Bryan Hulbert - Lawton, Oklahoma (August 18, 2012) In a stunning turn of events following Friday’s Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV feature event at Lawton Speedway, Jason Johnson was disqualified after it was revealed that the left side muffler was missing after the night’s 30 lap feature event.
Credited with the win, Wayne Johnson humbly commented on the situation with, “I would hate to have been in Jason’s shoes on that deal. To win the race and get disqualified for a muffler falling off but it is in the rules. It sucks for those guys because he had the best car but you know what the shoe could have very easily been on the other foot. It could have easily been me winning the race and having a muffler fall off.”
Drawing the number eight starting spot, Johnson shot to third in the opening laps as Mike Goodman took the early advantage. Slowing for a caution on lap four, the field re-stacked with Tony Bruce Jr. having to restart at the tail.
With Jason and Wayne Johnson in tow, Goodman protected the inside line as the field got back up to speed. Vacating the inside groove, Wayne Johnson would begin working on Jason Johnson for the runner up spot as Jason began working on Goodman for the lead.
Moving off the bottom of the Lawton Speedway, the Roush/Yates Ford powered No. 41 would bolt into the race lead but would be sent back to second as the red flag waved before the lap could be completed. Snap rolling after hooking the cushion through turn two, Oklahoma City’s Andy Shouse would emerge unscathed. Shouse would be credited with a twenty-first place finish
Rolling to the green Jason Johnson was all over the cushion, shooting into the race lead on the tenth round. Jumping the cushion on the restart, Wayne would fall to fifth as Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Danny Wood capitalized on the situation. Unfortunately mechanical problems would sideline the Statewide Services No. 81 a few laps later.
Racing back into third on lap sixteen, Johnson would take over the runner up spot a lap later. As much as a straight-a-way behind, lapped traffic would do little to help the Missile Motorsports No. 77x as Wayne closed to only a half straight-a-way disadvantage before the checkered flag waved.
Ultimately credited with the win, the corrected finish behind Wayne Johnson saw Sam Hafertepe Jr. second with Mike Goodman rounding out the podium. Making a strong run from seventh, Seth Bergman would cross the strip fourth with Gary Wright rounding out the top five.
Brady Bacon took sixth with Johnny Herrera seventh. Matt Covington would fade from third to finish eighth. Tony Bruce Jr. climbed from sixteenth to ninth with Brad Loyet completing the top ten.
With the win, Wayne Johnson retakes the points lead. This marks the ninth time in 2012 that the Super Shox No. 77x and Stenhouse/JJR No. 41 have swapped the points lead.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series travels next to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma on Friday August 24th.
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
Lawton Speedway - Lawton, Oklahoma
August 18, 2012
Car Count: 29
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright; 2. 27-Andy Shouse; 3. 41-Jason Johnson; 4. 36-Robert Sellers; 5. 2-Dustin Morgan; 6. 22-Koby Barksdale; 7. 12M-Kyle McCutcheon; 8. 65L-Nicholas Lucito
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 05-Brad Loyet; 3. 11C-Matt Covington; 4. 81-Danny Wood; 5. 7S-Shane Sellers; 6. 25-Blake Hahn; 7. 010-Brian Roberts
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 5. 11S-Joe Wood Jr; 6. 45-Martin Edwards; 7. 4X-Shawn Petersen
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 2. 11G-Mike Goodman; 3. 4J-John James; 4. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 5. 29-Brandon Hahn; 6. 5H-Logan Forler; 7. 17W-Harli White
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2-Dustin Morgan; 2. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 3. 5H-Logan Forler; 4. 45-Martin Edwards; 5. 25-Blake Hahn; 6. 29-Brandon Hahn; 7. 22-Koby Barksdale; 8. 12M-Kyle McCutcheon; 9. 7S-Shane Sellers; 10. 65L-Nicholas Lucito; 11. 010-Brian Roberts; 12. 17W-Harli White; DNF 4X-Shawn Petersen
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 77X-Wayne Johnson; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 11G-Mike Goodman; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 9-Gary Wright; 6. 99-Brady Bacon; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 8. 11C-Matt Covington; 9. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 10. 05-Brad Loyet; 11. 5H-Logan Forler; 12. 25-Blake Hahn; 13. 36-Robert Sellers; 14. 29-Brandon Hahn; 15. 2-Dustin Morgan; 16. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 17. 45-Martin Edwards; 18. 4J-John James; DNF 11S-Joe Wood Jr; DNF 81-Danny Wood; DNF 27-Andy Shouse; 22. 41-Jason Johnson
Lap Leader(s): Mike Goodman (1-10), Jason Johnson (11-30)
Pitstopusa.com Hard Charger of the Night: Blake Hahn+9
FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Wayne Johnson
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-8, Wayne Johnson-8, Brady Bacon-6, Tony Bruce Jr.-3, Danny Lasoski-2, Shane Stewart-2, Brian Brown-1, Seth Bergman-1, Jason Martin-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1, Cody Baker-1, Jordan Boston-1, Brock Lemley-1, Mason Moore-1, Brad Loyet-1, Brooke Tatnell-1, Kevin Swindell-1
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 5,117; 2. Jason Johnson 5,078; 3. Brady Bacon 4,943; 4. Brad Loyet 4,680; 5. Johnny Herrera 4,669; 6. Tony Bruce Jr. 4,550; 7. Seth Bergman 4,256; 8. Gary Wright 4,111; 9. Dustin Morgan 4,102; 10. Logan Forler 4,101
The 2012 season marks the 21st year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
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