 13. 49-Shawn Dancer; 14. 0-Glenn Styres; 15. 52-Blake Hahn; 16. 20K-Thomas Kennedy; 17. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 18. 29-Travis Rilat; 19. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 20. 94-Jeff Swindell; 21. 95-Matt Covington; 22. 3A-A.J. Maddox; 23. 92K-Matt Kurtz; 24. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr
Lap Leader: Aaron Reutzel 1-25
Hard Charger: Chad Kemenah +8
Provisional(s): Jeff Swindell P1; Matt Covington P1;
2015 Lucas Oil ASCS Winners: Aaron Reutzel 2; Jason Sides 1; Mark Smith 1;
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Aaron Reutzel 567; 2. Mark Smith 562; 3. Brad Loyet 520; 4. Johnny Herrera 509; 5. Jeff Swindell 452; 6. Tony Bruce, Jr. 434; 7. Seth Bergman 429; 8.Chad Kemenah 405; 9. Greg Wilson; 399; 10. Wayne Johnson 391;
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