American Sprint Car Series
Tulsa, Okla. - Est. 1992
(Image Credit: Paul Arch)

Kennedy Holds Off Swindell To Win Night One Of The 28th Annual Knoxville 360 Nationals


Bryan Hulbert - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 2, 2018) Narrowly holding off Sammy Swindell off the final turn at Knoxville Raceway, Canada's Thomas Kennedy raced to his first career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com.
Grabbing the Thursday opener of the 28th annual Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank, Kennedy also has the distinction of being the first Canadian shoe to win a 360cid A-Feature at the Iowa half-mile.
"I was struggling to get through lapped traffic there. Sam [Hafertepe] and everyone else seemed to be the same pace I was, and I knew I was losing a lot of momentum and I looked at the board and I see the No. 3 car was there and he's the veteran of the veterans at this track and when I seen him underneath me for the checkered I went no way you're passing me," said Kennedy of his run and final trip to the front straightaway.
Rolling to the green second on the lineup, the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 21k swapped lines for a side-by-side battle with California's Mason Daniel on the opening lap. Caution on the second lap for Tasker Phillips, who made hard contact with the wall in the second turn, Kennedy was able to hold off any challenge as the race behind him heated up.
With Mason able to keep some pace with Kennedy, the pair rolled away from a ferocious battle from third to sixth with Scott Bogucki racing with Jamie Ball, while Brian Brown battled with Greg Hodnett.
Swapping positions several times to the mid-point of the A-Feature, a bobble off the bottom of the second turn by Bogucki on Lap 11 shot the Sawblade.com No. 28 across the track, opening the bottom line for Sammy Swindell to roar from seventh to fourth. Taking third from Jamie Ball one lap later, Swindell trailed the No. 33 of Mason Daniel by over a straightaway with Daniel 15 car lengths back from Thomas Kennedy who was approaching traffic.
Slowly through the backmarkers, Kennedy began losing his advantage over Mason Daniel.
Cutting Kennedy's advantage to only a few car lengths, Mason was there with five laps to go, but so was Sammy Swindell. Making up a straightaway in a matter of laps, the trio came to the white flag with the Rossie Feed and Grain No. 3s taking away second.
Peddling off the bottom of the second turn, Swindell hit the low line of the final two turns as Kennedy diamond off the cushion to slam the door on Sammy with the two nearly making contact off the final turn as Kennedy held on to victory by 0.262 seconds.
Sammy Swindell in second was joined on the podium by Mason Daniel. Moving up from seventh, Brian Brown ended up fourth in the Casey's General Store/FVP No. 21 with Ryan Giles rolling from 15th to make up the top-five.
Greg Hodnett settled for sixth in the Lelands.com No. 27, followed by Dominic Scelzi who advanced 15 positions after having to race his way in through the B-Feature. Jamie Ball was shuffled back to eighth with Shane Golobic ninth. Also having to race through the B-Feature, California's Cory Eliason rolled ahead 13 spots to finish tenth.
The 28th annual Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank continues Friday, August 3 with Pits opening at 3:00 P.M. followed by Hot Laps at 6:45 P.M. with Qualifying to follow. Live PPV coverage can be found on http://www.thecushion.com as well as live audio on http://www.racinboys.com.
For information on Knoxville Raceway and everything happing during the Knoxville Nationals, log onto http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the nearly 150 races across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa
28th Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Night 1
Car Count: 43
Heat Races (Top 4 in each Heat Race advance to the A-Feature)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 55-Mckenna Hasse, [1]; 2. 17WX-Shane Golobic, [3]; 3. 4J-Lee Grosz, [2]; 4. 7W-Tasker Phillips, [5]; 5. 22H-Randy Hannagan, [7]; 6. 23D-Devon Dobie, [4]; 7. 14-Tony Stewart, [6]; 8. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [8]; 9. (DNF) 2K-Kevin Ingle, [9]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Ryan Giles, [2]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [3]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, [6]; 4. 4-Jon Agan, [1]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [4]; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, [5]; 7. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [8]; 8. 15-Christian Bowman, [7]; 9. 57B-Bobby Butler, [9]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 13V-Seth Brahmer, [1]; 2. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [4]; 3. 21-Brian Brown, [6]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee, [3]; 5. 76-Brad Comegys, [2]; 6. 70-Calvin Landis, [5]; 7. 98-Chris Masters, [8]; (DNS) 17X-Josh Baughman, ; (DQ) 29-Willie Croft, [7] Croft disqualified for not reporting to the scales
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [2]; 2. 5J-Jamie Ball, [5]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel, [4]; 4. 53-Joe Beaver, [6]; 5. 35L-Cody Ledger, [7]; 6. 22M-Shawn Murray, [8]; 7. (DNF) 7M-Chance Morton, [3]; 8. (DNF) 24N-Nathan Mills, [1]
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 7C-John Carney II, [4]; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki, [5]; 4. 09-Matt Juhl, [3]; 5. 02-Don Droud Jr, [1]; 6. 18-Ryan Roberts, [6]; 7. 75-Tyler Blank, [7]; 8. 57-Billy Butler, [8]
BMRS B-Feature (Top 4 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 14-Tony Stewart, [1]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [6]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason, [3]; 4. 22H-Randy Hannagan, [11]; 5. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [16]; 6. 18-Ryan Roberts, [2]; 7. 23D-Devon Dobie, [5]; 8. 02-Don Droud Jr, [10]; 9. 75-Tyler Blank, [14]; 10. 76-Brad Comegys, [8]; 11. 35L-Cody Ledger, [13]; 12. 15-Christian Bowman, [12]; 13. 57-Billy Butler, [19]; 14. 98-Chris Masters, [17]; 15. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [15]; 16. 2K-Kevin Ingle, [21]; 17. 57B-Bobby Butler, [22]; 18. 22M-Shawn Murray, [18]; 19. (DNF) 70-Calvin Landis, [4]; 20. (DNF) 24N-Nathan Mills, [9]; 21. (DNF) 29-Willie Croft, [20]; (DNS) 7M-Chance Morton, ; (DNS) 17X-Josh Baughman,
Protect the Harvest A-Feature
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [2]; 2. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [11]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel, [1]; 4. 21-Brian Brown, [7]; 5. 9-Ryan Giles, [15]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, [8]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [22]; 8. 5J-Jamie Ball, [4]; 9. 17WX-Shane Golobic, [10]; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, [23]; 11. 28-Scott Bogucki, [3]; 12. 09-Matt Juhl, [13]; 13. 7C-John Carney II, [9]; 14. 53-Joe Beaver, [6]; 15. 4J-Lee Grosz, [14]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, [12]; 17. 55-Mckenna Hasse, [18]; 18. 22H-Randy Hannagan, [24]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [17]; 20. 14-Tony Stewart, [21]; 21. 13V-Seth Brahmer, [20]; 22. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [16]; 23. (DNF) 4-Jon Agan, [19]; 24. (DNF) 7W-Tasker Phillips, [5]
Lap Leader(s): Thomas Kennedy 1-20
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Dominic Scelzi +15
FSR High Point Driver: N/A
Provisional(s): N/A
Event Points as of Thursday, August 2, 2018
  1. 21-Brian Brown-484
  2. 27-Greg Hodnett-482
  3. 21K-Thomas Kennedy-473
  4. 5J-Jamie Ball-467
  5. 33M-Mason Daniel-464
  6. 3S-Sammy Swindell-463
  7. 53-Joe Beaver-459
  8. 28-Scott Bogucki-456
  9. 83-Cory Eliason-455
  10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi-454
  11. 17WX-Shane Golobic-451
  12. 9-Ryan Giles-450
  13. 7C-John Carney II-445
  14. 14-Tony Stewart-444
  15. 7W-Tasker Phillips-435
  16. 9-Matt Juhl-431
  17. 99-Skylar Gee-427
  18. 4J-Lee Grosz-426
  19. 55-McKenna Haase-418
  20. 18-Ryan Roberts-417
  21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.-416
  22. 28C-Jonathan Cornell-412
  23. 13V-Seth Brahmer-406
  24. 23D-Devon Dobie-403
  25. 4-Jon Agan-395
  26. 22H-Randy Hannagan-394
  27. 70-Calvin Landis-385
  28. 76-Brad Comegys-376
  29. 2-Don Droud Jr.-366
  30. 7M-Chance Morton-354
  31. 3P-Sawyer Phillips-352
  32. 35L-Cody Ledger-352
  33. 75-Tyler Blank-348
  34. 15-Christian Bowman-345
  35. 24N-Nathan Mills-335
  36. 98-Chris Masters-332
  37. 2X-Tucker Doughty-331
  38. 57-Billy Butler-327
  39. 22M-Shawn Murray-325
  40. 29-Willie Croft-325
  41. 2K-Kevin Ingle-316
  42. 57B-Bobby Butler-312
  43. 17X-Josh Baughman-298
Series Points will be updated after Saturday's A-Feature
2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 5 (5/12 - I-30 Speedway; 6/8 - West Texas Raceway; 6/21 - Skagit Speedway; 6/30 - Grays Harbor Raceway; 8/29 - Mason City Motor Speedway); Seth Bergman - 4 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway; 5/10 - Lakeside Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway); Sammy Swindell - 3 (6/9 - Route 66 Motor Speedway; 6/14 - Creek County Speedway; 6/16 - Salina Speedway); Matt Covington - 3 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway; 7/6 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/16 - Brown County Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 2 (5/9 - Humboldt Speedway; 6/13 - Lawton Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway) ; Blake Heimbach - 1 (5/5 - Selinsgrove Speedway); Scott Bogucki - 1 (6/12 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Jason Solwold - 1 (6/29 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Skylar Gee - 1 (7/7 - Gallatin Speedway); Chris Martin - 1 (7/11 - Gillette Thunder Speedway); Thomas Kennedy - 1 (8/2 - Knoxville Raceway);
ASCS Online:
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucasoilascs
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)
Instagram: LucasOilASCS
Audio Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com
Live Scoring (Where Applicable): Race Monitor and MRP Live
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Jamie Ball (Knoxville, IA): http://www.jamieball.com/default.aspx?i=false 
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com 
Scott Bogucki (McLaren Vale, S. Aust.): https://www.facebook.com/ScottBogucki89
Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Roger Crockett (Medford, OR): http://www.rocketdesignsllc.com
Skylar Gee (Leduc, Alberta, Can.): https://twitter.com/SkylarGee99 
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX): http://www.sam15.com 
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ontario, Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x 
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK): http://www.blakehahnracing.com 
Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.): http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com 
Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK): https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts 
Chris Martin (Ankeny, IA): https://twitter.com/cmr_44?lang=en 
Robbie Price (Cobble Hill, BC, Can.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com 
Travis Rilat (Forney, TX): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com 
Harli White (Lindsay, OK): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net
ASCS Sponsors:
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. Sawblade.com is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto http://www.sawblade.com for more information and follow them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sawblade.com_
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented Sawblade.com include Hoosier Racing Tire, CP-Carrillo Pistons, EMI, and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by ButlerBuilt Professional Seating Systems. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.
Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, Sawblade.com, MAVTV Motorsports Network, LucasOilRacing.tv, and General Tire.
Communications for the American Sprint Car Series is provided by Racing Electronics. All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by K&N Filters, BMRS, SpeedMart, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley's Racing Products, and Speedway Motors.

ASCS | O: 918-838-3777 | F: 918-836-5517 | http://www.ascsracing.com
STAY CONNECTED:
Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView on Instagram
American Sprint Car Series, 1141 S. 83rd East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74112

Home